iPhone 5 White Wear and Tear

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by vigilant, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. vigilant macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I have a black iPhone 5, and iPad Mini. The subtle wear and tear on the edges exposing the silver behind it is kinda driving me nuts. The black model's of these devices are beautiful but I'd like to see if I can avoid this.

    Anyone have the white versions of these since launch? How do they look now compared to when they were released?

    Minor dings and things like that don't bother me, it's just the small silver blotches on the black that annoys me.
  2. Charadis macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2010
    I always have a full skin on mine (except for the first week of launch since I couldn't wait to use it!), but I still manage to get a few scrapes and wear on the unprotected edges. After a while, I've stopped caring about the minuscule imperfections, and just use the phone as it was meant to be used. Sent from my iPad (yeah, used to take and upload pic, too, so not greatest quality).

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  3. vigilant thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Yeah, you're looks good to me, and honestly mine looks fine too for the most part.

    Just the random small little dots where the silver is exposed.
  4. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    I have scratches on the bezel near the lightening port. Other than that it looks pretty good, but I've had a case for the most part.
  5. clockworkorange macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2008
    one of the main reasons why I went with white.

    mine has small insignificant scuffing on the top edges of the phone and a small scratch on the bottom, don't even notice they're there.
  6. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
    Didn't get mine exactly at launch. Just a little after. Was originally going to get black but after hearing about the scratches on the edges and seeing the silver color thru the black paint, I knew that would drive me crazy, so I went with the white ones.

    So far, the front and back bezels are without scratches or dings. The edge are nice and shiny still. I'm not overly anal nor super careful either. But from my perspective my phone is still in excellent shape.
  7. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    I've had my white i5 since launch. Other than a few minor nicks on the bezel and some dirt around the home button, the phone is in excellent condition. I only use a SPIGEN Thin Air case on the phone, too.
  8. centavar macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2011
    That. Since I don't like cases or nylon layers I'm only using the Sena Ultraslim pouch and so far it looks brand new.

    Well, keep in mind that if the phone is out of the pouch it's either in my hand or sitting on top of the pouch itself, never touching another object. That is a habit of mine with all devices, I'm not really thinking about it.
  9. Chris092881 macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2012
    My black/slate 5 showed up at my door in the sealed packaging with those kinds of marks. You don't even notice them after awhile. Get AppleCare+ and find a reason to replace it if you're that concerned.
  10. Zaft macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I have some marks on the edges. Overall its not nearly as visible as the wear on my wife's black one.

    I actually kind of like the wear on the black one. Reminds me of the silver coming out of guns when they wear. Looks industrial.:D
  11. R.Stoychev macrumors 6502a


    Dec 23, 2012
    I haven't notice any " wear and tear " from my white iphone 5, after some time I'll see :D
  12. fullauto macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2012
    Glad I stuck with the 4S, I would have gone black and been disappointed to pay $1000 for a device that marks / scuffs so easily.

    Sign me up for a blue 5C and cross-fingers for a new coating or material by the time iP6 is out.

  13. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    I would be dissapointed if I paid $1000!
  14. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Got my black iPhone 5 at launch, had some scuffing. It was replaced in November due to a microphone issue. The new one had a better durable finish, but is now showing wear and tear on the edges and corners. I do not lay the phone down on it's front and I only lay it down on it's back on non-rough surfaces.

    I don't slide it around, I pick it up with two hands. Consequently, there are NO scratches on the front or back.

    It's wearing as I mentioned. I don't care.

    The phone is used and this does not affect it's function. So far, it just seems to be adding character.
  15. veneto macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2013
  16. 22mac macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2012
    Whats the white iphone like in terms of dirt on the home button and on the edges?
  17. veneto macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2013
    The myth that white iPhones get dirty. They actually don't. There's just nowhere for dirt to go.

    I couldn't even find a picture of a dirty white iphone 5 on google.
  18. 22mac macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2012
    Yeah thats what I was thinking, you would think that you would see the white iPhone getting dirty but everyones that I have seen still looks clean.
    Not sure if I'm going to get the white or black.
  19. Warcake macrumors regular

    May 20, 2013
    I have a buddy with a white iPad mini, and the dents on the chamfered edge look equally bad. Black or white, dents suck ass. :( they may be less noticeable on the white one, but to me they really pop out.
  20. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    I've had mine buck cheddar since I got it, both my iPad Mini and iPhone 5 look wonderful aside from the dings that you get without having a case. I feel it wears and tears way better than the black iPhone 5.
  21. Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
    My white iPhone 5 is pristine. I have used an Elago Flex case (in Indigo) since launch. Fantastic case. When I take it off the iPhone looks brand new, not a single blemish. The "lay on the table" design of the case covers the edges of the screen so no dirt gets trapped around there - a noticeable dirt trap for white. If anything gets stuck around the home button I remove the screen and then the home button for cleaning and it is then as clean as new.
  22. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    Man I have never use cases for my iPhone 5 white.

    I have a small ding on the lower left and some dings on the most obviously. I have AppleCare plus so I plan to use the accidental damage before my two yr is up.
  23. veneto macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2013
    I would say about 6% of my iphone has damage. It bothers me slightly but I don't care.
  24. vigilant thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Yeah I'm trying to stop caring, and I do until I see the scuffs when I take pictures. It's stupid I know
  25. Chris092881 macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2012
    Same boat here. Right before I upgrade I'll cash in.

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