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I make no bones about it, I am an accessory junkie. Whenever I get a new device, be it a new phone, tablet or even a camera, I search the Web high and low for any sort of case, attachment and add-on I can get for it. And when Amazon has a great deal on any of them, I usually have the safety switch on my ordering fingers off. (Thank you, Prime.)

This has a lot to do with why I have a penchant for some Apple products. Unlike their Android counterparts, iPhones and iPads come with a wide array of third-party cases right out of the gate. The iPhone 5 isn't even a month old yet and there are literally hundreds of cases available for purchase and many, many more on the way.

If you're lucky enough to choose a high enough profile Android smartphone or tablet, you might have a half dozen cases to choose from in the first six months. Some devices may draw more attention, like the Samsung Galaxy S III, since it features the same design and specs across all the U.S. variants. But with their too-short lifespans, the majority of Android handsets get overlooked for those that garner the most attention.

Being so gung-ho when it comes to buying cases, I have learned two things over the years: what cases I like and which ones I don't. I have boxes and drawers full of cases for old phones that I used for a day or two and threw aside to never use again. And then I have some cases that are in tatters from having seen so much mileage.

For the most part, however, I've never really been the case type. I like to hold a phone and feel it how the designers and creators intended for it to feel in the hand. In the same respect, I despise scratches and nicks. And, unfortunately, phones these days aren't durable enough to withstand a few months of case-free use without suffering from at least a few scratches. And Nissan's Scratch Shield technology hasn't made its way into handsets just yet.

So I succumb to the case fold like most other people. But my tastes have greatly changed since the last time I spoke about cases.

Before, I was using my iPhone 4S in an Incipio offGRID case, which housed a spare battery that could be used to charge the iPhone once its battery got critically low. And I was using the Flip Cover on the Samsung Galaxy Note.

I have since retired the iPhone 4S for the newer iPhone 5, and I swapped the Galaxy Note out for the HTC One X. For several months, I carried the One X in a cheap TPU case I bought off Amazon. And for a while I carried it in an Otterbox Commuter case. But for the past month or so, I have risked using the One X completely naked. The polycarbonate body seems to be holding up well, but it has suffered a few blemishes I'm not too proud of.

That said, I wouldn't dare carry the iPhone 5 without a case. I've seen how easy its chassis scratches, and I went out the day it came in the mail to purchase a Belkin silicon case for it. Just a few days later, though I started my search for the perfect case. I found several pull-tab pouch cases online and ordered three different ones. For the time being, I have settled on the i-Blason lamb leather pouch with a pull tab on the outside and I couldn't be more content.

As for my tablets, I have removed the cheap, red case I bought for the Nexus 7 because it died the back plate of my white developer model pink. And the iPad case I wanted was out of stock for three or so months. But I somehow got lucky and found the exact Case-Mate Venture case for 40 percent off and snagged it.

If I had my way, I wouldn't carry any mobile device in a case. But durability is an issue. So I use things like pouches and easy-to-remove cases so I can enjoy the devices as they were intended to be used and slip them into some protection when I'm not using them or for transport.

I'm interested to hear what you prefer, though. What type of cases do you fit your mobile devices in? Pouches or other minimal cases, like me? Or do you use ultra durable cases like the Otterbox Defender or Lifeproof? Or do you risk a catastrophe and carry your devices totally naked? Sound off below!


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Brigette Hope Reimschussel Lmt yes...I'm a clust, lol
Jose Villa Yes .. Always.
Jdcrz Psn yup, gotta protect dat rear camera, cause the manufacturers don't do so for u.
Shahul Hameed I like naked :-)
Patrick Matteson Otterbox defender. Razr
Travis Robinson Gs3 otterbox comuter case.
Rob Watkins PureGear case on my Droid 4. The phone is surprisingly scratch prone. It's not nearly as durable as my OG Droid or Droid 2.
Shardizzle Alford Heck yea I do shoot I don't want to drop my baby
Ben Conover Just got an Otter Box Defender for my SGS3 today. Flip open case/stand for my Toshiba Excite.
Zach Cline I hate cases. I just use screen shields on my iPhone . A bumper case here and there
Johnny Tooter Shackelford TPU cases....ftw
George Isenhart I have a protective case on my phone and tablet, Even with the 2 year contract price and insurance I'd still prefer they be protected.
Christopher Stowe My red galaxy s3 is naked! But i do have a screen protector in it.
Tony Abiama Only TPU every other case is a no go
Sebastian Gomes TPU cases only
Devin Martinez And cover up the Mercedes Benz of phones ? iPhone 5 is to beautiful to cover up.
David DiPilla I have a rezound to but just switched over to iPhone 5 the rezound is a great phone
Stacy Holland Yup got a ballistic style case from cell nerds for my rezound work great
Jacob Robert Otter commuter for my GS3.....without it my phone is so thin it's hard to hold for texting and such.
Wasim Shaikh Yep, amzer snap on polycarbonate for my HTC One X. It still looks beautiful with white phone and contrasting black case
David DiPilla EBay has great cases
T Louis Michael Otterbox Commuter case available brand-new, open stock, on EBay for $13 including postage.
Elijah David Kleehammer Yes, but it's just enough to give me something to hold on to. My GSII is so light and thin - to me - that I have a hard time holding onto it. I need something solid to grab... (And that's also what she said).
Alberto Garcia Flores Yeah, I bought one on Samsung website for my Galaxy S3 and a clear one from Amazon
Ronnie Cave I can go with or without a case, right now I've got an incipio feather on my iphone 4 it's slim and you can barely tell its on
Vincent Del Pizzo Of course! It's protected my HTC Thunderbolt and all my other phones I've had cases on, but on my Thunderbolt, it doesn't protect the kickstand (like I would actually expect it to #sarcasm)
David DiPilla To protect it from breaking lol
Ezekiel Carsella nope. why get a phone if it needs a case?
David DiPilla Ya I have 2 Translucent cases for my iPhone 5 green and blue they are really nice I don't want to use a case cause the iPhone 5 looks so nice but have to keep the phone in good Condition if I would drop it with out a case I would cry lol
Michael Alvarado Castellano I got a case on my iPhone 4s and galaxy S 3
Erik Lee Morales Yep. Have the otterbox commuter for my DROID razr and I love it. Has saved my phone multiple times
Marti Ruiz nop. i bought my galaxy cuz is thin, hate cases
Nanci Akemon Yep love a nice case..I like to change them.
Tejwant Singh Just ordered one never used one
Adam McWilliams Yep UAG case
Felix Tran Ballistic case for my Sensation. I like the case, saves my phone a few times :D
Juwon Donte Yes couldn't stand the plastic feel of my s3
Jesse Ling Asthetics
T Louis Michael Have a new case on order for my Samsung Mythic.
Felix Rob Paulino Heck no, tried the other box communer with an HD IS screen protector and ended up removing them three months after. The beauty of the phone is no longer visible after covering it.
Amie Lee Greenway Love a good case.
Sergio Reyes No, makes the phone look ugly, example the iPhone 5 they designed it to look "nice" "thin" "light as a feather" and what not yet ppl buy these big cases just to make the phone look ugly, just my take in this >.>
Cristian Henriquez @PhoneDog.com any word when galaxy note 2 for Verizon is coming out?
Ian Baylon My mom bought me one but it's really hard to take my phone out of my pocket so I haven't used it ever since but the case saved my phone's life a few times thank god
Chad Forthman Nope, takes away from the look of my phone,but my work phone, yes.
Ryan Mueller absolutely not!!!!!!
Dave Morgan Otterbox Commuter for my Galaxy S III




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