Pimp your iPhone 5 with this $40 transparent back plate mod

Pimp your iPhone 5 with this $40 transparent back plate mod
One of the easiest ways to personalize your iPhone 5 is to outfit it with a cool protective case, but for some people that just isn't geeky enough. These are the folks who might be interested in this do-it-yourself kit by iPhone5mod – it comes with all the parts and tools you need to replace an iPhone 5's back with a translucent plastic casing. Even the SIM card tray and the buttons on the sides are replaced with transparent alternatives. 

Now, a lot of you are probably wondering why one would swap a high-quality aluminum panel for a cheap piece of plastic. Well, let's say that the iPhone 5 is prone to scratching if not handled with care. Moreover, the kind of plastic that is used in the kit is resistant to fingerprints. But most importantly, some might simply find it cool to be able to see what's inside of their iPhone 5 all the time. Needless to say, their warranty will be rendered invalid after the modification, but that's the sacrifice one has to make in order to own a unique iPhone. 

The translucent iPhone 5 kit comes in 7 different colors: pink, red, yellow, green, blue, white, and black. It can be ordered for about $40, and if you get yours today, iPhone5mod will throw in top and bottom panels of all available colors at no extra charge. Check out the video below to get an idea how a modified iPhone 5 looks like.

source: iPhone5mod via 9to5Mac

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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 64GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

that's unique for sure.

14. MeoCao unregistered

like walking in the street in see thru clothes lol

2. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I guess this is a good alternative if the Phone gets bent or scratches =P

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And it would make it look worst than it already is

5. Johnmark

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

so are you

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

Good comeback, 3rd grader.

4. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Someone will actually trade Aluminum with plastic?

6. acewhales

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

I see a lawsuit coming....

8. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

now ur iphone will look like a cheap chinese knockoff lol

9. jed27

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

We're going back in the time where Nokia phones had changeable cases for a dollar.

10. guzza

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

Why would all the phone manufacturers want to ever place all the different back shell on their phones when we could get this stunning transparent shell on our phones?..... Hmm.... I dunno. Maybe to make it look better?

11. g2a5b0e unregistered

It sounds like you're trying to be sarcastic here, but I actually like it. Not an iPhone fan, but I think it looks dope.

12. anshul0000 unregistered

horrible song..

13. phljcnth

Posts: 563; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It's like stripping away the $200-part of your phone, the logo.

15. rcrider4

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

That makes the phone look as horrible and cheap as the song they used...

16. eltoro1975

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

I finally received my translucent mod kit today. I thought this would be a cool mod and had a few hours to sit down and begin the process of modifying my phone. I want to begin by saying I am fairly experienced working on iPhones. I must go on to say though that this mod is not for the faint of heart. It is a daunting task to say the least. First of all, there are no directions and all the pieces are not included and not all of the threading are correctly sized to receive the stock screws. I had a number of screws thee did not fit where they were supposed to go when reassembling the device. Also, there is a metal bar that is used as a hinge that seats the power switch that is missing and impossible to transfer from the original device. I had to cut a needle the correct size to replicate the missing part. After 2 hours of work I was successful with the mod and I am writing this post on the finished product. If you have any questions about this mod feel free to contact me and I can tell you all about it. My impression of this mod is generally positive although I have mixed feelings about the quality of construction. I also have a new appreciation for the men and women that put these devices together. Eltoro1975icloud@gmail.com

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