Screw this obsessiveness over a perfect phone. Seriously.

Silver Idaten

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I don't know of the problem is me, or Apple QC, or both (probably both), but these Apple products bring out the worst in people's obsessiveness.

For example, me, I've been diagnosed with OCD, anxiety, the whole nine yards. I put cases, screen protectors, try to keep my phones as perfect as possible, and yet it never helps.

Take for example my 6S, I put a case on it that covers the back, and today while it was off I noticed that I had a huge scratch running across the entire Apple logo that was visible in just about any light. The thing scratched with a case on it. Even my last 6 didn't do that, but the camera ring sure did.

So I'm reaching the point where I just think - what's the point? Seriously, what's the point? I've lost so much time in life applying and reapplying screen protectors, running back and forth to the Apple Store, etc. It's gotten to the point where it's frustrating but not sure how to stop doing it.

That being said, I do want to try metal polish on it since I heard it's stainless steel.

I'm not fed up enough to rock a naked phone, probably never will, but it is a cycle that I'd like to alleviate a little bit. Anybody else have stories?
 

Serickmetz

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I don't know of the problem is me, or Apple QC, or both (probably both), but these Apple products bring out the worst in people's obsessiveness.

For example, me, I've been diagnosed with OCD, anxiety, the whole nine yards. I put cases, screen protectors, try to keep my phones as perfect as possible, and yet it never helps.

Take for example my 6S, I put a case on it that covers the back, and today while it was off I noticed that I had a huge scratch running across the entire Apple logo that was visible in just about any light. The thing scratched with a case on it. Even my last 6 didn't do that, but the camera ring sure did.

So I'm reaching the point where I just think - what's the point? Seriously, what's the point? I've lost so much time in life applying and reapplying screen protectors, running back and forth to the Apple Store, etc. It's gotten to the point where it's frustrating but not sure how to stop doing it.

That being said, I do want to try metal polish on it since I heard it's stainless steel.

I'm not fed up enough to rock a naked phone, probably never will, but it is a cycle that I'd like to alleviate a little bit. Anybody else have stories?
Your story brought a tear to my eye, thank you.
 

JoePa2624

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I hear ya. I had the tiniest ding on the top right corner of my iPhone 6 and it drove me crazy knowing that it was there. Event when I had the case on it bothered me.

Glad I'm not the only one that feels this way.

That's the price we pay for using a phone made of premium parts. I use no case on my Nexus 6 or BB Q10, mainly because they're made of plastic and I couldn't care less if they get scratched up.
 
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GrumpyMom

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It would bug me if the Apple Logo got scratched this soon, too. Because it's pretty and I am still enjoying looking at it. I didn't really care much when I had that Space Gray 6 Plus but I am a bit more obsessive over the rose gold. For now. Unfortunately my clear case has a scratch on it right over the Apple Logo. So it looks like the phone itself has the scratch. Doh! :rolleyes:

However I've got a case on it that I'm happy with and a screen protector that's not on perfectly straight but good enough, and it's really hard to see anyway. And that's, that. I won't be pulling the case off anytime soon, not even to switch to the two other cases I bought before I got my dream case. And I won't be reapplying a new screen protector until this one gets gummed up enough to look bad.

So basically I'm just using it and living with it. Every now and again I look at the pretty weird pinkish color. And that's it. Why are you applying screen protectors so often and messing with your case? If I did that all the time I'd be kind of squirrelly. :eek:
 

DADDYDC650

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I'm the same way. The key is to not put your phone under harsh lighting when taking it out of the box. A quick scan under normal lighting should suffice. Proceed to install screen protector and a nice sturdy case that does well at keeping dust out. Use the phone as intended and don't look for any defects! In a few months you won't give a damn about a scratch because you'll be looking forward to the iPhone 7. GL!
 

Silver Idaten

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I hear ya. I had the tiniest ding on the top right corner of my iPhone 6 and it drove me crazy knowing that it was there. Event when I had the case on it bothered me.

Glad I'm not the only one that feels this way.

That's the price we pay for using a phone made of premium parts. I use no case on my Nexus 6 or BB Q10, mainly because they're made of plastic and I couldn't care less if they get scratched up.
I put a case on when I had an S5 or a Turbo too, but I didn't have nearly as many problems with those devices and perfection than I have with iPhones. I think it also has something to do with the cost of these things.
 

IHelpId10t5

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Take for example my 6S, I put a case on it that covers the back, and today while it was off I noticed that I had a huge scratch running across the entire Apple logo that was visible in just about any light. The thing scratched with a case on it.
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I'm not fed up enough to rock a naked phone, probably never will, but it is a cycle that I'd like to alleviate a little bit. Anybody else have stories?
How do you imagine that it got a scratch on it while in a case? No really? Let me guess that you don't think it's your fault!
 

evorc

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It's just a phone bound to get scratched and damaged lol. Cases and screen protectors are a waste imho. It just ruins the whole experience. Just take care of your phone and not look for defects! I mean does it really mater if the logo is scratched or not? Upgrade every year and you won't have to worry so much about this. I used to obsessed over small things like this in the past. It's such a waste of time. I upgrade every year and my phones have been in excellent condition without using cases and screen protectors. I have way more important things in life that I should be focusing on.

This is in no way trying to bash you. I just hope you can move on and not spend so much time and energy over this kind of stuff. Enjoy your device.
 

laudern

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I've always rocked a naked iPhone. I don't see the point in buying a phone which is built to be light, thin and all the rest of it, and then cover it up, make it thicker and heavier.

