iPad mini Minis ... Back Scratch Fever?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jaydee24601, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2012
    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!
  2. macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2011
    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

    Jun 20, 2010
    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).
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2012
    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!
  5. macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2012
    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.
  6. macrumors 68020


    Oct 18, 2011
    Central U.S.
    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.
  7. macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2011
    Lima, Peru
    there are way too many threads with iPad minis being scratched already. i suggest you keep it in the case.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    If its made of the same material as iPhone 5 then it's probably just as prone to scratches
  9. macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2012
    Dude it's an ipad not a freaking Picasso...
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2009
    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
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2010
    Greater Boston Area
  12. macrumors 65816

    Jan 29, 2010
    Mini's at the apple store look pretty good, both black and white. They are handled quite a bit
  13. macrumors 65816

    Jan 17, 2012
  14. macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Hong Kong
    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.
  15. macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2007
    Bare back is the only way to go! With Smart Cover of course.
  16. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    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

    Aug 15, 2011
    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.

  18. macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2012
    I wonder if you could use a condom for the back side, full protection.
  19. macrumors 68020

    Nov 3, 2008
    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

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    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.
  21. macrumors 68040

    Nov 12, 2012
    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.
  22. macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2009
    Down the rabbit hole
    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... :)
  23. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    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 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    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

    Nov 8, 2012


    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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