iPad mini Minis ... Back Scratch Fever?

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  1. macrumors regular

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    Ok, so I've been incredibly anal and insane (as usual) about protecting my GORGEOUS white and silver iPad mini ... cases galore ... (I'm now using the *superb* Ridge by Devicewear) ... however, I'm thinking that it's just too thin and sexy to keep covered! How many of you are going backless on your minis and how stands the shape of the back? Are you having any scratching problems on your WHITE and SILVER models? On the Apple? Please advise! Thanks!
     
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    aerok

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    Depends, if you bring it outside your house often, you're bound to scratch it a bit eventually. If you leave it home then you shouldn't need a case
     
  3. macrumors regular

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    I'd suggest protecting the back with a clear skin since you are anal and insane. That's exactly what I do with iPad3 and now iPad mini. I just love being able to put the iPad on the desk without worrying about the back being scratched (which is definitely prone to damages if naked).
     
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    THANKS so much you guys for your civil answers! I would LOVE to get a clear skin on it ... I just can't physically install one for myself. Here in Hooterville, where I live (a slightly remote locale) ... there are no installation places!
     
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    It is good to get a good quality back cover. It keeps the heat down, protects from scratches and generally better to hold as without the cover it is too slippery.
     
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    I carry my iPad mini where I go and it is naked (except the smart cover covering the front). So far no nicks, no scratches, no dents. It is like as if it just came out of the box.
     
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    there are way too many threads with iPad minis being scratched already. i suggest you keep it in the case.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    If its made of the same material as iPhone 5 then it's probably just as prone to scratches
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    Dude it's an ipad not a freaking Picasso...
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    the iPad mini is finally cheap enough and perfect enough that i don't care scratching it up the wazoo. i can afford a new iPad without having to sell this one
     
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    Mini's at the apple store look pretty good, both black and white. They are handled quite a bit
     
  13. macrumors 65816

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    What about the bezel getting scratched?
     
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    I have a White mini for about a month without any base case , just a smart cover. So far I got about 2-3 tiny scuffs on the bezel. The back is completely scratch free.

    IMO, the whole purpose of iPad mini is about its design + thinness and lightness, putting on a back case on would completely destroy that. I used to have a back case for my iPad 2 3G and took really good care of it, it is because I paid US$629 for that thing. I paid much less for the mini ($329) and I didn't feel like I need to protect it that much, I just wanna enjoy the beauty of it!

    Who cares if it gets scratched or not, just enjoy its sexyness. And apple products resell value doesnt seems to vary much if the devices have scratches on it, at least from my own experiences.
     
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    Bare back is the only way to go! With Smart Cover of course.
     
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    I went with ghost armor front and back and use the smart cover. Scratches are bound to happen with usage so adding a level of protection will allow my mini to be scratch free
     
  17. macrumors 6502a

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    Dont worry so much about scratching the back as dropping it even a short distance and smashing the screen which id what happened to mind EVEN in a well protected leather case. The screen is VERY THIN.

     
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    I wonder if you could use a condom for the back side, full protection.
     
  19. macrumors 68020

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    What a poor attempt at being condescending. A Picasso is put on a wall and appreciated from a distance while an iPad is put In a bag, slid across a desk and physically handled on a daily basis.

    And in this case, it is also a very very easily scratched tech product that has an obvious and glaring shortcoming with the screen which means many people fully intend on upgrading so maintaining the condition for the resale market is important.



    As for the topic, I use the Skinomi back skins ($4 on amazon) and after only a few weeks them those exposed beveled edges are still flaking off so reselling is going to be tough for owners of the black version after a solid year of usage if you don't use a full body case.
     
  20. macrumors 68020

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    I say get a life and actually USE your iDevices without fear of scratching. Using a device fearful of scratching it isn't really "using" it.
     
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    A cover is not the end all for ensuring if one drops a device there would be no damage BUT spending at least $329 I would advise a cover. Accidents happen no matter how careful one is. So some protection is better than nothing IMHO and therefore scratches are alleviated mostly to the back as well.
     
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    OK, OP, admit it-- you're not fretting scuffs to your mini, you're just a huge Nuge fan and wanted to see that title immortalized on this forum... :)
     
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    It's aluminum and therefore it can scratch. Put it in a back case and relax, otherwise, based on your post, you will never stop worrying about it.
     
  24. macrumors 68000

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    I have two black iPad minis, one from 11/2 and the other from 11/15. Neither has any scratches or anything flaking off.
     
  25. macrumors member

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    http://imageshack.us/a/img145/232/photolzl.jpg

    http://imageshack.us/a/img600/307/photo1pox.jpg

    Where I am pointing there is a small scratch that I realized isnt even detectable on camera. I have to hold it under the light to see it.

    I only use the Smart Cover so the back of my mini is naked.

    Nothing horrible yet thankfully!!!
     

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