Dropped iPhone 5 - feel very lucky

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  1. mrdm, Mar 24, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2013

    mrdm macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    I have a launch day iphone 5 and it fell out of my pocket while sitting, falling about 2 feet onto a stone patio about a month after I purchased it. They say the first cut is always the deepest and this was no exception. I was amazed at how much the aluminum black coating was scratched and pitted for such a small fall. Despite the cosmetic issues - no problems with functioning.

    Well, flash forward 8 months and I had another drop of violent proportions this time! Getting out of the car and talking on the phone using my earbuds I bobbled the phone and while trying to catch it inadvertently flung it about 5 feet away and over 7 feet in the air :mad: It landed with a loud smack on the ashpalt parking lot. I thought for sure it was a goner.

    Much to my surprise it only had a few dings on a couple of corners and one of the glass inserts has a pit where it must have landed on a small pebble.

    In any case - everything still works perfectly. I'm very happy with the durability of the iphone and really think apple did a great job with creating a very durable design.

    FWIW - I now have a case on order :). While I usually don't drop things I can't seem to hang onto this sleek little phone. I prefer it without a case but don't want to spend another $500 replacing it after the inevitable next fall.

    Chose the magpul field case as it seems to strike the perfect balance of protection without adding bulk. I don't work for magpul and am not affiliated in any way, just thought I'd share my choice after a lot of research.
  2. simply stunning macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2010
    Cool story and well said. I don't like cases either but I do drop it from time to time. I think you made a good choice on the case.
  3. erichess22 macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2013
    They did do a great job with the durability of the phone. Just out of curiosity, which color is your iPhone? I have a 5 and every time i hit the aluminum, even a little knick, I seem to get an ugly silver scratch on the side.
  4. mrdm thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    I have the black iphone and have had the same experience. Over the past 8 months without a case it has developed several scratches, particularly along the chamfered edges. I've come to accept these marks as simply adding character and really don't pay attention to them anymore. I guess now with the case they will be covered up and only become an issue on resale.
  5. Bako-MacAddict macrumors 68000


    Jun 7, 2012
  6. moldy lunchbox macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    I only use a case when I leave home, then go naked with it at home where I know if it falls or anything it'll only hit carpet and be safe. As long as you have a simple case that can go on and off this should work fine.
  7. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    I use a bumper case simply to add grip to this slippery sucker !

  8. mackandproud macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2008
    It's a catch 22: you can only appreciate the phone's esthetics fully if you use it without a case, but using it without a case increases the chances of damaging the phone exponentially.

    How much resale value are you losing by using the phone without a case?
  9. mrdm thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    I went with the magpul field case:


    It is newly released and the reviews online have been extremely positive.

    Hoping mine arrives today.


    This really depends on how and who you are selling the phone to.

    As just one datapoint right now, gazelle.com will give you $370 for a 32g iphone 5 in flawless shape, $340 for one in good shape with normal signs of use and $150 for one with serious physical damage.

    Hmmmm...seems like most cases will pay for themselves and then some :)

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