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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. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      How would they know, they don't even have one
    1. eballesq's Avatar
      eballesq -
      Why is anyone actually responding to this thread?
    1. crazylegs's Avatar
      crazylegs -
      thats BS,, that phone was ran over , or even hit with a hammer,, it even has the Volume buttons missing,, so it wasn't just dropped,,,
    1. lkailburn's Avatar
      lkailburn -
      Crazylegs fails at reading
    1. eZStaR's Avatar
      eZStaR -
      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.
    1. ugshotgun's Avatar
      ugshotgun -
      Well thanks to companies like WorthAve that insures the iphone, I'm not much worried about breaking mine...of course I don't plan on breaking it either. I've had every iphone that came out and never cracked the glass on any of them.
    1. deathbybunnies6's Avatar
      deathbybunnies6 -
      I'm not sure that's a real iphone 4
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      poor people always want things that they buy to last forever lol, it's a phone i dont apple would make to last you forever. they are in a business to make money people and stop crying about a phone that these idiots drop like 10 times to see if it would break,of course it would hahahahahah.
    1. nkgneto's Avatar
      nkgneto -
      Good thing for the otterbox case mine has fallen on asphalt and concrete plenty of times luckily this is a bad *** case I hope otterbox makes a case for the
      iPhone 4
    1. sheon's Avatar
      sheon -
      It breaks if u drop it on the corner cause I have droped my 3GS many times but as soon as I droped iron the corner bam -_-
    1. l0k0's Avatar
      l0k0 -
      If u put it in an OtterBox case, i dont think ur gonna have much to worry about. Then again, whats the point in a bullet proof phone if it lives in a case like the rest of them do, LoL
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Don't drop your phone? Problem solved.
    1. lll2for3lll's Avatar
      lll2for3lll -
      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.
    1. atm_10142k's Avatar
      atm_10142k -
      Quote Originally Posted by Messany View Post



      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
      I find it interesting that they drop it three times but yet the metal section of the phone has not dent or scratches. It looks like they hit it with a something the what the the glass cracked you sure they didn't throw it from 3 feet instead of dropping. There is no proof they got the part from apple. They might have received fake parts that look like they belong to the iphone.
    1. lll2for3lll's Avatar
      lll2for3lll -
      Take a real good look at the picture....... Where the hell are the volume buttons!!!!!!!!

      Why would they only have the screen and not the actual iPhone. This is dumb.
    1. juggz143's Avatar
      juggz143 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lll2for3lll View Post
      Take a real good look at the picture....... Where the hell are the volume buttons!!!!!!!!
      LMAO I was just thinking the exact same thing...

      All I've got to say is OTTERBOX bytches!!!!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lll2for3lll View Post
      Take a real good look at the picture....... Where the hell are the volume buttons!!!!!!!!

      Why would they only have the screen and not the actual iPhone. This is dumb.
      Did you read the article. They only used parts they got from suppliers and those were only the case and glass. So this is not really a test of anything.
    1. Bernie-Mac's Avatar
      Bernie-Mac -
      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      Did you read the article. They only used parts they got from suppliers and those were only the case and glass. So this is not really a test of anything.
      We all know that, why the hell is this on the front page? I made an iphone 4 using popsicle sticks n elmers glue and it hold up pretty well against drops. I could write a story and take a pic for you if you'd like?

      Great Writers MMi
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      i thought the screen is 30x stronger than plastic?
    1. T4R06's Avatar
      T4R06 -
      Funny people... Thats why i dont trust anyone