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With the launch of the iPhone 5, Apple introduced a new aluminum body designed to be lighter and thinner than previous iPhone models. Unfortunately, complaints about scratches on the iPhone 5 started rolling out not longer after the phone launched. Consumers complained that the iPhone 5 scratched much too easily—or even had scratches before the packaging was removed.
Apple's response to iPhone 5 scratches
Although the aluminum exterior is anodized to prevent scratches and corrosion, Apple's senior VP for global marketing, Phil Schiller, supposedly responded to complaints by saying, "Any aluminum product may scratch or chip with use, exposing its natural silver color. That is normal."
Protecting your iPhone from scratches
So what's an iPhone 5 owner to do? The new iPhone model is superior in many ways to its predecessors; yet no one wants a scuffed-up smartphone. If you own an iPhone 5 but want to keep it looking nice, the best solution is to use an iPhone 5 case. Not only does an iPhone case protect against scratches and chips, but it provides drop protection for those inevitable "clumsy" moments.
If you're a minimalist or you want to preserve the original design of your iPhone 5, you can laminate your smartphone using a screen protector and back protector, such as Zagg InvisibleSHIELD. A screen protector won't prevent damage from dropping your iPhone, but it will protect against scratches and scuff marks.
Avoiding scratches before they happen
The other way to keep your iPhone 5 from getting scratches is to be careful where you put it. If you're used to throwing your iPhone in your purse alongside your keys and spare
How tough is the MacBook Air? That's what CNET TV set out to find with their extreme torture test posted on YouTube. The 8-minute video shows the MacBook Air enduring a series of four tests: extreme cold, extreme heat, impact, and water damage.
Unfortunately, this laptop had none of the protection offered by PQ's leather MacBook Air case.
See how the laptop fared in the video below:
1. The Freezer Test
Ever left your MacBook Air in the car on a cold winter day? If you live in a place like Minnesota, that's pretty easy to do. CNET improvised with placing the MacBook in the freezer for two hours.
If your MacBook Air doesn't turn on right away after leaving it in the cold, let it thaw out a bit before trying again.
2. The Heat Test
Ever left your MacBook Air in the car on a hot, steamy day? CNET tested the MacBook for 1 hour at 190 degrees Fahrenheit. The laptop still turned on, but we recommend waiting for it to cool down first. The internal cooling system can only handle so much heat.
3. The Drop Test
No matter how careful you are, it's bound to happen sometime. You turn around in your chair to greet a friend, turn back to your table, and catch the laptop with your elbow, sending it flying off the table onto the floor. Or you set your MacBook Air on top of your car ("just for a second") and drive off without thinking.
Even if you're as careful as can be, someone else can still drop your laptop. Your cat could knock it off the coffee table, or your little brother could borrow the MacBook without permission and accidentally drop it.
Although the MacBook Air survived CNET's drop tests, the damage to the body was irreversible. Plus the latch
With the launch of the iPad 2, Apple unveiled a new accessory for the iPad: the Smart Cover. The special features built into this new cover were designed to complement the intuitive technology of Apple's devices.
Although Apple's cover is still the official "Smart Cover," other iPad case designers have adopted some of the same features that the original Smart Cover offers.
1. Automatic wake/sleep feature
One of the smartest features of a smart iPad cover is the automatic on/off feature. When you close the cover, your iPad automatically goes into sleep mode. When you open the cover, your iPad automatically wakes up again.
No more worries about draining the battery. No more time wasted booting up the iPad again when you're in a rush. The automatic wake/sleep feature takes care of all that for you.
2. Stand feature
A second smart feature is the ability to fold the iPad cover into a stand. There are two heights available—one for using the keyboard and one for viewing the iPad (which comes in handy for watching movies or viewing recipes while you're cooking).
What the Smart Cover Doesn't Do
The biggest complaint that most Apple Smart Cover owners have is that this iPad cover is sorely lacking when it comes to scratch protection and preventing damage from dropping your iPad.
When Apple's Smart Cover first debuted, it offered protection only for the screen—not for the aluminum back. Now a front-and-back Smart Case is available, but iPad owners who purchased the previous Smart Cover model were stuck with the dilemma of how to protect the back of their iPad from scratches.
Pad & Quill's version of the smart cover offers full protection for the front and back of your iPad. There are no worries about getting the magnetic closure to stay in place (Pad & Quill's iPad case
With the upgraded design of the iPhone 5, rumor has it that consumers no longer need to buy a protective case for the iPhone 5. Reviewers like Cult of Mac's John Brownlee are at the forefront of these claims. But are the rumors true?
iPhone 5 Redesign
Technically, the iPhone 5 design upgrade is a step in the right direction for Apple, whose biggest fans have often complained about how easy it is to break or scratch older iPhone models. The glass screen on the iPhone 5 is almost flush with the edge of the phone, unlike the iPhone 4 and 4S models. This reduces the chances of cracking the glass if you drop your phone.
[caption id="attachment_654" align="aligncenter" width="428"] The glass screen on the iPhone 5 is nearly flush with the body of the phone.[/caption]
No More Antenna Issues
Another issue with the iPhone 4 and 4S was with the antenna. If you gripped the phone in certain spots, you could interrupt the antenna signal. Using a bumper case or any other iPhone case solved the problem. The iPhone 5 design avoids the problem altogether with a design change that makes it almost impossible to interrupt the antenna signal by the way you grip your phone.
iPhone 5: Case or No Case?
So is the iPhone 5 unbreakable? Only your experience can tell you that. No matter how "unbreakable" the iPhone 5 is built to be, accidents still happen. iPhone 5 screens still crack when dropped, and you can still get scratches on your phone. No drop test can predict what happens in the real world.
Personally, we think it's a better idea to prevent accidents before they happen—and be prepared for them when they do. An iPhone