Fix iPhone 5 scratches with a $99 back plate replacement
0. phoneArena 19 Oct 2012, 08:58 posted on
Sooner or later, your iPhone 5 will get covered in dents and nicks, especially now that its body is made out of easy-to-scratch aluminum. Sure, in case your unit was damaged out of the box, Apple will send you a replacement, but in case you caused the dents yourself by accident, you will be left holding on to an imperfect piece of high-end gadgetry...
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15. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
are you tellin me that this piece of junk got a $100 dollars costlier?
You've got to be friggin kiddin me
17. dickwyn (Posts: 570; Member since: 07 May 2012)
now i know how they are earning the extra $$$. make ths iphone 5 easily scratched and ask customer to pay $100 for them to repair it to get scratched again its a never ending cycle
39. loli5 (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
So that's why the drones like to say "urrduurrrr you dont like apple cuz u cant afford it lolduh".
Now it makes sense! Us "apple haters" can easily afford the phones, we're just not stupid enough to pay for constant repairs on apples fragile poorly made novelties.
61. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5536; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Of course, the iP5 owners could invest in a case....
Good cases (Otterbox for example) run around $40 US and provide protection from the type of damage that dings/scratches the backplate. I was at a post office recently, and someone in line dropped their iP5. You could see (and hear) the phone skittering along the floor until it came to a stop. The look of pain on the owner's face was palpable as they went to retrieve their phone. When they picked up their phone, the pain changed to joy as the phone was working perfectly and any scratches were to the case the phone was sitting in.
Note to iP5 owners and prospective owners - get a case! Actually that applies to any phone owner. I have an Otterbox on my GS III.
66. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5536; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
That (Commuter) is the case I have on my GS III. (Thumbup)
65. loli5 (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Most dron-I mean iphone owners I sell to do not want a good case. They want pretty and....."fun"....cases that offer minimal to no protection, or no case at all because it "detracts from the natural beauty of the iphone" (that's an actual word for word quote).
67. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5536; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
And those owners who feel that a case detracts from the 'natural beauty' of the phone should not complain when their phones' natural beauty gets scratched....
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.
48. metalpoet (unregistered)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA LMFAO! TAKE THAT APPLE DOU*HE BAGS!
55. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)
This actually did make me laugh...thanks.
Good thing PA posted a review already. If not....they may have had to actually take build quality into account. Durability? Eh....it worked for the 15 minutes the reviewer used it...scratch free. Good enough!
62. dnyalexander (Posts: 10; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
That's what irobots like, getting ripped off. Every iphone user spend thousands to repair their iphones, apple do this on purpose because they know itards will buy s**t if apple tell them is healthy.
2. e.wvu (unregistered)
Spend $99 to get the back replaced, then having to spend another $99 to get the replacement replaced.
22. haseebzahid (Posts: 1803; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
evenlty end up saling the house to keep the ip5 back scratch free :D
29. haywoodjiblowmi (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
Hahaha....you must live in a wooden box or a mud-hut or something. :D
59. haseebzahid (Posts: 1803; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
this explains ur brain level enough said :P
49. metalpoet (unregistered)
Thats the plan for Apple Inc. Lets take everything from our consumers, lets take away choice of phone, take away choice of OS, and lets make them sell everything they own to have this stupid phone just because it is a status symbol lol
54. maier9900 (Posts: 257; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)
Nobody's forcing you to buy an iPhone nor to replace anything. Non sense comments.!
60. haseebzahid (Posts: 1803; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
and yes 100$ for a back cover are u by any chance thinking it is ok to price a piece of aluminium that high lets compare with something other then mobile.. ahh i can get top of the line gaming grade mouse headphones under 100$ which is more then which are much more then a pice of metal Apple really got over their heads with this one now
58. devildlm1 (Posts: 71; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
yo dawg, i heard you scratched your iPhone 5 metal frame again
so i got you this replacement for your replacement so you can make your iPhone scratch free while you make it scratch free
3. iamfury (Posts: 59; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
was that THE plan all along ??? at first sell them a an imperfect phone at a price touching the pluto and then make money by offering replacements for those imperfections with a newer ones. i mean........... :S
12. dsDoan (Posts: 215; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
Isn't that why they encased a previous model entirely in glass?
