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  • Are Hopes for a Durable iPhone 4 Shattered?



    The new iPhone 4 isn't even available yet and already there are many blogger pundits pronouncing the updated Apple smartphone the "least durable" iPhone ever released. Within the last twenty-fours hours, photos have surfaced across the web depicting a shattered 4th generation iPhone. And if comments posted to many gadget blogs beneath the photos are true, a good number of prospective iPhone 4 buyers may not be so fast to purchase the new handset in fear of it being a veritable "shatter magnet."

    But is that label for the new iPhone fitting or even deserved? Here's where the speculation was born. The fix-it gurus at "iFix your i," an increasingly well-known online presence that assists with Apple product repairs, claim to have obtained original iPhone 4 components. Got that? It isn't actually the new iPhone. It's a makeshift product using iPhone 4 "parts." Once fastened together - minus the circuit board, etc. - the team played a home-game version of Myth Busters and repeatedly dropped their creation in order to test how it handles impact.

    The photo above shows the iPhone after three drops. It survived the first two without injury. The third strike (a drop from an elevation from 3.5 feet) proved sufficient to shatter the glass housing. This "evidence" seems to contradict the claim from Apple that the new iPhone is made from a chemically strengthened form of glass that is some "20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic." Naturally, the photos released by iFix your i have rattled some folks.

    Even though the experiment is far from scientific, a mock iPhone 4 shattering so easily certainly isn't good news ahead of the product launch later this month. But we won't really know for sure how much of a glass-jaw, so to speak, the new iPhone has until the masses put some wear and tear on a device that Apple maintains is the most durable iPhone to date.

    Image via iFix your i
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Are Hopes for a Durable iPhone 4 Shattered? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 109 Comments
    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      third times the charm.
    1. Sticky111's Avatar
      Sticky111 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hondamaker View Post
      From what I understand, this phone was practically hollow, with nothing inside to support the glass, am I right? If that's the case, it's not a good example.
      CHA CHING.... EXACTLY what i was looking for before i said it myself! you guys need to think logically as well as take care of the things you buy. i can drop the beer im drinking right now and it will break. get over it man! things happen, NOTHING lasts forever, or better yet over a year looking 'like new'. its an expensive phone, and we just have to be careful.

      i have a crack in my bumper on my less than one year old car, sucks for me, but i should have been more careful on what snow i drove over this past winter. catch my drift.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      The reason this is on the front page is because MMI is actually an anti-Apple website now. We've decided apple sucks and this is how we're sticking it to the man.

      (I have no idea why this thread exists)
    1. Lewnsy78's Avatar
      Lewnsy78 -
      Right u get ur iphone 4 awesome.... then u drop it not so awesome, but its ok then, Oh no ive dropped it again and its still good, oh my fookin god ive only gone and dropped it for a third time and its fooked up beond all recognition, oh my days, better go to a shrink that deals with cllumsy twats..

      Know what i mean people WTF they goin on about????????
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      These are just unproven rumors. If they tested it why didn't they post the video of it dropping and breaking? Apple showed a video of the screen itself bending. i'm not worried. This is just rubbish rumors to make news. Next!
    1. iphone925's Avatar
      iphone925 -
      Well if you think you might drop it like that just buy an accidental damage protection from SquareTrade Warranties | Extended Warranties for 70% Less Than Retail | Electronics Insurance Alternative they even cover spills or drops
    1. sadsamurai's Avatar
      sadsamurai -
      It's a publicity stunt, no more no less.
      The peps at iFixyouri just want their name in the news, nothing like free advertisement by hundreds of websites across the Net.

      I can't speak for the 4g however I can certainly attest to the weakness of the 3G. I dropped it sitting on the train. Actually it fell from the seat to the floor (what is that, about 50cm or a foot and a half, not onto concrete but steel covered with hard plastic or whatever the train's floor is made of) and the case is cracked right by the mute switch. About 8mm in length. I am not that much concerned as I will be getting the 4G as soon as my contract runs out as the 3g is sooooooo slow, it infuriates me every day now.
      I want speed da*n it! :-)
      But it is disappointing never the less.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      What's a 4G and who makes it and what does it have to do with the iPhone 4?
    1. l0k0's Avatar
      l0k0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lll2for3lll View Post
      Fake iPhone 4. Knock Off. Phony. Cheap Imitation. Not Real.

