iPhone 5 loses badly to the iPhone 4 in “real-life scratch test”

Almost as soon as the iPhone 5 was released on Friday, stories emerged of customers having scratched backs on their brand new devices. Some – like Taylor from Phonedog – received a scratched unit right out the box. There is one simple reason for all the easy scratch nature of the 6th generation iPhone: it’s anodized aluminum, not glass. As a material, aluminum is fantastic in that it’s lightweight and easy to make any color you want. You simply paint it (like the slate colored paint on the iPhone 5).

Here’s where the issue lies also: the paint is very thin and not particularly well protected. It will scratch off very easily revealing the naked aluminum underneath. So, however durable, sturdy and rust resistant it is, you’ll need to keep your iPhone in a case/pouch if you want to ensure it’s not damaged by keys/rings on your person or in your purse/handbag. On a plus note, if you want to give your iPhone a custom “plain aluminum look” you shouldn’t find it to hard to get rid of all the paint, leaving your iPhone looking much more like the original metal’s color.

Check iFixit’s video below, as the iPhone 5 is pitted against the iPhone 4 in a scratch test.

Source: TechCrunch

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  • DarrenButz

    In the article you mention it’s put up against an iPhone 4 but it’s actually a 4S. Regardless, I think people will still appreciate not having cracked glass, but now the iPhone 5 is gonna look like the back of every iPod lol

  • DrewPage

    Well, Apple can’t win here, for sure, but I can attest to the durability of the iPhone 4 back glass against scratches.  I brought my iPhone 4 all over Costa Rica last year without a case, and I got no scratches at all (under normal use).

  • Tyz0608

    @TodaysiPhone wow I am shocked apple made an iPhone more Switchable you worried about the glass on the iPhone 4 but steel is Worse !!! :0

  • hamzabolt

    “Check iFixit’s video below, as the iPhone 5 is pitted against the iPhone 4 in a scratch test.”
     
    Should be 4S, like Darren said.

  • jimmydisoza525

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