Shawn Blanc’s latest post about [wear and tear on the iPhone 5](http://shawnblanc.net/2012/10/iphone-5/) really strikes a chord with me. I don’t have a brand-spanking new iPhone — my 4S is a little over a year old now — but I do care about keeping my gadgets in great condition. I regularly clean my iPhone and I take great care not to drop it, or place it on surfaces where it could somehow make its way towards the floor. Unlike Shawn, I actually enjoy using cases, but more for the added grip and style than for protection.
All that being said, I do have a few scratches on my screen, and a few on the back, simply due to normal wear and tear. These little nicks used to kill me inside, but they no longer bother me. As long as my iPhone is functional enough, those cosmetic scratches don’t really register any more, and I find I’m simply using my gadgetry more; less worrying and more enjoying has been working out well for me.