So I got an iPhone 5 with a rear camera defect and I'm set up to receive a warranty replacement. In the mean time I thought I'd investigate all the rumors of scratching the coating off the aluminium as my phone will be replaced with a perfectly new one anyways. I've pretty much done everything possible to scratch the phone within reason: - carried it in a pocket with a ring of sharp keys every day (which scratched my iPhone 4 in the first 2 days fyi) - dropped it onto the floor a few times - physically hit it against countertops - dragged the side against a peice of plywood - dragged the metal tip of a pen across the side - played hockey with it on a wood floor - dropped it 3 feet onto marble floors repeatedly - thrown it across counters at every opportunity - dragged a penny across the edge HARD And my report is that there are no scratches or paint peeling off at all. Apple did a very good job. I looked through a few threads and saw the pictures of the coating coming off. My theory is that if the coating does come off, it's a deffective phone. Several of the phones have shipped with partially applied coatings brand new, so if it does come off it's probably on a thin spot. Just thought I'd contribute. Anyone else finding the coating especially durable?