No, generally speaking the finish won't take a beating when inside a case. But I wanted to know how easily it can get scratched up. I do get bored looking at the same case all the time so I swap them from time to time. I will eventually have several different cases. If you remember when the iPhone 5 came out people were claiming theirs got beat up before they knew it...since I'm thinking I might sell the mini to get one with a retina, I'm super paranoid about this. I've been thinking about adding a skin to the back to when I have it out of the case it is protected. Also, the current case I have now leaves the sides/edges of the device exposed, so under certain -- probably slim -- circumstances, it could get dinged. BTW, the iPhones in the store were holding up well, too, but again there is no metal around to ding them. Just wood and plastics.