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  • iPhone 4 Cracks Emerge
    Apple compares the iPhone 4 glass to a helicopter windshield, and say its 30 times harder than plastic and less prone to breakage.



    On its website, Apple talks up the "aluminosilicate glass" used in the iPhone 4, which it says is the same type of glass used in the windshields of helicopters and high-speed trains.

    "Chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, the glass is ultradurable and more scratch resistant than ever," Apple says.

    A Sydney iPhone repair shop has seen different after the first broken model came through their door.

    According to the Sydney repair shop, one must be careful not to drop their iPhone 4 because the cost to repair the glass is significantly higher than the 3G[S]. (I feel no matter what iPhone one owns one must be careful not to drop)

    The young gentlemen that dropped his phone off at the Sydney repair shop states that it will cost $199.00 to repair and states that he feels the iPhone 4 was just as, if not more fragile as the previous models. For the 3G and 3Gs models a screen repair was around $129.00

    Remember - Apple does not cover it if you drop it. The phone slipped out of his hands because he was carrying too many things. He also provided photos showing the damage on dropped iPhone 4 models follows a similar pattern of previous versions.

    EDIT: The gentlemen stated "I kind of regret not putting the cover on straight away but I didn't think it would shatter like that, I just thought it would be a small scratch," he said.

    "It's not even as durable as a BlackBerry - I drop the BlackBerry all the time but i've never seen something that's shattered this quick."



    'I'm shattered': cracks emerge in iPhone 4
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 4 Cracks Emerge started by thetoothfairy View original post
    Comments 141 Comments
    1. SoCal Railroader's Avatar
      SoCal Railroader -
      Quote Originally Posted by GellBrake'rrrr View Post
      I bought a silicone case for my i4. But, if you've ever had a silicone case before you know what I mean by "it catches or gets stuck inside the pockets of your clothing". Therefore right after putting it on my phone, I was outside smoking. When I reached in my pocket to answer my phone, it got caught up and then fell onto the sidewalk !!! But fortunately the case that caused the problem.... Solved the problem.

      HOW IRONIC 
      Maybe it's trying to tell you to quit that nasty habit

      Quote Originally Posted by D to the M View Post
      interesting. It is signifactly cheaper than asurion but it doesn't cover loss or theft. I suppose im more worried about it just breaking but if i lose it then i would be SOL.
      Worth Ave Insurance covers theft and loss. I have lost phones before, so I would never get insurance that didn't cover that.
    1. yahoowizard's Avatar
      yahoowizard -
      Never put a case on my iPhone 2G, dropped it atleast 30 times for now, several times on concrete, several times on concrete stairs...Bottom near the speaker is ripped a little bit, shitload of scratches on the back, but other than that, works beautifully/screen is perfect with no scratches.
    1. PM5K's Avatar
      PM5K -
      Personally I just try to be cautious with my phone, I feel it's just too beautifully designed of a phone for me to cover it all up.

      Right now I have a Zagg shield on it to protect it from scratches and that's it.

      So for example I'd never be carrying my iPhone and a whole bunch of other things in my hands at the same time, that's asking for trouble.

      Also, if I was going to get a case to protect my iPhone, I'd stop nothing short of an Otterbox, anything else just ain't gonna cut it.
    1. SoCal Railroader's Avatar
      SoCal Railroader -
      Why risk it though? I baby pretty much everything I have, but that's how I am.
    1. DuBB_B's Avatar
      DuBB_B -
      The same thing just happened to my buddy. He dropped it outside of a night club and it emerged cracked worse than Ive ever seen any phone glass cracked. Im talking chips of glass falling out of it. As hard as a helicopters glass?? Yea right
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Some of you are so funny! Your lack of ability to comprehend the most simple truth is very telling...... you're surprised that a phone made of ss and glass breaks when you drop it

      Don't need to watch Mr. Wizard to figure that one out. People need to stop ******** about it and start taking a little personal responsibility for their own negligence. Accidents do happen but when they do, don't expect your $700 glass and stainless steel phone to come out of it unscathed. A broken phone problem is easy to solve, don't drop it and you'll have no problem.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Got zagg on my white 3G 16gb thats it. Dropping an iphone with a cases means nothing for the internals.
    1. 6309phone's Avatar
      6309phone -
      It's actually cheaper if you pay in one payment. I've used them before and they were good.

