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    Default durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    Just curious, for about 4 months now, how's the durability of the iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector (aka naked)? I never like case and I am thinking of going naked.

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    Default durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    It's great I have one minor ding on the casing :'( but YMMV cause I'm very careful with my phones and rarely drop them at all. The only times I've dropped my phone have been on carpet.


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    Default Re: durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    so I am guessing durability on iPhone 5 is worse than the 4/4S? or is it better? 4/4S has a glass back, but I guess it won't scratch but if you drop, it will shatter?
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    Check this video out the guy is on some cobblestone walkway in Shanghai I believe and compares the GS3 and iPhone 5 against drops it's pretty amazing. If this is any indication on how well the iPhone 5 holds up it's leaps and bounds ahead of the 4/4S!
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    Default Re: durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    Mine still looks new - no scratches, dents, etc... and I roll naked about 90% of the time.

    Id think that the 4/4S with the glass back would be more likely to be damaged without a case... but I am very careful with my electronics... so YMMV.
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    Default durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    I just decided today to go naked with my new iPhone 5. I did put insurance on it, but took the case off. Loving it so far. It is so thin.
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    Default Re: durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    My sister bought an iPhone 5 a couple weeks ago, and after she was done setting it up, while it was still plugged into her laptop, she knocked it off her desk. Because of the cord, it did not hit the floor but instead hit the side of the desk. The screen was completely shattered. If the iPhone 5 hits flush on the screen it will shatter.

    Yes, the replacement iPhone is now kept in an Otterbox.
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    Default Re: durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    I recently removed the little cheap clear case i had on mine because i hate cases...i dropped it about a day later but it seems to be just fine, no issues.
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    Default durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    I have a white one, so this may not count, but I have a few minor nicks. They aren't really noticeable though. I dropped it once on a tile floor when I first got it and it just got the smallest of scratches on the edge. Overall I think it has held up well so far.
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    Default durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    I have the black/slate I have one tiny scratch on the bezel and that was my otter box commuter case! It was brand new and flawless when I put it in there and when it came out to be put in another case I noticed the scratch if you like it naked do that, I'd suggest AppleCare or a zagg invisible shield
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    Default Re: durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    Wife dropped hers in a case. The bezel dented with a case. This is aluminum bezel instead of steel like the 4 or 4S. I'm rolling naked with mine right now but I have the peace and mind with Apple Care+. I have the black iPhone and no scratches yet with or without a case and mine is a launch day delivery.
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    Default Re: durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    so with apple care+, you can get a replacement even with a ding? I thought apple care only replaces a defective phone or maybe shattered screen, but not a ding... how many replacement can you get per year?
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    Default Re: durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    Quote Originally Posted by gameson View Post
    so with apple care+, you can get a replacement even with a ding? I thought apple care only replaces a defective phone or maybe shattered screen, but not a ding... how many replacement can you get per year?
    You get 2 replacements total. If you ding your phone, you can get it replaced but then you used 1 of your 2. It has $50 deductible per physical damage incident. Not worth it over a ding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwaynewilliams View Post
    I just decided today to go naked with my new iPhone 5. I did put insurance on it, but took the case off. Loving it so far. It is so thin.
    If you like going ceaseless I highly recommend a zoogue case! Very low profile and it will at least protect it from scratches and dings.
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    Default durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    The phone doesn't seem to shatter as readily but it sure chips and scratches around the edges a whole lot. I work at AT&T and out store display black iPhone 5 has no finish on the edge. It's all scuffed up and silver.
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    Default durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    Quote Originally Posted by trtmazda3 View Post
    The phone doesn't seem to starter as readily but it sure chips and scratches around the edges a whole lot. I work at AT&T and out store display black iPhone 5 has no finish on the edge. It's all scuffed up and silver.
    Agreed.
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    Default durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    Here's the thing, the phone is going to get scratches. I had a case on it from the day I bought it and somehow it still got a ding and I never dropped it. The case made the phone twice the thickness. I think that I will be able to live with a few scratches. My wife has the 4S and it has scratches and doesn't took that bad.
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    Default durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    I have neither a case or screen protectors on my black iPhone 5. It does get a few spots where the anodizing has been scratched off, not on the back but on the beveled edges of the sides. No scratches on the screen but I'm careful and put it in a small sleeve before dumping it in my purse.

    To me the small dings on the beveled edges don't detract from its looks at all.
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    Default durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    I wonder what it will look like in 6 months.
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    Default durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    I'm caseless also. It's a phone not a priceless diamond. If I want to put a case on it then its mostly for a different look or feel. I buy insurance like apple care. If I drop it and it breaks I replace it.
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    Default durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    Quote Originally Posted by dwaynewilliams View Post
    I wonder what it will look like in 6 months.
    Well at this point it has already been 5 months and it looks as I stated above.
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    Default Re: durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    I have had mine for a month and I think the screen is weaker. I keep the phone in my pocket and the only thing that will go in my pocket with it is the headphones. I wont even do that now because i see little scratches on the screen i am about to put a protecter on the screen. My 4s screen still looks new. Do you think they could not make it as strong because of the size? I am very good with my phones my 3gs 4 and 4s all looked new before I handed them down. I am just bummed the screen is not as tough but i do run a case cause im not about to find out the back is just as weak plus it is a little slippery.
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    Default durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    No screen protector nor case just matte ghost armor. It looks new!!
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    Default durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    I have a ding on mine that is the size of a pin head but I don't know if it was there when I bought the phone or not. I immediately put a case on it when I bought it. But when I took it off is when I noticed the ding. Since taking the phone out if the case, I haven't seen another scratch on it. I did drop it on a hardwood floor from about two feet. No damage.
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    Default Re: durability of iPhone 5 without case or screen/back protector

    I am rolling without a case. Had some nicks on the side of the bezel but it's unnoticeable unless you stare and flip it all over.. The back aluminum is going good because i put a skin.

    Anyway, about to go without front screen protector, suggestions? Should i take the screen protector (the front skin) off because it has so many scratches on it

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