I love both the videos of jerrryrigeverything and the validity of his argument. You cannot form a robust defensible view from a few anecdotes.
Obviously any case adds some protection vs no case. But which case is best?
What I do:
- I have 2 phones, my "flagship" and my "beater" phone, they are different age, different cost.
- I keep my "flagship" phone in a minimalist case to handle low height scuff type drops.
- if I am entering a situation where accidents are more likely I use my "beater" phone.
- if I am leaving home for a long trip (weeks) then go with both phones.
The argument to buy a specific flagship phone and worry about its aesthetics in buying one based on thin-ness, light-ness, and then hide in a thick case is dubious. In your hand you can buy a different older phone no case which is smaller. The whole argument of cases is a weakened when it comes to flagships.
- I kept all my phones in cases
- owned so far 6 phones in 5 years (note: the primary / secondary phone idea)
- never broken any phone ever
Other members of my family have broken their phones, I then give them one of mine and I get a new one. Seems to be cheapest overall. I also repair phones, and when I decide which phone to buy, I seek teardown reviews from Jerry (and others) given at some point I would probably be repairing such a phone myself.
I yesterday replaced the battery on a 4 year old designed tablet I got 2 years ago for $89. The replacement battery cost me $10. I used Jerry's teardown video to learn how to replace the battery. So a tablet cost $229 4 years ago, I paid $89 new 2 years ago is now "as new" for $10. That tablet is going to be my "sacrificial" device to be exposed to risks on my next flight where idiot crew and idiot passengers "do your worse" to drown my $89 tablet in the coffee you spilt "sorry it was an accident" or the 400LB person who sits on something. My $400 phone is kept away from "accidents".