Nexus 5: Dodged a bullet...
OK... I'm walking through Target yesterday with my N5 in my shirt pocket.. I must have caught it somehow with my jacket.. NO idea, but it flew out of my pocket and hit the floor just as I stepped forward... and I proceeded to kick the bloody thing and it slid a good 15 feet making a rather horrendous scratchy-plasticy-slidy noise as it went. Man, that was a horrible noise... one I think will haunt me in my dreams.
My heart dropped... then I noticed the tell-tale white ring of the Active Display feature (LS 3.0 FTW)... Phew, it didn't land screen side down... I picked it up and on the back cover, there wasn't even a scratch... the only 'damage' I saw was that the back cover pulled away just a wee bit on a corner (it snapped back in nice and flush). Closer examination and the only permanent damage is two faint scratches on the camera glass, luckily NOT in view of the lens too. It must have landed JUST right on a corner to just pop the cover off and nothing else.
So I learned a couple of things... 1) that matte plastic on the back is pretty resistant to scratches, 2) the camera lens cover pretty much has its *** hanging out in the breeze as far as damage is concerned.
Re: Nexus 5: Dodged a bullet...
My dad has a galaxy note 2. I told him time and time again to get a case. He of course dropped his phone and the glass shattered. It cost him $150 to get the screen repaired. So he finally bought an otterbox which only cost him $20 on eBay. You do the math. Get a case. Its just common sense.
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