Ugh. the Space Grey plastic bands are a bit ghastly.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Kendo, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. Kendo, Sep 19, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2014

    Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    I just got back from the AT&T store to check out the new phones. I am still happy with my Space Gray choice since black looks classier but I was expecting the gray plastic to blend in well with the Space Gray aluminum. I was wrong. It looks more pronounced than the white plastic bands on the Gold model. It is hard to explain, but you can tell the gray plastic is...plastic...while on the Gold model, the white plastic looks more like a polycarbonate material.

    Also the screen is a bit more hollow feeling than the 5, kinda like going from the iPad 3/4 to the iPad Air. BTW, if you research my post history you'll know I'm the biggest Apple fan in the world. Just wanted to convey some thoughts on the less positive aspects of the 6. Also wanted to give my thoughts on those who like me, thought the gray plastic bands would hide well.
  2. Gix1k macrumors 68030


    Jun 16, 2008
    Doesn't look as bad, to me, as the reviews said it does.
  3. SetHutBlue42 macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2014
    I think it was pretty obvious from the initial pictures/videos that those bands were going to be very pronounced. Crappy design choice, but whatever. You can always return it if it's that bad. Or get a case.
  4. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    In the pictures they all look ghastly to me, on every color. Even in pictures you can see that they are a cheaper plastic, in marked contrast to the metal surrounding them. But since the 6 Plus is apparently pretty hard to juggle and the screen shatters, it looks like I'll be covering those up with a case anyway. I really would like to not use a case (never did on any previous iPhone), but it seems like it's almost a requirement for the 6 Plus at least.
  5. kmj2318 macrumors 68000


    Aug 22, 2007
    Naples, FL
    I'm not sure what the difference between plastic and polycarbonate is...

    But I'm guessing the dark bands look glossier, is that why they stand out?
  6. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    The thick antenna bands are already the least positive aspect of the 6/6+ but there's nothing we can do about them.

    At least color-coded bands are less pronounced than white bands appearance-wise.
  7. absolut` macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2010
    I, for one, think they look cool. It reminds me of my HTC M8, which I very much liked. Even upon first hold brought nostalgia of the M8, all good feelings so far. Screen is gorgeous, curved edges provide better grip. Only minor gripe is the vibration can get a bit obnoxious, but it is a bigger phone. Other than that, "NO RAGRETS".
  8. malevolant macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I actually like the look of the antenna bands on my Space Grey. Coworkers actually commented on them looking great :confused: Eh to each his/her own.
  9. sluggozmom macrumors 6502


    Sep 13, 2011
    You'll get used to it.. Hopefully
    I Love mine :D
  10. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    I turned it over a few times to great an idea of how I felt about the bands. Will not be doing that anymore. This would be the least of my issues to tell the truth if they even bothered me which I know now they don't.
  11. MacBreezy macrumors regular


    Sep 26, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    I went with the silver iP6 for that very reason. The antenna lines don't look as odd on the silver and the last three iPhones I had were black so it was time for a change.
  12. PeteS1963 macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2014
    Looking at the phones in the Store I was surprise that (to me anyway) the white bands on the gold were NOT as obvious as on the sliver or space gray. But on all the images I've seen the gold seems more pronounced.
  13. gorkt macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2007
    Polycarbonate is a plastic. The black is probably also made of the same plastic material, but uses a different composite or pigment so has a different feel and appearance.
  14. SMIDG3T Suspended


    Apr 29, 2012
    I'm sorry but on the gold model the antenna bands are white and they stick out even more!
  15. kilcher macrumors 65816


    Jul 3, 2011
    At some point I'm sure someone will come out with vinyl overlays cut to go over those antannae bands.

    I think they're ugly but I always put mine in a case so it doesn't really affect me at all.
  16. anthonyfellows macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Antenna bands? What are you guys talking about? I can't even see them.
  17. Kendo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    The antennae bands are the plastic non-aluminum strips.
  18. Steel28 macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2010
    same here for me. Had iP3/4/5 in black and went with silver for iP6 Plus.

    Held the space grey in store today and I'm glad I didn't get it.
  19. El3ctronics macrumors 65816

    Mar 30, 2011
    I have to agree. The back of the iPhone 6 (I have grey) is really ugly. I keep putting it into the black leather case just so I don't have to look at it....though I then take the case off as it piles up dust in the corners.
  20. pdxmatts macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2013
    Portland, OR

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  21. Starfyre macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    At least you know you will have good reception thanks to the thickness of those plastic bands.
  22. Kendo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    For some reason I thought it would be a high quality plastic like the shell of an iPhone 5c but it is a really cheap, slighly clear plastic like a straw.
  23. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    You've had the phone for half a day and it's already "piling up dust"? Sounds like you need a new air filter!
  24. Dmaynard83 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2012
    Ugh. the Space Grey plastic bands are a bit ghastly.

    I think most people think the iPhone 6 design isn't as nice as the 5s

    The bezels on the 6 look really bad and those antenna bands are horrific.
  25. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    Like I said before, 95% of the people complaining about the bands will probably slap a case on their phone and won't even see them.... but they still have to complain, because that's just what people do.

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