My Siri Remote fell off the bed, two feet from the ground. The glass touchpad cracked. It was bad. We can still use it but I'm afraid the glass splinters will tear through our skin. It's the first time I actually regret not buying a case for a device I owned for the first time. I thought the lanyard I bought would be useful enough, it will help prevent it from getting thrown across the room. I thought my clumsy dog who always jump in our bed would undo it, but nope, it was me. A simple brush off from the bed is what did it. I thought the remote can take a drop from the bed. Well, that went stupidly well. Good job for not buying a case.
I called Apple Support knowing that accidental damage is not covered by warranty. But I'm not going to ask for a replacement, I just want them to repair it for a fee because buying a new remote would cost me $79. But hearing the word "you need to buy a new one" from an Apple support representative didn't go well with me. I couldn't afford an $79 remote. Heck, I can't afford replacing it constantly if I keep accidentally dropping my Siri Remote repeatedly. I wouldn't be surprised if I needed to buy another Siri Remote this year. So for the first time I threw a fit on a friendly Apple support. It wasn't his fault my Siri Remote fell off the bed. It wasn't his fault that Apple engineers didn't build it as sturdy enough to withstand a fall from the bed or couch. It wasn't his fault I didn't bought a case to begin with.
I have an aversion to using cases. Even when I got my first phone, I never thought of setting my beautiful phone in a case for protection. Personal devices should be substantial enough to take a normally occurring beating. I actually like slight scratches on my device looking like a well-used and well-loved object. My Walkman survived numerous fall, it lasted until I was able to play radio on my cellphone. It died of old age and neglect. For me, a case should provide another function besides protection. The iPhone screen, in my experience is well done that I never used a screen protector. Screen protectors are a nuisance for me, it negates experiencing the device itself. It’s like lying on a couch still wrapped in plastic. I use a leather sleeve for my iPad mostly for aesthetic reason. My iPhone reside in a TwelveSouth BookBook case because it also function as a wallet. Less item to keep track on, the better. My Apple Watch has small dent on it that I'm not even bothered by it. I'd rather have it than hidden inside an ugly case.
Cases, for now has it needs. Most of our personal devices are now made of glass. And I do hope that in the future, materials will improve and we wouldn’t worry about smashing our devices’ screen. For now, I opted for the $20 old aluminum Apple TV remote. It works with the Apple TV (4th gen.), it can do all the important remote function and for now it’s enough. Siri isn't even available in my region and gaming is a bit awkward with the glass trackpad. What’s nice about the aluminum Apple TV remote? I don't need to buy an expensive case and thats a win-win for me.