In response to concerns about the durability of the Black iPhone 5's back shell, iFixIt has posted a video pitting a black iPhone 5 against a 2 year old with a set of keys.


Again, this video shows more purposeful abuse to the iPhone 5 than in daily usage, but they do compare it to an iPhone 4S glass backing. As expected, the glass back is not as susceptible to blemishes as the iPhone 5 with the same amount of abuse.

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mrxak Avatar
120 months ago
Apple can't win. They use a hard material like glass, people slam them on the ground and cry about the glass breaking. They use a softer material like anodized aluminum, and people key the thing and cry about little scratches.

I prefer the glass, but oh well, nobody understands how good glass is until they see the alternative. This is like people complaining about the paint job on their Bentley after they drove it through a barrier into a ditch.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
deekon Avatar
120 months ago
To be fair, NOTHING is safe from a 2 year old with a set of keys.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spiderman0616 Avatar
120 months ago
Is this seriously what we are resorting to now for news clicks? If you gouge a 2 year old a set of keys and have her bang the crap out of an iPhone, it scratches. SCUFFGATE.

I'm seriously worried for humanity.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
inscrewtable Avatar
120 months ago
This is shocking and made me wonder about the build quality of my iMac, sure enough I pushed it off the desk and the 27" behemoth hit the wooden floor with a sickening crunching sound, now it's broken. If it wasn't for this iPhone exposé I'd never have thought to check.

Later I'll be putting an electric drill to my Gibson and seeing if my arm can withstand a pass under a circular saw.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iParis Avatar
120 months ago
I don't mind it getting scratched that much. To me the device looks like it will hold together really well.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TonyC28 Avatar
120 months ago
Milf
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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