Apple’s new iPhone 5 looks similar to the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, but the back is made of anodized aluminum with inlays along the top and bottom made of ceramic glass (on the white and silver model) or pigmented glass (on the black and slate model), which gives it a cool two-tone effect.
Early drop tests of the iPhone 5 suggest that replacing the glass back panel with a metal back plate has improved the durability of the new iPhone as expected.
But users seem to raising concerns about the durability of the anodized coating on the aluminum back plate.
In fact, folks at Pocket-Lint had raised these concerns in their review as they noticed on the black model, the edge had started to wear after using it briefly.
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.
AppleInsider also reports that some users are reporting that their iPhone 5 came with scuffs and dings.
MacRumors points out that one of their forum member managed to scratch the device using keys and SIM card tray pin.
Are you worried about it? Do you plan to buy a case for your iPhone 5?