For some reason, there was a box full of freebie covers for various devices in the office, and I took this opportunity to quiz my colleagues about the same argument that the old ‘Lab had way back when.
I was mildly surprised that everyone valued device safety over the unadulterated form of the device. These are design-conscious folks too.
I suppose this utilitarian viewpoint makes sense. Drop a few bills on a smartphone or tablet, and you’ll feel protective of it.
For years, I covered my original iPhone with a case, and when I switched to the HTC EVO 4G, I added a rather chunky case to protect it, a retroactive move after I’d drop-kicked it accidentally after fumbling it out of my pocket, too little, too late.
At some point, probably swayed by that discussion we had and by the additional cost, I stopped buying cases. I carried the Nexus S without one, and yeah, it got dropped and scratched a little.
After recently getting a Nexus 4, which is a fantastic phone by the way, I’m faced with this question again: should I sully the beautiful device’s form to protect it?
I love design of all kinds, and it’s really a shame to hide the lines of a device like an iPhone or a Nexus 4. Of course, part of the beauty of these devices comes from glass, used liberally for the screen and aesthetic purposes. Nearly all of the Nexus 4 is glass, including the back, which I know will eventually be its undoing.
It’s an opinion, but cases tend to ruin the design lines and make devices more bulky. Again, all relative, but these devices are designed to be used as-is, not with a case. It’s possible I convinced myself that my old iPhone and EVO felt better without the cases, or maybe they really did, impossible to tell.
On the other hand, when presented with an object of considerable value, people are generally willing to spend a little on a case to avoid a costly repair or a constant reminder of how they failed to protect it.
A bit odd when contrasted with the hesitancy of many people to spend on apps to make the device incrementally more useful. Of course, that could be attributed to higher value for physical goods, but interesting nonetheless.
Anyway, I probably won’t buy a case for the Nexus 4, even though I expect to drop it at some point. That will hurt, but I guess I’m committed to the original design, even if that ends in tears.
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