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Video Shows Aluminum Back of Black iPhone 5 Easily Scratched

Bad news if you want to keep the surface of your iPhone 5 blemish free for years to come. A scratch-test video from online repair site iFixIt shows that the iPhone 5 isn’t exactly scratch resistant.

The video features Ellie, a 2-year-old toddler, going to town on an iPhone 5 with a set of car keys. The slate-colored back of the iPhone 5 doesn’t hold up well, ending up covered in unsightly scratches. When the toddler’s beautiful mother rubs a steel ring against the iPhone 5’s edge, the black surface paint peels off to reveal the silver metal below.

When the toddler and mother perform the same tests on the iPhone 4S, the phone appears without visible damage.

More evidence was supplied by a forum poster over at Overclockers, who posted a photo of his iPhone 5 after a car key and sim card pin were rubbed against its back and edge:

Rear of Black iPhone 5 Scratched

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  1. That is good news for cover and case manufacturers.

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  2. Dan says:

    I’m sorry, but this is a joke. All materials have different hardness levels. A harder material will always scratch a softer one.

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  3. Alan says:

    I’ve had the black iPhone 5 for about 5 weeks now. I’ve carried it in my pocket with car keys and other items. There is not a scratch on the back. But the rim and edges are another story. Lots of scratches and a few chunks are missing, exposing the bright aluminum underneath.

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