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View Poll Results: Have you broken your iphone glass/seen another iphone with broken glass?

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  • Yes, have cracked/broken my iphone glass

    6 9.23%
  • Yes, have seen someone else with cracked/broken glass

    14 21.54%
  • Thankfully not yet but it does worry me

    20 30.77%
  • I throw caution to the wind and toss my phone around like ping pong balls

    22 33.85%
  • I don't have any iphone but like voting in polls

    3 4.62%
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    mitty's Avatar mitty is offline Couldn't that Chrysler have hit me instead?

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    Default Does the Iphone Glass crack/break far too easily?

    A guy whom I work with got his first Iphone (3GS 16gb) last week. He has only ever had one Nokia, but after a recent trip to Africa, his phone got nicked and so he figured he'd try the iphone.

    He's a slightly older dude, not really that tech savvy but he's a great guy so the first thing I said to him was "Make sure you buy a case... if you drop it, the glass will crack, and it costs like $200 to replace".

    Of course, he put it off. And, of course, he was at his parents house last weekend, and had it in his shirt pocket, and he bent over, and out it fell, and now he has a nice diagonal crack across his screen.

    I just wonder how many others have made the same fatal mistake?

    Is the Iphone screen to easy to break? Surely it should be able to survive a drop better than it does?

    I've had heaps of phones in my mobile phone career and dropped most of them at one point or another, resulting in various scuffs and scratches, but never a broken screen.

    Could the screen be made of some other material more resistant to breakage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitty View Post
    I've had heaps of phones in my mobile phone career and dropped most of them at one point or another, resulting in various scuffs and scratches, but never a broken screen.
    +1

    Also, the glass resists scratches better than plastic. So take your pick: more likely to scratch for a minor drop, or more like break for a bigger drop.

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    aspro is offline Veni, vidi, vici

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    I would guess I am quite careful with it (never enters a shirt pocket for example) but I haven't once worried about it. The few drops it has had (brushed off a table onto carpet) have had no effect whatsoever.

    As a side note, every time I hear of someone I know breaking a gadget it is from a fall out of a shirt pocket. I think there is a lesson there .

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    Obviously I guess it depends on how you handle the phone. Mine is always in my pants pocket so no chance of bending over to drop it. Plus I have a capsule rebel case and a screen protector. Also depends on what surface you drop it onto... carpet is obviously better for it than a hard concrete or wooden/tile floor.

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    Most phone screens are tiny compared to the iPhone too remember, so the ratio of surface area to thickness would be much smaller and so more strong (I'm making things up as I go but it sounds right - someone else will prove me wrong no doubt).

    That said, my iPhone has had many a pavement dive without a case and survived with minimal scratching. Seems to be luck of the draw.

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    I doesn't break that easily.

    I have dropped mine numerous times from no more than about a meter and it has been fine.

    But there was once when I was climbing up a wall and it fell out of my pocket from about 4 meters. It smashed
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    It's Glass, a ceramic, brittle. Of course it breaks easily. But it looks sexy!!

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    My iPod Touch has been dropped on tiles, concrete, bricks, rocks, ashphalt and has even been thrown into walls (iGolf ).
    It has hit from all different angles, but still hasn't cracked. It does have lot's of scratches and a few dint's, but nothing on the screen.
    To me it seems to be quite strong, but I may have just been lucky.

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    Poll options suck; I've broken my screen, but I don't think it breaks too easily.

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    i think at the end of the day, it boils down to how the person treats their devices. For me (and alot of others), it is plenty of love and tender care. Others, just throw it about, like a tennis ball. A very select few friends of mine, along with myself, can use almost anything, and it will look as close to mint. Others just can't wait to put the scratch on it asap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bosch View Post
    My iPod Touch has been dropped on tiles, concrete, bricks, rocks, ashphalt and has even been thrown into walls (iGolf )..
    Same here. My two iPod touches have been dropped at high speed while running for a bus (separate occasions, I don't rock 2 iPods), and they've been totally fine. I also have a habit of bouncing them off my bed onto the floor, or occasionally, my wooden TV stand. Not a scratch. They're resilient buggers!

    They've also survived me punching them while blindly groping around in the dark. I don't think that's any real test of strength, however.

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    Picked up the wife's iPhone a while ago and dropped it, in the process of fumbling for it I managed to tip it up into the air to nearly ceiling height from which it came back down onto hard porcelain tiles, so that would be over 2m fall, not a prob. But then we recently went on a trip and my iPhone was smashed in the overhead locker on a flight, whilst packed in an STM laptop bag. Admittedly it was just the front pocket, but still. I say quite sturdy, just some random knocks at certain angles cause more damage.
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    My old v1 iPhone got dropped, kicked, scraped and bounced on every hard surface you can imagine. It is still dam near perfect.

    Saying that - 3 guys at work have dropped their iPhones and managed to crack the screen.

    I'd say it's all down to luck. Glass replaced plastic because it's more durable, but there is always a cost!
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    I drop my phone all the time and keep it in a pocket without any other objects, so I would definitely prefer that the iPhone came with a plastic screen rather than glass.

    One iPhone I saw dropped a very short distance onto the side of the phone, not even touching the glass. The whole screen shattered into small segments all stuck together, and was actually still usable.

    Cases can help but any case that will actually protect the screen from a fall is quite bulky. Besides, if the screen happens to land on another object then the case does nothing.

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    I've had my 2g iPhone for a LONG time now, and have no screen problems at all. It's been dropped, thrown, sat on, fallen on, etc etc and I've had no issues with the screen at all. So to me it's no worse than any other phone's screen, in fact it's better because it's glass and doesn't scratch or fade as easily. The back of my phone - well that's another story :P Two minor chips on the top corners but other than that it's pretty good too.

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    I've dropped my phone a few times without cracking the screen. The worst being when I was in a race with my mate to get back to the car after after being at the footy. I tried a shortcut and jumped over a small fence.... in mid air, and in slow motion, I saw the phone fly out of my jacket pocket, bounce off of a wall and then hit the floor. I shat myself and checked it immediately for any physical damage.... all was good, until i tried to unlock it. The screen had gone completely white! It was still reactive to touch though as I could still slide to power off.... the whole car ride home I was thinking of how to explain this to apple in a way that placed the blame on them (for warranty purposes of course, cos apple could never do wrong in my eyes lol) When I got home I plugged it into my iMac and a miracle happened. The iMac had transferred its mac goodness and revived my iphone, which is still gong strong today!

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