Does the Apple Bumper scratch iPhone 4?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by PhaserFuzz, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. PhaserFuzz macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2007
    I have one on my phone, but I've read reports that it scratches the metal. Is this true? Has anyone here experienced this? If so, how bad are the scratches?
  2. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
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    All cases scratch.
  3. PhaserFuzz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2007
    I know cases scratch. The question is.. do they scratch the phone itself?
  4. draz macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
    If you really want to protect it from the scratches and rubs, then put a full body protector like an invisible shield and others on and then your bumper and you should be all set.
  5. callmemike20 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2007

    When I got my iPhone 4 on launch, the Apple Store salesman put the bumper on my phone for me. I took it off 2 days later and there was a scratch (seemed more like a small dent) near the headphone jack. Over the past month, a few other small smudges have shown up on the steel.
  6. NWI73 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2010
    Long story short, I have had 3 different bumpers on my phone and as of today there are no blemishes on the steel from the bumpers.
  7. Fernandez21 macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2010
    Yes, I have a ton around my band. Surface to say I'm no longer using a bumper.
  8. iammike1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2007
    Columbia MD
    Cases do NOT scratch the phone. Plastic and Rubber are not > Glass and Steel.

    What scratches the phone is getting junk in between the case and the phone. Things like sand are extremely abrasive and can scratch the phone.

    Keep your phone in a clean environment, remove and clean the case regularly and you shouldn't have a problem.
  9. gecis macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    Used bumper on my phone from day one. Removed it after two weeks just to realize that there were two deep scuffs at the bottom near the speaker. I end up exchanging that phone and never used bumper ever since. If you want to use it, my advice would be to put some side protection.
  10. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
    i've had mine on for a month and no scratches.
  11. jlpoore89 macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2009
    Beaumont, Texas
    I used to have one of those silicone slip on cases for my iPhone 3G and it trapped dust and sand like crazy and scratched the back of my 3G to hell and back. Needless to say I did not use one of those with my 3GS. I won't be too worried about the bumper doing that to my 4 because I have the complete Invisible Shield (front, back, and sides).
  12. IrishVixen macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2010
    Mine's been on for a few weeks with no scratches whatsoever. But as others said, get some sort of side shields to apply over the antenna before you put the bumper on if you're that worried about it.
  13. insidmal macrumors 6502


    Jun 24, 2010
    are you really trying to tell me that rubber/plastic scratched steel?, ok...
  14. Jordan921 macrumors 601


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    Do you not understand that dust and other thins can make there way in between the bumper and the steel band?
  15. Shasta McNasty macrumors 6502a

    Shasta McNasty

    Jan 5, 2010
    Southern Cali
    No, it doesnt. And as others have said if you are that worried, then take it off and clean it once a week.

    I dont understand why people are so a*** retentive about the condition of their phone...yeah you like to keep things nice and blah blah blah, but go look at your car which probably has more scratches, dings and dents then your phone will ever have. Are you going to shrink wrap it? I didnt think so. Its just a phone.
  16. naujoks macrumors 6502


    Jul 6, 2008
    London, UK
    Two words: Re-sell value.
  17. cfernandes macrumors regular


    Jul 6, 2010
    I've had mine on for almost a week now and I have yet to see a scratch. ;)
  18. cookiemoose macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2007
    Dust doesn't scratch metal. Sand and similar will if it is small enough to get underneath the side of the bumper.
  19. ajohnson253 macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2008
    My first iPhone 4. The bumper did take 2 little chunks of the plastic out near the sleep button. So I stopped rockin it, next day I dropped my 4 and the glass cracked. I brought it into Apple, gave it to my buddy Spencer who works there and swapped me out. Made sure to never use the bumper again. It was definitely the bumper that did the nicks into the plastic. On my new 4 I have an invisible shield, don't like it. Way too many streaking. This week when I'm free I'll be getting ghost armor full body put on.
  20. iammike1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2007
    Columbia MD
    Please identify the plastic on the iPhone 4. :rolleyes:
  21. iAmYou macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2010
    Three more words: Get over it.
  22. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    I have had my bumper on my iPhone 4 for a month now and have not one scratch on it. I know in the past with all my other iPhones, there was not one case that could ever protect the phone from scratches but this bumper is doing a pretty good job of not scratching.
  23. iammike1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2007
    Columbia MD
    I'm still waiting to be told where the plastic is around the sleep button of the iPhone 4. hehe
  24. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Both of my bumpers have put marks on the antenna band. The first bumper (green) I received had little shards of hard plastic inside the grooves. It put two minor dents on the phone near the bottom antenna weak spot. The second bumper (black) scuffed the antenna band with black marks and small scratches.

    Neither bumper fits particularly well (and they get worse as you take the bumper off and on to use with your Apple dock or car stereo).

    I wouldn’t use it unless you’re going to be in areas of moderate to weak signal (I get no service at work when holding the iPhone 4) and want the bare minimum amount of antenna insulation.

    I called AppleCare about the problem (I was more concerned with the dents further affecting antenna performance) and was told they would replace it if I wanted. I told them I would wait it out until there’s another case I like better since I need a case.

    The current third-party cases for the iPhone 4 are just awful in terms of fit.
  25. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    The bumper does rub and damage the steel band! It has a polishing effect!

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