Are smartphone protective cases must-haves?

Is the mentality justifiable that third-party protection for expensive smartphones is a must-have? Or should manufacturers try to make their phones hardier so they can be used out-of-the-box without worry?

iPhone with cracked screen
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Last week, I was having a laugh at Geekonomics blogger Nicholas Khoo's iPhone accessories. On the phone's display was a mirror finish screen overlay, and protecting the chassis was a bulky rubbery case with a reflective back. We joked about how he could use it as a mirror signal on a deserted island to attract passing ships and how its bulk would allow it to be used as a defensive weapon. A day later, I was presented with the above specimen, a dropped iPhone with a cracked screen--yes, it was carried around without any protection. I can just hear Nicholas having the last laugh as I'm typing this.

Though there's no guarantee that using a protective case will shield your phone from damage, it will at least reduce the chances of your cellular breaking when dropped. But what about those who prefer their mobiles nude? Is the mentality justifiable that third-party protection for expensive smartphones is a must-have? Or should manufacturers try to make their phones hardier so they can be used out-of-the-box without worry? Let us know what you think.

Cracked iPhone screen
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