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Old Jan 8, 2013, 01:26 PM   #26
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I'm using a 5 without a case. Received it in the mail on Day 1, used it for a month or so without a case, then when the case I ordered showed up I put it in there for a couple months, then for the past two weeks it has been case free. No damage thus far, including scrapes, scratches, and scuffs. Don't worry too much.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 02:05 PM   #27
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Mine was caseless for 12 hrs and in that short period of time it was accidently dropped from less than 2 ft on tile, the bottom corner took the hit and it flattened the rounded edge. Not worth caseless IMO, this phone is way to fragile
Interesting.... Mine slid from my oversized leather chair to the hardwood floor, maybe 1.5ft and I swore it would be dented but it was fine.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 02:18 PM   #28
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This ^^. I got Apple Care + just so I could use my phone without having to baby it. I've got some scratches on my iPhone 5 but I'm willing to live with them and it's comforting knowing I can replace it twice for $50. I'll probably never use it but it makes me enjoy my phone more so it's worth the $.
me too. Honestly... for the $$ my wife has spent on cases, she could have dropped and broke her phone 1.5x

I still take good care of my phone and don't put it in my pocket with keys or whatever. I still have a skin on it (partly just to see how the whole skin thing worked out)... but I can truely say that I enjoy it (caseless) much more with piece of mind.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 02:36 PM   #29
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If you suffer from severe OCD and tend to drag your phones against abrasive surfaces - yes. If you're normal - no.
Actually, sadly, it has been shown that the black iPhone 5 will scuff with normal use.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 02:51 PM   #30
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I am so disappointed, I paid a premium for the iphone 5 over a SIII because I wanted the premium feel of the aluminium finish.
Price doesn't guarantee a lack of scratches. Aluminum is a soft metal. It scratches and coatings can wear. It doesn't how much you pay for your aluminum. It's still aluminum.

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Are there any other purists out there? How have you overcome this issue without wrapping you iphone in plastic or some bulky case?
Plenty of people have not experienced scratches. Another person's experience, however, won't necessarily be indicative of your own. Some people can use a device naked without major scratches. Others cannot. You need to look at your preferences, usage, etc. You have to determine whether going naked or protecting your phone is a bigger priority.

The Accessories subforum is filled with discussions on cases, screen protectors, protective films, etc. Try looking at the threads on the options and see what sounds like it would suit you.

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If there really is no solution, I may try to swap it for a white model, I wonder if anyone has some pointers on how to achieve this?
http://service.o2.co.uk/IQ/srvs/cgi-...),CASE=ref(RR1)

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That was an unhelpful and useless reply if ever I've seen one.

Is this what you forum folk call trolling?
Nope. You may not like the tone but it's not trolling. It is, for the most part, a reply from a practical perspective whether you like it or not.

"Be careful relying solely on what you read", "be careful assuming trends from forum postings" and "products like this tend to show wear given how they tend to be used" are certainly useful advice given your OP.

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Actually, sadly, it has been shown that the black iPhone 5 will scuff with normal use.
"Normal" means nothing. Usage varies by person. Again, some will have scratches, scuffs, etc from "normal" use. Some will not.

Again, each person has to take whatever precautionary measures they're willing to take.

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You have no idea what OCD is.
Most people don't and misuse the term. Being concerned with keeping with an iPhone looking new isn't OCD.

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Old Jan 8, 2013, 02:54 PM   #31
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Actually, sadly, it has been shown that the black iPhone 5 will scuff with normal use.
By normal use do you mean it'll scuff and dent from holding in your hand and up to your ear?
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 03:11 PM   #32
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I use power support anti glare screen protector and a zagg leather back. Still pretty naked but both major surfaces still protected and the back keeps it from slipping from my hand.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 04:11 PM   #33
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I suggest a case if you don't want to endure my pain

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Old Jan 8, 2013, 04:22 PM   #34
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Then use it naked. There's plenty of people who use their phone naked without any issues.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 04:28 PM   #35
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I'm sorry, how has this "come to your attention" Has it actually happened to you? My 5 is flawless without a case.



Why? Because of something you read on the internet?



What issue? it's a device that's used daily, and it's pretty insane to expect something you're handeling multiple times a day NOT to show signs of use.



You mean bring it into a store and expect them to switch it out for you because you've seen manufacturing defents on it?



Oh, I'm sorry, you haven't even opened it yet? When I was a kid people said there were monsters under my bed. Did I avoid looking under the bed for fear of what might be under there or did I go by my own experience to verify if it was true?

Good luck, I think you'll need it.
Get over yourself *******. You know damn well what the guy is talking about. There is a very obvious and well known defect with some of iPhone getting scuffed VERY easily. You can try to defend it all you want, but its there and this guy was simply asking for suggestions
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 04:29 PM   #36
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I suggest a case if you don't want to endure my pain

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Thats the bottom line, the choice is ultimately yours.

Get a case if you don't want to risk having your phone destroyed.

