Ambivalence: OMG that was a real complaint. If you have young children, everything precious you own should be encased in bubble wrap or a hard case or you have no one but yourself to blame if it gets broke.
Lachwen: There are these wonderful things made called Pelican Cases. Pelican Cases are THE cases for storing and transporting delicate equipment - my dad has sworn by them for decades for keeping telescope lenses and eyepieces safe. They come with a lifetime warranty, too, a really good one.But even the warranty for Pelican Cases specifically states that it doesn't cover damage caused by "shark bite, bear attack, or children under 5."
Dr. Manhattan: Newsflash: young children destroy everything you love and the speed with which they destroy it is directly proportional to how valued said item is.Followup: the same is true for cats.
farkeruk: If you have a 2 year old and you buy anything fancy for your life, you're a farking idiot.Your car seats will get covered in puke, you'll find toast in your DVD player and they'll add their own creative touches to a piece of original art. And yes, they'll be stimulated by smashing key rings against the back of your phone. Every sane person I know with small kids has ripped their Disney DVDs, because otherwise, you find yourself regularly buy new ones as the old ones get covered in peanut butter.
JacksonBryan: farkeruk: If you have a 2 year old and you buy anything fancy for your life, you're a farking idiot.Your car seats will get covered in puke, you'll find toast in your DVD player and they'll add their own creative touches to a piece of original art. And yes, they'll be stimulated by smashing key rings against the back of your phone. Every sane person I know with small kids has ripped their Disney DVDs, because otherwise, you find yourself regularly buy new ones as the old ones get covered in peanut butter.My daughter deposited 45 cents in various coins into my wife's car stereo. Thank god for a USB port so we can still play Mickey, Jake, and the Lion King Movie music...
brerrabbit: Mine drew on a new car... with a rock.
Lachwen: But even the warranty for Pelican Cases specifically states that it doesn't cover damage caused by "shark bite, bear attack, or children under 5."
Jim_Callahan: But users are reporting that after having their iPhone 5s for only days, or even hours, the sheen on the sleek, aluminum phone is getting scratched up.[Engage materials scientist hat]Aluminum is actually considered a bad casing material from a stylistic viewpoint because it is self-passivating, i.e. it forms an oxide layer very rapidly, and that oxide layer is impermeable to Oxygen (well, OK, impermeable to a degree, it's got a very low diffusion coefficient, but technically there are no zeroes in science).The problem is that aluminum is the standard reflective light grey shared by most transition elements with a metallic phase, but the oxide is an opaque white that adds a certain "sheen" that alters the optical properties (short version: changes the color).So, where with, say, a steel case, a very small scratch will not be visible because the loose oxide is constantly forming and flaking off (unless the scratch is actually deep enough to be visible in itself) a very shallow abrasion on an Aluminum surface will result in a more-or-less permanent (to the extent that any solid material is permanent, subject to further wear) white line of thicker oxide concentration, even if the scratch itself doesn't have a high enough aspect ratio to be visible on its own.So... this may well be a valid complaint, a steel or laquered case will in fact take substantially greater damage than an Aluminium one before the surface marring is visible.All this said, exactly the same reason is why Aluminum is considered a good casing material for things that you don't particularly care what they look like. Considering how light it is, the fact that the surface self-passivates and scratches almost instantly self-seal with oxide instead of forming diffusion concentration sites that eventually eat the casing entirely is great for practical surface treatments. It just looks bad, which can be a downer if your device is supposed to be fashionable.For reference on what you're avoiding ...
Mr. Chainsaw: If you're too stupid/cheap to buy a case to protect your $200+ phone, you deserve to have this happen to you. I have a decent plastic case and an Invisi-Shield screen protector on my 4s, and it doesn't have a single scratch after almost a year of heavy use.
darklingscribe: I don't know why so many people are complaining about the power cords. Sure they loose some compatibility with their accessories, but Apple provided a solution that converts the old connector to the new connector.Does anyone remember the days before smart phones, when every goddamned cell phone came with it's own proprietary port and power cord?A redesign of a power cord every ten years is fine by me. Frankly I was expecting a new cord way back when Apple was about to announce the first iPhone.
darklingscribe: A redesign of a power cord every ten years is fine by me.
SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Who DOESN'T buy a cover for their phone...regardless of model (unless it's one of those invincible outdoorsy-type kinds)?
mooseyfate: 3). Part of technology improving should be to phase out things that make them less user/consumer friendly, not ensure that there's one every ten years.
darklingscribe: mooseyfate:3). Part of technology improving should be to phase out things that make them less user/consumer friendly, not ensure that there's one every ten years.You mean like a huge 30 pin connector that can only fit in one way?Maybe the lightning connector is really just that much better that there was no more forward progress they could make with the older model, but I seriously doubt it.I think the old connector probably was a hindrance. When designing something to be lighter and thinner, getting rid of a 10 year old technology probably frees up enough space to shave off a few millimeters and fit in more components.Could they have done it with the old connector?Probably, but that doesn't change the fact that sooner or later they would have to move on. Technology becomes obsolete as newer and better things take it's place. Fact of the world.-rant-I just don't get the backlash against this iPhone. The iPhone 4 was far worse of a product at launch because of the bad antenna. What does the iPhone 5 have wrong with it that will rival that? The Apple maps app? Not really because Google has announced that they are currently working on their own iOS 6 maps app. So all a person has to do is wait.if you want Galaxy S3 than get one, no one is forcing you to stick with Apple. Personally I've grown to loathe my Galaxy 1st gen and nothing will convince me to stick with android, becasue the problem with an android phone is that the carriers' don't really care to support it. there are so many out there that your android phone becomes obsolete in the eyes of your provider in 6 months which is when they decide to stop releasing updates to the android OS. Apple at least makes a few iOS upgrades to it's products before labeling them obsolete.My phone was the hottest of the new android smart phones when it was released but my carrier never even bothered to update the OS more than once. It still is running 2.1 (Eclair). It would be nice to have a phone that doesn't require me to jailbreak it to get it running on the most recent compatible OS. -/rant-
darklingscribe: I don't know why so many people are complaining about the power cords.
umad: there have been perfectly acceptable standard connectors available for over a decade?
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