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Daikyouju
Jan 27, 2012, 11:34 PM
Ok, this is ruining my life... and maybe its happening the same to some of you too.

I'm tired of buying microfiber cloths and expensive polishes just for seeking perfection in my apple gadgets and worrying too much about them.

How can i get over this? Please suggest an efficient way to forget this imperfections that will appear under normal product usage.

Any suggestions will be really appreciated.

Thank you.



Rampant.A.I.
Jan 27, 2012, 11:38 PM
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Daikyouju
Jan 27, 2012, 11:40 PM
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ixodes
Jan 27, 2012, 11:47 PM
Consult a therapist. OCD is a treatable condition that will improve quality of life once it's under control.

Or, simply get rid of the objects of your obsessions.

lam93
Jan 27, 2012, 11:50 PM
Consult a therapist. OCD is a treatable condition that will improve quality of life once it's under control.

Or, simply get rid of the objects of your obsessions.

i dropped my phone lastnight, the antenna band is chipped pretty bad with dents. got over it and threw case on that sucker.. oh well, ill have a new phone in 2 years anyway.

YOLO

Motionblurrr
Jan 27, 2012, 11:50 PM
Ok, this is ruining my life... and maybe its happening the same to some of you too.

I'm tired of buying microfiber cloths and expensive polishes just for seeking perfection in my apple gadgets and worrying too much about them.

How can i get over this? Please suggest an efficient way to forget this imperfections that will appear under normal product usage.

Any suggestions will be really appreciated.

Thank you.

Honestly, take your iPhone and rub it against a table. maybe spin it a couple times. after that shock of doing that, you'll realize it's just a piece of gadget and not a baby. once you have your first scratch it's SO much easier to stomach using your Apple stuff without any protectors or stupid stuff

seriously, I too got tired of cases, clothes, inspecting for scratches that I just said ******* it and used it normally.

boom, problem solved. my 4S is nice and naked. :D

ixodes
Jan 28, 2012, 12:08 AM
my 4S is nice and naked. :D

I like the looks of mine without a case.

Yet i find the glass very slippery by comparison. Also being fragile, this is one model I won't be sad to see go. Apples bound to do better next time.

SAIRUS
Jan 28, 2012, 12:17 AM
I have an otterbox defender, so pretty crazy about blemishes.

That said, my resale value is higher when the phone looks like its in mint condition.

ann713
Jan 28, 2012, 12:27 AM
Wait until the phone gets a first dent, scratch, blemish, you'll quickly get over the ocd. :) At least I did. In my honest opinion, you're just keeping it in perfect shape for the next person. You're not really enjoying your personal gadget to the fullest extend. With that said, if you're truly afraid and it's taking restrain on you, I suggest getting a tough case (something like the Otterbox like someone had mention). A front and back shield also helps.

Rcflex
Jan 28, 2012, 12:34 AM
OK, this is ruining my life... and maybe its happening the same to some of you too.

I'm tired of buying microfiber cloths and expensive polishes just for seeking perfection in my apple gadgets and worrying too much about them.

How can i get over this? Please suggest an efficient way to forget this imperfections that will appear under normal product usage.

Any suggestions will be really appreciated.

Thank you.


Ok your not alone, though I'm not at the ruining my life part yet... Have you tried "5 star shine" yet... It's an automotive cleaner/sealant/protector ;) Well you do have an expensive state of the art piece of technology in your hands

If you do use it no water hose needed, lol... I realy hope it works well for you....

take care

Rcflex

P.S. you can go to your Dr's office and get a prescription for OCD, or whatever the Dr. might think is alling you...
Best wishes

Daikyouju
Jan 28, 2012, 12:45 AM
Ok your not alone, though I'm not at the ruining my life part yet... Have you tried "5 star shine" yet... It's an automotive cleaner/sealant/protector ;) Well you do have an expensive state of the art piece of technology in your hands

If you do use it no water hose needed, lol... I realy hope it works well for you....

take care

Rcflex

I just want to protect my iPhone 4s's steel band from further damage. Will this work?

antman2295
Jan 28, 2012, 12:50 AM
Drop the phone, Shatter the screen, No more OCD, The shock that you did it kills the OCD. Lol, I'm just kidding!

Daikyouju
Jan 28, 2012, 12:53 AM
Drop the phone, Shatter the screen, No more OCD, The shock that you did it kills the OCD. Lol, I'm just kidding!

