I think it depends on the individual dog's personality.
We crate trained Ein when he was a tiny puppy (we got him at 10 weeks, if I remember correctly) to help housebreak him. We didn't want him going potty in the bed or on the floor, so at night or when we were gone, we would crate him. He always hated the crate, so once he was potty trained, we would leave him out if we would only be gone for short periods (like it we were just going to the store or something), but crated him if we would be gone for a longer time. We very quickly learned that Ein was naturally a very good boy. He knew what was his and what was not. We had an occaisonal sock get misinterrpreted as a toy, but he never chewed on furniture, shoes, etc. When we learned that we could trust him to be loose, we started keeping him out a little longer and a little longer, until he had free run of the house 24/7. Occaisonally we will crate him if he is VERY bad, but that is incredibly rare.
When we got Tucker, we left him out when we were home, including at night because he was already housebroken and wanted to sleep in the bed, but crated him when we were gone because we didn't know if we could trust him the way we trusted Ein. At first he hated it (but we adopted him from a large "crate" at Animal Control, so I can understand not liking it), but eventually he came to love it and started going in his crate for naps, etc. One day when I was running late, I forgot to put him in his crate before I left, and nothing happened. So we stopped crating him. He still used it of his own free will from time to time, until we started using it for Sebastian. Sometimes he starts to take his biscuit or rawhide and head to crate. Stops, stares and looks to say "Darn it, I forgot I can't get in."
If the dog is used to being in a pen, he may prefer the "comfort" of a crate. Or he may prefer to be out. If the house is already puppy proofed, then I personally would keep him out just because I would feel like he could get more exercise and have more space to sleep and play. But if he seems to prefer having a place of his very own, or if you want to outside potty train him instead of just paper training, then I'd crate him.
I love his name, btw.