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  • Are iPhone 4s Too Easy to Break?


    Much digital ink has been shed about the report from a third-party insurer indicating more broken iPhone 4s than 3GSes in the first four months. The accident rate for iPhone 4 is 68% higher that the iPhone 3GS, according to an analysis done by SquareTrade, with as many as 82% of them having glass damage. While the numbers seem large, it's important to remember that the actual number of iPhone 4s with scratched, cracked or broken glass was 771: just 3.9% (which includes scratches from dirt inside slide cases). Despite the usual suspects hyping this as "Glassgate," the reality - as is often the case - seems to be a bit less dramatic than that.

    SquareTrade offers insurance for new and used iPhones (including mine) and other electronic devices. They wanted to see how the iPhone was holding up after four months, so they looked at accident claims reported by over 20,000 SquareTrade iPhone 4 warranty owners [PDF] and compared them to the same number of claims by iPhone 3GS owners. 4.7% of iPhone 4 owners reported an accident to SquareTrade in the first 4 months, as compared to 2.8% of 3GS owners who made a claim in the same amount of time. As with the 3GS, screen damage was the number one reported problem with the iPhone 4: 82% of iPhone 4 warranty claims involved a cracked or broken screen, as compared slightly fewer (76%) of iPhone 3GS claims. So despite all the histrionics about this issue, the numbers don't seem all that far apart; especially when you remember that the iPhone 4 has 100% more glass than the iPhone 3GS.

    Kyle Wiens from iFixit, who probably knows more about how the iPhone is built than pretty much anyone outside Apple - talked to CIO magazine about the issue. He noted that there are other differences from the 3GS, such as the fact that the iPhone 4 glass goes all the way to the edges of the phone. Impacts on the edge can shatter the glass, Kyle explained, because the force goes directly into the glass rather than beige buffered by the bezel. Also, the "ultradurable" engineered aluminosilicate glass on the iPhone 4 - touted by Apple as being "chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic" - is actually a liability in this regard. The stiffness makes it more scratch resistant than plastic, but also more likely to shatter than to bend, as plastic would. "Yes, the [iPhone 4 screens] are 30 times harder and so they're going to break more," Kyle said.

    As it turns out, though, screen protectors do more than just avoid scratching, actually increasing the shatter resistance of the glass. Another third-party insurer, Worth Ave. Group, had a booth at MacWorld where they had passersby whack protected and unprotected iPhones with hammers. Screens without a screen protector were easily broken, but iPhones that did have a screen protector were less likely to break.

    Source: Gizmodo
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Are iPhone 4s Too Easy to Break? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 77 Comments
    1. vindutch's Avatar
      vindutch -
      "You can't handle the truth!"
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      "I'll be back"


      Oh, that movie quote has no relevance.
    1. wirehedd's Avatar
      wirehedd -
      When in doubt, Otterbox Defender. Comes with screen protector, case and kickstand belt clip.

      You could drop it repeatedly (as my brother does at his job all the time) and never get a mark on the phone.

      $40.00 well spent if you ask me. Not as pretty as the ip4 out of the case but I prefer to protect my investments.
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      Quote Originally Posted by Browning151 View Post
      lol

      I dunno about the whole stronger thing. I had my 3g for 2 years, dropped it countless times and only just before I got my iPhone 4 it cracked the glass just a little in one corner of the black area, so it wasn't even noticeable. I've already dropped my 4 a bunch of times on asphalt, concrete, wood and carpet and still dont even have a scratch on it, all I have it in is a belt clip I got from amzer.
      What in the hell is your problem man? Why do you drop it so much? Are you retarded or something? Jeez!




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    1. wirehedd's Avatar
      wirehedd -
      Quote Originally Posted by l0k0 View Post
      Apple TOLD everyone that it was stronger. Noone asked Apple to prove it, before you bought it. So IMO, you did exactly what Apple wanted you to do. Apple could sell ice to eskimo's, and you people would still jump on the band wagon with them. Retina display is the ONLY thing an Iphone 4 has thats worth keeping. Put that display on the 3GS "old bootrom"and it would be a bad mofo.
      Uh, what about the A4, The 512MB ram, the bigger battery?