:(

Rcflex
Jan 28, 2012, 12:53 AM
I just want to protect my iPhone 4s's steel band from further damage. Will this work?


What's wrong with it? what did you do to mess it up or what's happening to it???

Daikyouju
Jan 28, 2012, 12:56 AM
What's wrong with it? what did you do to mess it up or what's happening to it???

I just scratched it (the steel band) a little while vacuuming the dust out of the dock port and that makes me angry and not happy of having it.

Edit: it's a hairline scratch that is visible while inspecting it from strange angle and under some light conditions. It's located next to the dock port opening at the left side.

bandofbrothers
Jan 28, 2012, 01:02 AM
The term "OCD" is used way too loosely in forums and in life nowadays !

Speak to a person who has true OCD and you'll soon realise what you describe isnt even a mild form of the condition.

We all clean the devices one way or another and want to take pride in its appearance. Stick with micro fibre cloths and try to stay away from wipes and sprays as these bring their own issues.

Rcflex
Jan 28, 2012, 01:06 AM
I just scratched it (the steel band) a little while vacuuming the dust out of the dock connector and that makes me angry and not happy of having it.


Ahhh I see, Is it a deep scratch? if not just then just buff it out with a dremel power tool or some sort of rotating polishing machine...

Next time you would like to get dust out any small machine use a dust canister, it blows compressed air and won't make scratches...

William.Mantle
Jan 28, 2012, 01:10 AM
It's just a phone.

Turn on the TV and watch a news channel for an hour... Then maybe you'll realise what's important.

slapple
Jan 28, 2012, 01:13 AM
I just scratched it (the steel band) a little while vacuuming the dust out of the dock port and that makes me angry and not happy of having it.

Vacuuming the dust out of the dock port? That's pretty serious. You realize that vacuum cleaners generate static electricity, which can damage electronic devices like the iPhone? Your OCD is making you do things that could cause even worse damage to your iPhone.

Rcflex
Jan 28, 2012, 01:14 AM
It's just a phone.

Turn on the TV and watch a news channel for an hour... Then maybe you'll realise what's important.

Maybe he's bored and can't sleep (at least thats my prob) what are you doing on then?:D

AndrewR23
Jan 28, 2012, 01:28 AM
I was the same way OP. Basically, I got a scratch on my phone. Then the genius scratched the hell out of it while taking my case off. After that, I don't care anymore. No more cases, or screen protectors. I only use skins because the color of my phone gets boring.

Daikyouju
Jan 28, 2012, 01:34 AM
Thanks to everyone. I think I am realizing the following facts:

1. It's just a phone. A beautiful piece of art but a phone anyway.
2. I bought it for use it and enjoy it, not for admire it and worship it all the day.
3. That beautiful steel band and glass contains and protects the valuable hardware inside. As long I don't shatter it will work perfectly.
4. I will buy a case anyway so if I drop it accidentally it will be protected.

Anything else?

Rcflex
Jan 28, 2012, 01:44 AM
Thanks to everyone. I think I am realizing the following facts:

1. It's just a phone. A beautiful piece of art but a phone anyway.
2. I bought it for use it and enjoy it, not for admire it and worship it all the day.
3. That beautiful steel band and glass contains and protects the valuable hardware inside. As long I don't shatter it will work perfectly.
4. I will buy a case anyway so if I drop it accidentally it will be protected.

Anything else?

Take care and Peace:)

torana355
Jan 28, 2012, 01:47 AM
I have mild OCD and it can be annoying but the best thing you can do is something else that does not involve your Apple gear like go to a friends house or watch tv. The other night i was actually obsessing over my MBA's casing making sure there was not any scratches ect on it yet lol. Just remember that the casing on the iphone can be replaced if it get badly scratched ect so don't worry about it.

William.Mantle
Jan 28, 2012, 01:47 AM
Maybe he's bored and can't sleep (at least thats my prob) what are you doing on then?:D

Its rather small minded of you to assume we're all in the same time zone.

rgarjr
Jan 28, 2012, 02:13 AM
Just remember that the casing on the iphone can be replaced if it get badly scratched ect so don't worry about it.

it can be replaced but a) is a PITA to replace it and b) don't know if replacements parts are authentic OEM.

maus
Jan 28, 2012, 02:19 AM
I used to think like that about all my gadgets, then I began to consider the little imperfections as giving my devices character, haha. :D

Total Respray
Jan 28, 2012, 02:38 AM
The other night i was actually obsessing over my MBA's casing making sure there was not any scratches ect on it yet lol.

