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dleve123

dleve123

Tinkerer

from New York City
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Hey guys I just bought an iPhone 3G and I was wondering what are the advantages and disadvantages of buying a soft case vs. a hard case.

These are my maybe incorrect assumptions so far: 

Hard cases dont protect your iPhone because the phone bounces itself in the case.
Soft Cases absorb the impact of a fall, but pick up lint.

I was never really that good at physics, and maybe my whole hard case damage thing makes no sense at all.....

Thank you for educating me.

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March 3, 2009 4:52 am
samanthasquared

samanthasquared

Automaton Tech

from Maryland, USA
237 posts

Not an iPhone, rather an iPod Touch, but I love my case:

http://samanthaarmacost.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/case4views.jpg


Anyway, my thoughts, a hard case can break and end up puncturing your phone, other items, or your own skin.  Also, I have never had a soft case pick up lint, although I don't often carry phones in pants pockets.

Also there is a similar discussion on this site: http://www.ipodtouchfans.com/forums/sho … hp?t=97471

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March 3, 2009 5:00 am
AdamWillis

AdamWillis

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from Arlington, VA
109 posts

You might find this episode of MacBreak useful... I did. http://www.pixelcorps.tv/macbreak177

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March 3, 2009 5:01 am
macnook

macnook

Gearhead

from United States
62 posts

I don't know - either is better than nothing.

I have an iPod Touch and love how sleek it is-- slides in and out of the pocket quite easily. I have been enjoying going caseless, though I do have an invisible shield installed.

After an unfortunate accident at Panera bread that sent my Touch sliding neatly under the nearly inaccesible space beneath the soda dispensers, I've re-thought the "no case" thing. A black silicone case will be here tomorrow.

The iPod's fine, but did require employee assistance to retrieve.

I'd go for silicone or leather if you're worried about lint. I've never seen the point of a rigid case for a phone/iPod unless I'm trying to protect against crushing. smile

March 3, 2009 5:08 am
Scandalous

Scandalous

Sky Pirate

1,528 posts

samanthasquared wrote:

Not an iPhone, rather an iPod Touch, but I love my case:

http://samanthaarmacost.com/blog/wp-con … 4views.jpg


Anyway, my thoughts, a hard case can break and end up puncturing your phone, other items, or your own skin.  Also, I have never had a soft case pick up lint, although I don't often carry phones in pants pockets.

Also there is a similar discussion on this site: http://www.ipodtouchfans.com/forums/sho … hp?t=97471

That's slick, albeit a little bulky. But nice work!

I use a hard case for my iPod. Slips in and out of pockets easy.

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March 3, 2009 5:16 am
dleve123

dleve123

Tinkerer

from New York City
22 posts

I forgot to mention that i have a screen film on it already...thanks for the video link. ok so if the case is durable then the case wont break, but if it isnt shock resistant then wont all the momentum from the fall just transfer to the iPhone??? i thought the purpose of a case was to protect the phone....i might just be confused.

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March 3, 2009 5:26 am
AdamWillis

AdamWillis

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from Arlington, VA
109 posts

dleve123 wrote:

I forgot to mention that i have a screen film on it already...thanks for the video link. OK so if the case is durable then the case wont break, but if it isn't shock resistant then wont all the momentum from the fall just transfer to the iPhone??? i thought the purpose of a case was to protect the phone....i might just be confused.

What I got from the video was that a hard case is mostly to protect from scratches while a softer case will protect more from drops. The problem with a soft case is that they are harder to get inside and out of your pockets. This is why they made that case to have both sort of. He talks about some special blend where the outside is hard but still flexible while the inside is soft so you can have shock absorption.

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March 3, 2009 5:39 am
dleve123

dleve123

Tinkerer

from New York City
22 posts

that does make sense, i got a simple at&t silicon case today just so i have something protecting the phone from minor scratches, its already starting to peel off my screen skin.  This is a stupid analogy but it might make sense. knight is to iphone as armor is to hard case.  they both protect from scratches (or swords), but a knight's armor wont be any helpful when he (or she) is falling off of his (or her) horse lol. it will just add weight, increasing the speed of the fall and increase the impact i guess.  take a knife to an iphone with a soft case, and shes a goner, but then again, how often will you encounter something that will severely scratch the iphone.  I keep on hearing about this rebel case too.....what the deal with those?

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March 3, 2009 5:49 am
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