However, I paid a high price for comfort a couple of weeks ago when I dropped my Galaxy S III and smashed its display. If I had used a case or skin, I’d probably still have my GS III in my pocket.
Today I came across a new video clip featuring comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Joel Hodgson, and it brought the pain of losing my Galaxy S III right back. In it, Seinfeld spots Hodgson’s iPhone case and says:
“Ugh look at that pathetic little protector. Why don’t you walk around with a helmet on too? You should have a big Styrofoam helmet.”
I’m a big fan of Jerry Seinfeld, and I realize he was just making a joke—and an admittedly amusing one, at that. But regular people who need their iPhones to last two years or more and who don’t want to pay for a replacement screen or a repair really should value protection and durability over style and comfort. And I’d be willing to bet that most people drop their phones more often than they fall and bump their heads.
Sorry Seinfeld, you’re off the mark on this one. (Then again, I’m still not using a case on either of my current two smartphones. Do as I say, not as I do, dear reader.)
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.