Have you though about getting a case for your case ;)

torana355
Jan 28, 2012, 02:48 AM
Have you though about getting a case for your case ;)

I have already ordered my Waterfield Sleevecase (http://www.sfbags.com/products/sleevecases/sleevecases.php) but it will not arrive till next week as im in Australia. Till then ive been very careful and a little OCD about my new baby lol

Rcflex
Jan 28, 2012, 02:52 AM
Its rather small minded of you to assume we're all in the same time zone.

Oh my, Really, Your the one to talk about small minded... All you did was insult the person and tell him to go watch the news and forget about his issue he was psoting here... Why where you wasting your time posting on this thread when you could have been reading or watching the news???

William.Mantle
Jan 28, 2012, 04:19 AM
Oh my, Really, Your the one to talk about small minded... All you did was insult the person and tell him to go watch the news and forget about his issue he was psoting here... Why where you wasting your time posting on this thread when you could have been reading or watching the news???

The poster asked a question on a public forum. I replied with my personal opinion on the matter.

If it causes you so much upset perhaps public forums are not something you should be part of.

Unless you believe that it should revolve around you like time itself?

lam93
Jan 28, 2012, 05:06 PM
Oh my, Really, Your the one to talk about small minded... All you did was insult the person and tell him to go watch the news and forget about his issue he was psoting here... Why where you wasting your time posting on this thread when you could have been reading or watching the news???

i didnt really see a problem with his post, the dude is obsessing over getting scratches on a phone, which in a year, will most likely not even be in his possession.

so yeah, he said turn on the news and see things that are really important like starving children, war, etc...

its a public forum bro, chillax

lordofthereef
Jan 28, 2012, 05:17 PM
I am slightly OCD about these things. Last year I got rid of my iPhone 4 and went to Sprint. Hated it. About three months before the 4S launched I came back to ATT and purchased a used 4. It had some scratches (not terrible, but they were noticeable), but it was a good price. That "cured" me. I got a brand-spanking new 4S and no longer worry so much. I still have a case and screen protector, but I am not constantly wiping it, taking it out of the case, etc.

Savor
Jan 28, 2012, 05:54 PM
Just realize everything in this world is temporary. Listen to "Dust In The Wind" by Kansas. Even your perfect woman, car, or house will get blemished over time.

For me, I own multiple smartphones with multiple phone lines. I get over the OCD and even the short battery life for a couple of them real quick. If there is a blemish, oh well. I have a couple that were bought second-hand anyway. If the battery is drained, I just move onto another phone that is charged. You don't need to be polygamous with women, but you can with gadgets and OSes. And if you can't and are stuck with this OCD, I suggest to find a hobby.

Life is about the actual journey and experiences we get from it and not about the possessions we have where we will get bored of them over time and get thrown away once we are gone from this world.

Mochi Hana
Jan 28, 2012, 06:01 PM
My iPhone 4 has a few tiny hairline scratches on the screen. I just learned to live with them. It's not the end of the world.

blueroom
Jan 28, 2012, 06:04 PM
Put a big dent in the case, you'll soon stop worrying about small scratches.

MissRachel
Jan 28, 2012, 06:11 PM
I agree with everyone, that you just gotta let it get scratched/dented once and then you realize it's not such a big deal. I was really paranoid about scratches on my Apple stuff until I had to take my Macbook to Apple and the person who worked on it scratched it all to hell. I bought some polish, fixed it up as best I could, and now I don't let its appearance bother me. I mean, obviously I'm not just gonna ram my phone or my laptop against a wall but I'm not worried about scratches just "happening" anymore.

My iPhone does wear a case, though, because I'm clumsy and I know I'll drop it and break it and I'd really rather not do that.

Pipper99
Jan 28, 2012, 09:09 PM
Thanks to everyone. I think I am realizing the following facts:

1. It's just a phone. A beautiful piece of art but a phone anyway.
2. I bought it for use it and enjoy it, not for admire it and worship it all the day.
3. That beautiful steel band and glass contains and protects the valuable hardware inside. As long I don't shatter it will work perfectly.
4. I will buy a case anyway so if I drop it accidentally it will be protected.

Anything else?