34. iamfury (Posts: 59; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
well it seems like it, specially after this particular offering.
4. SIGPRO (Posts: 398; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)
Sure another way for Apple to make money........thieves.
Till now customers over the whole world paid a total amount of 5.9 billion.....yes billion and not million for their iphone reparations. So overall the iphone is a crappy phone!
5. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
What a rip off, dosen't cost them 5$ to make and then charge you 99$. No wonder they are called i$???¶
27. troutsy (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
I don't see how you could make this for $5. Casting, machining, inserts, injection molding, anodizing(?), and then the scrap cost from pieces that don't make it into assemblies.
If it costs $10-20 and they're marking it up 500-1000% it's not an unusual business practice for service parts.
It still doesn't excuse them from designing a crumby part in the first place...
50. metalpoet (unregistered)
It only costs them $5 because its made in china, mexico, or india. and $5 in those places is alot more. Plus i swear they pay people their in beatings....."you made a replacement replacement piece for the peice we originally made! great job! now here is your daily whipping!"
6. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Another one of those "Fix an iphone fault by spending xx amount of money" on something to fix it,much like the by a bumper case fiasco with the iphone 4.
7. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
This is what is called "Waste of money"
23. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 279; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Actually, no it's not. Scratches affect all kinds of things from call quality to data speeds and even GPS accuracy. Apps run slower, you end up with less memory, it makes your phone prone to hackers, and in Angry birds the pigs take on an odd shade of green and the yellow birds don't fly as fast or straight. Man, if you're iPhone is scratched you've just GOT to get that back panel replaced.
32. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
You Don't Say(MEME)
Get 1 back panel a day for Iphone 5 with $99
- Keeps away from other mobile brands..
9. ZayZay (Posts: 555; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
Wait wait wait wait.... So is this telling me, Apple isn't replacing the backs on the damaged out of packages for free? You have to pay $99 to get their mistake fixed? Please tell me that isn't so.
10. dandare808 (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)
maybe learn to read before posting..................
14. ZayZay (Posts: 555; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
What am I missing. The article does not flat out say "If your phone came out of box damaged, Apple will fix it for free." I believe I know how to read just fine, just a clear definition isn't posted in this article. Thanks though
26. loli5 (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
"Sure, in case your unit was damaged out of the box, Apple will send you a replacement, but in case you caused the dents yourself by accident, you will be left holding on to an imperfect piece of high-end gadgetry."
Second sentence. F*cks sake...
28. haywoodjiblowmi (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
LMFAO..... really? You REALLY believe you know how to read just fine?
I guess "believe" is the key word, here!!
11. johnny9000 (Posts: 44; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
Or, OR...just a thought : Put a case on your phone!!!!
13. dsDoan (Posts: 215; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
One shouldn't have to purchase additional accessories in order to counter a design/manufacturer defect.
30. haywoodjiblowmi (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
So all other phones are scratch and dent resistant without a case?
33. dsDoan (Posts: 215; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
Compared to the terrible aluminum used on Apple's latest phone? Yes.
I much prefer my "cheap plastic" (polycarbonate) casing, with which I can walk around all day with my phone and keys in the same pocket, and my phone come out scratch-free.
52. haywoodjiblowmi (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
Well my original iphone 1st gen to this day has no scratches on the metal body (OTOH, the chrome is another story), my previous i4 looks the same as it was out of the box, and my current sgs3 near the att logo has 2 or 3 scrapes near the at&t logo (but white only shows it in light glare).
Now if apple has moved away from the original metal from gen1 then maybe, but the display model ive seen at the local at&t store that everyone handles has no issues. I lean on the side of factory mis-handling or bad batches, like my day one sgs3 (which was a actually a replacement s3 from best buy due to a defective screen) that has small area gaps between the glass and the frame and a back cover (that yourself might label "design flaw" because of the non-exact fit to the phone itself) that has space between sides of the phone and the edge of the back cover, like its a bit to small.