Go naked and risk the headaches of a banged up, scratched and destroyed phone.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 04:32 PM   #37
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And the hassle to replace its a pain having to get a new one don't realise how much you miss it till your using an old nokia again lol
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 05:05 PM   #38
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I'd say try it naked for a few days...see if you really have an issue with the wear of the phone. Some people report that they've been naked with their iPhone since day one and it looks flawless.
*ahem* Now that's a mental image I REALLY don't want! Just remember not to look in the Photos folder or at their browsing history...
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 05:33 PM   #39
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Anyone with good sense would throw the thing in a case so fast!

I sell phones for a living and most of the problems we have are iPhones and most of those problems are people who broke their screens.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 06:09 PM   #40
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Thank you

Thank you for sharing your experiences. I feel much better prepared for what to expect now.

I just got back from outdoors, reassured by the thread I got the phone out of the box to start using it, and I noticed a chip in the bezel. There's no way that I could have done this because of the chip's location - it must have happened before the screen was inset. I'm swapping it for another tomorrow, but I'll stick with black 'cos it's too damn sexy!

Lots of good suggestions here, but ultimately I think it's worth the risk to go nude with a leather sleeve

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Old Jan 8, 2013, 06:12 PM   #41
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I received my phone for Christmas and I bought a case for it, after about a week I just hated the idea of it being covered up. So I am caseless since then.

So far I love it, I bought AppleCare+ this time around so it it gets really bad I can get it replaced.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 06:26 PM   #42
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I've been using mine caseless and only dropped it once with only 2 minor dings on the back edge. It sucks that happened but I'm happy with the phone caseless. I use a case just for work and when I know I'll be getting drunk or activity that might drop phone. I have applecare+ too just in case I damage the phone even more but I try to take care of the phone.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 06:35 PM   #43
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I put a skin on mine and use it w/o a case.

I use a case when I'm doing things outside or if I go somewhere I know I'll want/need one...

while I don't get the full-fledged aluminum feel of the phone (the skin makes it feel rubbery) I still get to have a really super-thin phone that looks cool and best of all, fits nicely in my pocket.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 06:49 PM   #44
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The possibility of scuffs doesn't bother me, but on winter days when my hands are dry and chapped, my iPhone feels too slick, and I'm afraid I'll accidentally drop it. My wife dropped hers on the second day after she got it, but fortunately it wasn't damaged. That's the reason we bought cases. I got a UAG case that I wasn't wild about at first from an aesthetic standpoint, but the great reviews convinced me that it was a practical case. Now I love the look, and my iPhone feels much better and more secure in my hand than it did when it was naked. And an advantage to keeping my phone scuff-free will be that it will help the resale value when I upgrade to my next iPhone. My iPhone 4 is pristine, thanks to the case I kept it in.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 07:04 PM   #45
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Get over yourself *******. You know damn well what the guy is talking about. There is a very obvious and well known defect with some of iPhone getting scuffed VERY easily. You can try to defend it all you want, but its there and this guy was simply asking for suggestions
Hey cdfink,

Are you implying that some batches are less prone to scuffs than others?

I've seen these youtube vids that suggest the ip5 is far more durable than I thought:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2BxL0nRDlY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMvE0lkunBg

and this to suggest otherwise:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSFKVq36Hgc

Since I'm returning the defective one tomorrow, is there any way to check if the replacement is a good 'un or not?

Cheers,

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Old Jan 8, 2013, 07:16 PM   #46
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This ^^. I got Apple Care + just so I could use my phone without having to baby it. I've got some scratches on my iPhone 5 but I'm willing to live with them and it's comforting knowing I can replace it twice for $50. I'll probably never use it but it makes me enjoy my phone more so it's worth the $.

And yes, I've had Android phones for 3 years. Plastic phones don't compare and after 2 years of usage they look absolutely terrible.
And this again =) ^^^^

Sheesh... the people who want a "cosmetically perfect" phone are always the people who moan and groan about putting a case on it. Why is it so hard to understand that if you treat something, well ANYTHING really, like crap it won't stay as nice as when you open the package???

Why do people just assume it's the manufacturers responsibility to ensure the device stays flawless forever?

I'm shocked some of these OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and yes I know the term very well thank you) folks can even exist in the modern world the way they obsess over teeny time damage on their PHONES.

You don't have to like having a crappy looking phone, but if you care for it it won't ever look crappy to begin with... If it does it's 100% YOUR FAULT!!!
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 07:29 PM   #47
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Naked from release day, no issues. Take out of pocket when in use put back in when not in use. I really don't see what's so hard about keeping it nice
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 07:32 PM   #48
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That was an unhelpful and useless reply if ever I've seen one.

Is this what you forum folk call trolling?
No, it was an honest and factual response to your post. Your letting your life be ruled by rumors. Let go. Enjoy your new device. Don't believe everything you read. Enjoy.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 08:13 PM   #49
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I use WaterField iPhone 5 Smart Case for my black iPhone 5.

When I use my iPhone 5, I just take it out of the case and use it nakedly.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 08:21 PM   #50
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My phone is naked and still pristine condition. I have a screen protector and a back matte skin that just covers the aluminum back. I baby my phone. Front pocket is dedicated to the phone only. So far, so good!

I do have a couple of cases, but always go back to naked within a few hours.

I like all my Apple products without cases. iPad has a Smart Cover.
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