I understand your meaning in #1, but the iPhone is so much more than "just a phone": it's a handheld computer, entertainment device, communicator, etc. I suppose that's part of why many of us, myself included, tend to get too concerned about minor blemishes. The phone part is what I use the least. I'd call my Nokia from 10 years ago "just a phone". (my puppy at the time decided to make a chew toy of it one morning: he's my profile picture).

Regardless, everything in life deteriorates. A guy once told me that when he buys a new car that he deliberately takes out his knife and puts a small nick in the paint where it's not easily seen so that he won't worry about keeping it pristine. I can't bring myself to do that, but I've decided to start enjoying what I have with the knowledge that everything gets old quickly.

I've found the book, "The Paradox of Choice" to be helpful.

Applejuiced
Jan 28, 2012, 09:17 PM
You should seek professional help for your OCD issues.

Vegastouch
Jan 28, 2012, 09:18 PM
Use an Android and let your iPhone sit unused ;).

No seriously....some people are just OCD and being an everyday device these days, i dont get how people can be so OCD about it like that but being OCD is a problem for many people and it is kinda bizarre at times.

I dont think ive ever gave my phone a fine look over to see how many scrathches i have on it. Dont really care. My screen protector has a few divits in it from being dropped on asphalt which my screen did not break and it has a scratch on it too. I havent changed the protector and not going to.

IF i sell it when i upgrade, ill take it off then.

takeshi74
Jan 29, 2012, 12:23 PM
How can i get over this? Please suggest an efficient way to forget this imperfections that will appear under normal product usage.
Well, buying products is not the solution to your problem.

gadget123
Jan 29, 2012, 04:16 PM
Is there any way to remove scratches off the Iphone screen?

SlasherDuff
Jan 29, 2012, 04:17 PM
I buy electronics intending to use them, so minor blemishes don't bother me in the least.

rgarjr
Jan 29, 2012, 04:29 PM
Is there any way to remove scratches off the Iphone screen?

Not really. OP, get a hammer and whack it a few times, that will take care of your OCD.

mattraehl
Jan 29, 2012, 05:36 PM
Personally I think a dented and scratched naked iPhone looks better than an iPhone with some ugly rubber case on it. If you think the cases look nice, then you can always put a case over it after it gets messed up. A wrecked up iPhone and a pristine iPhone look the same inside a case.

The only good reason to use a case is if you're worried about dropping your iPhone. I've had mine knocked off the table twice onto tile flooring with no damage to show for it, so this isn't a concern for me.

As far as the screen, I already have a few tiny scratches. I noticed them when the screen was OFF and the phone was under an overhead light. They cannot be seen when the screen is on - it's like they aren't there. But every screen protector I have seen obviously diminishes the quality of the screen (and scratches much more easily!) I'm not going to make my screen look worse to protect against scratches that aren't visible when the phone is in use. So I pass on those too.

Naked iPhone for me. It will get some bumps and bruises. But it's just a tool, and in about 4 years it will be a historical curiosity.

Fairfax
Jan 29, 2012, 05:55 PM
If you get a scratch or dent on one of your apple products, sell it and buy a new apple product that is scratch free.

greygray
Jan 29, 2012, 08:27 PM
Give them all to me, and your fears shall be allayed.

Agent-P
Jan 29, 2012, 08:46 PM
I like the looks of mine without a case.

Yet i find the glass very slippery by comparison. Also being fragile, this is one model I won't be sad to see go. Apples bound to do better next time.

That's what people said when the iPhone 4 was out. What did we get? The exact same design on the 4S.

ahfu25
Jan 29, 2012, 10:21 PM
I just worry about getting scratches on the screen. If any other part of my iPhone gets dinged it doesn't bother me. Nothing a case can't cover and a screen protector for the screen. :cool:

ixodes
Jan 29, 2012, 11:30 PM
That's what people said when the iPhone 4 was out. What did we get? The exact same design on the 4S.

Yes that's true. I guess I wasn't surprised since Apple is known for milking a model that sells, for a long time. Apple has a deep addiction to money, they could have trillions on hand and still act desperate for more.

I predicted the next one will be better based on the fact that it would be hard to make a worse one. Flat slabs of glass like the 4 & 4S use are about as slippery and breakable as it gets.

Dweez
Jan 29, 2012, 11:34 PM
I'm tired of buying microfiber cloths and expensive polishes just for seeking perfection in my apple gadgets and worrying too much about them.


