Replacement/Refurb iPhone 5 heavier?

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  1. DisneyFreak777 macrumors newbie

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    So I had a problem with my iPhone 5's sleep button not working, brought it to the store, and was given a replacement phone, but it seems noticeably heavier. Maybe I'm just going crazy, but I wanted to see if anyone had similar experiences of if maybe the refurb parts aren't exactly the same or as light as the new parts. If I had a mail scale I would weigh it myself but I don't, but I will compare with others when I next go to an Apple Store.
     
  2. vastoholic macrumors 68000

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    You're thinking about this too much. All the activity on the boards has gotten everyone freaking about their iPhone having a mysterious problem.
     
  3. SomeDudeAsking macrumors 65816

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    If it is indeed heavier, that can indicate Apple may be using a denser aluminum for increased strength to address bendgate.
     
  4. Chris092881 macrumors 6502

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    I've been through four replacements and haven't noticed an issue with some being heavier than others. I think the poster above me is right, people are hearing the horror stories and freaking out over nothing. I mean, one guy here checked his iPhone out for scratches upon delivery with a jewelers loupe. What if he had found a minuscule scratch or imperfection? Would he have taken the loupe with him to the Apple Store so the Genius there could see for himself?
     
  5. Charadis macrumors 6502a

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    I thought it was just me. I was playing with a slate iPhone 5 at Best Buy a couple weeks ago and noticed it felt noticeably lighter than my launch day white iPhone 5 32GB (Verizon).

    Given it was a working demo unit at Best Buy glued to a security device, I could feel a difference, but my brother couldn't, and we ended up tripping the tamper proof alarm on the security device during our observation. But it felt like the demo unit (again, a full working model) felt the kind of "cheaper" lighter kind of light.

    Sent from my iPhone 5.
     
  6. Minhimalism macrumors 65816

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  7. PavelR macrumors newbie

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    Just replaced mine because of the same issue (power button not working) and the new iPhone 5 that I received (new, not refurbished) defiantly feels heavier in my hand then the old one.
     
  8. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    More dense aluminum? LOL!

    All these posts and no one is posting the weight of their phone.

    My naked 5S weighs in a 3.96 ounces on our office digital scale:apple:
     
  9. Julien macrumors G3

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    Delete a few of those unused workout Apps to save weight.:D
     
  10. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    I was wondering if my 64gb 5S weighs more than a 16gb unit.
     
  11. Julien macrumors G3

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    Not according to Apple and if they did have different weights Apple would be required to disclose it. Even if the 64Gb chips weighed more (highly unlikely) it wold only be a 1 or 2 grams and could not be perceivable in a 112 gram device, even with direct AB testing.
     
  12. sunking101 macrumors 603

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  13. localboy28 macrumors 6502a

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    When its full of music it'll be heavier
    HD vids are the worst
     
  14. yanki01 macrumors 68040

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    GENIUS! I knew something was up with my phone but couldn't figure it out. I need to delete Breaking Bad and Kenny Powers. :cool:
     
  15. PavelR macrumors newbie

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  16. Merkie macrumors 68020

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    Lol, get a proper scale. No way that an iPhone just randomly gains 10g.
     
  17. Charadis, May 12, 2014
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    Charadis macrumors 6502a

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    Just weighed Chip here in the lab on a triple beam balance, purely out of scientific curiosity. I must disclose that he has an iLoome Flex glass screen protector installed and Skinomi skin applied on back and three sides. Never modified or opened, original launch day iPhone 5. Weighed ~128.95 grams, or ~4.5486 oz. Sent from my MacBook Air.


    Edit: update, I must retract my earlier measurement, as the balance was not properly calibrated. A more accurate measurement for my iPhone 5 is -10.85 grams from the initial measure, or ~118.15 grams (4.1676 oz). That includes the screen protector/skin that is currently installed on it.
     

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