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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Mike Dwyer
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    I had a Motorola Photon with no screen protector for two years and never a scratch. I’ve had my Galaxy 4 for about 6 months now with no problems. I do think a good case is warranted if you’re clumsy (like me) or just active. I have a Ballistic case on mine and while the extra bulk in my pockets can be a nuisance, I like the peace-of-mind. I do NOT recommend the bomb-proof Otterboxes with the screen shield. My daughter has one on her phone and it definitely impacts the audio quality on phone calls.

    I will also just add that I have been on Team Android for three years now with no regrets. The only drawback I have seen is that new apps often hit Apple first and then Android later but we’re usually talking about a couple of months, not years. Those small iPhone screens are doodie in my opinion. Now if you’re a Mac guy, that’s a whole other conversation.Report

    • Avatar veronica d in reply to Mike Dwyer
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      I used to have one of those otter cases until I realized that my phone actually didn’t need to survive reentry.

      Now, if I ever do get my badass battle-hardened cyborg warrior body (like I keep wishing for every night), then I’ll probably have to upgrade the case. (As I fight the evils of conservatism by beating up douchy guys on the subway.)

      Been doing iPhones for a while, and I’m definitely a Mac girl, although my new job is kinda Linux heavy and they like Android more ’round the office (to say the least), so I might switch back. Not sure precisely what to get. Used to have a Samsung thing and I hated it. I guess I can ask around.Report

      • Avatar Will Truman in reply to veronica d
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        What didn’t you like about the Samsung?

        My Android phones have almost all been Samsungs, though I’m not a loyalist of Samsung’s the same way I am for Thinkpads. I mostly like the removable battery, SD Card, and the accessory support. Pre-Android, all my phones were HTC.Report

      • Avatar veronica d in reply to veronica d
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        Well, I had like the first (or maybe second) generation Galaxy S, and the GPS was just garbage and was wrong constantly and sucked the battery like {insert inappropriate sucking metaphor}. Plus there was some kind of bug in the screen touch controller, which when the antenna went into high power mode it would get all kinds of spurious positives. Which meant that if I tried to do anything with my phone on the subway, it kept thinking I was hitting “back,” even though I was not. Combine that with the fact that it also though I was doing screen captures when I was not, I would end up with tons of screen captures that I could not immediately delete since my touch screen wasn’t working. So like later when I got off the subway I would have to remember to go delete all the screen caps.

        So, yeah, some pretty bad engineering.Report

    • Avatar Will Truman in reply to Mike Dwyer
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      Regarding cases, I have found that the best way to do that is to order three or four cheap protection systems from China. Between them, one will be just right. Collectively I spend about $25, which given the life of a phone isn’t such a bad deal.Report

  2. Avatar veronica d
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    Just curious, how many people have a Windows Phone? Like, I’ve known a couple people who got them and both liked them but then ended up getting Androids (or whatever), ’cause like no one else had a Windows Phone.

    Which is a sorta strange reversal of fortune.Report

    • Avatar Will Truman in reply to veronica d
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      Isn’t it?

      Farhad Manjoo commented on the irony of Microsoft downtalking the importance of marketshare and instead talking about how we should focus on profit margins.

      Not to get all Kimmi here, but I actually had some exposure to WinPho long before it was released (right when they announced that it would be Windows Phone instead of Windows Mobile, actually), but haven’t really touched it since.

      I was big on Windows Mobile before Android. I was reluctant to get an Android in part because I was waiting to see if I would eventually stick with Microsoft. Then they started announcing more about what they were doing and I decided that it would almost certainly be Android just as soon as they reached a certain point.Report

      • Avatar veronica d in reply to Will Truman
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        We live in a strange new world where the iconoclasts use a Windows product, and thus get to act smugly superior to all the normos using Apple and Google stuff (she writes on her MacBook Air while sipping chai).

        (I don’t actually drink chai.)Report

  3. Avatar Damon
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    I don’t use them on phone because I found it annoying to get all the bubbles out. I used it on my digital camera and it’s nice and quite effective.Report

  4. Avatar Chris
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    Steam up the bathroom and put the cover on in there.Report

  5. Avatar Wagon
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    I use an Otter cover – the Commuter, which is slimmer than the typical huge ones. I do not use the screen protector. Too much trouble to put on right. Not needed. I’ve had my iphone 5 for 14-15 mos. maybe, and no scratches at all yet.Report

  6. Avatar Brandon Berg
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    I’ve had my Galaxy S4 for a year now. I had a screen protector at first, but when it peeled off around six months ago I never bothered replacing it. Still no scratches.

    I also don’t use a case. I once dropped it on concrete and had it turn cartwheels for ten feet or so, and the only damage was chipped paint.Report

  7. Avatar Vikram Bath
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    I don’t use a screen protector on my iPhone. It’s actually fallen down an entire flight of stairs, much to my horror. It suffered no cracks though.

    I did get a little $5 case for it, primarily to protect the charging port rather than for impact resistance.

    I agree with others that the Otter is ridiculous. If feel you need one, you shouldn’t be using a phone.Report

  8. Avatar Jonathan McLeod
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    I use a screen protector for my phone (which I got back in November). The guy at the store offered to put it and the case on for me, and he did a great job getting rid of the bubbles.

    I used a screen protector for my old phone until about the final year I had it (as it started to become un-stuck). It quickly got scratched up a bit, but nothing too serious.

    I, too, have an Otter case, but smaller than most of the ones I’ve seen. I got it because I know I needed some sort of case (the phone will always get dropped somewhere along the line), and it was the only one in stock that fit my phone.Report

  9. Avatar Wyrmnax
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    (1) – Been using a Galaxy S3 for a bit more than a year, no screen protector, no case. No issues so far – the screen is pretty scratch resistant, and it only has a couple very small ( less than 1mm ) marks on the sides from falling down.Report

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