Exactly this. These devices are gadgets, pieces of electronics which are there to serve a purpose. Not pets, not people. Perhaps protect them with available after market cases. If that's not sufficient, power said devices off and put them in a drawer.

Agent-P
Jan 30, 2012, 12:53 AM
Yes that's true. I guess I wasn't surprised since Apple is known for milking a model that sells, for a long time. Apple has a deep addiction to money, they could have trillions on hand and still act desperate for more.

I predicted the next one will be better based on the fact that it would be hard to make a worse one. Flat slabs of glass like the 4 & 4S use are about as slippery and breakable as it gets.

Shame that the design that was selling well is rather difficult to not drop. I'm hoping the next iPhone takes design cues from the iPad 2 and looks similar to that. I could live with an iPhone designed like that.

bandofbrothers
Jan 30, 2012, 02:25 AM
Personally I think a dented and scratched naked iPhone looks better than an iPhone with some ugly rubber case on it. If you think the cases look nice, then you can always put a case over it after it gets messed up. A wrecked up iPhone and a pristine iPhone look the same inside a case.

The only good reason to use a case is if you're worried about dropping your iPhone. I've had mine knocked off the table twice onto tile flooring with no damage to show for it, so this isn't a concern for me.

As far as the screen, I already have a few tiny scratches. I noticed them when the screen was OFF and the phone was under an overhead light. They cannot be seen when the screen is on - it's like they aren't there. But every screen protector I have seen obviously diminishes the quality of the screen (and scratches much more easily!) I'm not going to make my screen look worse to protect against scratches that aren't visible when the phone is in use. So I pass on those too.

Naked iPhone for me. It will get some bumps and bruises. But it's just a tool, and in about 4 years it will be a historical curiosity.



That's fine but owners are also thinking about resale value for when they are ready to upgrade or sell their current phone.

Bobby Corwen
Jan 30, 2012, 03:18 AM
That's fine but owners are also thinking about resale value for when they are ready to upgrade or sell their current phone.

mattraehl is right, but if your worried about resale value, warranty exchange it once or twice before you sell it if its really necessary.

Otherwise you're not really getting the full experience of the phone.

The trick is to let go and get over that brand new shiny-ness.

This can only happen with time.

gnasher729
Jan 30, 2012, 03:36 AM
I just scratched it (the steel band) a little while vacuuming the dust out of the dock port and that makes me angry and not happy of having it.

Edit: it's a hairline scratch that is visible while inspecting it from strange angle and under some light conditions. It's located next to the dock port opening at the left side.

Well, nobody cares really. But you should realize one thing: It is not the scratch that makes you angry and unhappy. It is _you_ who makes you angry and unhappy.

I recommend you go on iTunes University, and download "Introduction to Psychology" by Jeremy Wolfe. It will give you some knowledge about _why_ your brain works the way it works, and that should be very helpful. (It's interesting and fun as well).

boss.king
Jan 30, 2012, 04:37 AM
Step 1: realise that it's just a phone
Step 2: you are now cured. You're welcome.

bandofbrothers
Jan 30, 2012, 04:41 AM
mattraehl is right, but if your worried about resale value, warranty exchange it once or twice before you sell it if its really necessary.

Otherwise you're not really getting the full experience of the phone.

The trick is to let go and get over that brand new shiny-ness.

This can only happen with time.



Do what your saying is if you make an appointment with an apple genius and state I want an exchange because it's scratched and marked.

Hmmm .....

Cod3rror
Jan 30, 2012, 05:27 AM
I'm kinda like the OP, in the sense that, when I buy a product, I want it to be absolutely perfect as it should be. After that, if I put some scratches or marks on it myself, it's OK, wabi-sabi...

However, I HATE getting a new product that is somehow not perfect, like it has a small scratch, dust, dead pixel, etc...



As for how to get over it OP, remember, you're going to have that phone for a maximum of a year or two after that you'll either sell it or give it to somebody else, it's just temporary. Oh and wabi-sabi dude, read about it, get an enjoyment out of putting your character on the phone, every scratch has a history...

Mactagonist
Jan 30, 2012, 08:11 AM
Ok, this is ruining my life... and maybe its happening the same to some of you too.

I'm tired of buying microfiber cloths and expensive polishes just for seeking perfection in my apple gadgets and worrying too much about them.

