Are new black iPhone 5's still having cosmetic issues?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lawlbringer, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2012
    Thinking of getting my girlfriend one, but I was curious if anyone has bought any within the last 30 days.

    The color I was looking at was the black model, but as you already know there were a fair amount that had chipping/dents/scuffs out of the box back around launch. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! :)
  2. macrumors 68000


    Dec 28, 2009

    But majority of people don't go looking for issues. I went looking and found many.
  3. macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2012
    It's luck of the draw really. 50% change it'll be flawless and 50% chance you might find something wrong with it.

    p.s. get your girlfriend the white one. i'm female and i think the black looks kinda dull, and more masculine IMO.
  4. macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2013
    I got my iPhone 5 (black) about 3 weeks ago. Today I noticed a few specks of paint missing from the chamfered edge after my phone got liquipeled. I believe even if the finish is perfect when you buy it, it's gonna get scuffed one way or another. I had my phone in a SGP Linear Metal EX case the entire time.
  5. macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    If she doesn't use a case, the black iPhone will definitely get scuffed within a few months. I'd get her the white one if you think she'll be bothered by the black coating wearing off.

    If she is going to use a case anyway, I don't think it matters.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    moldy lunchbox

    Sep 9, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    I got a black one Jan. 1 and its flawless. I'm one to nitpick too.
  7. macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2008
    There are also reports of spontaneously bent iPhone. That tells you how much misinformation there is out there. The thing is, you can just go and get one and if it's not to your satisfaction, return it.

    I believe that if you are a reasonable person, chances are you can walk to an Apple store, pick up an iPhone 5, and it will be reasonably flawless.

    However if you take it home and start peering at it closely, you may appear to be some microscopic imperfection, most will turn out to be specks of dust, but there is a chance that one is a lighter color speck on the chamfer edge.

    I got mine on launch day, and it's still perfect. I don't use a case.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2012
    It's a bit difficult not to spot silver flecks all over a black device. Or maybe it's just me?
  9. macrumors 65816

    Feb 8, 2007
    I bought a 5 last weekend, came perfectly out of the box. I inspected it closely and could not find any blemishes.

    And I agree, seems like most females prefer the white over black.
  10. macrumors 6502


    Aug 9, 2012
    Ask the NSA
    Got one on Christmas, and i found an extremely minuscule scratch on the chamfered edge, but otherwise it was fine.

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