1. James Falconer's Avatar
    Since the iPhone 5c comes in a rugged-ish plastic casing, I suspect most of you out there to NOT have a case on the device. I don't own a 5c myself, but was wondering...

    How is your iPhone 5c holding up? Many scratches, dents or dings on the outer casing? Or does it look as new as the day you took it out of the box?
    11-27-2013 11:09 AM
  2. Texcess's Avatar
    I've had it since the week it came out and it looks the same as day 1. No scratches. No dulling of the lacquer coating. Beautiful handset, it truly is.
    11-28-2013 12:21 PM
  3. deedeebear's Avatar
    I didn't use a case from day one and kind of regret it even though the 5c is very nice without a case. Reason why I regret it is because if you put the it under a light you can see the scratches. I was actually surprised by how many there were considering how careful I thought I was being with it.


    Sent from my iPhone 5c using Tapatalk
    11-28-2013 08:48 PM
  4. Suryo Pras's Avatar
    I didn't use a case from day one and kind of regret it even though the 5c is very nice without a case. Reason why I regret it is because if you put the it under a light you can see the scratches. I was actually surprised by how many there were considering how careful I thought I was being with it.


    Sent from my iPhone 5c using Tapatalk
    Are those scratches from your finger print or real friction?


    Sent from my iPhone
    11-29-2013 09:51 AM
  5. deedeebear's Avatar
    Are those scratches from your finger print or real friction?


    Sent from my iPhone
    Most likely real friction.


    Sent from my iPhone 5c using Tapatalk
    11-29-2013 12:16 PM
  6. Chrisy's Avatar
    My first 5c had a hairline crack after a few weeks. Apple replaced it free.

    So far my replacement is great, no scratches or cracks. I don't use a case. It seems durable to me. I would want to drop it on the face though.
    12-07-2013 05:16 AM
  7. blaser1's Avatar
    i'm probably jinxing myself here, but for the couple of days i've had mine with no case (never will put one ever!) NO SCRATCHES at all. the only bad part is the greasy fingerprint marks that get on the screen and on the back, but i can wipe that off whenever i want to
    12-08-2013 12:28 AM
  8. sleepngbear's Avatar
    My stepdaughter just trashed her second 5c in a less than a month. It's in a supposedly protective case, but she dropped it and the screen completely shattered. She replaced it out of her own pocket (because at&t's insurance is total crap), and just did the same exact thing again. Same thing happened to a friend of my wife's -- dropped their 5c, it fell backside down, and the screen completely shattered. In all the years my wife has owned iPhones, she's never had an issue like this. We all have Macs in the house along with several iPods and a couple of iPads, so it's not like I'm anti-Apple. But for the first time I'm very disappointed in an Apple product. I'm really starting to believe that the 'c' designation on this phone does indeed stand for 'cheap'.
    12-17-2013 08:56 PM
  9. i7guy's Avatar
    Rather than exclaiming apple products are cheap have you considered these cases can only protect to a certain extent? And maybe your daughter should be more careful.

    You can also try a different case such as an otterbox.
    deedeebear and mtnoblexx87 like this.
    12-21-2013 09:15 AM
  10. joemd60's Avatar
    I just dropped my 5C back down. The screen shattered, I have an appointment Friday with the Genius Bar.
    Does anybody know what Apple charges to replace the screen?
    I have a case by Moshi on the phone, but not a protective one.
    Thanks
    01-28-2014 05:05 PM
  11. YorkieRay's Avatar
    I just dropped my 5C back down. The screen shattered, I have an appointment Friday with the Genius Bar.
    Does anybody know what Apple charges to replace the screen?
    I have a case by Moshi on the phone, but not a protective one.
    Thanks
    In the UK, Apple I think that have just started to replace 5c screens instore for 90 a time. Seems reasonable as I have seen 5c screens on sale for more than double that. With the right tools it is also a possible DIY job.
    joemd60 likes this.
    01-28-2014 05:25 PM
  12. joemd60's Avatar
    I just got off the phone with Apple. To replace the screen, it will cost $140.
    01-28-2014 07:07 PM
  13. Chrisy's Avatar
    My 5c fell off of my lap as I was standing up to get out of my car in a parking garage. It landed screen down. Just a small line crack that's barely noticeable. Guess I'm lucky!
    01-30-2014 03:56 AM
  14. joemd60's Avatar
    My 5c fell off of my lap as I was standing up to get out of my car in a parking garage. It landed screen down. Just a small line crack that's barely noticeable. Guess I'm lucky!
    Be careful not to drop it again. That crack may have the windshield effect, and spread. 😉 I am rethinking my case options. If I may ask, what kind of case do you have on the phone?
    01-30-2014 05:25 AM
  15. Septembersrain's Avatar
    Had my stores regional rep put a demo phone in. They tightened it a bit too much and this happened.... I'd say the screen can't handle much weight either. So don't sit on it. @_@

    01-30-2014 11:18 AM
  16. Blue Shift's Avatar
    I find my 5c feel equally as tough, if not tougher than my 3GS was. No complaints at all about build quality, although it feels like the screen extends slightly beyond the bezel (without a case) which makes me a little nervous. I use a case with mine because I tend to put it screen down if I'm out for dinner or with company.
    02-03-2014 06:00 AM
  17. Septembersrain's Avatar
    I find my 5c feel equally as tough, if not tougher than my 3GS was. No complaints at all about build quality, although it feels like the screen extends slightly beyond the bezel (without a case) which makes me a little nervous. I use a case with mine because I tend to put it screen down if I'm out for dinner or with company.
    I feel that the body is more durable than most iPhones. The screen however, is not...
    02-03-2014 10:36 AM
  18. kazn3r's Avatar
    I'll be honest--I don't understand the reason the world is bashing the iPhone 5C.

