There is no doubt that this will protect my phone if I should drop it. the iPhone buttons are easily operated through the case's cover. If I had any reservation it would be that the screen cover does not sit tight against the screen - it can't because it is not stuck to it like the usual screen protectors, so you can see in certain light that there is a plastic sheet over the phone's screen. When the phone is on you don't see that at all. Touchscreen operation is perfect. The positive is that by fully encasing the phone it is really well protected, and that's a good thing. If the front screen cover gets scratched you would need to buy a complete new cover (front and back) whereas if you went for the cases that need you to buy a separate screen protector, you'd just have to replace the screen protector sheet.