What happened to my iPhone 13 Pro after a year. Worn without a case

Okay, almost a year. It’s been 10 months since I bought the iPhone 13 Pro – the iPhone 14 is coming out soon, which means it’s time to take stock of the use.

Before that, I went with an iPhone 12 Pro Max, which ended up being too huge for my lifestyle, but even then I wore a blue steel bar almost all the time without a case. Mainly so as not to burden the hand, but also because I didn’t want to hide the catchy new design.

The lighter iPhone 13 Pro has become a feather in general, so I thought about covers even less often.

Color for this year chose silver, which naturally became the reason obvious scratches already in the first month.

But not everything is so scary. I only had to drop my smartphone once to recommend this color to the most sloppy. More details below.

When I did put on covers

There are several scenarios, they are mainly associated with an aggressive environment: travel, hiking and summer cottages, parties.

In neither of these scenarios do I want to waste my attention fluttering over the delicate body of a smartphone. At such moments, the iPhone turns into a tool for photography, navigation and communication, and not an expensive status toy.

I use two according to my mood: the original transparent polycarbonate and the cheapest “under the skin” from AliExpress.

But this is approximately 5% of the total time of use, so at work and on quiet weekends, cases are in a bag or at home and are waiting in the wings.

Street and indoor will show scratches differently

On the street, the fact of using a smartphone is given out only by well-marked fingerprints. Polished steel from the first moments is covered with greasy patterns, which are useless to rub off. While you clean one side, you smear the other.

Otherwise, it looks like out of the box, in direct sunlight you need to look for scratches almost with a magnifying glass. With all the desire to show deep furrows, I did not succeed.


Light scratches from cases are visible on the sharp edge near the display

Apart from one deep “notch”, the smartphone looks like new


With artificial light, the story is different. All “wounds” come out

Scratches and furrows show through

Everything changes in the room. Artificial light often exposes the imperfections of a scratched smooth surface. The lower part suffered the most, where the charging port is.

Like it or not, the Lightning metal connector will hit the steel around it before it hits the connector. If I had not used the MagSafe battery for 4 months, things could have been worse. Like this:

The edges on the side were most scratched not by items from the pocket or from the table, but by covers.

As expected: the official plastic one and the Ali fake don’t have a good microfiber padding like the original silicone and leather ones, but there is a snug fit and hard material. Straight lines were formed precisely from the constant change of covers.

Two years I protect the display with a film

I like the return to flat glass visually, but not from a practical point of view. The iPhone 13 Pro is reminiscent of the iconic design of the iPhone 5 and my first of all iPhones, the iPhone 5S, but making navigation gestures much nicer with 2.5D rounding.

But any pasted protection “gets” flush with the edges, sometimes it looks like a glove.

After experimenting with glass whose edges glow, I returned to the proven hydrogel films. They are very thin – it seems that I am walking without protection.


Yes, there is tape

Before the sale of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the coating of the smartphone remained in perfect condition even despite one unsuccessful fall, so I expect that this time it will be the same.

After a couple of attempts, the application is simple, but without explanation, the first time I had problems. If you also want to install a film, see my installation instructions here. You can buy suchthey, it seems, are now being given away for nothing: 4 pieces at once for 130 rubles.

Colorless steel masks dents

Last year I unpleasantly dropped my iPhone 12 Pro Max. Rough gray grooves appeared in its polished blue-painted steel, which also dug into his hand. I have become more careful and now I make sure that the smartphone always lies on a flat surface.

But a couple of months ago, the iPhone 13 Pro fell out of shorts with small pockets. I’ve been relatively lucky. Although there was no cover, and the fall was on the kitchen tile, he escaped with two tiny dents in the upper corners. This did not affect the use at all, and after a week I completely forgot about the oversight.

And this is the merit of unpainted metal: if a red iPhone 13 or a graphite iPhone 13 Pro fell, these little “scars” would remind of themselves every day. And so they naturally merge with the brilliance of steel.

So one simple piece of advice: buy a silver iPhone Pro or a white standard iPhone if you carry an iPhone without a case but don’t want to keep track of every scratch . Of course, this year Apple painted the lightest iPhone 13 in beige and called it a “shining star”, but in other models it is a natural shade of aluminum.

In general, the back panel is tired


The white back is unbearably bland


And red and black add depth to the design

I took the silver color, because the edges around the screen frames look too good – they sparkle in the sun.

But the rear white panel is terribly boring. Three black “pancakes” of cameras against its background look ridiculous. In most cases, the light is completely reflected, and no depth of the expensive and beautiful rear window is visible.

Black and any other shade in this regard look much more elegant. So maybe there is nothing wrong with the fact that the iPhone 14 Pro will probably come out in two dark shades at once: blue and purple.

What color iPhone 13 Pro is in?

  • sky blue
  • Graphite
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Alpine green

33% sky blue

13% Silver

25% Alpine green

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