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    Quote Originally Posted by iTouchNinjaz View Post
    This most likely won't happen as often if Otterbox makes a Defender case for the iPhone 4. My friend threw his 3Gs across a concrete ground and no damage at all.
    The iphone 4 case is now for sale on their web site...and ebay This is the only case I will ever own for my iphone from now on. I have beat the crap out of my case, dropped my phone while on a ladder, stepped on it, dropped it on concrete several times, and my son seems to think that it's a wonderful toy to pitch across the room (18 months old). And yet with all of the abuse that I have put my Otterbox through, my phone still looks new (well almost, there is some lint and dirt that gets in eventually). The Otterbox Defender is far and away the BEST case for protecting your phone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbizzy1 View Post
    I will never understand why people don't put cases on their iPhones (or any smartphone for that matter)...think of dropping your laptop, not too much different...I feel bad for the fellow though, that's rough.
    I've had a 3G, my girlfriends had a 3GS, both of us have dropped ours a number of time - worse thing thats happened. A few scratched which I can live with.

    So why not get a case...well Apple go on about this being sooo tough etc then why would I need one. Also whats the point of having a really nicely designed phone if you then go and shove an ulgy case round it (I'm yet to see a case that does not make it look like a any other medioka phone)

    Yes the odd one will smash but this phone is IMO MUCH MUCH MUCH more likely to smash the front or back than any other iphone.

    I would much rather apple released a plastic back panel than a glass one.

    Oh and I have dropped my Thinkpad tooo many times than i can remember onto Laminate...whats the damage....a ding to the laminate

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    Screen protectors lol

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    Everyone's all like "Well, duh, buy a case..." Apple should be taking care of this, too.

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    I was doing some looking around on cases to protect these "investments" On my 3gS I have the otter box case, being in the military we are always breaking phones. If you dont like the Otterbox case ive found a case on the internet ( have not tried it out yet due to me being deployed in afghanistan so if anybody has tried it please let me know how durable it is it is called the vapor case it looks to have a sturdy but not bulky build to it. I found it on ElementCASE. I have also found if you get renters insurance through your bank or insurance provider you can claim your Iphone on your policy just either take a pic with it or a receipt proving you bought it. Ive used this before when somebody spilled soda on my 3gS and I was able to get it replaced through my insurance. Hope this helps a little bit.

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    Maybe they're stronger when being bent but a hit at the right angle and you have a nice crap.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob_Quads View Post
    I've had a 3G, my girlfriends had a 3GS, both of us have dropped ours a number of time - worse thing thats happened. A few scratched which I can live with.

    So why not get a case...well Apple go on about this being sooo tough etc then why would I need one. Also whats the point of having a really nicely designed phone if you then go and shove an ulgy case round it (I'm yet to see a case that does not make it look like a any other medioka phone)

    Yes the odd one will smash but this phone is IMO MUCH MUCH MUCH more likely to smash the front or back than any other iphone.

    I would much rather apple released a plastic back panel than a glass one.

    Oh and I have dropped my Thinkpad tooo many times than i can remember onto Laminate...whats the damage....a ding to the laminate
    WHAT HE SAID! That's how I think. But in that case you should try skins like invisibleshield or BSE. I've had them on my previous phones back(since I knew the screen was resistant unless you use an icepick to scratch it) but the only problem is that they start to peel off after a while and dirt gets in and your phone looks like ****. And putting this on my yet to receive iPhone 4 would make it thicker so I'm gonna trust the scratchless glass back and front and myself lol.
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    If everyone should put a case on it, Apple might as well spend less money on the design of the phone and make them cheaper to purchase.

    You don't go buying a beautiful car, just to wrap it in plastic and foam so it won't get dents/scratches? What's the point of having a great-looking phone if you hide its looks in a case.

    just my 2 cents..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommer View Post
    If everyone should put a case on it, Apple might as well spend less money on the design of the phone and make them cheaper to purchase.

