All iPads So... Rear shell trade -off

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Phonzoxd, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. Phonzoxd macrumors 6502

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    So people are OK with having soft metal rear shell on their ipad now?

    I know the Ipad 2-4 line atleast used like really hard metal, and now for Ipad 5 they will use what the iphone 5 and ipad mini use, which are soft metal.

    I just dropped by iphone 5 lightly the other day and it completely dinged up.

    I know had I dropped the ipad 2 the same way it mightve showed a scratch but not ding up.

    So my question is, are people OK will having a lighter ipad at the cost of a more vunerable shell?
     
  2. mrkjsn macrumors 6502

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    I put a case on all my device regardless so the weight savings from the softer metal,is a good thing to me.
     
  3. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

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    Even the smallest drop onto a hard surface will get the aluminum to dent.
     
  4. irnchriz macrumors 65816

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    Dunno what you dropped it on but I have dropped my iPhone 5 a few times and have no marks on it but I dropped my ipad 4 once and the corner is dinged. Guess it depends on luck and what you drop it on.
     
  5. CoMoMacUser macrumors 6502a

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    Does anyone read this line?

    The iPad 1 is built like a tank. How do later generations compare?
     
  6. E.Lizardo macrumors 65816

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    I'm fine with it.
     
  7. MyiBill macrumors 6502

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    They are all made out of aluminum all are equally as hard.
     
  8. RenoG macrumors 65816

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    Aluminum ding, glass crack and or shatter, plastic crack or chip. Get a case and carry on.
     
  9. xkmxkmxlmx macrumors 6502a

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    Well, ideally you never want to drop your $500-$900 portable computer. That should be priority, not the accident proofing.

    I want it to be as light and sleek as possible. It is a must for something you hold the entire time while in use.

    I am all for the softer metal if it makes it lighter.
     
  10. TyPod macrumors 68000

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    Both my iPhone 5 and iPad Mini have gotten dinged up pretty good. If you drop it, odds are it will be noticeable.
     
  11. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    This is correct.

    This aluminum and that aluminum, it's all approximately the same hardness. The coatings do make a difference, but much less difference than people seem to assume on these boards.

    Apple tends to use Aluminum for all their products when a metal housing is used. The few exceptions are the metal band around the iPhone 4 and 4S was made of stainless steel, and the titanium body of the original PowerMac G4.
     
  12. Tzuten macrumors 6502

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    This has been discussed over and over. It's the anodized coating not the metal.

    I'm a bit disappointed in the durability of it but it is what it is. My climbing clamps I use also are anodized and held up better considering the abuse they take. Maybe a bad analogy haha.
     

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