Published on 10/28/2016
You may not know this but your smartphone, e-reader and tablet were never meant to be kept hidden in a case. Those protective coverings you spend so much money on trying to keep your technology out of harm’s way can actually cause more problems than the ones they claim to solve.
Steve Jobs famously carried his iPhone unprotected in his front pocket right next to his keys and coins just to make sure the device would not be scratched when it came in contact with items you frequently keep in your own pockets. When the iPhone didn’t pass the scratch test, it was sent back to the design team to be reworked. This is how we ended up with some of today’s leading technologies-- like Gorilla Glass-- a type of toughened glass made to be crack and scratch resistant.
Your technology was meant to be naked when in use.
Protective cases that hug your phone or tablet 24/7 come with risks, cons, and drawbacks that aren’t talked about often enough. Among them:
They may cause overheating. Many cases on the market today can cause your phone or tablet to overheat when in use, while charging, or in warm weather because they trap the heat your smartphone gives off between the device housing and the case. That’s like putting bubble wrap around your car’s engine and it expecting it not to overheat while you drive.
Incompatible with accessories. Things like charging docks and cables, lens kits, and even headphone cords don’t often play nice with cases.
They can damage your technology. Dust, hair, lint, sand, dirt and other debris can (and frequently do) get lodged under protective cases and covers, scratching screens, building up on sensors, and doing damage behind the scenes that you fail to notice until you remove the case.
Hard to clean. Cases come with rubber bumpers, textured backs and grooved sides that are nearly impossible to clean. And let’s not get started about how difficult it is to remove your phone from its case when you need to clean it.
They’re ugly. We’re not the only ones to feel that way.
You can still protect your phone when traveling about without cloaking it in an unsightly case.