Having said that, I keep my phones for a number of years. My latest phone is a 5. So I have very little to worry about in terms of resale as by the time I do come to sell the phone, mint condition isn't going to be much of a selling point.

Chips, scratches and whatever are a part of life. I enjoy my new phone while it is still a new phone. I don't protect it for someone who may buy it off me years down the track.
 
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chekz0414

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I totally feel you, I haven't been diagnosed with OCD but when I can spy a hairline scratch or ding on anything (today it was on my tempered glass for my iPhone) I immediately must replace it or in this case I'm off to buy an Otterbox Defender. My iPhone will be in pristine shape, even if it rarely leaves the case. :) I've been this way since my iPod touch days. The 2nd & 4th generations irritated me with that impossible back. The 5th I had to keep that Slate color in case to remain perfect. My 6 Plus was kept in a Defender from day 1, and stayed perfect despite one drop. My 6s Plus I have a screen protector and a Mightyshell but I'm worried my Touch ID button will scratch, and I keep imagining scenarios so I'm definitely getting my new case .__.
 

CE3

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I don't consider myself obsessive about not wanting even the tiniest of defects on my iOS devices. I pay a premium price for a premium product and my expectations for them to "perfect" out of the box are reasonable. I take good care of the stuff I own and will probably be selling it in a year or two when I upgrade again. The better shape it's in, the higher the price I can sell it for. Thankfully, I've had no cosmetic or internal issues with any of the Apple products I've purchased so far.

I don't think cases and screen protectors ruin the experience at all. Being able to drop my phone and not bat an eye vs picking it up off the ground to find it covered and scratches or a cracked screen would ruin the experience for me more. I didn't like how my 5C looked or felt without its case. And with my new 6S, while I like the form factor and size better, it feels much better in my hand with the Apple leather case I chose than without it. I'm going with a little less protection with this case this time around, but I rarely drop my phone and I think it'll be fine.
 

Cergman

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I totally feel you, I haven't been diagnosed with OCD but when I can spy a hairline scratch or ding on anything (today it was on my tempered glass for my iPhone) I immediately must replace it or in this case I'm off to buy an Otterbox Defender. My iPhone will be in pristine shape, even if it rarely leaves the case. :) I've been this way since my iPod touch days. The 2nd & 4th generations irritated me with that impossible back. The 5th I had to keep that Slate color in case to remain perfect. My 6 Plus was kept in a Defender from day 1, and stayed perfect despite one drop. My 6s Plus I have a screen protector and a Mightyshell but I'm worried my Touch ID button will scratch, and I keep imagining scenarios so I'm definitely getting my new case .__.
TouchID can't scratch unless you're carrying around some diamonds in your pocket :confused:
 
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makinao

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Given you've been diagnosed with OCD, my advice would be to visit your psychiatrist.
 

Ev0d3vil

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It's only a phone. There are other things in life that are more important, like relationships. If a phone breaks, no issues, just get a new one. Money can be re earned again.
 

Mercenary

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Why do many of you feel you need to always have a perfect phone all the time?

It's a thing you will use. It will get wear and tear. It will get scratched and you know what, it should. Do you worry this much about your trainers/sneakers? Or your car tyres?

Accept that it will get scratched, the grease from your fingers will get on the screen and it will get scratches from the dust and sand in your pockets. Accept the inevitable and you will start to enjoy your phones more rather than fear them.

For those who have been diagnosed with OCD then I feel for ya. Your brain is making you feel something for which you have no control. But for the rest who are just anal or trying to keep up the resell value. Maybe a fancy phone isn't right for you. Your making yourself miserable trying to baby this phone so the next guy can get a good condition phone? Really, f' the next guy.
 

SmplyRckless

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I have a hairline scratch on my screen already that's driving me crazy. I forget about it when my screen is on though. Kinda just gotta get use to these things over time.
 

CE3

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Why do many of you feel you need to always have a perfect phone all the time?

It's a thing you will use. It will get wear and tear. It will get scratched and you know what, it should. Do you worry this much about your trainers/sneakers? Or your car tyres?

Accept that it will get scratched, the grease from your fingers will get on the screen and it will get scratches from the dust and sand in your pockets. Accept the inevitable and you will start to enjoy your phones more rather than fear them.

For those who have been diagnosed with OCD then I feel for ya. Your brain is making you feel something for which you have no control. But for the rest who are just anal or trying to keep up the resell value. Maybe a fancy phone isn't right for you. Your making yourself miserable trying to baby this phone so the next guy can get a good condition phone? Really, f' the next guy.
It's hilarious that you think because I throw a case and a tempered glass screen protector on my phone that I'm somehow making myself miserable babying the phone. I do these things and buy insurance so I don't have to baby the phone. You're whole, "maybe a fancy phone isnt right for you" advice comes off sounding pretentious and condescending. I take good care of all the expensive tech I own because I like taking care of the things I value, and it's really not that hard for me to do. I don't have true OCD about it and, although this may come as a surprise to you, I'm still able to enjoy using my phone. The resale value is important to me because I'm not made of money AND I don't want to sell "the next guy" a piece of crap. I think the better question is why do some of you care if we like to keep our near $1000 iPhones looking nice?
 
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hutrebug

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I think it's normal human nature to be overprotective at first when u buy something new, after a while though it will start to wear off and you ease up. You'll enjoy it better as this happens.

Indeed. It's the same with clothes, songs, partners, food etc.

But I can see why people are protective of their iPhones, as they're not exactly cheap. And that's why those vendors are making a fortune selling phone accessories and cases and screen protectors. ;)
 
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