Thank you on the kudos... this forum is a great community of wonderful people, imho! Yes, if you definitely tend to drop things, once or twice, then definitely protect it. My son is brutal on his gadgets (as in drops, sat on, couch buried, lost, etc.) He actually has only had a gel case and screen protectors on his phones and they have done really well. He currently has the Droid Charge and although that is a much more sturdy phone, I am still surprised it looks new. The cases at the store work well but usually cost a lot more money. I always look on amazon because you can get great cases for next to nothing. The otterbox cases are condsidered to offer the best protection and most people swear by them. Just some thoughts while you wait for your phone.