Other XS caseless fans - how do you set down your phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mquinn, Oct 4, 2018.


Which side on the table?

  1. Screen side down

    11 vote(s)
  2. Camera side down

    59 vote(s)
  1. mquinn macrumors member


    Jan 29, 2012
    Normal, IL
    So I'm trying to go caseless for the first time with my XS Max (having AC+ really helps with the fear of that). But, I'm struggling on how to set down my phone on a desk or table. Do you go face down or back side down?
  2. WhiteWhaleHolyGrail macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2016
    I like to hold mine so it is levitating above the surface. That way it looks like its resting flat but I'm actually still holding it and protecting my precious from the unworthy table top beneath it. It does wonders for grip strength and focus...
  3. Pipper99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2010
    Fort Worth, TX
    Usually back side down, and I have a microfiber cloth in my pocket for my glasses and to clean the iPhone screen, so I usually put the device on the cloth.
  4. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    Don't set it down on either side on a hard surface.
  5. 212rikanmofo macrumors 68000

    Jan 31, 2003
    I usually rest it on a microfiber cloth if I were to go caseless. I would never place it down on a hard surface.
  6. ipodlover77 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2009
    I went caseless from the original iphone all the way up until the X. When I started using the apple leather case with the X, I never realized how liberating it is to not worry about what surface i can place it on.
    When I didn't have a case I always had to be mindful of where I put it, if there's anything underneath the phone that could scratch the glass, to always gently place it down, to hold the phone so it won't slide around while driving, etc.
    Needless to say, it was pretty stressful.

    I have Applecare+ on my X currently but still opted to use a case. Going naked feels great but the case really does help with grip.
  7. ZEEN0j macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2014
    Backside down if it’s a surface that will do no harm. If that’s the case though I’ll keep it in the pocket.
  8. AbSoluTc macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2008

    This. Had an X. One day picked up the electric blue apple leather case and it was liberating. Just throw my phone down with no worries. Same with my Max. Whit silicone case. Nekkid is nice but got tired of being careful. Also nice to have extra grip.

    I’m sure I’ll switch back to nothing at some point again.
  9. sdwaltz macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2015
    I know it's still not QUITE the same, but look into the Peel or Totallee cases for iPhone. Super thin and it's about the closest thing to caseless that you can get without having to worry about scratches.

    They're not all that protective but if the alternative is going caseless, it's better than nothing.
  10. UnifiedMelody macrumors regular


    Nov 17, 2017
    if i had to do caseless i rather set it on the back. at least u can still see your screen stuff without having to do the flippy flip
  11. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    I use a soft slip case from Waterfield so I set the phone onto it. Perfect.
  12. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I have one rule: I never lay my phone facedown on a hard surface, and I always lay my phone with something soft underneath it. I don’t use cases very often, but that’s just something How I always have treated my smart phones.
  13. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Yea I can't do it. I don't like putting it down on hard surfaces without a case. I would suggest buying the Caudabe Veil XT. Very very minimal bulk (if any) and protects it for just that, placing on surfaces. Feels nice too, grippy and matte surface.
  14. Ffosse macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    I would only ever go naked with AC+ which I really should have bought. I still have time but £199 isn't an insignificant amount of money.
  15. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2009
    Atlanta GA
    i have a glass screen protector and a full skin, but I do screen down. I'm afraid to scratch the camera lens
  16. jdsmitty10 macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2016
    Screen up. I don't set mine down on hard surfaces. I either put it back in my pocket or on something soft such as napkins, paper, a book, magazine, towel, something other than hard surfaces. Was setting up the wifes phone yesterday, she plopped it down onto our quartz countertops...i was like wtf lol..but she uses a case(just didn't have one on yet).

    One time with my caseless iphone 5 I handed it to my FIL to look at a picture. He sat it down on the counter and SLID it back to me..Wasn't happy lol..
  17. Pipper99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2010
    Fort Worth, TX
    I do the same: it's pretty easy to find something soft. I showed a groupon at checkout at a restaurant with my caseless 5s, and the cashier grabbed it to get a better look before I could react, and he slapped it down on the glass counter surface. I wasn't happy, either.
  18. AdamA9 macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2010
    Just chuck it down however really. Usually, with the back on the surface, I put it on rather than the front.
  19. darkside flow macrumors 6502

    darkside flow

    Aug 11, 2010
    Camera side down but I always put it on the sleeve I keep it in. I guess that's 50% naked? lol
  20. Ntombi macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
    Same way I put down my X: camera bump down.

    Also same way I put down my 7s: camera bump down.

    And so on.

    I’ve never had an issue.
  21. jdsmitty10 macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2016
    Yeah thats the worst thing about having a caseless phone is letting someone else handle it.
  22. 212rikanmofo macrumors 68000

    Jan 31, 2003
    I would be extremely paranoid if I encounter a situation where I'm at a store and need assistant, and the employee who works there asks to take my phone so he can check something in the back. I'm not sure what to do at that point. Saying no would sound funny, especially when they are trying to assist me. I don't know what else I would do.
  23. Mr$tone, Oct 5, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2018

    Mr$tone macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2017
    I have a slim flat wallet in soft leather that I always place under my phone when putting it on a table.

    Camera side down—always and ever since iOS made it possible to only show content of notifications after unlocking with Face ID.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 5, 2018 ---
    Tried it. Felt kind of like when driving around with nice leather seats in a luxury car that has the plastic protection on the seats. Really silly and the quality is poor—really poor.
  24. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    I always place my Xs camera side down. I have a skin on the back of my device, plus AC+. I did the same with my X and never scratched the camera.
  25. cappo3 macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2014
    I put it back-down on any surface, I really do not think about it that much.
    No wonders, my glass back is badly scratched! But as long as the screen does not have any visually impairing scratches, I'm ok with it.

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