First off, thanks for the question, Jason. It is something that I didn’t address in my initial reviews of Bitplay’s case, but deserves to be discussed.
A little disclaimer: I do these reviews strictly for fun and feel that it is a way for me to ‘give back’ to the hundreds of reviews I have benefited from across the internet. I’m not sent devices to test/destroy/rate/review… Everything I review is something that was purchased with my own funds. That being said I’m not going to be doing any drop or stress tests with my iPhone and Bitplay case. In other words, I can’t afford to break or damage the stuff that I use day in, day out.
The main reason for buying this case is most-likely for a better photographic experience which is exactly the reason I purchased it in the first place. However, there is a secondary benefit. The case does provide an additional layer of protection for your iPhone.
Without doing any drop tests or having any hard data I can make a safe assumption that it does add a additional layer of protection against drops. In the photo below you can see that 3 of the 4 corners have additional plastic that can only help in the event of a drop. It is worth considering that the screen is exposed and not protected against scratches. There are dozens of screen protectors out there of various strengths and prices. You might feel comfortable adding one of these for a little piece of mind. Me, I choose to leave off any screen protectors.