Do iphone 5 cases scratch the phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by MyAppleWorld, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. MyAppleWorld macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2005
    Birmingham, UK
    I have always had a case on my iPhone 4 which has kept prestine.

    I am concerned about putting a cheap case (tpu ebay £.99) on the iphone 5 cos it seems much more scratch prone.

    What are peoples experiences? I have the white.
  2. theautopilot macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2010
    TPU won't scratch an iPhone itself, in fact TPU is probably the safest type of material. What will scratch your phone is dirt/grit getting in between the case and phone. If you don't periodically take off the case and clean it out, having a case can be worse than having no case.
  3. stcizzle macrumors regular

    May 20, 2011
    NH, USA
    Almost every case will cause some sort of scratching of the iPhones. This is NOT due to the cases themselves but caused by dirt, dust, lint and many other types of tiny particles which manage to get in between the case and the iPhone; whether they are on the case before installation or get in there while the case is on, it's bound to happen eventually.

    I've had every type of case from incipios to BookBooks to otterboxes to apple bumpers to ElementCase's to mophies etc and they all caused scratching one way or another after being on for long periods of time. I even took the phones out and cleaned both the cases and the phones frequently to prevent this but it'll happen.

    Of course you'll always hear some ppl say I've had cases on all my iphones since the first iphone and never one scratch EVER, and I've come to the conclusion that these ppl somehow either are extremely lucky or maybe their lifestyles are such that their phones only see the inside of their extremely clean pockets and their extremely clean workplace desks and extremely clean cars and they have never dropped it on the ground or slipped in between the cracks in their cars or mowed the lawn with it in their pockets and never been in a dusty environment and they have really clean dryers which accumulate 0% dust/lint/dirt.

    I don't know what else to tell you besides the ONLY way to fool proof 100% prevent from all scratches is to do a full zagg then cover it with a case or front and back screen protectors of some kind and a lucky lab type side protection and cover it with a case. But even then, sometimes dirt will accumulate where the screen protectors end near the edges and cause scratches. Lol

    Good luck!
  4. Ta0jin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 9, 2011
    Absolultely right tpu cases won't scratch the phone but a rouge piece of dirt or debris can. I use the belkin grip candy sheer and I use a leather hip case as well so as to not get much dust sandwiched inbetween. Pocketing will lead to the possibility of scratches.
  5. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Not just cheap cases can scratch it but expensive ones as well. The mirror finish on the chamfer edge can get pretty marked up

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