How can i get over this? Please suggest an efficient way to forget this imperfections that will appear under normal product usage.

Any suggestions will be really appreciated.

Thank you.

http://designmind.frogdesign.com/blog/aged-to-perfection.html


Wabi-sabi (侘寂?) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete".[1]
...


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabi-sabi

/user/me
Jan 30, 2012, 08:54 AM
Flat slabs of glass like the 4 & 4S use are about as slippery and breakable as it gets.

I've never broken my screen or dropped my phone because it was too "slippery". Perhaps you need to be more careful with your devices.

eye4ni
Jan 30, 2012, 09:09 AM
I've had my iphone 4 for almost a year now (well, actually apple has replaced my phone twice, so this one in particular is about 7 months old). When I first got it, I was worried about screen protectors and cases etc and I was super OCD about getting any sort of scratch on it...

I went through about 2-3 cases that I hated until I finally got the apple bumper case. I love it, doesn't add too much bulk and protects the phone pretty well. At the same time, I removed the screen protector because I hate the way that it felt. Since doing this many months ago, my screen still has no scratches and I wipe it clean with my shirt when it gets smudges etc. The phone might have a few scratches around the antenna band from the bumper case, but I don't care anymore. The phone still looks great after months of constant use, in and out of my pocket dozens of times every day, and it has been dropped on my hardwood floor at my house at least 3 times that I know of and the phone still looks great.

Apple bumper case = all that you need. Forget about everything else and just enjoy the phone.

mattraehl
Jan 30, 2012, 09:17 AM
That's fine but owners are also thinking about resale value for when they are ready to upgrade or sell their current phone.
I can certainly understand this point of view. But I am curious what the gap in resale value is, for example, between a pristine iPhone 4 and one that has some moderate scratches and maybe a small dent or two in the metal. By the time you factor in the costs of cases and screen covers and such I doubt it's much to speak of.

eye4ni
Jan 30, 2012, 09:29 AM
I can certainly understand this point of view. But I am curious what the gap in resale value is, for example, between a pristine iPhone 4 and one that has some moderate scratches and maybe a small dent or two in the metal. By the time you factor in the costs of cases and screen covers and such I doubt it's much to speak of.

When thinking of it this way, I also take into consideration that there is a "cost" for me being paranoid about any and every tiny little blemish on my phone to maintain the resale value.

For example: I can get $350 for the phone if I keep it in a climate-controlled glass case in my living room and only touch the phone when necessary and always clean it with a microfiber cloth afterwards, and buy a $50 otterbox to put my phone in if I were to take it outside with me.... OR, I can USE my phone, not worry about every little nick and scratch on the stupid thing, keep it in my pocket, drop it on the floor once in a while, and spend my time worrying about important things and not my phone, and maybe only get $250 for it when I am ready to sell it....

For the $100 difference, not having to worry about a silly phone so much is worth it to me.....

mattraehl
Jan 30, 2012, 09:41 AM
When thinking of it this way, I also take into consideration that there is a "cost" for me being paranoid about any and every tiny little blemish on my phone to maintain the resale value.

For example: I can get $350 for the phone if I keep it in a climate-controlled glass case in my living room and only touch the phone when necessary and always clean it with a microfiber cloth afterwards, and buy a $50 otterbox to put my phone in if I were to take it outside with me.... OR, I can USE my phone, not worry about every little nick and scratch on the stupid thing, keep it in my pocket, drop it on the floor once in a while, and spend my time worrying about important things and not my phone, and maybe only get $250 for it when I am ready to sell it....

For the $100 difference, not having to worry about a silly phone so much is worth it to me.....
I meant to make this point too. Very well said and I couldn't agree more.

Bobby Corwen
Jan 30, 2012, 12:01 PM
Do what your saying is if you make an appointment with an apple genius and state I want an exchange because it's scratched and marked.

Hmmm .....

No just drop it from just the perfect height so only the left or right headphone output malfunctions. You have to be careful to not drop it from too far so the screen breaks, and not to close so that nothing breaks and you can't get a warranty exchange.

This way you are not missing out on the bare beauty, and still getting the most money back.

Its either that or losing some money. Either way, I would much rather go bare and get the full experience.

