I'm going caseless with the 4s - antenna scratches

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Thai4s, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. Thai4s macrumors member

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    Screw it. All the other cases did was scratch the antenna. Hard cases, soft rubber cases, I even had a leather pouch with a soft cloth inside and the antenna was sort of scratch from the cloth rubbing on it when I took it in and out.

    All the iPhone needs is a clear screen protector. Other than that, I am going caseless. As soon as I put a case on it, the antenna was scratched.

    And the antenna scratches really ugly.

    These are scratches from the stupid Apple Bumper

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    exactly what happened to mine
     
  2. TM WAZZA macrumors 68000

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    Wow that looks UGLY.

    Which is why having a skin when using bumper is necessary.
     
  3. Arnezie macrumors 65816

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    Did you bother removing it occasionally and cleaning it or did you figure that partials of dirt and what not were not going to scratch when trapped against it ?
     
  4. saving107 macrumors 603

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    I find it funny how all of my friends mock me for not using a case, yet all of my friends who use cases have all had their iPhones/iPod touch scratched from Hard/Soft/Rubber/Bumper cases.

    Yet mine (no case or skin) is in perfect condition.
     
  5. Thai4s, Dec 28, 2011
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    Thai4s thread starter macrumors member

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    OH. Give me a break.

    I can clean it every single night when I get home from work, just to have the case move in a certain way and when I get home that night I find all kinds of scratches on it.

    No thanks.

    Anything pressed up against the antenna, dirty or clean, will cause it to scratch. Even the soft cloth from the leather case caused it to have streak mark up and down from the cloth rubbing against it.

    Last one I had was one of these

    [​IMG]

    but had a back to it. That really ****ed it up real good.

    and when I took it out, I looked in there and the rubber was clean. There was no dirt in there. Just the gel moving little bits everyday will mess it up.

    Just go without.

    I was thinking about one of these

    [​IMG]

    For the battery, but I'm thinking twice about it because it will scratch the antenna for sure and then i'll get pissed.
     
  6. Eager Beaver macrumors 6502a

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    If you can afford $20 bucks, go to Walmart and get a Wrapsol Ultra -
     
  7. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Looks pretty bad. Put on an icolor wrap decal on the band.
     
  8. Thai4s thread starter macrumors member

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    I wish. I'm in THailand

    I'm not sure if I can find one of those

    [​IMG]

    But I will try

    BTW, the pics in the OP aren't mine, but it's how mine looked like.

    I got the 4s 3 days ago, so it's perfect. For now.
     
  9. bigjim83 macrumors 6502

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    Until that first drop
     
  10. rkeato1 macrumors regular

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    Go caseless with confidence. I've been caseless and no drops or regrets. Applecare+ will take care of me if I need it.
     
  11. Thai4s thread starter macrumors member

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    But a drop can and will break any phone.

    A case will protect it somewhat, but it scratches the antenna and makes the phone too thick. It ruins the thin feeling when you use it.

    I've never dropped a phone myself. My wife does drop them all the time.

    I'll try to get that wrap film thing. If I can, the only case I would buy is that battery case. At least it's useful and will make the thickness worth it.
     
  12. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

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    What? really?

    I have an otterbox commuter on my 4S and I don't get any scratches on the band UNDER the case.

    And from what it looks like, you've already got scratches so at this point, who cares?
     
  13. Eager Beaver macrumors 6502a

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    Google it my friend, (there could be a wrapsol rt down the street) :)
     
  14. Thai4s thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't see Apple Care for iPhones here. I will ask. They have for iPad, Macbooks, iPods and iMacs
     
  15. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    The problem I have with not using a case is having the camera lens scratched, thus ruining picture qualîty.
     
  16. Duckit macrumors regular

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    I hate how most cases do that to iPhones...thats one of the reasons why I would rather not have a case. I hardly drop my phone anyway.
     
  17. Eager Beaver macrumors 6502a

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    And how often has that happened on your previous iphones?
    (not once on the four that I have owned)
     
  18. wordoflife macrumors 604

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  19. Eager Beaver macrumors 6502a

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    I just saved myself a bunch of time by laying down my own 4s, and the camera lense doesn't touch the surface. (maybe you have a defective one?)
     
  20. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Well I don't know, but if you want to just click the link and see for yourself, then by all means check it out.

    I just don't want to deal with having to go to the Apple Store if this is actually true ... and it seems to be. If not by laying it down, they accumulate some other way.
     
  21. Drunken Master macrumors 65816

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

    How did you do that? I've been getting nekkid with my 4S since it came out and not a single antenna scratch, scuff or dent.
     
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    Eager Beaver macrumors 6502a

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    I have no reason to click on the link -
    I just looked at my own 4s, and the lense cannot touch the surface -
    Like most, I only care about my iphone, and the camera lense does not touch the surface even if I push -
     
  23. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    sigh :rolleyes:
     
  24. Thai4s thread starter macrumors member

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    the best case I had was this one

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    But it was a pain to deal with where to put it. I may go with one like that again. The only way to completely protect it and not get it scratched. Not seriously at least. I only noticed very light from the cloth touching it, but nothing very noticeable.
     
  25. saving107 macrumors 603

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    I've dropped my phone several times on various platforms and I've posted photos many times already here on this board, and this is the worst damage I've caused my phone.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    (maybe one day I will shatter my phone, but that day hasn't come yet)
     

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