White Iphone users: discoloration + readability?

solaris7

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Feb 17, 2008
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Hi guys,
I am about to purchase the iphone 4s and am really digging the white color. I have used only black apple products (black macbook, black ipod touch, black ipod nano) and am interested in knowing how distracting (if at all) the white color is on the phone.

Is the white color a big issue when it comes to extended reading, especially with web pages that have white backgrounds?

For those of you who have had the phone for a long time, have you seen any discoloration yet?

Thanks a lot!
 

scaredpoet

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Apr 6, 2007
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I've had my white 4S for about 2 months now, and no discoloration yet.

It also doesn't distract at all from readability. It's fine.
 

LatinaC09

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Dec 30, 2011
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Cleveland, Ohio
I have a white iPhone 4 and there's no discoloration at all. The phone is in mint condition looks like I bought it yesterday (bought it in may). And no white is not distracting when you're looking at web pages and other things, at least not to me anyway.
 

sweetbrat

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Jun 17, 2009
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Redford, MI
I had a black iPhone 4 and now have a white 4S. Readability on both was fine. I got my 4S on launch day and there's no signs of any discoloration.
 

MrKennedy

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Had my white 4S for 2 months and it looks just as clean as the day I bought it.
 

lordofthereef

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Nov 29, 2011
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Has discoloration been a documented issue? I know there have been complaints of it getting "dirty" faster (which I feel is likely not true, it's just more noticeable). I will say my sag smudges show up a lot better.
 

Buckeyestar

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Sep 17, 2011
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Has discoloration been a documented issue? I know there have been complaints of it getting "dirty" faster (which I feel is likely not true, it's just more noticeable). I will say my sag smudges show up a lot better.
The white paint is under the glass, how could it get dirty? And other than the
black screen itself, fingerprints don't show on my white phone.
 

lordofthereef

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Nov 29, 2011
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The white paint is under the glass, how could it get dirty? And other than the
black screen itself, fingerprints don't show on my white phone.
It's not about the paint getting dirty. It's about the phone, in general. Dirt gets stuck in nooks and crannies, and it is easier to see. Also, as I mentioned, smudges on the screen are easier to see. It's kind of like comparing a white shirt that you wear for a week straight to a black shirt you wear for a week straight. I guarantee the white shirt is going to look far dirtier than the black one.
 

Prof.

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Aug 17, 2007
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I've had my iPhone since Oct. 21 and I've had zero problems with readability or discoloration.

/thread.
 

TM WAZZA

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White 4S here, have had it for 2 months. You won't have a problem with discoloration, but you will have a problem with dirt getting stuck around the edges of the home button as well as the edges of the glass. (Between the glass and the rubber border).
 

Prof.

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Aug 17, 2007
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White 4S here, have had it for 2 months. You won't have a problem with discoloration, but you will have a problem with dirt getting stuck around the edges of the home button as well as the edges of the glass. (Between the glass and the rubber border).
Unless I have a completely different iPhone 4S than you, there isn't any rubber in the iP4S.
 

Leonard1818

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Nov 15, 2011
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I thought there was some discussion about the flash on a white vs. black phone... The white being worse since it reflects the light and can wash out photos... (or do I have that backwards)
 

scaredpoet

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Apr 6, 2007
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I thought there was some discussion about the flash on a white vs. black phone... The white being worse since it reflects the light and can wash out photos... (or do I have that backwards)
I haven't had this problem either.
 

ecwhite4S

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Dec 17, 2011
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It's not about the paint getting dirty. It's about the phone, in general. Dirt gets stuck in nooks and crannies, and it is easier to see. Also, as I mentioned, smudges on the screen are easier to see. It's kind of like comparing a white shirt that you wear for a week straight to a black shirt you wear for a week straight. I guarantee the white shirt is going to look far dirtier than the black one.
Well yes, the white shirt would be dirtier because a cotton (or similar material) shirt will absorb dirt more than glass. I will however agree that when dirt and dust gets stuck in the nooks and crannies of the iPhone that it will show more on a white phone. However, the lack of fingerprints and smudges will make up for that.
 

TM WAZZA

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Sep 18, 2010
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Hamilton, New Zealand
It's not about the paint getting dirty. It's about the phone, in general. Dirt gets stuck in nooks and crannies, and it is easier to see. Also, as I mentioned, smudges on the screen are easier to see. It's kind of like comparing a white shirt that you wear for a week straight to a black shirt you wear for a week straight. I guarantee the white shirt is going to look far dirtier than the black one.
Yup this.

When dirt gets stuck in the white iPhone it's far more noticeable. But that's not to say you can't see dirt at all in the black iPhone, if you look specifically for it you'll see it.
 

rgarjr

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Apr 2, 2009
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White 4S here, have had it for 2 months. You won't have a problem with discoloration, but you will have a problem with dirt getting stuck around the edges of the home button as well as the edges of the glass. (Between the glass and the rubber border).
which is why I use an Apple bumper to conceal the glass border area, keeps its clean.
 

Buckeyestar

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Sep 17, 2011
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It's not about the paint getting dirty. It's about the phone, in general. Dirt gets stuck in nooks and crannies, and it is easier to see. Also, as I mentioned, smudges on the screen are easier to see. It's kind of like comparing a white shirt that you wear for a week straight to a black shirt you wear for a week straight. I guarantee the white shirt is going to look far dirtier than the black one.
I guarantee you, the black phones look messier. I've had both and the black shows fingerprints everywhere, the white only in the screen. Ive had a white iPhone since April. It is not dirty or discolored.
 
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