    You don't go buying a beautiful car, just to wrap it in plastic and foam so it won't get dents/scratches? What's the point of having a great-looking phone if you hide its looks in a case.

    just my 2 cents..
    Cars are FAR more durable and resistant than phones, so that's not really a good comparison. Cars are designed to endure rain, snow, ice, dust etc., not many phones will take those conditions and still work. For those that like to go naked, there are some very minimal cases, protectors, etc. out there for the iPhone 4 by the way, some are so thin and clear you can't tell there is anything on the phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madczech View Post
    you can get a brand new one of craigslist for like 550$

    I just got one yesterday for 500$

    So why buy a broken one?
    can u get me a link of your iphone seller on craigslist ? Sounds like a good deal... or just pm me if it's off the rules to post links.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
    We are repairing up to 7-10 a day in my stores. It is amazing how bad these break. The worst part is the backs are breaking as well. A good case can really help them from breaking however.

    Side Note- even though the glass is "gorilla glass", it is extremely thin! It does not matter how tough glass is, if it is thin, it will break. The difference with helicopter glass is that is several inches thick
    im a UH-60 Blackhawk crew chief helicopter glass is not several inches thick, it may be a 1/4 of an inch max. but jet liners have glass thats 1.5 inches thick to have the strength to handle the pressure of the speed they go also they glass aircraft use is laminated many layers glued together to make it stronger

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    My mother dropped mine when I first bought fortunately it did not crack but I did see how the smallest thing would scratch it.

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    Looks like he was just unlucky enough to catch the drop right on the corner. I have dropped mine forgetting it was in my lap or having it slip out of my pocket onto my hard wood floor. No cracks or scratches. You luck depends on the angle of the fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
    Turning a black one white probably voids the warranty...
    Just look at Michael Jackson.

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    So glad I got my otterbox defender for mine. Couples with screen protectors on both sides. Still just as safe as the day I bought it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saltyfishy123 View Post
    Im buying a cracked iPhone 4 off someone tomorrow. on ebay replacement digitizers like 65 bucks.. dont know if its as good at the original but hope it works.. im payin 500 for it
    Do you know anything about how the iPhone 4 Is made??. Yes the Digitizer Glass ONLY is about $65.00 but the LCD is NOT included with glass digitizer and is adhered (glued) to the old glass that is broken. You will be VERY lucky if you are able to separate the LCD from the old glass to the new glass with out damaging the LCD. Why not just get the Glass digitizer and LCD that are together already?? They run between $130-$160. I found this one on Ebay...IPHONE 4 4TH DIGITIZER TOUCH SCREEN & LCD ASSEMBLY OEM - eBay (item 320566891922 end time Aug-24-10 20:24:43 PDT)

    Coming from a guy who has repaired hundreds of iPhone devices and about 6 iPhone 4's...I'm just sayin..it might be easier on you if you are not an expereinced repair tech.
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    best tip ever: DONT DROP YOUR PHONE !! PERIOD.

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    Way to go Apple. Just made yourself look like an a**.....again.

    Next up for Apple....bullet resistant glass that cracks as soon as you drop a beachball on it.
    Last edited by RICO_; 2010-08-04 at 02:36 PM.

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    My USAA insurance covers everything that could happen to my phone including drops and it being submerged. Cool thing is it's covered under my extra computer coverage for my MacBook and it costs me something like 25 bucks a year. I also have a speck case that snaps together and it's fit and finish is awesome. Really like it. It amazes me that people will spend 2-300 bucks on a glass phone and not put a case on it at all, I have a case and a clear protector for the front and back. Though I do only use the case at work, not at hone or running around.

    Are iPhone 4s on eBay for a decent price? Might have to upgrade the parents!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
    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
    I totally agree with you! I own a cell phone repair shop here in ATX and a lot of people don't realize the iPhone 4 Glass digitizer and LCD went back to the way it was on the Original 2G iPhone and that they are fused together. I have not done as many as your shop has but the ones I have done say the same thing..."I thought this was supposed to be as strong as helicopter glass..WTF!" I explain to them just as you compared. Apple is feeding you alternate reality, yes it is gorilla glass, very thin gorilla glass. Bad for customers but Good for Business!
    Last edited by reyg25atx; 2010-08-04 at 05:24 PM.

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