How durable? Iphone X Space grey stainless steel band

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  1. pamploner macrumors newbie

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    How durable is the "physical vapor deposition" layer on top of the stainless steel band? If it is nicked, it will show an ugly silver stainless steel base.

    "For the space gray finish, we use a process called physical vapor deposition to precisely match the color of the stainless steel band to that of the glass."
    -- from apple.com
     
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    Probably as durable as any other PVD finish (maybe like the space black steel AW, too).

    If you're worried, buy a case.
     
  3. MCube74 macrumors 65816

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    I feel the silver will better better if you are worried of scratches. Darker colors show scratches easier.
     
  4. Starfyre macrumors 68030

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    I've seen videos that say stainless steel always scratches, but this is an allow, so... I imagine it should be less scratch prone, especially given the price tag...
     
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    And this Is exactly why I opted for silver. With the stainless going around the edges, I can only imagine them the reports of those discussing scratches with the space gray iPhones.
     
  6. Appl3FTW macrumors 603

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    Is the band aluminum or stainless steel? I know the silver has a stainless steel band... does the black have space black steel?
     
  7. Strelok macrumors 6502a

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    iPhone X should stainless steel all around, only the 8/8 Plus are aluminum.
     
  8. Appl3FTW macrumors 603

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    What do u mean should? Guess I wasn't paying much attention to the space gray X since I'm only interested in the silver X... I know the 8 series have aluminum. A great marketing decision idea to isolate the stainless steel bands only on the X if u ask me. It creates a more premium effect.
     
  9. Strelok macrumors 6502a

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    I meant it should be stainless steel from what I remember. It was one of the things differentiating the X from the others.
     
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  11. pamploner thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Iphone X space gray has stainless steel band that is layered with some material using a process called "physical vapor deposition". It can be durable but if damaged, it will show the base silvery stainless steel.

    For a thousand dollar phone, they could have used titanium which is naturally dark.

    BTW, I totally hate cases.
     
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    ^^^ Except that most flavors of titanium are pretty scratch-prone, and would need a coating to be tougher (see: watches from Citizen and Seiko, using "Diashield" and other techniques).
     
  13. Dave245 macrumors 604

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    If it's anything like the stainless steel Apple Watch it will show scratches, i have one of the SS watches and it's got a few scratches. I'm wondering about the glass they have used on the back and front as well, they have said it's the most durable in an iPhone, I just wonder a few tings:

    1. How durable? Does it not scratch?
    2. Does it mean that a case isn't needed?
    3. What type of glass is it? Gorilla Glass 4/5 or the same Sapphire that's on the Apple Watch screen
     
  14. FoxD macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone have some high quality pics of the two bands? Hard to find some of that angle on the phone.
     
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    (not-so-secretly-wondering why it seems like so many people here have never regularly used a steel object in their lives and therefore are surprised when steel scratches)
     
  16. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    Th silver is going to have the white bezelo_O

    Not going to happen for me. Space black all the way.
     
  17. Rogifan macrumors Core

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    The X phone doesn’t have white bezels.
     
  18. pamploner thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I actually have a 12-year old Citizen titanium watch, heavily used. It has aged very well with scratches, patina and all. Love the finish.
     
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