Are you using a case on your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge?

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Last updated: June 29th, 2015 at 12:43 UTC+01:00

To add a premium feel to smartphones, manufacturers usually turn to either metal or glass. Samsung chose the latter for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, both of which feature glass on the front and back. In addition to making the phones feel great in the hand, the glass also adds to their looks by reflecting light in a beautiful way. But while metal or glass give a smartphone a charm that plastic or fake leather can’t match, they also cause problems when it comes to ergonomics.

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge aren’t huge devices, but their glass body makes them quite slippery and affects one-hand usage. There have been many instances when my Galaxy S6 edge has slipped through my fingers, and if it wasn’t for my brain telling me that I’ve bought an extremely costly smartphone that might be very hard to repair, my reflexes probably wouldn’t be as quick as they have been all those times the phone decided to answer the call of gravity.

Unlike metal, glass also has the disadvantage of being prone to shattering on impact. The Galaxy S6 might have Gorilla Glass on the back, but you can never be sure if the device will survive a fall and come out unscathed. This makes using a case on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge quite necessary – a lot of folks have told me that I’ve ruined the look of my S6 edge by slapping a case on it, and I’ve always answered that I’m unwilling to risk using it without protection thanks to its beautiful but fragile design.

Thankfully, Samsung has made quite a few options available with official cases for its latest flagships (though the Clear Black cover can damage your screen, and the standard Flip Cover isn’t too well made), and you also have a lot of third-party alternatives from companies like Spigen and Otterbox. Naturally, these cases add a bit of thickness to the device (and take away the premium-ness as well), but they ensure I can use my phone without worrying about it getting damaged.

Now we’re putting the question to you: Are you using a case on your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, or do you prefer to use your device without one? If you’re in the former camp, which one? Let us know in the comments!

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