And that's how an iPhone 5 looks like after 2 months of use

And that's how an iPhone 5 looks like after 2 months of use
The iPhone 5 is as sleek and beautiful as it is susceptible to dents and scratches. Even a small percentage of new units came with nicks right out of the box, which eventually led to Apple tightening up quality control measures at the iPhone 5 assembly lines. That said, can you imagine how one of them would look like after being used for a couple of months?

No need to visualize anything because someone has already done that for us. In the photos below we have two black iPhone 5 handsets, one of which has been encased since the very same day it was purchased, while the other has seen a lot of unprotected action. Both of them have been in use for about 2 months now. Obviously, it is quite easy to tell which one is which.

This, of course, is just a single case, but it clearly demonstrates that if you don't handle your iPhone 5 with care, it will get bruised sooner or later. And for most of us, paying $99 to have the damage fixed just isn't an option. But at the end of the day, do a few nicks matter? After all, despite being prone to scratching, Apple's newest smartphone is still a durable device, as those numerous iPhone 5 drop tests have shown. Perhaps you'd like to share your thoughts on this with us? If that's the case, sound it off below!

source: Gizmodo

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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0 inches
    1136 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A6, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1440 mAh
  • OS iOS 10.x



105. maxout

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

in 2 months it looks like Iphone 4S lol..

100. shayanaijaz

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 18, 2010

If you carelessly use any product it will naturally get bad after time passes, you have to care for things, using any other high end phone carelessly for two months can produce the same results.

98. jstoned

Posts: 36; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

See how crappy I phones are. Keep on spendin what you spenind on trash you damn I Tards!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lol!!!!!!!!!!!

99. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

unfunny and from the mind of some little kid your what? 5? go learn respect then comment

101. jstoned

Posts: 36; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

You prolly have an I phone, huh? What r u on like your fith time finishing up waiting in line for the same trash. dust off to your gay Azz I phone u pathetic I tard.

103. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Lmao you acting like a hard man over the internet is pathetic, bet your some little kid with no mates. I don't have an iPhone btw shows how simple minded you are Muppet.go ask mummy to help you type next time little boy

96. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I like the honesty of that Gizmodo much for galaxy s iii feels plasticky

95. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Now that's what is called "Premium" aluminium replacing cheap plastics :D

91. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

iPhone is expensive, so I made sure I got ishield on it first day. I never use bumber or case and I only put the phone alone in my left pocket. Ishield protects my phone so when a new phone comes out that I like, iOs or android, I will be able to sell my iphone 5 like brand new ;)

89. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I can't pay $700 for that!

77. ckoch125

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

That's why I got a nice speck case for mine and it still looks like the day I got it

75. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

mine looks fine and trust i had it more than 2 months.. it depends on the user,

74. jsantiago272

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

This iPhone 5 crap sucks anyways. So it doesn't really matter if it easily scratches

76. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

shut up hating little muppet your comment is as stupid as you are, go back to a life of lonely hating

86. jsantiago272

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Hating? Seems like you are the one who's "hating" by you're "hating comment" reply of my post, you fanboy!

93. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

yeah makes sense that, seeing as your comment was the usual jump on the band wagon and try to be cool saying the ''iphones crap'' no reasons why just you been a little hater thinking your cool saying it. grow up your the only fanboy here, you probably think people like your comments it your only source of saticfaction i bet lol

102. jstoned

Posts: 36; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

Don't trip jsantiago. This guy gayChao is just an apple following pathetic life hating I tard. His words hold no weight or value. Thats why he has more dislikes than likes.

104. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

The dislikes are from pathetic fandroids like you, you existence has no meaning sad act. People like you don't deserve you get bullied and try act hard on here Go play with traffic,this site don't need your type

58. szaboagoston

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

That was expected. I just want to remind people that HTC has been swapping black One S units with very similar defects. I'm sure that was bad business, but it was a very plausible and positive move from HTC, signalling faithfulness to quality and respect for the buyers. I'm very curious to find out whether Apple is willing to do the same. An expensive phone is not supposed to look like that after two months of everyday use. Cover or no cover.

72. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Apple already addressed this issue by saying that this is "normal" for a phone with aluminium back which apple followers (as with previous flaws) happily accepted. However they couldn't explain why Nokia N8, which also boasts an aluminium build, can't be scratched easily.

57. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

i buyed an iphone 5 today from a friend of mine... and it was great.. no scratch nothing. he dint even applied bumper case. he is a doctor. so i blame the person handling it.. coz the phone that i bought is 1 and half month old

71. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

One and half a month old Iphone 5 used without a case and no scratches or dings!!!!!!! ¿? Man either you are not seeing clearly or the phone must have lived inside the Sponge Bob.

56. canuj1

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

mine moto defy is still unscratched after 2 years ...

55. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

My Nokia Lumia 900 looks better, not even a single scratch ....

54. ReddD

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

So it can survive a drop test but not living in your pocket then?

42. TrainFromUkraine

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Does PA always get its article "ideas" from other blogs?

49. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

More often than not, it does.

40. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

My 6 months old Nokia X7 is in much better shape.

50. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

My 1 yr old Droid RAZR looks better than the iphone 5 pictured in the story....

38. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

These pictures are meaningless without context. We don't know what was done to this phone. Any phone can look bad if you abuse it.

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