Resolved Will the Space Grey iPhone X scratch with a case on? How did the Jet Black hold with a case?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MjWoNeR, Oct 26, 2017.

  1. MjWoNeR macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2010
    I remember reading an article about the Jet Black iPhone 7. That after a year it got micro scratches even with a case on from day 1, from dust particles trapped between the case and phone, or something. Searched but can’t find the article to link.

    I’m pretty sure the back glass will hold just fine with a case but what about the black stainless steel band around the phone?

    Anyone who has had the Jet Black with a case?
  2. macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    Glass and metal are different materials. Plus the X is the only iPhone to ever have a stainless steel frame. So nobody knows.
  3. MjWoNeR thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2010
    I know that stainless steel will hold better than the Jet Black’s aluminium body. But if the Jet Black didn’t scratch with a case then the X shouldn’t have a problem at all.
  4. borntrouble macrumors 6502


    Jun 4, 2010
    Germany - Bavaria
    I've read somewhere that the stainless steel frame of the iPhone X will be quite similar to the frame used in the Apple Watches. The steel used there seems to be almost scratch-proof.
  5. Sir Ruben macrumors 68000

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    Correction, MANY people have talked about hairline micro scratches on the stainless steel apple watch. So yeah it probably will, and quite quickly too.
  6. blitzwing macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2012
    stainless steel scratches quite easily and because it is glossy it is more obvious. people wearing stainless watches sometimes send their watches for buffing to remove those scratches
  7. Technarchy, Oct 26, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2017

    Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    My JB7+ looks like a dog’s chew toy despite wearing a case as soon as it came out the box.

    Jet Black is a Total trash finish.

    And prepare, those polished stainless steel bands on the iPhone X are going to get blemished thoroughly over a year of ownership. The slightest amount of pressure and sediment and it’s all over.
  8. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Actually, If the stainless steel bands scratch on the silver iPhone X, they could likely be easily removed with a Cape Cod cloth. If it is surgical grade stainless steel as Apple claims, which is similar to 316 L stainless steel used on the Apple Watch, it should be rather seamless to remove them with little effort.

    As for the space gray, it uses the PVD coating, which we will find out how resilient it is.
  9. MacDevil7334 macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2011
    Austin TX
    The iPhone 4 and 4S had a stateless steel frame. Though they used a brushed finish so scratches weren’t very noticeable. I’d imagine they’ll be much easier to see on the polished finish of the X.
  10. macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    Ah yes, you’re right. Apologies. Completely forgot about the 4 and 4S but as you said, the finish was different, so we don’t know.
  11. PM-Performance macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2012
    Rule of thumb from common sense: If its glossy, it will scratch. If you look hard enough, it will have micro scratches on any shiny surface regardless of material. Every piece of shiny parts Apple has ever produced has been prone for scratching. Hence why the matte aluminum finishes started.
  12. DankIllini macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2012

    My Jet Black 7 looks brand new still. I've used the apple leather case the whole time, no scratches.
  13. _Refurbished_ macrumors 68000


    Mar 23, 2007
    Take a piece of sandpaper and create your own finish. I did this with my 3G when the metal border was dinged up, looked fantastic.
  14. BenGieCruz macrumors member


    Nov 8, 2012
    I believe the 2G had a stainless steel bezel around the screen and that scratched easily just like former ipod classics.
  15. MjWoNeR thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2010
    I’m baffled how can it be very scratched in one case and like new in the other.
  16. Howyalikdemapls macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2013
    I’ve had my JB 7 since launch day and it looks perfect (except for where I accidentally dropped it in the bottom by the speaker grill once). I think it depends on how much lint/dust/dirt people have in their pockets/purse, how often they take the phone out of the case to clean it out, and what they use to clean the phone. Also, I imagine those slick plastic cases will allow dirt to move around more freely between the phone and the case, where Apple’s leather case has a sort of microfiber interior that would prevent dirt from freely sliding against the phone.
  17. erictsang macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2011
    sigh, some dirt or sand got in my case and now my phone is scratched...
  18. UK-MacAddict macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2010
    The original iPhone had a polished stainless steel band. I assume that’s why they used stainless steel this time, to pay homage to the original design. That got scratched to hell lol. The phones use the same stainless steel as the watches so it will scratch just by rubbing fingerprints off it. However I’ve read from quite a few forums that the space grey will have the same DLC coating as the watches which are highly scratch resistant.
  19. Ryan1524 macrumors 68000


    Apr 9, 2003
    Canada GTA
    For what it’s worth, I saw scratches on all the naked Stainless on the silver at the store - at the lightning port where people have been jamming it into the phone all day. This was on day one of being a demo unit.

    Only one of the SG has scratches, the others were minor hairline marks which are barely noticeable, or no marks at all. The PVD seems to be offering some small amount of protection.
  20. UK-MacAddict macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2010
    Thanks for the reply. I haven't been able to get to an Apple store yet to see for myself how scratched up each colour is from being handled by thousands of customers.

    Good to hear the SG version is holding up a little better. If it can handle hundreds of people playing with it in a day with only a few minor scratches then it shouldnt get scratched just from my general day to day use.

    I always use an Apple silicone case anyways. I have the silver X and its got a few minor marks on it from just holding it and playing with it after unboxing. I'm OCD about my phones so I didn't want to go to sell it in a year and have the whole phone be in mint condition with only the bottom speaker area scratched to hell lol. I read about the PVD process and it being slightly more scratch resistant after ordering so it was too late to change my mind.

    I will likely swap my Silver X for the SG version then. I wanted the SG version as soon as the phone was announced but went for the silver as the safe option for scratches.
  21. Creshachanel macrumors newbie


    Nov 7, 2017
    I have the iPhone X in silver and day two I panicked and was upset about all the hairline scratches on the stainless

    I’ve had it In a case since unboxing and it’s still managing to look like trash not even a week In! Also huge earring scratch ladies remember to remove or your phone will look awful real quick
  22. technoholic macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2016
    just taken the case off my silver X for the first time since unboxing, literally went on the moment it came out the box. The phone looks like crap, honestly, scratches everywhere and worse, there are some deeper marks that won't come out with polishing. The steel is SO soft
  23. Creshachanel macrumors newbie


    Nov 7, 2017
    Yep I’m very disappointed I want to return and get the space grey one
  24. Sean76 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2013
    I’m using as Apple silicone case and took my phone out to give it a look and no scratches. People need to understand stainless steel does scratch. Doesn’t matter the price or have anything remotely to do with the stainless steel. My Rolex is roughly 10k and has hairline scratches, some worse than others on the band, and it’s only about 6 months old. So in essence these phones will scratch with use, and no polish will be able to really bring it back to an out of box unit.

    The Space Gray will scratch too eventually, the reason for the scratches in the store on silver units is because everyone was looking at them and not really paying to close attention to the Space Gray....But all in all, the Gray is probably the safer bet.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 7, 2017 ---
    Lol...gonna be a hard find!

    I’m looking in NYC and zippo in all the Apple stores for any unites.

    Gonna wait it out for a few days and see what pops up
  25. technoholic macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2016
    If we're casually throwing Rolexes into the conversation to advertise our wealth then sure, my Sub is 25 years old, and only had 1 polish in that time. It has hairline scratches all over it, but nothing deeper than that and certainly nothing like the little deeper marks in the phone. Im not criticising the stainless steel, yes it scratches, but it's crazy how quickly and significantly it does. My Apple Watch stainless doesn't have a mark on it and that's a fair bit older than the phone

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