Let's go back to 2009, to when I got my first smartphone. The HTC Hero with its chin, its Android 2.1 and HTC Sense UI was at the time state of the art, with its turn by turn GPS enable Google maps satnav. It had an oleophobic plastic back and metal alloy chassis and upfront it had an IPS LCD and Glass display. I remember scratches and scuffs eventually covering the whole of its beautiful sleek body, as well as its glass screen. It never let me down and continued to work as my backup phone up until when i sold it on ebay a few years back. These days premium state of the art smartphone design has changed immensely. Corning’s Gorilla glass has made scratched glass screens almost a thing of the past now. My 2 year old Samsung Galaxy S7 edge continues to have a scratch free display. I do not use a screen protector, it is simply down to its Corning Gorilla glass 4 which features front and back. Gorilla Glass 4 is extremely scratch resistant. However, glass is glass. And whilst Gorilla glass 5 is good at resisting breakage, as with anything made of glass if you drop it enough times from the right height, or strike it with the right force, it will break.
From 2010 onwards we begun to see an increasing trend of phone manufacturers using glass back and front in the design of their smartphones. The iPhone 4, iPhone 4S in 2011. The LG made Google Nexus 4 from 2012 comes to mind with its notoriously fragile glass front and back. There was the Samsung galaxy S6 in 2015, the S7 and S7 edge in 2016, the S8 and iPhone 8 and iPhone X in 2017, and this trend continues in 2018 with the Huawei P20 Pro.
Why you should buy a case for your smartphone
Glass feels great and looks great, but it is still brittle and will shatter if dropped right- we all know it. But using glass allows manufacturers to make better user experience, and enable use of new technologies such as NFC, and wireless charging. In essence, the trend of smartphones using glass and metallic materials which are inherently prone to breakage and damage when dropped will continue, so it is important to buy a case for your smartphone. Luckily we’ve got this covered.