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Gold iPhone 5S shell submitted to extreme scratch test in new video

New video pits gold Apple iPhone 5S against tactical knife in extreme torture test, the results are as expected
By: Charles Gantt | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones News | Posted: Aug 28, 2013 3:04 pm

Last week, we posted a video that showed off the upcoming iPhone 5C being tortured tested in a Ziploc bag with a bunch of coins, followed up by a thorough mauling by a car key. It appears that the guys over at Jailbreak Nation wanted to get in on the fun as well, and took their recently acquired champagne colored iPhone 5S to the chopping block for a portrait test of its own.



In the video above, both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S are pitted against each other in a torture test designed to mimic normal wear and tear by a scratching and tapping both cases with a quarter. As expected, the iPhone 5S scratches just as much as its predecessor. To really give things a thorough testing, the video's author then utilized a pocket knife to scratch the surface, and again as expected, the anodized finish quickly wore away leaving permanent scarring.




Of course, all of this is expected, as the the anodizing process creates a protective oxidization layer on the surface of the aluminum. While this layer is technically harder than the bare aluminum below it, when compared to other harder metals such as nickel and steel, it stands no chance at not being removed. It turns back to silver when scratched because the metal has not actually changed color during the anodizing process, but it has been dyed after the process was finished to take on the desired hue.


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