An online iPhone repair shop advertising itself as “the nation’s premier source for all your iPhone repair needs” has concluded that iPhone 4
is prone to some pretty nasty accidental damage, according to the company’s latest blog post.
The folks at iFixYouri claim to have assembled an iPhone 4 out of original Apple parts, minus the logic board, and dropped it a few times on a hard surface from 3.5 feet up to see what happened. The two pictures in this report are the answer. iFixYouri explains
, “We here at iFixYouri did a little science experiment the other day. Many people have been talking that the new iPhone has strong glass, less prone to scratching, 30 times stronger than plastic, etc. Will the new glass prove to be ultra strong and never break?”
The post continues, “I’m going to go with a no on this one,” “Why may you ask? They do say that it is 30 times stronger than plastic, and there is a video of it bending. Bending, yes. They did also state that the iPhone 3Gs Glass was stronger when that came out as well. It may bend more, but can it handle shock and sudden impact, that is the real question […] Land it flat on the ground, and it will smash. We have evidence,” the author claims, and shows the two pictures that can hardly be called evidence.
“We have a full iPhone 4 (minus the circuit board), here at our shop and decided to do a little drop test. This drop was performed from 3.5 ft up. Mind you that these parts ARE original apple parts. Laser etched and all,” the blogger states for iFixYouri. “The iPhone 4 did survive 2 drops, as expected, but on the 3rd drop there was a loud POP, and yet again, shattered glass.”
The author makes a good case for iFixYouri in pointing out to a design flaw on the iPhone 4. “On the new iPhone, the glass basically sits on top of the aluminum frame. On the old iphone, it was recessed and protected by a chrome bezel.” Needless to say, he is suggesting that Apple’s new device is prone to hitting the ground glass-first. Adding insult to injury, Apple also confirmed that the back side of its iPhone 4 was also made from glass, something that might “bite them in the future” as the blogger puts it.
The iFixYouri story sounds convincing, although the repair shop cannot confirm that the same thing will happen with a factory-assembled iPhone 4 equipped with all the parts listed in the device’s blueprints. Softpedia readers are encouraged to share an opinion on this story.