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UPDATED: Black iPhone 5’s aluminium body suffers from chipping woes

Got an iPhone 5? You might want to keep an eye on it – or at the very least wrap it up in some cotton wool

If you’re the proud owner of a sleek iPhone 5 then you might be among the few whose handsets have suffered from chips in the anodised aluminium finish.

Stuff has received a few complaints from black iPhone 5 owners about silver chips appearing on the anodised aluminium edges of their new iPhone 5s – and our very own review unit (pictured above) has also suffered, despite our best efforts to keep it in pristine condition.

White iPhone 5s appear to be in the clear for the time being, although we put that down to the lighter colour masking any scratches that might have appeared.

It’s one area where solid polycarbonate handsets like the Nokia Lumia 800 and upcoming Lumia 920 are at an advantage over the iPhone 5 – scratches show up less easily as the phone’s colour runs throughout the polycarbonate, but there’s still no denying the appeal of brushed metal. Check out our 10 of the best iPhone 5 accessories feature for cases that’ll keep your precious iDevice out of harm’s way.

UPDATE: We’ve been contacted by a source from a reputable network store who has stated that a number of customers have returned their white iPhone 5’s as a result of flaking in the white finish on the bottom rear of the device as well.

Are you the proud owner of a new iPhone 5? Let us know how yours is holding up in the comments below and feel free to send any photos to stuff@haymarket.com.

Read our iPhone 5 review

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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