Joshua Irish practices the same philosophy of iPhone cases as I do—he goes naked.
At my desk next to me sits a 1.5-year-old iPhone 4. I have not had a case since I bought it. It’s been dropped a bunch of times, it has some scratches, but it still works and looks great.
I wrote about this back in 2008 and used a car analogy (big surprise):
As useful as a bra is to protect a car’s front end from oncoming debris, it also does something inversely damaging – It masks the beautiful craft and design of the car.
The same goes for all this crap people use to protect their iPhones.
Take it off people! Unless you’re going rock climbing, your iPhone doesn’t need all that protection. It’s not the delicate flower you think it is. It can handle everyday use. I know mine can.
Or as Jerry Seinfeld says, “Why don’t you walk around with a helmet on too?”