Alaerian
Jan 30, 2012, 12:59 PM
Slightly offtopic, but I need to say this:

Stop using the term "OCD" unless you actually know what it is. OCD, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, isn't the same as being nitpicky. OCD is a disease that requires a clinical diagnosis, and is treated with therapy and/or medications. Being bothered by scratches on an iPad isn't OCD.

I am clinically diagnosed with a form of OCD called OCPD - Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. It sincerely pisses me off when I see people saying things like "LOL I'm so OCD about my iPhone getting scratched." You don't have OCD - you're nitpicky. To me and other (real) sufferers of OCD, it evokes the same feeling of using the word "retarded."

mrsir2009
Jan 30, 2012, 01:18 PM
I'm only like this with my computers/phones for the first few weeks, then I'm real casual. My 4S has a case on it, but its mainly to help me grip the phone better (the naked 4S is kinda slippery and it feels better in a case). My MBP is two years old and its got nicks, scratches and erosion. I expect my 4S to be like that when its two years old (just hopefully not too much damage on the screen haha).

rdowns
Jan 30, 2012, 01:37 PM
Slightly offtopic, but I need to say this:

Stop using the term "OCD" unless you actually know what it is. OCD, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, isn't the same as being nitpicky. OCD is a disease that requires a clinical diagnosis, and is treated with therapy and/or medications. Being bothered by scratches on an iPad isn't OCD.

I am clinically diagnosed with a form of OCD called OCPD - Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. It sincerely pisses me off when I see people saying things like "LOL I'm so OCD about my iPhone getting scratched." You don't have OCD - you're nitpicky. To me and other (real) sufferers of OCD, it evokes the same feeling of using the word "retarded."


I agree, they don't have OCD. Retarded seems a better diagnosis. :D

rgarjr
Jan 30, 2012, 01:39 PM
For the $100 difference, not having to worry about a silly phone so much is worth it to me.....

yeah dude, 100 bucks difference isn't worth getting all paranoid about it.

motoleo
Jan 30, 2012, 01:46 PM
I will only use a product that has no blemishes whatsoever. I've thrown an iPod Touch 4G away because it had the smallest edge crack. It's so small. I have to buy a new one, plain and simple.

Same with USB dock connectors. Must be perfect. Not dirty or it will get thrown away.

Same with cases. Uncommon had to send me another case because I told them the design was .2 centimeters off. Apple logo has to be perfectly centered.

From Uncommon,

"Upon reviewing your photos, we would like to apologize that you received an off-center design. *We would also love to offer you a replacement case in which the design will appear in the center as you desired."

That's the only way. The product must feel brand new when I'm using it.

eye4ni
Jan 30, 2012, 02:08 PM
yeah dude, 100 bucks difference isn't worth getting all paranoid about it.

I assume that you are being sarcastic. Most people worry about this so much, and then realize that after they have had their phone for 1-2 years it is going to look USED no matter how much you baby it....

You spend 2 months being a "nit-picky" freak about it, then the other 22 months using it as intended, and get the same end result. That is my only point. If you are able to baby your phone the whole time that you own it, and save it from any scuffs, nicks, and scratches, then kudos to you, it is just too much for me to worry about.

matttye
Jan 30, 2012, 02:22 PM
If you actually obsess about it and it's causing you anxiety/distress - see a psychiatrist.

If you're just a bit anal (no offence) - try just only using the device when you really need to and not staring at it in any way. Just do what you need then put it down. You shouldn't notice the scratches.

In either case, accept that it is INVEVITIBLE that you'll get scratches on it so it's not worth worrying about.

ixodes
Jan 30, 2012, 02:24 PM
I've never broken my screen or dropped my phone because it was too "slippery". Perhaps you need to be more careful with your devices.

You sound quite defensive and very quick to assume.

I have never dropped an iPhone or broken one. Simply saying...

Relax and breathe, it's only a phone. Have a sense of humor, you'll live longer :)

Lorenn.x
Feb 1, 2012, 03:11 AM
Personally, I was hesitant to buy an iPhone because of the touch screen. I have OCD as well and there is no way I was going to deal with a glass, touchscreen phone. However, I've realized that my old Blackberry also gathered JUST as many smudges and didn't even have a touchscreen! Lol.

The day I got my iPhone I got a case (I buy tons so I can swap them out and not get bored), and I got a anti-fingerprint screen protector. These things are not perfect, but comparing it to non anti-fingerprint protectors, there is a huge difference. iPhone cases/screen protectors are replaceable - Scratches & dents, not so much!