How are your iPhones holding up, cosmetically?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by marty1990, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. marty1990 macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2011
    iPhone 6 Plus user here, and although I've had a replacement, both have held up pretty good. I keep it in a case.

    First had an ever so slight bend, but nothing major, dropped it once on concrete, and scuffed the screen. Not even sure how it even happened because the case had a lip around the screen so theoretically should've protected it, but it didn't.

    Replaced it due to an issue with the home button, but the replacement - in the same case - is pretty much perfect. Slightly creaky screen in the top right, but again nothing major. No scratches or anything.

    What about you guys?

    Also, how good are the Apple leather cases? Looking at replacing my iPhone and really tempted by the leather cases. How do they fare in protection?
  2. roadie1 macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2016
    I've been using the Apple leather case since they were made available. I think they're great! Coupled with a zagg screen protector, it's the slimmest best looking way to manage an iPhone. IMHO
  3. Reno Raines macrumors 65816

    Jul 19, 2015
    I use cases so in my case they look brand new.
  4. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    Naked since launch day in 2014. iPhone 6+ only has minor scratches on the corners. No big deal for 1.5 years of using the iPhone in all its beautiful glory :).
  5. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    My iPhone 5 looks pretty good for being over three years old. The chamfered edges are scratched near the charger, and there are one or two scratches on the screen. No cracks, and the back is still in perfect shape.

    Meanwhile my fiancé replaced his 4S because it was overheating, shattered the screen of his first 5, and dropped the second 5 into a bowl while he was cooking. His 6s is doing pretty well so far though.
  6. eastamherstbias macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2012
    Well since mine has not seen daylight since day 1 with a screen protector and case. It is flawless.
  7. kramjam macrumors 6502


    Feb 3, 2008
    iPhone 6S Plus user here, phone has been kept in an Apple leather case since day one. No cosmetic issues after several drops, just a handful of scratches on the display that can only be seen under a decent amount of light. Considering installing a tempered glass screen protector before more appear.
  8. Applefan4 macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2013
    Using naked 6s+. Have a small scuff in the right corner from dropping it on the tiles
  9. lautzki macrumors regular

    May 21, 2014
    Nekkid 5S here: Screen coming off, dust under the screen and the front camera (equals blurry photos), scratches here and there, earpiece clogged up with crap... Holding up fine I guess.
  10. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    Bought the 6S and 6S+ back in December and both have been living in a black Apple leather case since day one. I've since put them in a drawer since buying my Note 5 in January and S7 Edge last month. Not going to sell them and I'll get them out to play with once there is a 9.3.1 Jailbreak.

  11. Pakaku macrumors 68020


    Aug 29, 2009
    Still on a 4. Only ever used a case once, very briefly. The worst drops have only ever shattered the back, and I have replaced the back piece both times myself.

    Otherwise only extremely minor scuffs along the band edges.

    No data plan either, and still on iOS 5, so battery life still lasts about a day or two per full charge.
  12. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    4S, a few minor scratches here and there but in general it is looking incredibly fine, considering the age. I've always only kept it in a sock (Similar to the iPod socks).

    The on/off button does not work anymore, but that is not really a cosmetic thing.
  13. ielessar macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2015
    All of my devices are as New. I put stickers on the screen and back side, and use an Apple Leather case. The only iPhones I have that have scratches are the 3G and 3GS. Scratches are on the shiny bezel, thats about it.

    No OCD though, I just take good care.
  14. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    Posted this before, and time to repost it again.
    Just don't ask me how I got it, because I honestly have no idea either. Suspect it's a result of applying (and subsequently) removinga Dbrand skin. Some have wagered that it was water / corrosive damage, or abrasion by dirt when I kept it in a Spigen case. But it doesn't affect how I use my phone, so I have since hardened my heart against this.
  15. PaladinGuy macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2014
    I don't know. If I were you I'd probably take my phone to Apple and look into getting it replaced. That doesn't look like normal wear on the phone.
  16. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    Did so, to an authorised repair service (no Apple stores here in Singapore, but we are expecting our first one later this year). No luck, rationale being that it was simply cosmetic damage which did not affect the working of the phone.

    Now, I am now using my 6S+ without a case, and I don't see any more damage accumulating. The whole irony of it all.
  17. GeekishlyGreek, Apr 4, 2016
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    GeekishlyGreek macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2015
    It's really interesting to read this kinda stuff, because back in the days before I bought iPhones, I never used to bother with cases at all. (I mean, let's face it, by the time they ever got scratched up, they were usually out of date, and never technology came out for the later current models, so it was often just time to get a new phone anyway.)

    However, back then, phones were simpler, and you could pick them up for about a hundred bucks or less, so it really wasn't such a big deal. However, as iPhones are so well made (even though I know they're robust enough that they would probably withstand alot more wear and tear, knowing what they cost, I seriously wouldn't even dare to carry it around without a case. That being said, as another poster on here pointed out, even being in a case doesn't guarantee that they won't still take damage from time to time. (I learnt this the hard way when my 5S fell face down on the hard bathroom floor and broke the screen. (it was in a case aswell, but the glass still shattered everywhere due to it having fell face-first in an open state, and I nearly cried when it happened!)

    -Thank god they can repair screens though (which looks and behaves good as new when you do it). That phone still works, and I still use it today! (despite having bought newer models aswell since). -The 5S is still my favorite though due to its size. What's weird though is, even though I own a few iPhones now (as they last so well that it just seems waste to throw them out), but the odd part is that I still seem to find myself wanting the next one each time a new one comes out. But I don't throw the old ones away. I gave my old iPhone 5 to my daughter, and it's still going strong, with not a scratch on it. My other half has my old 5C (which, to be fair, that one has started to show a bit more wear an tear, but nothing major), and I still use my 6 Plus for watching youtube vids or netflix when I'm in bed. But I am starting to wonder how long I can keep this up. I mean, it's cool every time a new feature comes out, but they last so well, that sooner or later I'm probably going to run out of uses for them. But would I still feel like I'm missing out each time a new model comes out with a new feature? Probably. And will I still feel like they're so good and healthy that I just could't bring myself to ever part with the older ones? (probably yes to that too).

    However, it's amazing how many uses you can find for all the old ones though. (I've already got plans for what I'm going to do next, like sticking one to my fridge as a convenient "always there" device for writing shopping lists (which due to the way the notes app automatically syncs with all my other apple devices that use the same iCloud account, will mean that my shopping list will automatically be available to me on the device I carry with me when I'm out, so no excuse for forgetting stuff! least, in theory!) lol. Will also be useful as my music player while I'm cooking, and as a kitchen timer aswell. (Only this time, one that I can use without being so worried about touching it with sticky hands when I'm cooking). After that, there's also stuff I've thought about like perhaps having dedicated light switches for my LIFX bulbs, etc. So should be interesting to see where this adventure takes me!

    Anyone else thought up any other cool uses for old devices like this? Would be interesting to hear what fun and innovative things other people have tried in order to not send their older devices to their death before they were good and ready.
  18. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Six months in…6s+.

    No cases. I hate them.

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