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I’m retiring my Galaxy S22+ after using it without a case for 2 years. Will the S24+ perform as well?

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Last updated: January 30th, 2024 at 16:27 UTC+01:00

I'm the proud owner of a Galaxy S22+ that went to hell and back without ever failing me. Now it's time to retire this marvelous device and replace it with the Galaxy S24+. But to be fair to the Galaxy S22+, I plan on treating my Galaxy S24+ the same way.

For those of you who might not know what I'm referring to, I've used the Galaxy S22+ without a protective case and screen protector ever since I bought it in 2022. Over the past two years, I have accidentally dropped the caseless phone too many times to count. And in all this time using the Galaxy S22+ in this manner, it only “earned” a few dents in the Armor Aluminum frame and a few surface-level scratches on the screen. There are no cracks or broken glass panels.

I never had to replace the screen, and I never had to do any repairs. The phone uses all of its original parts, and any damage is purely cosmetic.

The only time I thought I had an issue with the S22+ proved to be a false alarm. The problem was my SIM card rather than the phone itself. My S22+ still looks more or less like it did a year ago when I took all those photos of dents and scratches on the frame and screen. And I couldn't be any happier with these results.

The Galaxy S24+ better be just as tough

Thanks to its solid performance, great screen, and unparalleled durability (and maybe a bit of luck), I can honestly say that the Galaxy S22+ is my favorite smartphone to date by far. And now that I have switched to the Galaxy S24+, I can only hope the new model will be at least just as good and resilient as its predecessor from 2022.

To be clear, I'm not advocating using expensive Galaxy phones without protection. When I embarked on my phone-without-a-case quest to put Samsung's Armor Aluminum durability claims to the test, I prepared myself both mentally and financially to go through extra expenses that could occur from broken screens and back panels. And if you don't want to risk the same, you shouldn't follow my example.

Nevertheless, you could say I did it, so you don't have to. As for my final conclusions, after using the Galaxy S22+ caseless for two years, I can proclaim I am a true believer in Samsung's promises on higher durability and the build quality of its modern high-end phones. I've also become an advocate of flat Samsung phone screens, and needless to say, it's all because of the Galaxy S22+.

Lastly, I admit I might now be addicted to using phones without cases. And in case you're wondering, you can be sure I will carry this tradition and use the S24+ without a case and screen protector until I replace it with a newer model or until my luck runs out and the new flagship meets an early end on the pavement. I hope that never happens, and the Galaxy S24+ will prove at least as durable as the S22+.

Assuming it won't, and if a cracked glass panel ends my winning streak, I will end this years-long durability test and start using my phone wrapped in a case again. I'll let you all know either way.

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