Well I must confess that I placed my unprotected (with flip top only from Apple) iPod 2 on the kitchen counter and with just a slight bump to the counter it quickly slid to the tiled floor. It was not necessary to look once I heard that sickening sound as it contacted the floor to know that the screen was toast.
I will have to now spend $$ to have it replaced by Apple. I can't give up 3 years of warranty to get a cheaper screen replacement.
Without a case there is just no protection and a drop will eventually happen. I looked at three cases and chose this one because it also retained a little more of iPad 2s look and style with more than acceptable protection. It also comes with a screen protector.
This has military grade protection but turns the delicate design of the iPad 2 into a tank.
This one had issues with a very weak flap/stand part as indicated by several reviews.