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    Question 3G housing materials [...] and the front bezel is made of?
    Does anybody know exactly what the front bezel is made of? I think it's the same for 2G/3G/3GS but I have found no specific information on what it actually is.

    It's hard, shiny and durable. But what is it? A few random guesses:
    • Polished stainless steel
    • Chrome plated steel
    • Anodized aluminum alloy
    • Nickel plate

    I tend to eliminate steel options because it doesn't seem to be magnetic at all, but that's just thought.

    Please, if you know something, post away. Thanks!

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    I'm pretty sure it's just a plastic chrome surrounding.

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    Nope, it isn't plastic. Unless it's a non-OEM replacement bought off eBay from China. It's a hard metal frame that protects the screen and contributes to the phone's sturdiness. It may also have some electric/shielding role since it's connected to the mainboard in several points.

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    Steel.

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    I was about to dismiss the steel again but then I thought (thanks cpjr) I should test it once more. This time I used a super strong magnet and, surprisingly enough, there was some attraction! It wasn't fatal but it was there nevertheless.

    So yeah, looks like steel it is... sort of. I mean the magnetism is pretty weak, plus there's the mirror-like shine. I'm thinking an exotic alloy with some chrome and nickel in the mix.

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    Actually original bezels are polished aluminum.

    But I seen aftermarket ones that were steel. I was trying to remember which way it went, lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjr View Post
    Actually original bezels are polished aluminum.
    If, by original you mean the iPhone 2G, it might be true, especially since the backing was aluminum all day long. However, I just checked the 3G and 3GS and they have somewhat magnetic bezels. This means the alloy has at least one of iron, nickel or cobalt, among other metals, such as aluminum and/or chrome.

    But I seen aftermarket ones that were steel. I was trying to remember which way it went, lol
    That's a GOOD aftermarket one! Most of them are cheap plastic that doesn't even fit, mainly offered to first timers by online Chinese peddlers.
    Yupp.

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    By original I meant OEM, sorry.

    Yeah you gotta watch urself buying em on ebay, read the fine print to get a metal one, lol.

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    Finally got it: the bezel is 304 stainless steel

    Whew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjr View Post
    By original I meant OEM, sorry.

    Yeah you gotta watch urself buying em on ebay, read the fine print to get a metal one, lol.
    Yup! I almost got a plastic one the other day lol

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    Chinamen can call anything anything. Anything that's acceptable quality is called OEM. Similarly, anything that looks like metal can be called metal.

    Oh, and then they have those plain funny terms like "high copy" and such, lol.

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