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Better consider a case to protect the back and sides of your Apple iPhone 5 from getting scratched

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Better consider a case to protect the back and sides of your Apple iPhone 5 from getting scratched
Reports have been circulating about people taking their brand new Apple iPhone 5 out of the box for the first time, only to find scratches and nicks on the side and back of their pride and joy. Obviously, the aluminum body is proving to be quite receptive to minor blemishes. And those who plan on keeping their Apple iPhone 5 in their pocket should certainly consider a case to protect it from keys and coins and anything else that could  leave a mark on the phone.

Some Apple iPhone 5 units are coming out of the box already damaged

Some Apple iPhone 5 units are coming out of the box already damaged

The video was put together by iFixit with a 2-year old girl being given the job of scratching the phone. Now, we're normally not in favor of teaching a young one how to damage a smartphone because they could grow up thinking that is what you're supposed to do with them. But for the purposes of testing out the potential for scratches on the new aluminum body of the Apple iPhone 5, well sure, why not let the kid scratch away. And sure enough, after using keys and a ring to scratch the latest iteration of Apple's iconic smartphone, the sides of the handset and the back are apparently quite susceptible to damage.

And how about the glass back of the Apple iPhone 4S? As the video shows, it holds up much better than the new model. Bottom line: if you have the Apple iPhone 5, you better get a case for it. Don't say we didn't warn you.

source: iFixit via GSMArena

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posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:24 24

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


This is sad that all my 5 gen of iPhone shattered and yet Apple did not improve it :(
Maybe next time I'm forced to be more careful to prevent this happened when I get one... And I prefer naked iPhone tho...

Oh well, waiting to be shamed and red thumb from fandroid...

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:43 6

16. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


We all love PhoneArena.
The regulars who posts.
The readers.
The Editorials.
The fans.
Thank-You PhoneArena. Keep up the good works.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:53 1

24. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


lol55

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 21:27 4

27. Paximos (Posts: 53; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


@wendygarett....What did you just say?????

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 21:31 6

30. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5605; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


wendy, if you do not drag the iP5 case through a bunch of keys, the original case will be fine. Abuse it and it will scratch. Same for the display. Over time, with plenty of use, the anodizing (black or white color applied to the aluminum base) will wear off. The wear is normal. If you don't want the wear to show, get a case.

If you want to get an iP5, do it. It is all about enjoying your purchase, not being told what to do. There are some downsides, but if the positives outweigh the negatives (FOR YOU), GET THE iP5! This from an Android fan....

The truth will set you free.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 21:48 1

34. lyndon420 (Posts: 1713; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Very well said.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 21:50 1

35. lyndon420 (Posts: 1713; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


(I wouldn't want her/it/whatever-it-is on my team either lol)

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 22:15

37. wendygarett (unregistered)


Ok then :D

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 01:12 2

58. moroninc (Posts: 174; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


IP5 this IP5 that ... blah blah blah just buy already and regret later when your 2 yr old throws it out the window.. you can:

a) either jump to catch it

b) go dig up steve jo*s and ask for a refund

c) switch to ugly android phone (will scare your 2 yr old roaarrr)

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 05:32 1

65. mambocream (Posts: 27; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)


Wow. I've never seen someone with such an appropriate name before "MORONinc".

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 22:28 10

39. prakesh (Posts: 92; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


wow finish metal coated only haha..

1000$ for this sratchable back cover?

cheap polycarbonate plastic

or too expensive class a back cover super easy to scratch

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 23:53 3

50. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


you should consider smarter plastic eg Galaxy Nexus....you completely do not need any case even with keys in your pocket!! :)

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 00:33

56. voxmarc (Posts: 299; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


hohum......

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 01:21

59. Rocksteady (unregistered)


So you change your profile picture, but yet your comments are meaningless and silly, you are just trying to start a fight between Android and ios users. That is so silly.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:03

67. jael206 (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


it started with their maps, now its the casing built.. seems like we'll be seeing fail after fail in the coming weeks. keep em up apple! i love you... NOT!

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 10:03 2

71. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 137; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Don't get an iphone. PROBLEM SOLVED

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:25 2

2. CreeDiddy (Posts: 229; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Based on this review I will need to get a case for mine. I have a bumper, but I am looking for a shield for the for the front and back. I believe in showing off the phone without a case like Otter. This takes away from its unique look.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:32 2

8. twilliams5108 (Posts: 14; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Here ya gohttp://xoskins.com/cell-phone-skin-protectors/apple-skin-protectors/apple-iphone5-full-body-protector-verizon

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 13:47 1

74. mikiemon (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Feb 2012)


Yeah, A skin is the way to go. It in no way changes the look and feel of the phone. So Apple order up 10~20 million of these and hand them out! Thanks.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 14:48 1

75. yodawg (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


XO's video is pretty awesome. It shows that their skin fills in scratches too. Looks like apple needs to order about 20 million of these haha

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:26 2

3. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Wendy heres one Red from me.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:32 3

9. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


You know Wendy is short for William right?

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:26 6

4. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


I thought it doesn't get scratch because it is Apple......well another failure here...!!!

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:28 1

5. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Lol. "Grows up and thinks this is what your suppose to do with them" . I hope kids will not grow up to become that naive and stupid. But good article. I bought my girl a case for her iPhone5 .

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:29 9

6. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Then what's d point of all premium materials if u can't feel them, with cases surrounding that beautiful materials. Now it makes sense why Samsung choose 2 use plastic, cos u gonn cover it anyways, which makes d phone lighter.

Just saying. My own opinion ppl.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:45 3

18. erick01 (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


you´re right: hide beautifulness because it is FRAGILE?? No sense at all!!

