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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. SupaMonkey's Avatar
      SupaMonkey -
      This cracking story is my greatest fear - especially after reading that peoples screens are cracking even with covers.
      I was really amped to get the iPhone 4... now... Im thinking I should wait for iPhone 5
    1. ChrisRC1985's Avatar
      ChrisRC1985 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Melech518
      You cannot replace only the digitizer. The LCD and Digitizer are fused together. If one breaks, you need to replace the entire display. We have been forced into charging $179 for rplacements. The parts cost $100-110
      mmmm unless this is new with i4 then you can replace the pieces separately, I have done it with the 3GS, all you need to do is blow dry the plastic, which will heat it up and you can rip the LCD right from it.
      Its really quite simple.

      and ebay iphone LCD / digitizer, not that expensive.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by SupaMonkey View Post
      This cracking story is my greatest fear - especially after reading that peoples screens are cracking even with covers.
      I was really amped to get the iPhone 4... now... Im thinking I should wait for iPhone 5
      Some cases offer better protection against screen cracks. Some are there just to look good and protect against scratches on the back.

      And do u really think the iPhone 5 will be any less prone to glass cracks than this or any previous model?
    1. flintoff's Avatar
      flintoff -
      iphone 4 is a money killer
    1. ChrisRC1985's Avatar
      ChrisRC1985 -
      Quote Originally Posted by flintoff View Post
      iphone 4 is a money killer
      wow, what an amazing contribution to the thread.
    1. reyg25atx's Avatar
      reyg25atx -
      Quote Originally Posted by ChrisRC1985 View Post
      mmmm unless this is new with i4 then you can replace the pieces separately, I have done it with the 3GS, all you need to do is blow dry the plastic, which will heat it up and you can rip the LCD right from it.
      Its really quite simple.

      and ebay iphone LCD / digitizer, not that expensive.
      I apologize you are incorrect. The iPhone 3g and 3GS LCD is Screwed onto the bezel in the inside of the iPhone. Once unscrewed you gently pull up and slide down the LCD out of the device. The Glass/Digitizer (not LCD) is glued to the outside Bezel and can be heated and removed and the Glass digitizer screen replaced. The iPhone 4 like the Original 2G iPhone has the LCD and Glass/Digitizer glued(fused) together as one piece. see the following link..
      http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/I...ssembly/3148/1

      See "will give you a new front glass panel, digitizer, and LCD"
    1. brandoncarr's Avatar
      brandoncarr -
      Does this really come as a surprise? lol
    1. Ochocinco's Avatar
      Ochocinco -
      iphones 3gs screens are so much tougher than another iphone, i dropped my 3gs on the front like 6 times, straight to the concrete, a straight flat landing on the front with no case or nothing, never crack or scratched(which was amazing) i know the one thing that a case can never save your iphone from and thats going through a lawn mower. miss my white iphone
    1. evileclipse's Avatar
      evileclipse -
      @6309phone
      I tried the invisible shield and didn't like the orange peel look or it's sticky touch. I have the iwrap and it is way better for me. No orange peel and just sticky enough to hold onto.
    1. ChrisRC1985's Avatar
      ChrisRC1985 -
      Quote Originally Posted by reyg25atx View Post
      I apologize you are incorrect. The iPhone 3g and 3GS LCD is Screwed onto the bezel in the inside of the iPhone. Once unscrewed you gently pull up and slide down the LCD out of the device. The Glass/Digitizer (not LCD) is glued to the outside Bezel and can be heated and removed and the Glass digitizer screen replaced. The iPhone 4 like the Original 2G iPhone has the LCD and Glass/Digitizer glued(fused) together as one piece. see the following link..
      Installing iPhone 4 Front Panel Assembly - iFixit

      See "will give you a new front glass panel, digitizer, and LCD"
      No need to apologize for my mistake lol.
      Thanks for clarification =]
    1. J_Marley's Avatar
      J_Marley -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      According to Apple they compare the iPhone 4 glass to a helicopter windshield and 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.
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      I realize this might come as a shock to most, but if we look at this quote (unless it was taken out of context) nowhere does it say that the screen is 'less prone to breakage'. In fact, all it claims is that it is more scratch resistant. So if you drag your keys across it while in your pocket it, or loose change should happen to come in contact with the screen, you are supposed to not have horrible scratches. Also, it says nothing about being 'scratch proof', so they understand that scratches will occur.

      I'm not defending Apple, just showing that we tend to twist things to what we want them to mean. There is no such thing as 'un-biased' media. Just a thought...
    1. dadon4sho's Avatar
      dadon4sho -
      Otter box defender series has to be the UGLYEST case I've seen for the ip4.
      1. Bulky as fack!
      2. The screen protector suxs
      3. It attracts lint like a mofo!! U can't even take pics! Cuz of all te lint and and around ur phone.

      Best combo I think Is the speck candy shell and a screen protector.
    1. mj0528's Avatar
      mj0528 -
      Best buy insurance is 15 a month but it's a great piece of mind knowing that they replace on the spot. I still have a bumper and ivisashield on since I don't want to get a phone with unjailbreakable firmware but I will if I get a crack.
    1. law111's Avatar
      law111 -
      My iPhone 4 screen broke about two weeks ago.. It fell from my friends, yes I said my friends, lap while he was sitting in a chair.. he leaned over and it fell to the floor maybe a foot and a half.. and it shattered.. Took it to the Apple store and nope, they want $200 to fix it. Minds well just buy a new one....................
    1. ctstiffler's Avatar
      ctstiffler -
      The otter box I think is the best. Yes the older otter box was bulky but the new one for the i4 is slimmed down. I had no problems taking pics with my 3g when I had my otter box on and have no problems now taking pics with it on my i4. If you get lint on it take it off and clean it. I would much rather deal with lint then a cracked screen or dust under the screen any day.
    1. Dranon's Avatar
      Dranon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob_Quads View Post
      Forgot to put the other major factor against a case... virtually every accessory then does not work. With a case on my iPhone4 does not fit...

      My cradle on my desk at work
      My cradle in my car
      My AirCurve I use on holidays for some music
      My cradle in the living room for charging/connecting to the hifi.
      My cradle in the bedroom for charging
      .... the list goes on and on.
      Funny mine works perfect with the case, incase, on my car caradle Wilson amp, on my Sony Alrm clock, on my portable boombox, on my Sony home stereo theater cradle. On the 1 or 2 things I found it did not fit I just slipped of the bottom of the case and it fit in EVERything!
    1. ZipZapp's Avatar
      ZipZapp -
      I think the reality is that Apple wanted you to believe the glass was stronger and more scratch resistant, but ended up created something of inferrior quality (extremely brittle).

      Further, they engineered the unit to make it impossible to separate glass from screen.

      I really dont think they real world tested this phone AT ALL.

      Or perhaps the did not care...I mean more service dollars for them right?
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Well it is glass. If you can't stand the sight of a case on your iPhone just resign to the fact if you drop it and the screen breaks it is your fault. No matter what the manufacturer tries to sell you on the design glass will crack when hitting a hard surface if not protected.
    1. Spanky MciPhone's Avatar
      Spanky MciPhone -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      I haven't bought the iPhone4 yet was waiting for the white one... what kind of case would you suggest to protect both sides of the phone?
      Otterbox. you can throw them 20 feet in the air and let them drop to the ground with no phone damage.
    1. mustard05's Avatar
      mustard05 -
      I always rock a case!!!