      They tend to make the iP4 a bit better than the 3Gs on a few more points than just the Retina Display, yes?
    1. the french bum's Avatar
      the french bum -
      Quote Originally Posted by wirehedd View Post
      Uh, what about the A4, The 512MB ram, the bigger battery?

      They tend to make the iP4 a bit better than the 3Gs on a few more points than just the Retina Display, yes?
      w0rd
    1. mj0528's Avatar
      mj0528 -
      Quote Originally Posted by the french bum View Post
      w0rd
      +50
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      I dropped my iPhone 4 getting out of my truck the other day straight onto asphalt, no case. Forgot to put it in the case and it was sitting in my lap when I stupidly got out of my truck, forgetting it was there. It has three chips out of the power button corner and on the right side. Luckily I have a lowered truck so it didn't fall far. Accidents happen, I forgot my case but now I won't ever forget it. Still debating on wether to replace it, my USAA insurance will cover it. It's not shattered but I notice it all the time now. The white back I have on it didn't chip though. I've got plastic films on both front and back but it doesn't help on the corners. Oh well, chalk that up to a learning experience.
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Well not only do they have twice the glass which means twice the area that can shatter, but because of that, they are also way the hell more slippery. It also didn't help that people had a tougher time getting cases right away too.
    1. JLick's Avatar
      JLick -
      Because last time I dropped something made out of glass, it stayed intact...
    1. Silencer_0's Avatar
      Silencer_0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by the french bum View Post
      I've had my iPhone since the day it was released. I have not broken it or even scratched it. Maybe some people need to simply stop abusing their ******* phones.
      +1. I've had every gen iPhone since they first came out, never dropped any of them and never bought a case for them. People need to learn how to take better care of their things. I even have this habit of spinning my iPhone in my hand, still don't drop it.
    1. JLick's Avatar
      JLick -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silencer_0 View Post
      I even have this habit of spinning my iPhone in my hand, still don't drop it.
      LMAO, I do something like that to, but i like hold the sides of my touch, and flp it. hamburger way xD
    1. lunercrab's Avatar
      lunercrab -
      Quote Originally Posted by wirehedd View Post
      When in doubt, Otterbox Defender. Comes with screen protector, case and kickstand belt clip.

      You could drop it repeatedly (as my brother does at his job all the time) and never get a mark on the phone.

      $40.00 well spent if you ask me. Not as pretty as the ip4 out of the case but I prefer to protect my investments.
      +1 on the otterbox. It's not the prettiest case by any means but for me an my job it's perfect. In fact I dropped mine today. It flew outta my hand onto the street, under my truck, face down. Phone is perfect although the case got fairly roughed up. I love this case
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      I still want to know what kind of plastic is it stronger than? There's al kinds of plastics for different purposes. Al though it my be true that there are more cases of broken iPhone 4 s, the insurance company is just taking this as a marketing strategy.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Helicopter glass my a**! If I took a section of glass off of an Apache and dropped it on the ground from shoulder level, would it break to?
      No, but that's only because that glass is insanely thick.
    1. l0k0's Avatar
      l0k0 -
      Wasnt it suppose to be made of the same material that helicopter windshields are made of?

      Black Hawk Down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by l0k0 View Post
      Wasnt it suppose to be made of the same material that helicopter windshields are made of?

      Black Hawk Down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...


      Come over to my place sometime. I'll show you how easy it is to bend solid steel with my bare hands.
    1. DevouredDreams's Avatar
      DevouredDreams -
      Ive dropped mine so as far as shatter id say their more resistant but their awful on scratches in my opinion
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      HEY IPhone4 Users: Who's laughing now?!?
      Us Iphone 3GS and 3G users....
    1. Hondamaker's Avatar
      Hondamaker -
      Quote Originally Posted by Go Gators View Post
      What in the hell is your problem man? Why do you drop it so much? Are you retarded or something? Jeez!




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      I think he has seizures of some sort. That's the only thing I can think of cause no one can be that clumsy or careless!