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[#] Mon Feb 14 2022 08:45:14 EST from zelgomer

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I buy cheap phones. On the one occassion that I did drop one on concrete and shatteted the screen, I didn't cry, continued to use it for another 6 months, and finally when part of the touchscreen started acting flakey I bought a new cheapo.

Something must be wrong with me. I just don't use my phone for much other than as a telephone, for ssh, and for browsing the news so that I don't have to make eye contact with strangers in public. For those purposes, the cheapest android phones you can find these days work just fine.

[#] Mon Feb 14 2022 08:46:06 EST from zelgomer

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Oh yeah, so to answer the question in case it wasn't clear, no, I don't bother with phone cases.

[#] Mon Feb 14 2022 13:17:45 EST from darknetuser

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2022-02-13 16:43 from IGnatius T Foobar
My phone is more than three years old and starting to get a bit long in

the tooth. I'm going to try factory erasing it to see if that makes it

faster -- I bet it will.

But since it's an old phone that I don't mind wrecking, now is the

time to try something I've wanted to try for a long time: keeping it

without a case.
I've always had phones in cases, and I'm wondering whether it's really

necessary.
I don't mind the scuffs and dings from normal use, since I keep my

phones way past their ability to resell. All I really care about is

that I don't break it or crack the screen.

What say you, fellow humans? Case or no case?



I am non-case user here. I am of the opinion that a phone should be survivable enough with no case for the get go. A lot of people has cased phones and they are in no worse state than the phones I care for.

That said, I only have a smartphone for one of my jogs. The rest of the time I use a Nokia feature phone. The Nokia has survived falling into a pool of horse pee, being grabbed and shaken by horse mouths, and dropping every now and then. I also threw it against a wall in a rage and the thing shows no significant damage.

Meanwhile, my last caseless smartphone has a non-dangerous crack on its screen for a single drop.

I calculate a smartphone to be suposed to last 4 years. A smartphone dies faster from obsolescence than from accidents, so it does not make much sense to get a case for it imo. I refuse to fund the case scam when phone companies should be making tough devices, instead of devices you have to toughen up.

[#] Mon Feb 14 2022 15:08:32 EST from Nurb432

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Mine is mostly a music player and a convenient camera, that also can go online for texting to the wife.

Also is nice as a WAP, if i need to get into work or something.  ( which is rare )

 

Mon Feb 14 2022 08:45:14 AM EST from zelgomer
I buy cheap phones. On the one occassion that I did drop one on concrete and shatteted the screen, I didn't cry, continued to use it for another 6 months, and finally when part of the touchscreen started acting flakey I bought a new cheapo.

Something must be wrong with me. I just don't use my phone for much other than as a telephone, for ssh, and for browsing the news so that I don't have to make eye contact with strangers in public. For those purposes, the cheapest android phones you can find these days work just fine.

 



[#] Tue Feb 15 2022 00:05:31 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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I've got expensive phones, I'm very cautious - I keep a smaller rubber bumper case and a regular screen protector. I've never cracked a screen - ever... 

Yet. 




[#] Fri Apr 29 2022 20:02:58 EDT from msgrhys

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Mon Feb 14 2022 08:45:14 EST from zelgomer
I buy cheap phones. On the one occassion that I did drop one on concrete and shatteted the screen, I didn't cry, continued to use it for another 6 months, and finally when part of the touchscreen started acting flakey I bought a new cheapo.

Something must be wrong with me. I just don't use my phone for much other than as a telephone, for ssh, and for browsing the news so that I don't have to make eye contact with strangers in public. For those purposes, the cheapest android phones you can find these days work just fine.

I am quite frugal with money when it comes to computers/phones (no difference these days LOL). Cheap phone, all my laptop/desktop computers are secondhand (or third or fourth hand for all I know) and run Linux or BSD (Windows runs like a snail on them, not a problem since I don't care for Windows anyway).



[#] Thu Jun 02 2022 09:12:34 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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That's the nice thing about where we are with technology right now -- for the most part you can be perfectly happy with cheap/old stuff if you're only doing generic stuff with it. I'm typing this message on a ten year old laptop and will save it to a server that is just as old.

[#] Thu Jun 02 2022 18:36:07 EDT from Nurb432

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Which is why they now build in planned destruction in devices ( like non-user removable batteries.. or things that just 'magically die' in a couple of years )

Thu Jun 02 2022 09:12:34 AM EDT from IGnatius T Foobar
That's the nice thing about where we are with technology right now -- for the most part you can be perfectly happy with cheap/old stuff if you're only doing generic stuff with it. I'm typing this message on a ten year old laptop and will save it to a server that is just as old.

 



[#] Fri Jul 15 2022 09:12:00 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Planned obsolescence is absolutely, positively, without a doubt, the reason I accidentally dropped my phone while dialing up something to listen to while taking a shower. Dropped it in the tub and it came apart in the running water.
It stopped working because of planned obsolescence. Damn these tech companies.

[#] Mon Jul 18 2022 20:35:50 EDT from nonservator

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I miss planned obsolescence. I first read about it fifty years ago in dusty old reprints of MAD Magazine. Now we have forced obsolescence.



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