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    Default 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.
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    Phew! That's why I use a case. You always think you'll have the phone completely under your control until you don't! Glad to hear the phone survived intact.
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    Yeah, I've thought about a case, but just too much bulk for my tastes. So I'll keep tickling the dragon's tail... I DID have a screen protector on it, but a recent vacation did a number on it and I had to toss is... so its naked at the moment (gotta order some more).
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    Whew indeed. Glad the damage wasn't worse!


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    Highly recommended TPU case. No much bulk here.
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FH50GVG/...0-20&m1k=vb_ac
    $12.90
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    Cases are good. I love cases.


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    Wow. Definitely got lucky with that one. I don't use a case, even though I have like 3. I should probably start XD

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    Wow you got lucky

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    Glad to see the device is OK.

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    I love using my phones without cases. As is such I often have these "Oh No!" moments lol. Glad your device is okay

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    Incipio feather. Have on every phone in have ever owned. 1 mm of bulk and actually quite protective.

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    The oddest thing about the story is that it didn't land in a toilet...Which is usually what happens to most of us when our phones inadvertently sail through the air... Not that this has happened to me twice...
    N5 Black 32GB 4.4.4(I love this thing!!), N4 (4.4.4), iphone 5, ONE+64GB N7(4.4.4) AT&T The Nexus 5 is so fast...I just finished the internet...The ending wasn't great...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chex313 View Post
    The oddest thing about the story is that it didn't land in a toilet...Which is usually what happens to most of us when our phones inadvertently sail through the air... Not that this has happened to me twice...
    Eeeeeewwwwww....

    So when talking on the phone do you have that, ya know...smell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haalcyon View Post
    Eeeeeewwwwww....

    So when talking on the phone do you have that, ya know...smell?

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    Well not that it happened to me...but hypothetically I washed them off in the sink. Than dried them...Than bought new phones , shortly thereafter. Both were original razrs...Its why my wife is right when she tells me to allways put the seat down...

    Oh and just to be clear I was 8ft away when this happened. Used to use a belt clip and forget about it. Pulled the belt off and the phone would sling shot towards the danger area...No longer use a belt clip...
    N5 Black 32GB 4.4.4(I love this thing!!), N4 (4.4.4), iphone 5, ONE+64GB N7(4.4.4) AT&T The Nexus 5 is so fast...I just finished the internet...The ending wasn't great...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chex313 View Post
    Well not that it happened to me...but hypothetically I washed them off in the sink. Than dried them...Than bought new phones , shortly thereafter. Both were original razers...Its why my wife is right when she tells me to allways put the seat down...
    Lol.


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    That's why I always use a case. There are so many cases that look really good with the phone that there really is no reason not to have one in my opinion. I definitely don't want to damage this baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkhmwilliams View Post
    That's why I always use a case. There are so many cases that look really good with the phone that there really is no reason not to have one in my opinion. I definitely don't want to damage this baby.

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    A few weeks ago I was about to get in my truck and was putting my phone in my jacket. Well I missed the pocket, it hit the ground on the corner and did a few flips before coming to a rest 6 feet away. The edge of my Spigen case is a little scratched on the corner where it hit but no damage to the phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kage_ View Post
    A few weeks ago I was about to get in my truck and was putting my phone in my jacket. Well I missed the pocket, it hit the ground on the corner and did a few flips before coming to a rest 6 feet away. The edge of my Spigen case is a little scratched on the corner where it hit but no damage to the phone.

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    I cracked the digitizer on my Tab 3 7.0 LTE when it fell out and bounced off a vehicle doorframe onto the pavement high rotation angular corner hit, POW. No sweat, ordered a digitizer $23 free shipping and used my bench tools to replace it in like ten minutes. The body has one scratch in the paint. So I'll probably order a skin with slight bumpers.

    My three year old Echo is still the benchmark, charging port tighter than a tick and I even dropped it fifteen feet onto concrete. 'Super Copper Alloy' (sounds like time capsule copper alloy honestly) did its job, chipped out nearly half an inch of flooring with only a 0.3mm flattening of the impacted corner!! No damage to either screen and it didn't even throw the battery. If Kyocera got off its rear and used similar materials in a new phone I would buy it regardless of any benchmark scores.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Relgoshan View Post
    I cracked the digitizer on my Tab 3 7.0 LTE when it fell out and bounced off a vehicle doorframe onto the pavement high rotation angular corner hit, POW. No sweat, ordered a digitizer $23 free shipping and used my bench tools to replace it in like ten minutes. The body has one scratch in the paint. So I'll probably order a skin with slight bumpers.

    My three year old Echo is still the benchmark, charging port tighter than a tick and I even dropped it fifteen feet onto concrete. 'Super Copper Alloy' (sounds like time capsule copper alloy honestly) did its job, chipped out nearly half an inch of flooring with only a 0.3mm flattening of the impacted corner!! No damage to either screen and it didn't even throw the battery. If Kyocera got off its rear and used similar materials in a new phone I would buy it regardless of any benchmark scores.
    You have skills. I would not be sure I could do a perfect job making my own repairs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by camanokid View Post
    Highly recommended TPU case. No much bulk here.
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FH50GVG/...0-20&m1k=vb_ac
    $12.90
    I've bought a red one of these a few weeks ago and quite like it, and while it fits securely and won't pop off on its own, it is also easy to take off and put on again when you do want to use your phone naked. I also have a Spigen Slim Ultra-fit case which I haven't used since I got the Bugdroid case as I find it less comfortable to hold.

    For my screen I have a tempered glass screen protector, it's well worth the bit extra they cost over a plastic one, since they are more durable they'll last longer than any plastic ones and they also feel nicer to the touch. The tempered glass is perhaps not quite as scratch resistant as Gorilla Glass, but even Gorilla Glass 3 isn't scratch proof, and the scratches my screen protector has acquired in the 6 weeks I've been using it are barely noticeable.

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    that's i got one of these for mine -

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsaw View Post
    The tempered glass is perhaps not quite as scratch resistant as Gorilla Glass, but even Gorilla Glass 3 isn't scratch proof,
    And if you gouge it good, you are out $20 or so.... beats having to get a screen repaired I guess. :-) I'll be ordering a glass protector shortly.

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    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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