So long iPhone case: Why I’m no longer casing my iPhone 24/7


Instead, my case strategy is going hybrid.

Ever since I experienced the pangs of back-to-back iPhone screen-shattering crashes, I’ve been a staunch supporter.

“It’s just safer and more practical,” I said to myself. iPhone 7, and later my iphone 8, his screen was irreparably broken after accidental drops. “Why risk spending another thousand bucks on an iPhone?”

But it was all one single, seemingly mundane moment to change my perspective: when I slipped the case to remove the SIM card from my iphone 12 pro max Months after leaving it was wrapped in rubber.

I was immediately reminded why these phones are premium: The flat display looked more stunning without protruding from all sides. The phone felt lighter and more comfortable in my hands and the soothing pacific blue glowed without extravagance. It was as if the integrity of the iPhone’s hardware had been revealed.

“Maybe you leave without thinking, that would be great…” whispered a voice in my head.

“No, you’re crazy!” Another, loud sound interrupted. “Pop the case back on ASAP and forget about it! Not worth the risk.”

Ignoring the rational voice in my head, I decided to find out if I was the only person close enough to secretly carry a $1,200 iPhone without a case. I was not.

After a little digging – a quick google – I discovered countless iPhone crusaders: fans claim it’s best to use a naked iPhone In college The way to experience the most famous consumer tech product on the planet.

“this phone [iPhone 12] Too beautiful to hide,'” one Reddit user said in response to a question about going case or caseless.

Another person on Reddit wrote, “I’m doing this naked. Bought an Apple for peace of mind.” “Coming to the ceramic clutch,” Post said, referring to Apple’s ceramic shielding, which the company said offers 4x better drop protection than the iPhone 12’s predecessor.

Former Nerdshala Contributor Chris Matyszczyk put it this way: “You don’t buy a BMW and cover it in black rubber, do you? … You don’t buy a Prada purse and then wrap it in pink cling film to make sure no corners are scratched.” Ho.”

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Keeping your iPhone “securely” in a case is a norm woven into the fabric of global smartphone culture. Take a look at the protective phone case industry, which is already worth billions and is projected to expand with phone ownership. Add nonstop marketing to the mix, and it almost feels like cocooning your iPhone in a case is an absolute necessity. And the options are endless: there are shock-resistant cases, eco-friendly cases, sparkly purple dinosaur cases, cases fancied by Miley Cyrus, 3D-printed cases complete with a picture of your dog — if you’re so inclined. is.

But this way of life did not come out of nowhere. Ferrying an attached iPhone has melted into our mainstream culture for legitimate reasons, of course: no one wants to risk iPhone destruction (most are too expensive), and everyone saves time, money, and resources upfront. wants. Despite all this, I still believe that iPhones without a case are the best experiences. (And yes, I totally agree that this lifestyle choice won’t appeal to the practical — an unpowered iPhone might sound outrageous — but it makes sense to out-of-this-world purists.)

In recent years, Apple has invested tens of billions on research and design, a portion of which has gone toward carefully crafting the great look and feel of each year’s iPhone. It’s also easy to forget that Apple employs teams to test its iPhones to make sure they’re designed to perfection, even when they’re not there. The reality is that iPhones are stronger than ever. Apple’s ceramic-glass shielding, which debuted with the iPhone 12, went above and beyond expectations, protecting the hardware from drops of up to 9 feet. (Take a look at the results of Nerdshala’s iPhone 12 Drop Test If you need more proof.)

Also, cases do not necessarily guarantee complete protection. In fact, according to some insiders, many of the broken claims allegedly come from attached iPhones.

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After researching, I made the informed decision to go caseless. Here’s what I’m enjoying: the lightness, slimness, portability and in-hand feel. I’m also appreciative that I can now take advantage of the touch-sensitive Apple symbol I’m covering with a case, and I programmed it to perform tasks like launching TikTok and taking screenshots is. And guess what? Because of this lifestyle choice, I have grown into a more mindful person. Will that overtake the other elements of my life? It is possible.

Still, the carefree iPhone lifestyle – though far better than the attached experience – wasn’t perfect. As it turned out, I had sacrificed peace of mind. I didn’t fully accept the risk involved with carrying a caseless iPhone around Hong Kong. The worry of my iPhone 12 Pro Max slipping, then crashing into a rock-hard floor hit me in the waves over a few days (even if I had AppleCare). My iPhone 12 Pro Max, which has a matte finish, is still quite slippery.

Then, as I made my way to a charming Hong Kong beach, I worried about grains of sand infiltrating the stainless steel chassis of my iPhone 12 Pro Max—regardless of its IP68 rating, indicating that it is both dust and waterproof.

“Don’t underestimate the kind of damage even a grain of sand can do to your iPhone,” my rational inner voice warned again.

Maybe the carefree life wasn’t for me, after all. So I decided to mash it up and swing by for the best of both worlds.

Now I save the case for high-risk activities like hitting the beach and hiking trails, and for when I finally board an airplane. For low-risk shenanigans like hanging out at home, walking around my neighborhood, or catching up with my girlfriends over dinner, I can enjoy the iPhone as Apple intended. Complete with double tap on the back.

Perhaps the “right” way for me is not about living a pro- or anti-case life, or splitting between case-haves and have-nots – but instead by taking a hybrid approach, where case and caseless May the days be peaceful coexistence.

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