Very irritated.. bumper caused a buncha little scratches.

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by amazingdm, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. amazingdm macrumors 6502

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    On the aluminum frame.

    I just took off the bumper and there are a lot of little marks or scratches.
    Mostly on the top and bottom.

    So irritating..
    I'll take pics tomorrow

    Can I get these out anyway?
    There's an especially annoying one on the sleep button. BUNCH around the dock connector.

    Can I eventually replace these parts for cheap?
     
  2. NeonGreenHermit macrumors regular

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    Eek!

    Getting my green bumper any day now (finally shipping... zzz...), and I loathe scratches (invisishielded up :cool:)

    Is it an official Apple one?

    What colour? (heard some of the colours have different grade rubber).

    Could it be that these came about from constant removal? I plan to keep mine on, and have a universal dock for charging. I agree with many posters that it's not the best thought out case on the planet, but I think it does look good, and provides a few extra degrees of protection (please dont flame me with iFixit's latest vid, I've seen their bumper one).
     
  3. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    Solution: Put the bumper back on and leave it on.
     
  4. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000

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    This is an unfortunate result of using a bumper. My first iPhone 4 had the same marks after a week of use. It's also important to note I grip my phone loosely. This is just another iPhone 4 shortcoming. I've accepted the fact that Apple just blew it on this thing.*
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    I think the issue is caused not by taking the bumper on and off but rather small particles, dust, sand in between the bumper and the phone while the bumper is on the phone. That is then causing the scratches.

    Its not like the seal between the bumper and the phone is hermetical/air tight. Stuff can get between the two and if potentially mark up the phone.

    I see this with my current phone (nexus) and the seido case. I took the case off, and while I did not find any scratches, I was surprised to see debris in between the phone and case.
     
  6. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    This is not Apple's fault and it has nothing to do with how tightly you grip the phone. Any case will cause scratches if you have dirt between the case and the phone. My MBP has some scratches from its Speck hard shell.
     
  7. army91c macrumors 6502a

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    OMFG I saw a lady on the tv that was killed in a freak accident.... She had an iPhone in her purse!! It's apple's fault!!

    Really kids? Is everything really apple's fault? Dust under the bumper (that YOU didn't clean) is what caused your scratches. FFS you people freaking make me want to go beat a puppy.
     
  8. RafaelT macrumors 65816

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  10. allmIne macrumors 6502a

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    While I do agree with your sentiment generally, in this case the OP wasn't actually blaming Apple. He was just wondering how to get the scratches out.

    On another note, the "you're holding it wrong thing" is very, very overplayed now.
     
  11. amazingdm thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think it's the plastic parts that rub on the aluminum. It's a black apple bumper
     
  12. Built macrumors 68020

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    For God's sake...JUST USE THE PHONE and ALL OF ITS APPLICATIONS...

    I can be just as obsessive as anybody about keeping my stuff looking like new...BUT...for God's sake, the iPhone is meant to be used. ENJOY IT and don't worry about minor scratches, resale value, etc...

    You could go out and get run over by a bus tomorrow...enjoy your iPhone 4 TODAY!!!
     
  13. jfyrfytr25 macrumors 6502a

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    OP, just to clarify, te band is stainless steel. Not aluminum.
     
  14. JohnnyQuest macrumors 65816

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    That was uncalled for. While I'm "just using the phone" and thoroughly enjoying it, I also have three small scuffs on the top of my iPhone from the bumper. It's just unfortunate that Incase hasn't come out with anything, so I'm using Apple's bumper, and it's actually harming the device. Going naked I guess...
     
  15. reliantj macrumors 6502

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    errr, for some of us are full time students and have part time jobs, like myself...
    because of that i had to save up for this $300+ phone for awhile. i'd like to keep this phone as pristine as possible because i can't afford another one. if this breaks i'm SOL and have to go back to an old motorolla that still says Cingular.

    We're not all made of money.
     
  16. Petronas macrumors regular

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    Are you using the official Apple Bumper?
     
  17. miamialley macrumors 68030

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    If you're going to start this thread, you really should have posted pictures along with it (and not waited until tomorrow).
     
  18. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Cases cause scratches so they're not a solution either. I've actually had to apply a full body shield to my wife's iPhone to protect the case from scratching it.

    I wear mine naked. No scratches anywhere after two weeks.
     
  19. Savor Suspended

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    After more than two weeks since launch day, people are still anal about a phone?

    If you want the "perfect" iPhone 4, try to never use it. Ever. Reality bites. Who knows, a tiny speck of dust might sneak its way under the glass. Perhaps the bacteria from your fingerprints will give you an ear infection. Dude, the chrome bezel in my 2G iPhone got scruff marks all the time. Just keep that front glass pristine, and only the OCD folks care about the rest.

    You are paying $300 for a "phone." Not $300 that is indestructable from an Atomic bomb.

    Sh-- happens. Live with it. Your life was never perfect to begin with.
     
  20. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000

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    Your assumptions are... well... wrong. I am a long time Apple customer.*I did what I've done before, trust that Apple had built a good iPhone 4. This time they screwed up, and I'm _not_ talking about scratches. I'm talking about the same thing others are. How poor the phone is.*

    Sorry to hear of your anger management issues.*
     
  21. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Just because you are crazy and think that Apple is out to get you personally, it doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. ;)
     
  22. army91c macrumors 6502a

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    Apple did build a "good iPHone 4". They didn't screw up. Many many more happy users than un-happy users. YOU can resolve every issue you have with your i-4, no need to wait for apple. Return the device for your money back, problem solved.
     
  23. UCLAKoolman macrumors 6502a

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    This is a phone! Enjoy it and stop sweating over the small stuff. Sheesh. I'm going to Barcelona on Monday and I'm more worried about Spain winning the world cup. Kick that ball well you damn Spaniards!
     
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