Back panel scratching?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by xraydoc, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Since no one here (presumably) has yet seen an iPhone 5 in person, I'm wondering if any tech writer/blogger has commented on how scratch resistant the metal backplate of the iPhone 5 is.

    Any thoughts?

    I know "everyone" hated the glass backplate on the 4/4S, but it seems aluminum would be even more prone to gouges and scratches.
  2. greytmom macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2010
    First, not everyone hated the back glass panel. I liked it.

    I did see someone in one thread this morning that got to do hands on with a 2 month old test model, and they said it had no wear and tear on it. I have no idea what thread that was in.
  3. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Not really. The metal backing of the original iPhone held up exceptionally well.

    Now, whether the iPhone 5 has reverted back to the extremely scratchable, exposed Apple logo found on the original iPhone through 3GS is another story. The nice thing about the 4/4S is the apple logo sits behind the glass and it looks as good as day one no matter how long you've had it, whereas the exposed Apple logo would get scratched to hell in a matter of days.
  4. borisiii macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    I don't think any phone is designed to stand up to a "gouging"...
  5. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

    Jan 7, 2012
    Location Location
    If it's the same aluminium they use on the MacBook Pros and the iPad (it is), and the same colouring process they used on the iPod nano back in the day (it is) then the answer is very scratch resistant, especially compared to the screen.
  6. xraydoc thread starter macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    If it's the same grade of aluminum as used on the iPad, I'll be satisfied that it'll hold up (though I'd imagine due to being thin it might be prone to denting).

    Guess it's either shatter or scratch & dent.
  7. Jordan921 macrumors 68040


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    As much as I hate cases on my phones, i'll probably be buying a clear one so atleast you can see the phone and not have to deal with scratching it.
  8. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    the metal back is sure more durable, but what if u dropped the phone then the glass back on top or the bottom cracked.. :(
  9. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    Sounds like you would have to toss it out if you broke the back glass. :eek:

    It's all one piece....
  10. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    I actually like the glass plating on the 4S. It's just a finger-print magnet - always having to clean it daily. I feel as if I'm going to buff out the camera lens along with it.

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