1. ShaneBunting's Avatar
    What kind of pros and cons are behind the black model? I've read of people complaining about the paint on it etc.

    And what do Apple mean by 'Slate'? Isn't it just anodised aluminium?
    08-19-2013 12:15 PM
  2. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    The parts under glass are jet black and shiny. The sides and most of the back are an anodized aluminum that to me appears to be a very dark matte gray.
    08-19-2013 12:37 PM
  3. dannejanne's Avatar
    The only con is that the paint easily get marks on the bezel. In some time it will most likely have some small chrome dots around the bezel. You really have to be careful with it to not chip of the paint. Only applies to the bezels though.
    08-19-2013 12:39 PM
  4. rjkgr's Avatar
    i dont really like the black cus the paint chips on the side.
    08-19-2013 12:43 PM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    i dont really like the black cus the paint chips on the side.
    Does the paint not chip on the white iPhone 5 if the owner is not careful?
    08-19-2013 01:47 PM
  6. finn5975's Avatar
    Does the paint not chip on the white iPhone 5 if the owner is not careful?
    I didn't think there was any coating on the sides of the white version. Isn't it pure silver of the base material being used?
    08-19-2013 01:55 PM
  7. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I didn't think there was any coating on the sides of the white version. Isn't it pure silver of the base material being used?
    Oh heck, I don't know.......lol
    08-19-2013 01:57 PM
  8. finn5975's Avatar
    Oh heck, I don't know.......lol
    Lol I need to know these things. My black/slate 5 has the paint chipping on the sides that many have referenced. This despite my having used a case since day 1. I was hoping to avoid this by going with the white version of the 5S.
    08-19-2013 02:01 PM
  9. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Lol I need to know these things. My black/slate 5 has the paint chipping on the sides that many have referenced. This despite my having used a case since day 1. I was hoping to avoid this by going with the white version of the 5S.
    I understand. Both devices are prone to chipping, but that also depends on the owner's handling of the device in most instances. Because of its color, damages to the black slate iPhone 5 will more than likely be more visible than that of the white slate model.
    Last edited by JustMe'D; 08-20-2013 at 11:32 AM.
    08-19-2013 02:05 PM
  10. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I got mine black on release day, don't use a case, and I just have slight scuffs where the beveled edges are. The areas of the anodized aluminum that are flat don't have any scuffs or chips. So yes the silver shows through slightly in a couple of places on those edges but it's not very noticeable to me at least.
    08-19-2013 02:08 PM
  11. dannejanne's Avatar
    Both devices are prone to chipping yes but on the black one it's like 1000% more apparent when it happens. Besides the 45 bezels are totally naked on the white one, which means no paint that can come lose there. Only the sides have this anodized light gray that almost looks like the aluminum bezels. Hence it will barely be visible when it chipps in contrast to the black iPhone which shows the marks very easily.
    08-19-2013 02:10 PM
  12. finn5975's Avatar
    I should clarify too for the OP and others that when I used the word 'chipping' I may have misled. I don't have dings, dents or chips per se. It's that the paint itself had rubbed off in areas on the sides of the phone. Not due to neglect. Must be due to removing and applying of cases or dust under the case?
    08-19-2013 02:11 PM
  13. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I should clarify too for the OP and others that when I used the word 'chipping' I may have misled. I don't have dings, dents or chips per se. It's that the paint itself had rubbed off in areas on the sides of the phone. Not due to neglect. Must be due to removing and applying of cases or dust under the case?
    It almost sounds like I have fewer places where the paint has rubbed off by not keeping it in a case.
    08-19-2013 02:31 PM
  14. dannejanne's Avatar
    It almost sounds like I have fewer places where the paint has rubbed off by not keeping it in a case.
    Totally possible. As I mentioned in another post somewhere here today a friend of mine had his iPhone is a case. When he took it out last week it was insanely scratched because the case had collected dust specks and grain of sand etc that was rubbing the phone all the time.
    08-19-2013 02:47 PM
  15. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Totally possible. As I mentioned in another post somewhere here today a friend of mine had his iPhone is a case. When he took it out last week it was insanely scratched because the case had collected dust specks and grain of sand etc that was rubbing the phone all the time.
    That makes sense. Any dust or other stuff I get on my phone gets wiped off gently not trapped between the case and phone.
    08-19-2013 02:51 PM
  16. Padron26's Avatar
    Wonder what brand case that was, but then again it can probably happen with any brand.
    08-20-2013 07:21 AM
  17. finn5975's Avatar
    I used a Ringke Slim case, bumper case, and Otterbox commuter. Never naked.


    08-20-2013 09:05 AM
  18. John Yester's Avatar
    I have no issues with the black model.. other then the Otterbox case scratching it up...
    08-20-2013 09:08 AM
  19. tigerinexile's Avatar
    My previous black iPhone 5 was scuffed up by a Speck case.

    My replacement black iPhone 5 got dings in it when I dropped it on pavement.

    My next iPhone is going to be white -- either the anodized gold or the naked silver. (But keeping the black one to use as my travelling abroad phone.)

    That said, the silver scuffs on the black iPhone 5 aren't awful -- I think they add character, more than anything else. But if you hate that sort of thing, go with the white one.
    08-20-2013 10:59 AM
  20. dannejanne's Avatar
    I used a Ringke Slim case, bumper case, and Otterbox commuter. Never naked.
    Hmm that's pretty marked for being in a case. The black one is so sensitive.
    08-20-2013 11:27 AM
  21. sting7k's Avatar
    "How would you describe your Black iPhone 5?"

    It's black.
    08-20-2013 11:29 AM
  22. finn5975's Avatar
    Hmm that's pretty marked for being in a case. The black one is so sensitive.
    In fairness the the Ringke Slim case is open at the top and bottom so there was exposure, but that was only for several weeks. I wouldn't have expected that type of wear simply from going in and out of pants pockets. My wife's white iphone 5, which also has been in cases, is flawless.
    08-20-2013 01:13 PM
  23. swarlos's Avatar
    In fairness the the Ringke Slim case is open at the top and bottom so there was exposure, but that was only for several weeks. I wouldn't have expected that type of wear simply from going in and out of pants pockets. My wife's white iphone 5, which also has been in cases, is flawless.
    I think we should blame the Lannister's.
    08-21-2013 01:56 AM
  24. fabio984's Avatar
    I describe my black Iphone 5 fragile. The white Iphone 5 has a silver bezel. And when scratches you can't almost see. The black turns silver...
    08-21-2013 05:49 AM
  25. Phaethonas's Avatar
    A bright beacon of certainty and reliance which resonates throughout its impromptu heuristic to break.
    08-21-2013 07:13 AM
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