Nearly two weeks later - iPhone 5 nicked all over

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by zachnelson, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. zachnelson, Oct 3, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2012

    macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2010
    I received a pristine iPhone 5 in the mail, nearly two weeks later is is nicked all over the band that is at a slanted angle. I'm pretty careful with my devices, and these nicks are not gashes or anything of the sort.

    I think the anodized coating is sensitive to sweat or grease. I have very sweaty hands and the part where the phone touches my ear/head when I'm on the phone is significantly worn.

    Anybody seeing similar issues?

    Pics added in page 2
  2. macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2010
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    No pics = Thread does not deliver
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2010
    I smacked my white iP5 with a seatbelt buckle within the first day and made a small nick in the chamfer. No big deal. No other damage so far.

    I'm forming the opinion that some black iPhones were released from the factory with faulty anodizing. I've seen test videos that indicate it should be able to take some serious abuse before wearing off. If you have serious problems consider taking it in to an Apple store and see what they say.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2010
    Pics? Mine looks brand new.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2011
    Unless you're an alien and sweat sulfuric acid, that's not what's causing nicks in the finish.
  6. macrumors 68000

    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    You're taking care of it wrong.
  7. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I don't believe you. The part that touches your ear is glass so unless you have a caustic personality sweat does not wear down glass.

    Two weeks later and my iPhone is still flawless.
  8. macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Mine is in a case around 50% of the time. I remove the case quite frequently (don't like it but I get nervous when using the phone over concrete). Still looks brand new.
  9. macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2012
    Could you post pictures to give an idea of how bad it is?
  10. macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2008
    McKinney, TX
    Zero nicks on my phone. You just have to take better care of it.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    sou1 so1di3r

    Jun 26, 2008
    Denver, CO
    zero nicks on my phone........

    beacuse I still dont ****ing have one!!!!!!!!11 :mad:
  12. macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Pictures or it didn't happen
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2010
    I'll go grab the camera and take some pictures, it may take a moment to get them up though.

    I do take care of my phone well, it never leaves my pocket or hand, doesn't get set on desks or anything, especially on the glass.
  14. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    No one who takes care of their phone ends up with one as damaged as you say.
  15. macrumors G3

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Not necessarily. I bet the OP's iP5 has defective anodizing coating like many others that seem to be hypersensitive to scratching, nicking or rubbing off whereas the rest of us have zero nicks after a week or two of normal use.

    It's clearly defective anodizing coating. Get it swapped for a non-defective one.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2012
    Sweaty or greasy hands do not cause "nicks all over the band".

    What will be happening to everyones black iPhone 5 is areas that are exposed to handling including just putting in your pocket will see the anodizing wear through and show the silver beneath. It will occur on the edge/corners first. A friend's is showing a good bit of wear carrying his black 5 in his pocket on a daily basis with nothing but the phone in that pocket.

    No way a naked black iPhone 5 will stay "pristine" if used on a regular basis!
  17. macrumors regular

    Jan 22, 2011
    No pics=No nicks......
  18. macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2010
    Chicago, IL
    I went to set my phone down next to my macbook pro and misjudged - tapping the side of the phone against the side of the macbook and it caused a gouge. Yes, I am keeping it naked but would never expect a small tap to cause such a nick!
  19. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2010
    Let me rephrase what I meant by nicks.

    The part where its slanted, it's wearing down or something. Silver is showing in bright lines in the edges. Not something than can be caused by a drop or scraping it. It's like the coloring is wearing off.. that's why I thought it was my hands.


    Also I don't have a camera in my house right now. My sister has her iPad at school, and the only other camera I know of is my phone. I'll have to post pictures later.
  20. macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    That's funny!

    And to everyone asking for pics. Why? There are a ba-gillion pics floating around the Internet. What missing information will his pics provide? (Is the point to determine flaking off (defect) vs. "you banged it against something and should be more careful"?)
  21. macrumors G3

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    It doesn't explain why the rest of us who carry our black iP5 naked in our pockets still have flawless metal band after a week or two. Showing the silver underneath just from sliding in and out of a pocket is indicative of defective anodizing coating (same with the black rubbing off just from regular wiping).
  22. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2010
    This must be my problem then.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2012
    You have a defective stock prone to scuffing from the beginning, you should've gone to Apple Store and not wait for a week (unless you want this get posted here). Thanks for reporting.

    Mine was manufactured last week (week 39), still looks perfect despite my non-stop use and in & our of my pocket NAKED (not really I put it inside my Oakley sunglasses cloth pouch when not in use).
  24. macrumors 68000


    Oct 8, 2009
    Had it since release day, no nicks or damage to my phone! Not in a case, only has a front screen shield on it.
  25. macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2010
    I got my iPhone 5 on launch day and it's naked. No nicks, no scuffs, and no problems.

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