      iPhone 4 not even released yet. If it's flexible, it shouldn't break so easily. Look at plexiglass. I'll take a look at a real drop test when the iPhone 4 is actually released.
      But look at the downfall to plexiglass...Its scratches easier than a dog with fleas. As with everything, it has its ups and downs. Now LEXAN is where its at, hehe
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
      Exactly. It's just a facade for advertising. Advertising is the devil! Lol in all seriousness though i've dropped my 1st gen a countless number of times. All you need is a hard/soft hybrid case.
      I'm just waiting for someone to take a hammer to the back casing.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      HOW ABOUT THlS DON'T DROP YOUR PHONE THEN IT WON'T BREAK

      But seriously...you can buy a $10 case and call it a day, or you can just not. If you take the latter route then don't blame Apple when your phone slips out of your greasy hands.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      buy a case and quit whining about your monkey glass
    1. clarky8's Avatar
      clarky8 -
      Apple has no incentive to make an extra durable one because everyone will still buy them and if it breaks they will buy another one because there is nothing like an iPhone....mainly after it has been jailbroken.
    1. Blazing angel's Avatar
      Blazing angel -
      Quote Originally Posted by sadsamurai View Post
      It's a publicity stunt, no more no less.
      The peps at iFixyouri just want their name in the news, nothing like free advertisement by hundreds of websites across the Net.

      I can't speak for the 4g however I can certainly attest to the weakness of the 3G. I dropped it sitting on the train. Actually it fell from the seat to the floor (what is that, about 50cm or a foot and a half, not onto concrete but steel covered with hard plastic or whatever the train's floor is made of) and the case is cracked right by the mute switch. About 8mm in length. I am not that much concerned as I will be getting the 4G as soon as my contract runs out as the 3g is sooooooo slow, it infuriates me every day now.
      I want speed da*n it! :-)
      But it is disappointing never the less.
      I've also got a iphone 3g. You can speed it up by deleteing launch daemons and excess language packs. If ur gonna get a 4g, you can take the risk of VM mods too.

      [ame=http://www.ipodtouchfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=224341]Speed Up Your iPhone/iPod by Removing Launch Daemons - iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad forum - Multi-Touch Fans[/ame]





      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6usrLQHiWw]YouTube - iPhone Speed up Tweak #2[/ame]


      FO ZE THREAD:

      this is merely for laughs:
      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxthPtum7SI]YouTube - Crash Test: BlackBerry Storm vs. iPhone 3G[/ame]
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      Ohhhh messany, u never fail to entertain me with ur articles ; )
    1. kwall's Avatar
      kwall -
      Wow....... I do not know what is worse people getting all defensive towards this article / irrelevant experiment undertaken or the fact that most intelligent people wouldn't even wipe their buttocks with this garbage article. No one likes shattered glass in the butthole. If everyone would walk away from "his" articles and stop encouraging him maybe he will stop.
    1. JayQuint87's Avatar
      JayQuint87 -
      Apple products are very durable for what they are. Think about your old phones and how they looked after 2 years?
      I have had the same 3g and it still looks great. I always kept screen protectors on it but, all in all it has held its own.

      Some of my buddies that dont have iPhones, their phones look like garbage not even a year after they have had them. The plastic changes color, rubs off in certain places, and the font on their keys starts to fade.

      I am not worried about this "fake" iPhone4 with a broken screen. Get a rubber case/screen protector and protect your investment!
    1. rawfuls's Avatar
      rawfuls -
      Christ guys, please, read the article before commenting.

      It's a strictly case design of the iPhone.
      Whether it be real, or fake, take it for what it's worth and move on.

      Notice the makeshift components?
      Wait until it comes out, and people are having hundreds of success stories of it dropping w/o cracking, and sob stories of them dropping it and it cracking.

      Bottom line-
      Just buy a case if you're prone to drop it, if you're not prone at dropping it, don't worry about it..
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      one year warranty pundits. too many iphone4's have this occur=class action law suit. dont be so volatile. the phone will be fine. again a completely unscientific and unofficial test here folks.
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Let's all drop our iphones face first onto concrete from 3.5 feet up!
      Ready? Set? Go! . . .
      Oh, sorry, you didn't know I was kidding!?!