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We’ve seen Apple’s demonstrations, and we’ve also read the reviews from those with more than a slight Cupertino-bent, but the only way we can see what the iPhone 5 is really like in the real world is when the general public begins unboxing them. Today’s certainly that day, with millions of consumers worldwide having rushed to become early adopters of the world’s most sought-after smartphone.

At present, the device has only really been in the wild for a couple of hours, but that is sufficient enough for us to gather an early idea of what the people make of their most recent acquisition.

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Now, each of the last few iPhone releases have been shrouded in some sort of controversy, and whilst nobody (except, perhaps, Samsung) want to focus strenuously on the negatives, history tells us to be vigilante of the issues that can arise when a new Apple device comes to town.

The iPhone 4, as you’ll probably recall, had the issue with the antenna, and despite Apple pushing out free Bumpers to consumers in order to resolve the problem, it still escalated into the famous "Antennagate" scandal – dubbed the biggest "fail" in tech of 2010. Meanwhile, although perhaps not on such a grand scale, the iPhone 4S release was tarred by issues with battery retention, and although it was a software-related issue eventually fixed by Tim Cook’s company, it did take a couple of attempted iOS releases before it was fully resolved.

So, what’s the problem with the iPhone 5? Well, it’s certainly too early to be issued with a "-gate" suffix just yet, but it appears the anodized aluminum of the Black & Slate iPhone 5 is a little more susceptible to scratches than some would like. It’s an issue we should perhaps have foreseen – given the anodized aluminum backs of the old iPod nano and iPod touch devices were fantastic at showing every single little blemish – although I’m fairly sure some would have expected the iPhone 5′s form factor to be a little more hard-wearing than those older, cheaper devices.

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Overclockers UK member “sharingan_sasuk” used the SIM ejector tool to test the scratch proof-ability of his iPhone 5, while also digging some of his keys into it for good measure. It does, somewhat, stand to reason that if one scratches anodized aluminum with sharp metal objects, it will get scratched, although it does look as though your iPhone 5 will not escape unscathed if you accidentally place it in the same pocket as your keys.

(via MacRumors)

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