*I'm aware that most people go "naked" when their phone is old/replaced/out of warranty, and take off the screen protectors and case. I'm only referring to your newest phone/tablet/device.*
I've been thinking a lot about smartphones, and the various lengths people go to protect them from scratches. Most people use some combination of these two tools:
1. The Screen Protector
This is usually the first thing people are looking for when they get a brand new phone. Many brands actually include a cheap one with the device in the box. Some are just a cheap sheet of plastic, that degrade picture quality with a "rainbow" sheen and scratch easier than butter, and some are actually a secondary thin sheet of hardened glass that you place on top of the phone's glass with oleophobic properties. There are screen protectors of all grades, hardnesses, and prices anywhere in between, but almost everyone would agree that you need one. Why? While the toughest, Gorilla Glass-iest, most scratch resistant screens will easily withstand a pocket full of keys or loose change, nothing short of the absolute latest in sapphire/ruby glass technology can stand up to the infinite scratching power of POCKET SAND. The fact is, if you scratch a screen protector, you just need to peel it off and apply a new one for very little cost, but if you scratch your phone's built in screen, fixing that can be a long, costly procedure, or even impossible.
Unfortunately, the downside of screen protectors is that most people do not buy, or aren't even aware of the higher quality, oleophobic, hardened plastic protectors. Most people buy the cheap $2-per-pack ones, and never change them, leaving their phone's screen a giant, fingerprint and scratch covered mess, completely wasting that nice oleophobic coating that the manufacturer was so kind to apply to their phone. So what's the point, if your phone is going to be constantly scratched anyway?
2. The Case or Shell
These come in almost every shape, color, function and variety you can imagine. Some even have leather or fabric "covers" to protect the screen while you aren't using the phone, and some are even two-piece assembly affairs with their own built in glass screen protector. Again, if you drop your phone with one of these on, you're only out a few bucks, but if you drop your bare/naked phone on concrete, it's gonna be all scratched to hell and ugly for the rest of its life.
But the downside with these is that they usually make your phone thicker, and sometimes more difficult to handle. Your phone's manufacturer spend years and thousands of dollars in R&D trying to shave off a few extra millimeters off the thickness of your phone, and you throw all that out the window by thickening it up with a plastic shell. But cheap plastic shells are a "one-time-use" deal, once you drop it on a hard rough surface, they crack and scratch and break extremely easily. Which is why some people opt for the rubber/silicone cases. They can actually survive a 5 foot drop onto concrete without a noticeable scratch, but they're even thicker, and they make it very awkward when you struggle to slide your phone out of your tight jeans pocket while the rubber case fights you all the way.
So I was wondering, are there people out there who opt to enjoy their phone's built in oleophobic coating, who trust the Gorilla Glass's toughness and scratch resistance, who frown at the idea of doubling their phone's thickness with a protective case, and who appreciate the raw beauty and design of their phone's naked, virgin body?
Or is everyone ironically ruining the beauty of their devices by trying to protect their devices' beauty?