I always use protection. Too many risks out there if you don't
My unprotected DI just dropped to a ceramic floor from about 4.5 feet this morning. I expected the worst. When I picked it up, there was no physical damage; everything appears to be working fine.
I went with the body glove case (which i highly reccommend) but chose against an screen protector because of the apparent make of the front screen's glass. I read that it was resistant to scratches, and I've had the thing for a month now and there's not a single slight scratch on the thing.
I had one of those scratch covers that were proven to be knife resistant and all that jazz on my old phone and I noticed that over the course of a year, the cover picked up my finger's oils and turned slightly brown-tinted.
Just go naked and be careful.
I just threw on the Steiheil crystal screen protector and it is pretty nice. Seems to cut down on prints a little bit and looks good. Still up ion the air over a case... I have a silicone case but dont like it, takes away from the look of the phone!
My Incredible is nude, I put cases and clear films on other devices I've owned and hated it but used them just in case. Well I've never dropped any of them so that means I take good care of my things. IF there is a nice case out there that I find useful however I would buy it.
A friend of mine has one of those Otter boxes for his iPhone, sure it protects it but DANG how does he fit his phone in his pocket? Except he really does need it, he's such a goof. Cases take away the the sleek, beautiful design, and the Incredible has a much better design to look at than others.