iPhone XS Gold or Silver iPhone XS? Scratch concern

Which iPhone XS bezel is more durable- Gold or Silver?


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Reader11

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Hi all, I am getting ready to buy iPhone XS , but I cannot decide on a color between Gold and Silver. I am concern about scratched on the bezel. I went to the store and compared both- Silver bezel looked awful-tons of scratches and scuffs especially around the charging port opening, as well as on the corners. The Gold one had some scuffs, but I was able to wiped it with my finger, and only deep scratches I wasn't able to clean up.
I have read a lot of info online and saw videos of people using special compound to polish the stainless steel, and know that you can not do the same with Gold. I will have the case on my phone, but even that doesn't protect from dust that then will scratch the bezel, also I'm concern about the corners rubbing off against the case (this can also remove the color).
I wanted to find out what's your experience? Who has the Gold iPhone XS/XS Max, how does it look after couple month now? Did anyone have a silver X and now switched to Gold XS, which one's wear and tear showing off more? Does the Silver version gets really bad like in the store (if you have X/XS for a while now)?
Also, about polishing- my understanding, it will remove the top layer of light scratches and add shininess to it, but will not bring it back to the perfect smooth metal. Am I right or wrong?
I like both colors and I feel like Gold is more resistant to the scratches, but in a long run Silver is more durable since you can polish it, and Gold will just come off with the time, or maybe not?
I would appreciate some feedback from your own experience.
 

bevsb2

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I had the silver X and kept it in an Apple leather case with only the bottom exposed. I am very careful with my phones but it did get multiple micro scratches on the exposed silver, only visible under a bright light at a certain angle. I have the gold XS now purchased at launch and there are no visible scratches to date. Not the reason I got the gold this year, but it is nice that there are no scratches no matter how insignificant.
 
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simplynando

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I went from a Space Grey X to a Gold XS Max. The silver shows way too many scratches for my liking, my husband has the silver and it has tons of microscratches on it. I dropped my gold XS Max with one of those barely-there type cases and now I have 2 small nicks on the bottom left of the steel frame. They don't appear to be too deep but I can see a little silver showing in the deepest part of one of them. It doesn't look as bad as I thought it would, the silver looks a lot worse in my opinion.

The only complaint I have is the gold steel has a weird feeling to it. It almost feels...dirty? It's hard to describe. I thought it had some residue or a film over it but it's just the way it is. I'm guessing it's from the anodizing process to get the gold color.
 
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doboy

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You can polish silver one with Cape Cod cloth, but not the gold one.
 

Reader11

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Sounds like the Gold is more resistant to scratches.
Doboy, I did see the videos about polishing, but I still don't think it will polish away micro scratches, but I can be wrong. That is why I am asking. I don't like how silvers super acceptable to scratches, but I like the fact that it can be polished. I like the fact that the gold is more scratch resistant, but do not like the fact that you cannot polish it. To add, I always have my phone in case, but the bottom part of most of the cases is exposed and the most scratch prone. But looks like silver may even be scratched from rubbing against the case in corners
 

BugeyeSTI

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I have silver and after 11 months have no noticeable scratches. I remove the phone twice a week from the case and clean both with a microfiber cloth. I’m sure if I examined my phone with a 10x loupe under bright light I’d see swirl marks but I don’t believe in looking for minuscule imperfections on my devices. Get what you makes you happy and I’m pretty sure you won’t have issues with any color you choose..
 
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Relentless Power

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Sounds like the Gold is more resistant to scratches.
Doboy, I did see the videos about polishing, but I still don't think it will polish away micro scratches, but I can be wrong.
Not to put your posts on the spot, but you’re definitely wrong, because the Cape Cod cloth can polish out micro scratches on the regular stainless steel bands with ease. If the stainless bands are gouged, then that’s different, it would be more permanent damage to the bands.
 

Reader11

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Not to put your posts on the spot, but you’re definitely wrong, because the Cape Cod cloth can polish out micro scratches on the regular stainless steel bands with ease. If the stainless bands are gouged, then that’s different, it would be more permanent damage to the bands.
Thats exactly what I wanted to hear. I didn't know if it can really do such a good job.Thanks
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You can polish silver one with Cape Cod cloth, but not the gold one.
I actually read somewhere a post that someone polished the gold one and it didn't get damaged, not sure how much is it truth