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Old Dec 1, 2012, 03:27 AM   #51
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I haven't posted in a while. So has Apple determined that there was an anodizing defect on the first few batches?
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 05:40 AM   #52
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I think you are in the minority of people that loved a scuffed phone

but each to their own

I have mine cased up for that very reason

The Black IMO looks great but showing silver under bezel is just puts me off

and no worn jeans don't look good to me. I'd rather have jeans with no holes and jeans that are more solid
so you are turned off by the silver showing but it never really see the whole phone because you put it in a case?
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 06:50 AM   #53
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That is the ugliest iPhone 5 that I have ever seen.
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 07:04 AM   #54
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Nice

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Old Dec 1, 2012, 08:53 AM   #55
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I haven't posted in a while. So has Apple determined that there was an anodizing defect on the first few batches?
Doubt that'll come until 5S
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 09:15 AM   #56
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Neato. Just another pic and post about an owner who is actually using their phone instead of treating it like a newborn baby.
Agreed. So many think that a scratch on the side is the same thing as smashing it with a sledgehammer.
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 09:17 AM   #57
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Anyone who thinks that kind of wear is acceptable is deluding themselves. My two year old 4 looks better than that. He'll, my 3 year old 3GS looks better than that.

Kid yourself all you want, that looks like hell.
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 09:29 AM   #58
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My launch day iPhone still is scuff free with no case and zero protection.
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 11:00 AM   #59
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I want my phone to be perfect, but it's usability is far more important to me than it's physical perfection. That's why I go no case, no screen protector, totally naked. Will it get some minor wear and tear over time? Definitely. But it will have accumulated that wear and tear while providing a great service to me. Worth it.
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 01:40 PM   #60
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Being okay with scratches is not the same as total disregard for the care of your stuff.

I don't care that much if I scratch my phone, but I will still take steps to prevent it like adding a screen protector, a protection film (or skin), or using a lightweight case or bumper. Even something as simple as keeping my keys and coins in another pocket is good preventive measure.

Same thing with a lot of things. I have a dozen dings, scratches, scrapes on my daily driver (car), but I don't go about everyday with total disregard running over everything and bumping everything.
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 02:42 PM   #61
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I don't get why people complain their phone has scratched when they keep it in the same pocket as their keys...

Is the iPhone 5 rear shell as scratch resistant as the iPhone 4/4S? No, but it is MUCH more drop resistant. I can't tell you how many people I see with cracked back glass or front glass on an iPhone 4/4S.

I have not changed my habits at all. I never use screen/film protectors. All I have had on my prior iPhone 4 and now the iPhone 5 are bumper cases. I've gone through at least 2 iPhone 4 glass backs and 1 front glass screen. I have dropped my iPhone 5 a fair number of times already and it is still mint. No scratches on the front or rear.

I think the only part that is susceptible to scratching easily is the side black band. The back is pretty hard to scratch unless you do so intentionally. And like I mentioned before, black sharpie marker matches it almost perfectly, and a bumper case protects exactly that area - and will hide any existing damage you may have.
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I wonder if there's a video or photos of that black sharpie results.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 05:59 AM   #63
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+2 you need to go see an eye doctor.. LoL.. It does NOT good...
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Looks like cheap build quality + premium price = massive profits for Apple

to me . . .
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 08:34 AM   #64
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Someone is going for the "distressed look" like in furniture.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 08:48 AM   #65
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I have not changed my habits at all. I never use screen/film protectors. All I have had on my prior iPhone 4 and now the iPhone 5 are bumper cases. I've gone through at least 2 iPhone 4 glass backs and 1 front glass screen. I have dropped my iPhone 5 a fair number of times already and it is still mint. No scratches on the front or rear.
What about the bend issue? Some people say the iphone will bend if dropped
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 09:16 AM   #66
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Doubt that'll come until 5S
Why? Companies tweak the production process mid-cycle all the time. They could have already done it and just not said anything to the customer... the customer doesn't have to know every happening of their business...
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 10:22 AM   #67
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Why? Companies tweak the production process mid-cycle all the time. They could have already done it and just not said anything to the customer... the customer doesn't have to know every happening of their business...
Can anyone point to a documented instance where Apple has done this?

I know many companies do this. My Dell U2410 has gone through many revisions while keeping the same model number.

I've always wondered if Apple do this as well.

Edit: not talking about scuffs etc, but actual modifications to the product

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Old Dec 2, 2012, 11:17 AM   #68
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Can anyone point to a documented instance where Apple has done this?

I know many companies do this. My Dell U2410 has gone through many revisions while keeping the same model number.

I've always wondered if Apple do this as well.

Edit: not talking about scuffs etc, but actual modifications to the product
Yep. They were the iPhones 3GS, 4S and the coming 5S.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 11:21 AM   #69
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Yep. They were the iPhones 3GS, 4S and the coming 5S.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 12:05 PM   #70
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Yep. They were the iPhones 3GS, 4S and the coming 5S.
I think you're right
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 12:11 PM   #71
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This is why I got my wife a white one. The nicks are there, but they can't be seen.
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What about the bend issue? Some people say the iphone will bend if dropped
Bending? I think what you are referring to is if the phone is dropped without a case on the corners, it sometimes flattens or dents the edges.

EDIT: After looking up claims of bending - I think that these people have done some serious damage to their phones, and it is NOT widespread as the articles suggest. I've dropped my phone many times, with a bumper case, keep it in my tight pockets, etc. And my phone nor the other 4 iPhone 5's in my family exhibit any bending signs.

I think that these people had to put some pretty serious force to make it bend like that...
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 01:39 PM   #73
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Honestly it doesn't look bad to me. Reminds me when I had a 3G/S I used to like the back getting hair scratches almost immediately, thought it was a nice wear use. Mine was flawless out the box, unlike others getting scuffed right out the box.

Took these with my old iPhone 4.
I don't like it because I think it needs more abuse. I think in 6 months it'll look pretty cool actually. The back needs a little scuffing.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 03:33 PM   #74
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I haven't posted in a while. So has Apple determined that there was an anodizing defect on the first few batches?
Nope. Just a handful of users that want to blame it on a phantom "defective anodizing" despite having absolutely no proof (besides the word of people who swear (on the internet)) that their coating wiped off with nothing more than a gentle swipe of a microfiber towel. That or their tears, not really sure...

Aluminum WILL show more cosmetic damage than steel. It is what it is. It is NOT a defect. It was a DESIGN CHOICE to make the device lighter, thinner, and remove the glass back. Period. The only drawback is that the super OCD have a tough time keeping the device in mint condition. I'm not super OCD, and I have been able to simply by using a case (when I take it someplace rough, 99% of the time I don't). If I didn't, I'm sure I would have some damage.

The difference is, I would accept responsibility, rather than trying to blame it on something as ridiculous as "defective anodized coating".

Then again, we live in a world where everything is someone else's fault, and if money is involved it's even worse. Apple so far has admitted NOTHING. They graciously let the OCD crowd swap phone after phone because they are just that nice of a business. They know that it isn't a flaw, but they want to try and satisfy people anyway. Good for them!
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Can anyone point to a documented instance where Apple has done this?

I know many companies do this. My Dell U2410 has gone through many revisions while keeping the same model number.

I've always wondered if Apple do this as well.

Edit: not talking about scuffs etc, but actual modifications to the product
My guess is that they would be very very quiet about it as going public with it would be admitting fault and people would expect refunds/exchanges.

I don't know of a documented instance of this type of thing from Apple but then again I didn't put any time/effort into finding one
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