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

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.

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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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



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...


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24. nnaatthhaannx2

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27. Paximos

Posts: 282; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

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

30. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

37. wendygarett unregistered

Ok then :D

58. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 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)

65. mambocream

Posts: 29; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

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

39. prakesh

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 13, 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

50. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

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

56. voxmarc

Posts: 336; Member since: Aug 22, 2012


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.

67. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 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!

71. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 198; Member since: May 03, 2012

Don't get an iphone. PROBLEM SOLVED

2. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 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.

74. mikiemon

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 01, 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.

75. yodawg

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 24, 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


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Wendy heres one Red from me.

9. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

You know Wendy is short for William right?

4. Jelly_Bean

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

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

5. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 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 .

6. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

18. erick01

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 10, 2012

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

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...

7. a1000smiles4u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 24, 2012

And they blame samsung for poor selection of materials

31. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

There is no comparison between the two for materials.

41. Jelly_Bean

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Because they are freakin retarded...!!

10. erick01

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 10, 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.

14. erick01

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 10, 2012

what about powder coating....??

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