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
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.
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...
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....
2.CreeDiddy(Posts: 624; 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.
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.
45.lyndon420(Posts: 3999; 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.
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.
11.tiara6918(Posts: 2027; 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
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?
and to think, some iphone trolls bash nokia for its weight..
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
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.