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#ScratchGate: iPhone 5 Owners finding that Aluminum Is Much Softer Than Glass!

New iPhone 5 owners are quickly discovering that there are some advantages, but there are some inherent downsides. The iPhone 5 hit stores last Friday, it is the lightest, thinnest, most sleek iPhone yet!

However, it is reported that because the slender iPhone 5 has an anodized aluminum back plate and since aluminum is a relatively soft material, (instead of one made of Corning glass as in the iPhone 4/4S), it is reported that the iPhone 5 shows more wear and tear than previous models. The iPhone 4 was a magnet for fingerprints. The iPhone 5 attracts scratches and scrapes about as easily.

Apple has long used the material for the colored iPods so the iPhone 5 isn’t Apples first device to employ anodized aluminum. They use the aluminum because the material is easy to work with and very light (compared to stainless steel).

Anodized aluminum can be painted nearly any color, it allows for a large range of color options. Available colors for the iPhone 5 are; black/grey and white/ (but remember this coating is only a few layers deep since is is in the first few layers of the metal, just a dye sitting in the top layers of the aluminum). Reportedly; since aluminum is a relatively soft metal the thin layer of paint can be penetrated pretty easily.

iFixit shows in the video below that the iPhone 5′s finish and how it can withstand keys or rings. You will see in the video that it scratches pretty easily. They note in the video that the iPhone 4 withstood the real-world scratch tests with ease!

Video link courtesy of iFixIt.com

New iphone 5 owners, please comment and let us know what your view is on this new material for the new iPhone5!