Discuss: Cases on Smartphones

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December 27, 2013 at 05:41:04
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that almost a quarter of Smartphone owners don't use cases to protect their phones. Discuss here if you think a case is necessary on a phone, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
December 27, 2013 at 06:42:15
Considering the cost of a case vs. the cost of insurance/replacing a phone, I cant imagine why not. I have a windows 8 Lumia phone, and i spent 20 USA dollars on a case (with a stand) I have dropped it a hundred times (yes, i am clumsy, and yes I have two kids)

::mike


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#2
December 27, 2013 at 12:45:15
I have two BlackBerry phones.. The first was the 9700 Bold and a nice item is... Without going into the full details, I had to get a later model Bold 9900(?) while the 97 was being repaired (the mouse "ball" had gone intermittent).

I have always kept my 9700 in its own slip in case; and that inside a small camera case. I could unzip the camera case and easily access/remove the 9700 from its harder slip in case - with no difficulty; and leave the hard case inside the softer/padded camera case.

I have been told by the chap who repaired my 9700 ,and also by the phone service/outfit who provided it..., that it is "still" in mint condition; no marks on the screen or anywhere else it, no scratches etc... Likely would command a good price - if I chose to sell it... It was bought four or five years ago if I remember correctly.

The 9900 now goes likewise into that small camera case and can be easily accessed as was the 9700. It is almost two years old - and in mint condition.

The 9700 was put into store after 3yrs of use; it is still my preferred model. Certainly my primary backup phone. (And I have a very elderly Nokia min-brick from the early 90s... That too is in mint condition... being in its own full cover case.) The 9700 does travel with me when I go overseas...; as then I can use a local sim etc. and avoid having to do anything to or with my current (not so good 9900).

For me it makes sense to have any phone, tablet or whatever with a display screen - in a decent firm ("leather or faux leather") case; and to ensure it stays there when not in use. Even better to enclose that case within a zipped padded outer-case as I do... That way the whole device is even better protected from bangs, knocks, drops from a reasonable height; and the screen is also kept well protected for outside influences - dirt, liquids etc...

A decent case is but a fraction of the cost of the phone; especially if buying the phone outright? if it's part of phone package deal... and you will "own" the phone at the end of the contract, then again makes sense to protect it properly?

But for many it seems a few pennies is too much after paying for the phone; or is it just an attitude of "the insurance will cover it all"?

As regards poll results - and this is in general... I find they can depend heavily on what you ask, how you ask it - and who choose to ask... I tend to have serious reservations about consumer polls and results - especially if done in the street (the vox-pop approach).

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#3
December 28, 2013 at 01:50:18
Hey, I don't own a smartphone but I do have a case for my dumbphone.

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#4
December 28, 2013 at 08:30:49
Hi Trvir,

suggest being careful putting Blackberries into store.

We have a Bold 9780 that was not used for about 2 months and when we tried to use it found it had 'died'.

It was not the battery. Sadly here in the UK, unlike Apple and Nokia, Blackberry service is appalling, relying on back street repair shops. This has lost them a lot of sales.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#5
December 28, 2013 at 14:25:30
Hi Mike:

Thank you for that heads-up…

I will put my 9700 on charge and see what happens - even without a sim installed…

I agree that BB after-sales seems not be as good as it might be… And when one gets one via a service provider "contract" (T-Mobile, o2 etc..) "they" soon seem to lose interest too in dealing BB problems; and in the case of o2 at least seem to be loathe to do anything other than send it to BB (if they don't "ask you" to send it as better…).

The chap who repaired my 9700 felt that model was likely the one the better models BB made; has/had best reliability etc… Anything following it was no where as good… And I can agree with regard to the 9900.

Not sure what I will replace it with anon; if I don't resurrect the 9700 (providing it does still work).

Pity really as initially the company products appeared to be well regarded? Also it is Canadian company and being Canadian (as well as Brit) I have obviously sympathies there...

Of course I could still use my antique Nokia mini-brick…; providing the battery is still up for it… It's a basic phone and does what it says on the tin; and one can live without a lot of the toys on "smart" phones (most of which I seldom use).

Will advise re' the 9700 in a day or so...

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#6
December 28, 2013 at 19:48:29
I have a handy case for my phone; I used it once already. I have an armored cover I use on occasion. I have two extra batteries I can toss in my pocket that weigh about as much as a 50¢ piece.

All this stuff sits on my desk waiting for me to go somewhere.

I actually took a picture on my phone a couple months ago. Can't find it and don't remember where the hell I was though. But, I swear, I had the phone in one of the ChiComm cases and had my extra batteries in my pocket.

Skip
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#7
December 29, 2013 at 06:35:38
mmm SkipCox:

Clearly there is market for cases with a long term auto-homing id beacon system. One that has a battery that will last say at least a year; and then warn you it's going off-line as it were well, enuff in advance to allow you replace the battery?

Have you had a word with the Borrowers; those mysterious little folk who live behind the skirting boards (aka baseboards in N. Am.)? Perhaps they have 'borrowed it" to make a call or two overseas friends; or to use when out on a foraging expedition locally, or trying to help ET - to "phone home"?

An armoured cover sounds heavy stuff… You expecting an assignment to a war-zone? If so perhaps keep the phone over your heart - as added protection against incoming ordinance? A sort of modern/current replacement for the olde pocket watch routine - so often flogged to death in many westerns… And of course one or two have attribute their survival to a wee small bible in that same location - and with the same effect.

Update on my BB 9700. It charged up fine within an hour or so late last evening; was still charged etc. this morning. All seems to work OK - although i haven't tried it with a sim installed.. But at least the rest appears to work OK.

But will occasionally check it and keep it reasonably charged too...


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#8
December 30, 2013 at 03:59:49
My LG G2 came with a "Smart Window" case as part of the package. I have dropped the phone once with no apparent damage so the case did it's job. Only downside is I didn't get a choice of color. White is not the best. Shows up the dirt too much. Will have to see if it can be easily cleaned. Aftermarket cost of these cases is around AUD$70 so I'm glad it was included.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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