iPhone 5 or earlier iPhone 3G slippery back on black phones

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  1. retta283 macrumors 6502a

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    I have had 4 iPhone 3G/3GS phones, 3 black and 1 white. For some reason the back of the black ones are very slippery and get wet with sweat easily, but the white one is fine. Even whenever wet it still remains easy to grip. Is this due to something in the black plastic, or am I just unlucky?
     
  2. AppleHaterLover macrumors 68000

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    Wow! We're traveling back in time.

    I still remember when I got my 3GS in Sept 2009. 16GB, Black.

    Last time I saw it was in 2011 maybe? Then I got an iPhone 4.

    It was very good to hold.

    OP I don't know the answer to your question (and I don't know why is this relevant 9-10 years after these devices were released), but I do remember blasting the soothing sounds of LMFAO/3OH3!/David Guetta from my iPhone 3GS using my 30-pin Bose SoundDock. Feels like yesterday.
     
  3. retta283 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I use mine as an iPod. Battery life is good still. I've seen quite a few guys on here who collect old iPhones so I thought they may know a bit more.
     
  4. Newtons Apple, Dec 18, 2018
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    Different devices have different friction or "stiction" when held in the hands. Much depends on the surface composition of the device and your hand. Many have reported that the gold finish on some of Apple's new phones have great stiction making it hard to drop.

    Still have my 3GS, will no longer boot!:(RIP
     
  5. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    I know exactly what you are talking about! Having used my 3GS as recently as today, and most days in fact. But yes, the back does get extremely slippery, especially when sweaty somewhat oily. Throw some water on there and it’s back to normal for a bit.

    I still put my SIM card in it from time to time and use it as a daily just for fun, or to disconnect a bit. Still does most of what I’d need it to do. That and the battery still holds nearly 100% of its original capacity.

    I’ve never used a white one however. So I have no comparison. But I can agree and say that’s they do get quite slick!

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  6. retta283 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I can rub sweaty hands all over a white one and it won't be that slippery. Not sure if it is just my units.

    I'm on a 4S running iOS 6 as my main driver, but I am considering moving to my iPhone OS 2.0 3G, as app support is becoming so small, and my 4S battery is weak. My 3G battery is also near 100%. Runs well on OS 2.
     
  7. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

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    You are my kind of guy!!! The Apple of era of 2007-2012 is way better than than the Crapple of today. At least get yourself an iPhone 5 on iOS 6. That way you get more support :)
     
  8. retta283 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not a huge fan of the iPhone 5 design, but I have been looking for a 64GB 5 on iOS 6 at a good price. Maybe someday.
     
  9. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

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    That’s what I like to hear. Support the old products and not the crap of today.
     
  10. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    This doesn’t make sense. It makes it really difficult to support products that are not even being manufactured anymore, as they are obsolete. So that leaves the consumer only options of purchasing the newer devices. Most iPhone 5 users have upgraded at this point.
     
  11. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

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    Well I feel that the iPhone 5, or any phone running iOS 6 offers more than what is produced today. This is due to the fact that the older versions are more fluid and less problematic. Apple has made a ton of really bad decisions and the consumer just goes doh it. I’m not one of those people. I’m glad the OP still is using a 3GS
     

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