I have owned and carried an iPhone since release day of the original iPhone. Initially I didn't use a case with the iPhone, partly because I wasn't sure if I really needed one and partially because there weren't a lot of case options for the original iPhone at launch. A few weeks later I was out shopping for a new car and as I was getting in a car to test drive when my shiny new iPhone slipped out of my pocket and fell in between the driver's seat and the center console. On the way down it must of hit the seat belt mechanism because there was nice fresh gash in my iPhone. I bought my first case shortly after that. I tried going "caseless" again a few years later with the iPhone 5, I just couldn't resist with that nice new thin form factor. Then one morning while I was getting ready for my weekend bike ride in the garage, the iPhone slipped out of my hand and fell to the concrete floor...another iPhone scarred. My daughter still gives me a hard time about that poor iPhone 5 because it was later handed down to her. So I went back to using a case.
When I finally decided to pull the trigger and go big with the iPhone 6 Plus I went really crazy and got a BookBook leather wallet case. It was a great case but in the end it didn't fit well with how I carried and used my phone. So for the past year or so I've been using a minimalist case for iPhone 6 Plus. Two days ago I got my brand new iPhone 7 Plus and its time to take a different approach...caseless.
You probably think I'm a little crazy for going without a case, especially with the Jet Black version. Even Apple warns that the high gloss finish on the Jet Black iPhone is prone to show "micro-abrasions:"
"The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many cases available to protect your iPhone."
I'm ignoring this warning because for the first time in a long time I am NOT worried about small blemishes on my iPhone. With this phone I decided to go with Apple's new Upgrade Program. This is where I buy the iPhone from Apple for the full price of the phone plus Apple Care and Apple (through a 3rd party bank) provides 0% financing. So I have a recurring monthly payment on my iPhone. But the real kicker to this deal is that after 12 payments I can turn in my existing iPhone and start all over again with the same monthly payments. It doesn't matter if at the end of the year my iPhone has a few scratches and dings, it is still an even trade to get the new iPhone. Just as long as the screen is not damaged and the phone functions I will be able to upgrade to the new iPhone every year. Up until now I have been selling my iPhone when I get a new phone, so I have been extremely careful to make sure my iPhone still looks brand new. I don't want to have to describe even small dings or scratches when selling my used iPhone online. But I don't have to worry about that anymore.
The other reason I had a case with my iPhone 6 Plus is for extra grip. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s were slippery little buggers. The very first day I got the iPhone 6 I let one of my co-workers hold it and it immediately went flying out of his hands just like a wet bar of soap. My Dad must have dropped his iPhone 6 several dozen times the first few days he owned it and finally cracked the screen. Now he carries his iPhone in an Otterbox case. You might think just by looking at the Jet Black iPhone 7 that this thing is going to be just as slippery...but its not. Yes, it is very smooth to the touch but there is "tack" to the finish of the phone that helps your fingers firmly grip the phone. In fact, I would say my iPhone 7 without a case is more "grippy" than my iPhone 6 in a case (and I specifically bought that case so the phone wouldn't slip out of my hands).
And finally I have to thank David Sparks over at Macsparky.com for helping me make my decision. David's thought on the iPhone 7, specifically on the dilemma of covering up the pretty Jet Black finish to protect from scratches but then covering up the amazing finish, is as follows. He likens the iPhone to the Millenium Falcon from Star Wars...a little wear and tear gives the Falcon its character. I like it. After all, I go into "battle" every day with my iPhone in all kinds of environments and conditions. It is bound to get a few battle scars. Plus, this new iPhone 7 Plus is definitely "the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy..."