Advice: would you have the phone replaced for such minor nicks and scratches?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MacaDroid, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. MacaDroid, Dec 19, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2012

    macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2012
    Hey guys I'd like to get some input on my situation. I just recently purchased a black iPhone 5 from BestBuy. My first phone had noticeable scuffs on the top left corner so I returned it for another, I inspected the new one in the store and all seemed fine. Well now I am using the device and I have noticed a very small, we're talking like .1 of an inch, scuff on the side of the bezel and two little discolored circles(blueish) on the left. Everything else is perfect, good screen, home button, etc. So my question is, would you have the phone replaced for such minor nicks and scratches? Thanks guys!

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  2. macrumors 603


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2012
    Ya, give me like 30min to an hour. I am just leaving work.
  4. Baggio, Dec 19, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2012
    If the phone is functioning to your liking I would not exchange for those marks.
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2012
    It's functioning great, I am somewhat scared that if I return it I will get one will a funky bad screen or something. I also don't want to look like I have OCD too much :eek:
  6. macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2012
    My suggestion was to NOT exchange. Sorry about the typo. :eek:
  7. macrumors 603


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    I'd slap a case on it and be happy the screen is flawless. But that is just me.
  8. macrumors G5


    Aug 17, 2007
    I would do the same thing.
  9. macrumors 68040


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    If the phone is working fine keep it. Don't take the chance of getting one that might be worse.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    SnowLeopard OSX

    Dec 5, 2012
    Doesn't look that bad.. I'd keep it... it's an iPhone 5, it's bound to get scratched eventually.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2010
    ...Oh those scuffs...sorry I was too busy looking at the bubbles in your screen protector.

    The bezel on the black and white are going to scuff, it is something you just have to learn to live with. I put a case on my phone so I really don't care once the scuff is covered up.
  12. macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2011
    My opinion is this: I don't see anything major on your phone. If it is working properly, I wouldn't replace it, seems good to me.

    Also, if you exchange'd it, you might risk getting a defected one.
  13. macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2012
    If you do plan to sell it sometime later, go try to exchange it and put a case.
  14. macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
  15. macrumors 65816

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Seriously? It's a phone, not art. None of your hipster friends will think less of you for the small scratches on your phone.

    Cases cause scratches as well. I live next the the beach, all it takes is one little piece of sand to get in the sides and it will wreak havoc on your phone.

    My car has little nicks and scratches on it as well. I call it character.

    I shall call your phone, "Scratchy."

    PS Get rid of the screen protector. I have hundreds of complaints from users that their screen is smudgy and scratchy... all because the smudges and scratches damages the screen protector. The iPhone5 glass is gorilla glass, do a little google of how hard it is to scratch it. I've had iPhones since the first day they were released and NEVER had a screen scratch.
  16. macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2003
    You're kidding, right?

    It's a phone, intended to be used. Things that are used develop wear and tear.
  17. macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2011
    That ship has already sailed.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2011
    I've been doing the same thing since my first phone.
  19. MacaDroid, Dec 20, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2012

    thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2012
    I know, I had to put it on quickly :rolleyes:
  20. macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2012
    i wouldnt replace the phone, but that screen protector on the other hand...
  21. thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2012
    I'm not concerned over what "hipster" friends may think, I just think it is kind of cheap for a phone, brand-new out of the box, to have little scratches and chips. I don't have a problem with the fact that I will eventually scratch it or whatever because I did it while using it, but for scratchy to come pre-scratched is a bit cheap IMO.

    It's not my first iPhone either, I'll most likely take the protector off some time in the future. Thanks for the advice though.


    I know, I know haha :p
  22. macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2011
    No way would I go through all that trouble for such minor nicks that will happen again. What I would do is decide on a way to refinish such dings, and implement it.

    For nicks on that beveled strip, which I believe is painted rather than anodized like the broader surfaces, I would probably use a Birchwood Casey paint pen. Whenever a new nick happens, you just grab the pen and fix 'er up fast. Problem solved.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2012
    My phone was perfect when I got it, I can live with the rattles and now schlocky home button but I was considering exchanging it, but maybe to get a scratched one that has the same issue. Think I might just leave it. You would annoy yourself if you got a worse one.
  24. macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2011
    Those are so minor and given the chance the next one will be the same or worse, I would say keep it. Touch it up with a sharpie and put it in a good case. This is coming from a real nit picker also. ;)

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