Despite the fact that it has been out for over half a year, I’m surprised at the number of people that still ask me “Is that an iPhone 5?” with a sense of amazement and wonder. The next question I usually get asked (especially from other iPhone owners): “You don’t have a case?”
No, I do not have a case, nor have I ever used a case to protect the numerous mobile phones I have owned over the past 10 years. To me, it’s a foregone conclusion. Hardware manufacturers spend months — even years — worth of development to craft a beautiful smartphone, focusing on making it the slimmest on the market or deploying inventive new construction materials and methods only to have users cover up all of their hard work with a chunky piece of plastic.
This is particularly troublesome for me with the iPhone. Apple is known not only for producing hardware that performs beyond expectations, but for doing it with style and class. The iPhone 5 is one of the most beautiful smartphones ever crafted, so why entomb it within the walls of your giant Otterbox case?
Look at its sleek lines, the glass and aluminum construction, the slim profile. Why do people want to turn this phone into a hideous monstrosity of black plastic? I get it. The iPhone is expensive. You cherish your iPhone. You don’t want to break your iPhone.
NEWS FLASH: The iPhone was made to be used, handled everyday, not placed inside a rubberized shrine to be adored from afar. Sure, you are going to pick up a few dings and scratches, but you want an ugly smartphone? Buy one for half the price.
Sorry you dropped your shiny new iPhone 5 and shattered the screen. Here’s a tip: DON’T DROP YOUR PHONE. But please, spare me the speech on how a case is an absolute necessity. This is why you can’t have nice things. Buy a ruggedized Android if you want a hideous piece of kit that won’t shatter when you drop it.
OH, so you’re case lets you express your originality? I don’t care if you have Hello Kitty plastered all over your smartphone. I don’t care if your case can open bottles or hold your credit cards. Just ditch the case, trust me. The world won’t end, and maybe — just maybe — you will gain an entire new appreciation for the phone you so easily take for granted.
So, I put the question to you. Case or no case? Sound off in the comments below!