But neither of those things are affecting me enjoying my s3 or affecting it doing what its supposed to do as they are annoying cosmetic issues at best....
53. dsDoan (Posts: 215; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
I was only referring to the latest iPhone. I don't recall scratch-prone issues on previous models. I'm not so sure that it's a bad batch or mis-handling. A Foxconn official stated that the material coating the device would cause it to be scratch-prone, indicating that both Apple and Foxconn knew about the issue beforehand.
The decal on the Galaxy S 3 is a manufacturing error at management level, in my opinion. It should have been placed on the case before the glossy coating.
P.S. I'd call a gap between glass and frame a manufacturing defect, because it wasn't properly assembled the way it was designed.
40. loli5 (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Apparently. The HTC One-S has an aluminum unibody, haven't heard of a single case of the finish scratching or rubbing off. Must be that cheap inferior android construction, everyone knows the most expensive products are delicate as all hell right?
16. sudbury78 (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)
Great price if u have issues. You already pay 650-850 so what is another $99. Stop being cheap.
18. CDGMobile (Posts: 29; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
The saying shouldn't be stop being cheap, it should be stop being sheep. Stop letting Apple run your wallets folks.
21. Savage (unregistered)
Oh yeah. Whats another 99 bucks? To hide Apple's glaring mistakes, iFans like you would gladly pay, not 99 but 999 dollars.
35. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 279; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
So if you bought a new Lexus and the paint peels off and costs $2000 to fix, do you think you shouldn't complain because you already paid $30000 for the car?
Dude, you are a salesman's dream! The rest of us - we expect better for the money we spend.
38. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 279; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Sorry about that - a scratched back panel must have disabled my sarcasm detection device, LOL.
43. loli5 (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
LMAO, it always makes me laugh and then a little sad hearing crap like that. That's why apple gets away with it, you folks are so brainwashed and conditioned that you wouldn't care if the thing came out of the box and slapped your mothers.
"What is another $99" give me a f*cking break dude. $99 isnt a tremendous amount of money by any means, but it's the principle.
46. loli5 (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
That was actually adressed to sudbury not you. We're on the same page, you and I.
19. wumberpeb (Posts: 414; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
Get your scratched Galaxy S3 repaired by walking into any carrier's store and asking for another battery door. Done. Free.
Can't stand phones without removeable batteries
31. haywoodjiblowmi (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
What carrier gives you free replacement back, bcus my gs3 needs one.
Mine came with a back cover that looks like someone washed it in hot water cus it has a gaps around fit on the phone.
56. wumberpeb (Posts: 414; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
Any store that does service and repair would have an extra. Generally you don't need to send back the battery doors with the bad phone being sent out, so I hoard them at my sprint store
20. haseebzahid (Posts: 1803; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
ROFL good way to make more money for nothing but a bug fix what a doshbag Apple is ahahahahahahah
24. JunkCreek (Posts: 399; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
so it is iPhone $tretched after all (replace the "S" for "5", can't type it in with the fonts).
25. loli5 (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Funny, my GS3 with it's "cheap plastic" looks as good as it did the day it came out of the box. No scratches or dentrs. Which is confusing and scary to me, since my phone is of an inferior build quality made of cheap plastic. Could....could it be ifans don't know wtf they're talking about? Nah.....
36. gallitoking (Posts: 4682; Member since: 17 May 2011)
I have yet to see an SG3 without a case.. so why not place a cased, (avaliable in all colors and stores) for the all mighty iconic iphone5
37. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
'' all mighty iconic iphone5''
your so up apple it must be dark in there
so considering your only 2 reasons to have an iphone left - the design and easy to use. your gonna loose on the design by covering it in a case. the differance is between the iphone and other phones is the iphone actuallt needs a case if you dont want a scratched dented piece of expensive disappointment