Am I Being Too Picky With my iPhone?

Radiating

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So I just got a brand new space gray iPhone 5S today for a second line. I noticed that the finish of the aluminum on the rear shell didn't match the first space gray 5S I had, it was much more blue and noticeably darker. Worst of all the finish on the sim card tray, volume buttons, lock button, and vibrate toggle were all mismatched, being way lighter like the finish on my first 5S. I showed it to my girlfriend and she said there was something wrong with it too.

I'm feeling pretty disappointed because I got the phone straight from my carrier and can't exchange it.

Am I just being too picky, or does the phone on the left look very defective to anyone else?





 
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ardchoille50

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I wouldn't be too worried about the tint of the metal, especially because I often put my phones in a case/bumper. Unless it affects the function of the device, or has visible damage, I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. But, that's just me.. and I'm happy just to have such an amazing device.
 

easy-peasy

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Am I just being too picky, or should I be ok with this?
If it was scratched? Sure. But this is being much, much too picky.

You didn't even notice until you compared it side-by-side, meaning it wasn't a big deal to begin with.
 

mofunk

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I put mine against the screen to get a comparison… I'm guessing the first 5s is on the left? My 5s color is closer to the one on the left.

I would take it to an Apple store and see if you can exchange it. It doesn't hurt to ask. It could be a defect? Just thinking about all the other Apple products, the colors are always on point. There is no variations.


I'm surprised that the carrier won't let you exchange it. Its not what you order, a slightly discolored iPhone 5s.
 

blarivee

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The mismatch is so stark. It would have been alright if the volume, power and sim tray matched the aluminum body. Are you still within your return period with the carrier?
 

Achillias

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The left one looks better in my opinion, but if it is a faulty colour compared to other iPhone's then I would have traded it in. Or you could just sell it and get a new one.
 

payne0391

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To me the phone on the left looks like the slate colour from iPhone 5 but with space grey buttons and sim tray

Id definitely take it to an apple store and get it looked at, you can compare it to the display models then whilst you're with the genius :)
 

Smartass

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If you're smart you wont exchange it. Go and sell it on ebay as a one of a kind iphone;)
 

AppleRobert

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I don't understand how anyone can say too picky. Those two side by side ain't even close though I have to admit I have aging eyesight.
 

benoit85

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Wow that is pretty odd, if the phone works fine i would hang on to it. It's a nice colour to be honest, i like it!
Have you got any side by side pics of the back of the phone?
 

jj03

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They both look diiferent in color thats obvious, i can understand your frustration and your not too picky at all, you paid money for and you have every right. Only one suggestion if your going to take it to the apple store make sure they exchange you with a brand new Iphone not a refurbished phone. Thats ALL.
 

takeshi74

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I don't understand how anyone can say too picky.
I do. Some are only worried about functionality issues. Some are bothered by cosmetic issues like this. People aren't all identical. I wouldn't care about this but if it bothers the OP then the OP should take steps to address it versus polling people with varying preferences and priorities.
 

jr866gooner

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I've always imagined space grey being the one on the left..yes I'd be disappointed but tbf I would treat it as a one of a kind! Lol
 

Smartass

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of course it's a one of a kind, it would be a really dumb move to go back and replace it with a new one so i dont understand WHY would anybody want to replace a phone like this.
 

Merkie

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That's really weird. I don't understand people saying that you're being too picky, I've never seen an iPhone where the color is just... wrong! Really weird.