There is a piece on ZDNet that resonates with me: “Apple politely explains why iPhone cases are a waste of money”. I broke only one iPhone: the iPhone 6S Plus. That was quite fragile, and I dropped it on the street, where it fell on one of the corners. It did not have a case on, because I never had used one before. I started using cases and I loved the tan leather ones.
I also used smart battery cases on the Xs Max and the 11 Pro. Especially the latter was particularly good since it had a shutter button for the camera. But I did only use these cases where I needed extra power for the day.
Other than that, I have not put any cases on the iPhone since the 11 Pro. I dropped them, but I did not break them. I dropped the 13 Pro at least a dozen times, on hard floors. When it happens, my heart skips a beat. But so far, no damage at all. There are some very faint scratches on the front glass since I always put it down with the camera up.
Time to relax. iPhones have become tough. A friend dropped hers in the pool and was excited that it was still working. I explained to her what IP68 rating means. Yes, you can drop your iPhone 13 Pro in the pool without killing it.