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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. ZipZapp's Avatar
      ZipZapp -
      I did not realize Apple had so many ex-engineers floating around. The level of detailed "apple" part knowledge here is remarkable. I believe the screen will be durable enough for no case and no screen protection.
    1. geoffe's Avatar
      geoffe -
      I wonder if the iPhone Bumpers will help with falls and saving the glass. My 3g never had a screen protector and I have dropped it many times and not even a scratch on the glass. I hope the ATT stores have the bumpers on the 24th.
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      Come on! first we need to realize that apple really produces good tested products. The IPHONE 4 iphone will be stable enough to withstand alot. we can all be sure of that. For apple to design a phone that breaks after 3 drops would be way below their standards. To DESIGN a phone that breaks is dumb. understand that given enough time, some moron WILL be able to break the glass, and there are morons out there. We are referring to the picture of a broken iphone glass in this string, not apple! don't forget that
      Apple probly DOES factor STOOPID people into their works. Ya know, the cat in the microwave, or the "hot coffee" people.
      I personally am loking forward to getting my mits on one, "behaving for a week or two, then going for the jugglar for JB and unlock
      should be fun
      unklbyl
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      You will not be able to behave for two weeks. You will jailbreak it and unlock it immediately. I refuse to have a stock iPhone.
    1. blindfreek's Avatar
      blindfreek -
      reguardless what kind of glass it is, it's bound to break if its dropped over and over again...Most people have cases on their iphone that will offer some sort of protection. A drop here and there with a case will most likely not shatter or break the phone.

      I really dont think this is a deterrant to buying the iphone 4
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Oh no you le didn't forums poster unklbyl.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by eZStaR View Post
      1) Dropping your electronics just means the user is careless, it's not the manufacturers fault in the first place.
      2) Notice how they say its not the REAL phone, they are just parts they "somehow" got. They are not from "Apple." Why would they "distribute" their parts if they JUST released the phone? It was first leaked, thats how people started making crappy look alike parts. So you can expect some bootleg items.
      "You" really need to "learn" how "quotations" work.
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      #1 Noodle boy. thanks for the laugh. I needed that today!
      #2 CaptainChaos. You are probly right about the JB, but I am (sadly) expecting the unlock for the 4th G iphone to come out around the 4th of JULY, ya know, INDEPENDENCE DAY! that is the only reason I said two weeks. It's called being forced to be good.
      #3 Noodle boy. have a nice day! it will be alot easier for you and your blood pressure just to accept the fact that 4G has nothing to do with 4G!
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I never thought about the 4th of July lol. Good point.