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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. Samandrew's Avatar
      Samandrew -
      messany you need to hop off of the gizmodo banwagon, This shatter test is crap. of course a hollow iphone's glass screen will break, just like dropping a light bulb. Give apple more credit than that.
    1. Bernie-Mac's Avatar
      Bernie-Mac -
      So you're going to compare a half-assed put together phone by some nobodies with "authentic" parts from a shady chinese plant with not even all parts intact (no motherboard) and compare it to a production-spec iPhone straight from Apple? I thought the author was inspector gadget with how far this article is reaching
    1. sekrit's Avatar
      sekrit -
      Quote Originally Posted by Samandrew View Post
      This shatter test is crap. of course a hollow iphone's glass screen will break, just like dropping a light bulb. Give apple more credit than that.
      Could not of said it any better...
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      What about the phone with all the components on? The weight of the components may allow the phone to more likely fall on the edges of the phone thus making more sense out of the new "bumper" cases made by apple. Whenever i have dropped my 3g it always falls on the corners and thats why there are a lot of cases with silicone and hard plastic corners.
    1. vegassteven's Avatar
      vegassteven -
      This is a stupid waste of bandwidth because this company did not use the same type of stainless steel either.
      How could they? Oh, you mean they nought from an unreliable Chinese third part parts manufacturer?
      So im SURE they also got the pcb board, a4 CPU, battery, etc that all ties the entire phone together didn't they?

      Oh what? You say that all they did was get unreliable possibly same parts, slapped them together with some screws with some sights in to make it the same wieght as a real iPhone 4?

      Ok then so go ahead and skip the iPhone. assume apple didn't consider build quality abd there will be one less person in line on June 24th
    1. aimetti's Avatar
      aimetti -
      lol , fail article
    1. Gustavo Saliola's Avatar
      Gustavo Saliola -
      C'mon people...Its the same scenario if you take a car out of the dummies test section and put in the middle of a train track...

      "It only survives one wreck" Oh nooo! Its a BAD car!

      That is media frenzy. In a universe of possibilities, a phone like that, build with such an investment of tech and materials makes 1 in 1000 to shatter like this in a fall of that kind.

      Once again, don't forget that Apple is 5+ years ahead, things like this are being taken in mind.

      Just my 2 cents.
    1. kraziebone's Avatar
      kraziebone -
      I will just sell it after I drop it twice.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      I call BS!!!
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Apple knows people will shatter the phone that's why so many replacement parts been distributed
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Stupidity. Stupidity never changes.
    1. Chase817's Avatar
      Chase817 -
      They must have hit a weak spot. The iPhone 3G was rated pretty durable, right? Wrong... Not when you hit the weak spot anyway. I dropped it on the perfect spot of the corner from about 3-5 inches off the ground, shattered the lower left side of the glass. (Luckily it was relatively minor, the cracks don't overlap the screen.)
    1. Hogs4Life's Avatar
      Hogs4Life -
      Get this garbage off of the MMi frontpage, now.


      What a waste of space and time.

    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      It's a iPhone, take care of it! I've had my 3GS for about a year, not a single scratch on it.
    1. Hondamaker's Avatar
      Hondamaker -
      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.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Quote Originally Posted by dr0herb View Post
      ive NEVER dropped any iphone ive ever had.

      But the iphone 4 hasnt been released yet. Maybe they didnt use the expensive glass on prototypes, and this broken phone is old style glass. As you will see from the gizmodo images; things have changed since that leak, ie: the chrome accents around the flash/camera lens. Im not woried and ive seen the video of the dell phone that uses gorilla glass. And iphone4 does use gorilla glass.
      That's like talking about a Perfect game !!!
    1. Fhadso's Avatar
      Fhadso -
      Parts, as in not assembles by Apple. Apple puts chemicals on the glass to ensure that this does not happen. For all we know, that could easily be the prototype parts. I'm sure that Apple has put the REAL iPhone 4 under many stress tests.

      I have dropped my iPhone 3G from eight feet onto solid concrete, and the screen still hasn't cracked. In fact, I've dropped it on many occasions onto other hard surfaces and never have I gotten more than a scratch.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      I love the guy who threatened the site if the the story stays up.. LOL

      Anyways, it sounds like a ploy from a competitor to try to dampen the sales of the new iPhone.
      If when it comes out, and people start having the glass shatter while talking on it, I will then start to worry.
      If you are a "butter fingers", thats your tough shiet. Just buy a warranty for it I guess.
    1. lkailburn's Avatar
      lkailburn -
      Listen to some of you. Crying an getting so defensive. Threats? You're like a bunch of little girls who just had their new pretty pretty princess doll made fun of.

      We all read the post, it was assembled with supposed parts, so let's take it with a grain of salt ad wait til an actual released one breaks.


    1. ExileTEAM's Avatar
      ExileTEAM -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nickaroni22 View Post
      It's a iPhone, take care of it! I've had my 3GS for about a year, not a single scratch on it.
      Exactly, ive had my iphone 3G for 1 year and the only scratch is on the home button where i used my nail to get some super glue off. lol