Thinking about going caseless but....

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ICON5o2, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. ICON5o2 macrumors regular


    Mar 10, 2011
    Ive had a case on my i4 since the day I bought it. I like the way it feels without a case but not sure how the steel band will hold up against the oils from my skin and such. Has anyone that has been caseless for awhile had any problems with the steel band turning or tarnishing or anything in that nature??
  2. iApples macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2011
    Not from me. The steel band is still perfect. What I do notice though is my signal does drop a lot when holding it naked. I don't hold it with a 'death grip' but with my hand around the device as I've always held my iPhone, my signal is a lot weaker and I do lose service from time to time. It's quite annoying.
  3. paulmacbeth macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2010
    I went caseless a few months ago after numerous cases since launch day. I covered the sides with the invisible shield side protectors and so far no problems with it and no loss of signal for me when holding it on the antenna.
  4. ssampath macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2010
    I tried the free Apple bumper for a few days - did not like it and have been using it naked for the last 6 months - I do have a couple of scratches on the back but the steel band is as good as new.
  5. hobo.hopkins macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2008
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    I'm in the same boat as ssampath - I purchased the Apple bumper but ditched it after a few days. I haven't noticed anything wrong with either my band or the phone itself. I'd suggest using it naked, it's amazing!
  6. iApples macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2011
    It is amazing naked but I'm always so scared of dropping it. I currently have a super thin case on my iPhone and it's not really for drop protection as it hardly has any at all. It just simply adds a bit of grip to the phone and makes it easier to hold. Apple devices are always so slippery.
  7. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    I've been using my 4 since launch day with nothing to protect the sides. The finishing has not tarnished at all.
  8. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I know I don't have an iPhone 4, but

    It looks absolutely amazing. I probably wouldn't use a case just to see the beauty of that thing. I could sacrifice a few scratches on the back. I'm hoping the next iPhone is aluminum because my main gripe is scratches on the back :eek:
  9. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Got my iPhone 4 when it was released to existing VZW customers back in Feb. Have been caseless until yesterday and so far I have dropped it 2 times (1 on a metal table stand on the floor) and have gotten no scratches, dents, any damage - ya I got lucky but now I'm protected.

    From my experience, it won't be scratched however keep in mind that it acts like there is no friction. If you're someone who likes to leave the phone on your leg while sitting or the table which may be angled, it will most likely slip off without notice.
  10. Reach9 macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2010
    In America
    I've always been caseless with my iPhone 3G, and i like it that way. I take utmost care for my phone, but it does drop a few times with only scratches in the back. I don't mind that.

    But i understand how you feel, the iPhone 4 is much more fragile with glass and the new design as well.
    I'd say be safe and stick to a case!
  11. mrdm macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    I've been caseless...

    ...for over a year now. It is great to enjoy the incredible design of the iPhone 4. Some minor scratches but nothing to worry about :)
  12. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020


    Nov 21, 2009
    Up There
    No problems here!

    Just go naked!
  13. james92se macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    You guys do know the band is stainless steel right...?
  14. fenskezen macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2011
    #14's just too pretty.
    i am careful but a few minor scratches just show it's been loved.
  15. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
  16. LightSpeed1 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2009
    Washington D.C.
    I was thinking of going case-less. But lately I have been dropping my phone a lot. I thinks it's a sign.
  17. Ntombi macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
    Same here. Naked since launch, no scratches, no tarnish (why would it tarnish?), no blemishes at all.
  18. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    This is why I have a case - I don't care for getting any "minor" scratches. I like keeping the stuff I buy in the best condition possible. It helps with resale value when the time comes to sell it.
  19. ani23 macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2008

    i was walking up subway stairs and a douche running yanked his hand and managed to snag it in my headphones. iphone flew straight out of jacket pocket and hit the floor. had i not had the speck skin it was a definite cracked case.

    For me its better be safe than sorry.

    Plus i dont have to think twice about keeping my iphone down anywhere use it to press elevator buttons etc. just more peace of mind :)
  20. Namji macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2010
    I've had my phone for 2 months now and happen to drop my phone 3 times already. Luckily it was in a case and there was no damage to it.

    I wonder if I was caseless if I would still have my phone today? Probably not.

    Go caseless at your own risk :)
  21. hildey, Apr 4, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2011

    hildey macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2011
    maybe i'm in the minority here, but I like to have a case not only to protect my lovely iphone 4 but also to hide that i have an iphone. I find that non-iphone people tend to treat me better when they don't know what i'm using and iphone users tend to suffer from certain stigma if ya know what i mean. Plus i prefer to not show off what i'm using even though my iphone 4 is amazing and i'm deeply missing not being able to use it for the past 3 months and 2 more to come :(

    But like i said, just my opinion.:D

    Edit: By the way, this is the case I settled on after trying several and trying not to use any case for a while. But after coming very close to dropping it several times on a sidewalk from about 5 feet up i ended with this one:

    in the beautiful red color, one of the most important things for me is that its easy to take in and out of my pocket though. I will say that I really like the look of the SGP Neo Hybrid Color case (and thinking about getting it) and from the reviews it sounds like its similar to not having a case at all
  22. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Do people actually care what phone you use? I'd tell them to hop off.
  23. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    It is important to care if you want to FaceTime that person.
  24. ICON5o2 thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 10, 2011
    Thanks for all the responses folks!! I still havent worked up the nerve to go naked though lol. Right now I have the SGP crystal clear screen protector SGP carbon back cover and the SGP neo hybrid ex series (infinity white) case on it. It adds very little bulk but still not the same.

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