      Does the invisible shield still have that orange peel-like surface?
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      Otter box and screen protector.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I saw those screen for iphone 4 on ebay. They're only $20. You have to take the phone apart and put it back together. There are step by step guides online.
    1. defcon6's Avatar
      defcon6 -
      Quote Originally Posted by saltyfishy123 View Post
      Well i just ordered a LCD with digitizer off ebay for 69 bucks.. and WHITE
      I suggest you double check what you just purchased. There are none for sale on eBay for $69. You'll find "iPhone 4 LCD Digitizers" (as in, digitizers for the LCD), but no "iPhone 4 LCD with Digitizers".


      The least expensive ones on there are going for $120 BIN, and although that includes all the front panel parts, the LCD doesn't come fused to the glass. I don't even believe they are genuine Apple parts.

      MELECH518's estimate of $100-110 for the complete front panel is spot on. And that's if you buy bulk direct from the manufacturer. You won't find it for less than that.
    1. jalexis4192's Avatar
      jalexis4192 -
      Wow. I must be lucky then. I've dropped mine on a brick surface and nothing happened to it. Keep in mind, the case i have on it is the Switcheasy NUDE and that the only reason this happened was because I had it on my lap and got out in a rush. 0.o
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      The entire case for the iPhone 4 is rigid and unforgiving. Metal sides and glass on the front and back. There is very little possibility for flexing before it gives way to the most fragile portion, which is the glass.

      Even with a bumper I would not feel safe.
    1. resp3ct's Avatar
      resp3ct -
      But still, the iphone 4 should be more durable than that, just dropping the phone shouldnt be enough to break it..... its supposed to be really strong to be broken by a simple fall...!
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      Quote Originally Posted by resp3ct View Post
      But still, the iphone 4 should be more durable than that, just dropping the phone shouldnt be enough to break it..... its supposed to be really strong to be broken by a simple fall...!
      And clearly, that is not the case. Another FAIL for Apple.
    1. 05VIIII's Avatar
      05VIIII -
      Boring and
      Ghey
    1. iTouchNinjaz's Avatar
      iTouchNinjaz -
      This most likely won't happen as often if Otterbox makes a Defender case for the iPhone 4. My friend threw his 3Gs across a concrete ground and no damage at all.
    1. Remember God's Avatar
      Remember God -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      Sydney repair shop states that it will cost $199.00 to repair if not more fragile as the previous models. For the 3G and 3Gs models a screen repair was around $129.00
      I live in sydney and i had my 3GS screen crack when the iPhone was just released in oz and it was definitely not $129 to replace, for it was $250 to replace through apple or $179 from your local phone repairer,
      Obviously the price for the 3GS screens now have dropped due to it being out for a year now but this news' price comparison is bait far fetched, if he is paying $200 AU or even US for an iPhone 4 screen he is paying pretty much the equivalent if not cheaper than the 3GS cost at opening period.

      The general price to replace the screen is ridiculous, but the price is the same or cheaper than last year.
      Lucky I had a friend who worked in apple and 'realized' it was actually a ''manufacturers fault" and replaced my iPhone 3gs for free.
      (Well that's what was written in the iphone replacement report )
    1. area51crypto's Avatar
      area51crypto -
      In my area they are 8 Iphone 4 with broken glass on Craigslist!
    1. 1hihum's Avatar
      1hihum -
      Quote Originally Posted by iTouchNinjaz View Post
      This most likely won't happen as often if Otterbox makes a Defender case for the iPhone 4. My friend threw his 3Gs across a concrete ground and no damage at all.
      The iphone 4 case is now for sale on their web site...and ebay This is the only case I will ever own for my iphone from now on. I have beat the crap out of my case, dropped my phone while on a ladder, stepped on it, dropped it on concrete several times, and my son seems to think that it's a wonderful toy to pitch across the room (18 months old). And yet with all of the abuse that I have put my Otterbox through, my phone still looks new (well almost, there is some lint and dirt that gets in eventually). The Otterbox Defender is far and away the BEST case for protecting your phone!