Does the iPhone 5 need a case?

With the upgraded design of the iPhone 5, rumor has it that consumers no longer need to buy a protective case for the iPhone 5. Reviewers like Cult of Mac's John Brownlee are at the forefront of these claims. But are the rumors true?

iPhone 5 Redesign

Technically, the iPhone 5 design upgrade is a step in the right direction for Apple, whose biggest fans have often complained about how easy it is to break or scratch older iPhone models. The glass screen on the iPhone 5 is almost flush with the edge of the phone, unlike the iPhone 4 and 4S models. This reduces the chances of cracking the glass if you drop your phone.

[caption id="attachment_654" align="aligncenter" width="428"]iphone 5 profile The glass screen on the iPhone 5 is nearly flush with the body of the phone.[/caption]

No More Antenna Issues

Another issue with the iPhone 4 and 4S was with the antenna. If you gripped the phone in certain spots, you could interrupt the antenna signal. Using a bumper case or any other iPhone case solved the problem. The iPhone 5 design avoids the problem altogether with a design change that makes it almost impossible to interrupt the antenna signal by the way you grip your phone.

iPhone 5: Case or No Case?

So is the iPhone 5 unbreakable? Only your experience can tell you that. No matter how "unbreakable" the iPhone 5 is built to be, accidents still happen. iPhone 5 screens still crack when dropped, and you can still get scratches on your phone. No drop test can predict what happens in the real world.
Personally, we think it's a better idea to prevent accidents before they happen—and be prepared for them when they do. An iPhone 5 case can help with that. So can AppleCare or another insurance plan.

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