Is the Black iPhone 5 Anodized Aluminum Back Prone to Scratches?

iPhone 5 scractches

The iPhone 5 is now available. Users are picking theirs up, and we will soon be hearing about any problems they have with them. Here is the first: The black iPhone 5 is prone to scratches on the back.

This is kind of a bummer for those who ordered the black iPhone. Maybe. Any handset is prone to scratches. Wear and tear will take its toll on the device. This is true with any phone. The problem is that the ones on this handset can look a bit unsightly. Just take a look at the photo above, which was in a forum post. Do keep in mind that the picture was of a store unit that someone scratch tests with keys and a sim tray, so it’s more scratching than you may usually put an iPhone through. Just don’t put your keys in the same pocket as the iPhone (we hope you never did that before anyway. By the way, isn’t damaging a store unit kind of a jerk thing to do? Yeah. We thought so, too.)

Here is part of a post from Pocket-Lint (via MacRumors):

Ditching the glass back and reducing the thickness of the glass panel on the front has affected the design of the metal band around the edge of the iPhone. It is now chamfered and while that looks pretty, we’ve already noticed that on the black model the edge has started to wear, revealing the shiny silver aluminium metal underneath the “slate” coloured coating and, indeed, we’ve witnessed it on two separate models, ruling out a fluke manufacturing error.

Oh no! Antennagate 2.0 is here. The good news is this: Now you know. Might be time for a white iPhone?

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