    The only reason I upgraded from a 4S to a 5C is because of the plastic backing.

    I never drop my phones. I had my 4S for a little over a year, never used a case, never dropped it, and it wasn't scratched up.

    However, it was slippery in the hands. But, I didn't want a case on it. I've never used cases on my phones.

    So, when I went to Apple to feel the 5C, I immediately knew that was the write phone. The finish on the backing is superior to the metals/glasses used on the 5's.

    I'm completely satisfied with my C. I have no need for fingerprint recognition, motion sensors, or a dual flash--I truly live life just fine with a 5C.

    Money was not a factor in my decision. My decision was based upon how the device felt in my hand because, after all, i am the one using it.
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    02-03-2014 12:33 PM
  19. Septembersrain's Avatar
    Money wasn't a factor to me either. For me it was simply a beautiful color and it felt better in hand. I'm really happy with it because I have noticed that 5s does the respring and power button rattle (I sell phones).
    joemd60 likes this.
    02-03-2014 02:57 PM
  20. joemd60's Avatar
    Like I mentioned in another thread. I bought the 5C on a whim.
    The 5S was back ordered, so I went with the 5C.
    And I am very happy with my choice.
    02-03-2014 03:02 PM
  21. iRiidium's Avatar
    Anyone that has held a 5C can tell you its one solid device. It feels like it weighs more than the 5s...and that's not a bad thing at all. However, the shell is plastic and we're not talking kevlar-ish, carbon-fibre, or aircraft-grade resins. If you don't put some type of case on it time is going to likely catch up with you and the grim-reaper is gonna come. She forgets no phone without a case and she loves to knock phones out of hands and onto concrete and such. Even if you don't have scratches or burrs that bother you you may one day drop the device on something harder than...plastic.

    My advice for all of you that want to keep your phones naked. Strongly consider at least a Zagg Invisible Shield Full-Body (or equivalent) kit. It'll protect your 5c from scratches and will make it grippier too. The peace of mind and protection a case or a Zagg ISFB provides is worthy, IME.


    Sent from my titanium rMini LTE
    02-03-2014 03:33 PM
  22. joemd60's Avatar
    Anyone that has held a 5C can tell you its one solid device. It feels like it weighs more than the 5s...and that's not a bad thing at all. However, the shell is plastic and we're not talking kevlar-ish, carbon-fibre, or aircraft-grade resins. If you don't put some type of case on it time is going to likely catch up with you and the grim-reaper is gonna come. She forgets no phone without a case and she loves to knock phones out of hands and onto concrete and such. Even if you don't have scratches or burrs that bother you you may one day drop the device on something harder than...plastic.

    My advice for all of you that want to keep your phones naked. Strongly consider at least a Zagg Invisible Shield Full-Body (or equivalent) kit. It'll protect your 5c from scratches and will make it grippier too. The peace of mind and protection a case or a Zagg ISFB provides is worthy, IME.


    Sent from my titanium rMini LTE
    After the Grim Reaper cost me $158 to replace a shattered screen.
    I now use an Otterbox Commuter case.
    02-03-2014 07:15 PM
  23. eyecrispy's Avatar
    I got the 5c specifically for my daughter's first phone. No way of give a middle schooler a sleek, easily dinged phone like the 5 or 5s. They're great and sexy but you feel like you have to handle them so carefully. With the 5c, you can just use it and it feels good in the hand and feels tough.
    02-03-2014 11:58 PM
  24. i7guy's Avatar
    I got the 5c specifically for my daughter's first phone. No way of give a middle schooler a sleek, easily dinged phone like the 5 or 5s. They're great and sexy but you feel like you have to handle them so carefully. With the 5c, you can just use it and it feels good in the hand and feels tough.
    The 5c may feel tough but the internet torture tests unfortunately show the screen shatters as easily as a 5s.


    Sent from my iPhone using iMore Forums mobile app
    02-04-2014 05:39 AM
  25. Septembersrain's Avatar
    The 5c may feel tough but the internet torture tests unfortunately show the screen shatters as easily as a 5s.


    Sent from my iPhone using iMore Forums mobile app
    I figured the screen was it's major weakness. It's just that it feels very solid in hand. Mine has survived a drop or two and shows no sign of it. Though of course I've got a cover and screen protector....
    02-04-2014 06:58 AM
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