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:50 4

23. wendygarett (unregistered)


Dude... I always bring my shattered naked iPhone to the public... And I don't care how people think the word fragile... As long as I'm happy with it that's fine...

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 23:33 3

45. lyndon420 (Posts: 1713; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


That's what baffles us about the vast majority of iphone users...why you fall victim to the fashion/trendy mentality. Seems like you all are willing to sacrifice functionality for fashion and/or fitting in.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 23:47 1

49. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5605; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Remember, in the just concluded Apple v. Sammy lawsuit, Apple was able to get the jury to agree that it could patent 'cool'.... Whether the jury decision sticks is another matter.

But for now, Apple has a patent on 'cool'.

Separately, when women are willing to drop US$600+ on a pair of Ferragamo shoes, it is ALL about fashion. Apple just managed to tie into this mindset. The black iP5 is striking in its appearance. I just wish it was more capable function-wise, but that is me.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:29 11

7. a1000smiles4u (Posts: 84; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


And they blame samsung for poor selection of materials

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 21:36 1

31. bucky (Posts: 1341; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


There is no comparison between the two for materials.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 22:52

41. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Because they are freakin retarded...!!

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:32 1

10. erick01 (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


Ion plating is supposed to be scratch resistant, isn´t it? Is it extremely expensive? Would it have been convenient its use on the iphone?? Help, please.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:40 1

14. erick01 (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


what about powder coating....??

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 23:31 1

44. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5605; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Too expensive. Also, HTC tried ceramic with less than stellar results.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 00:12 1

51. BattleBrat (Posts: 1057; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


That's hard anodizing you're thinking of, you CAN hard anodize aluminum, but it gives it a matte finish, you most often find hard anodizing on flashlights, surefire hard anodizes their flashlights...

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:33 2

11. tiara6918 (Posts: 1354; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


The new back cover of the iPhone 5 makes it better to hold than the previous(4/4s)models but if it's gonna get this kind of scratches and dents because of carelessness, it will surely be better to get a case

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:38 2

13. wendygarett (unregistered)


The back cover of aluminum is the same material of the new iPad... Which is pretty comfortable to hold because of smoothness of it...
I don't think some will sacrifice it tho...

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:42 1

15. tiara6918 (Posts: 1354; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Thumbs up for you, yes the new aluminum back cover on the iPhone,iPod and iPad makes it comfortable to hold because of the smoothness.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:44 1

17. wendygarett (unregistered)


Well then, can you bought one toe please XDD
just kidding

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:46

19. wendygarett (unregistered)


Bought one to me please*
Ugh stupid typo...

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:47

20. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


The sweet nice little baby.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:48 1

21. rasinhussy (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)


Aluminum is a softer material than glass, of course it is going to scratch much easier. Try the test on any plastic phone and let me know the results.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 21:13 2

26. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


With Jacket on it doesn't make a difference whether it's Polycarbonate or Aluminium.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 23:33 2

46. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5605; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Yup. That is how it is with my GS III + Otterbox Commuter case.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 00:16 1

53. BattleBrat (Posts: 1057; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Thumbs up on the commuter, use one for my RAZR, sleek and sexy, like a stealth bomber.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 00:15 1

52. BattleBrat (Posts: 1057; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Plastic (polycarbonite, but preferably, Lexan) can take a beating better than aluminum, beat up a water bottle and a can of soda and see which one leaks first.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:50 2

22. iced_heroine (Posts: 28; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)


so, now that the precious light weight phone is prone to scratches and needs protective cases, and most of the case are alluminum,, it wont be light weight.. lol
how much weight does the alluminum case gives the iphone?
ANOTHER FAILURE!!!
and to think, some iphone trolls bash nokia for its weight..

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 21:09 3

25. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


So with jacket on what advantage does ALUMINIUM get as comapred to polycarbonate (which ifans keep saying it's cheap plastic ... oh wait they can't differentiate as usual) ? .... :D

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 21:28 1

28. Paximos (Posts: 53; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


I returned my 64gig iPhone 5, sticking with my unlocked 64gig 4S, much better build.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 21:30 3

29. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Apple is really innovative, let me back up this seemingly crazy claim. They always find a new way to make the iPhone fragile so you have to spend money on repairs and replacements.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 21:41 2

33. ddeath (Posts: 156; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)


Maybe it is a pact with their vendors who makes cases? Glass body that breaks once dropped, aluminium body that scratches easily.. it is starting to make sense. :D

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 22:51 2

40. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Deal is already in place for recycling aluminium scrap :)

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 21:54 1

36. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


5 billon dollars were spent on repairs. Wow Apple rinsing money from left right and centre.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 22:23

38. bucky (Posts: 1341; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


You're right. Samsung does it for the love and not the money.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 23:36 2

47. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5605; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Not to mention cases for the iToy. Got to help out the accessory manufacturers....

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 21:38 1

32. ddeath (Posts: 156; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)


Aluminium and edges makes a poor combination, which is why we are seeing scratches and dents on the edge of the body. iPad has 'rounded corners', so they don't have the same problem. It is also why HTC makes their unibody phones have 'rounded corners'. Oh wait, they are so gonna get sued. :p

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 22:53 2

42. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


And the person who designed it already made enuff to buy a 17 million house :D

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 22:56 3

43. devildlm1 (Posts: 71; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Putting "premium materials" on a phone is like putting chrome rims on a car. It adds unnecessary weight, scratches and scuffs are extremely visible and has absolutely no benefit whatsoever outside of looking nice.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 00:18

54. BattleBrat (Posts: 1057; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


say what you want, the RAZR is made of "premium materials" and it is sexier than, well, anything I've compared it to.

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