iPhone 5 - dropped in car park, screen smashed

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    hifromtomorrow

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    Well, after all these years of owning iPhones, I finally dropped one.

    iPhone 5 (black 16g).

    I had one of those slimline, black plastic cases, which cracked on the corner where the phone obviously hit the pavement.

    The screen is a mess (photo attached). The case has obviously been removed for the photo.

    Apple tell me that here in Australia, they will do a full phone swap and not replace the screen. So I am getting that done Thursday night.

    Are apple replacing screens anywhere in the appleverse yet?

    Applecare? NO.
    Lesson learned.

    New case being bought Thursday too, slightly more effective. I hope.

    So, for anyone using the slimline barely there black case on the 5, be careful, they prevent scratches on the back, but for a waist height drop on the wrong angle at impact, they do jack for the screen. I suppose I knew this but ignored it because I wanted the phone to look as natural as possible.
     

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    Jordan921

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    Damn that's all bad.
     
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    XboxMySocks

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    No. Never have, and never will.
     
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    hifromtomorrow

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    Thanks.

    I guess the $279 AUD is the price of the lesson learned (oh, and add the price of the new, perhaps more effective case).
     
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    XboxMySocks

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    I apologise as that sounded rather crass.

    But yes, I feel your pain and I hope you enjoy your new iPhone as you did the last :)
     
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    GoCubsGo

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    That is a bummer. Do they have Apple Care + there?

    Those slimline cases, to my knowledge, aren't ever bought for drop protection.
     
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    hifromtomorrow

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    Yeah the Apple product line and everything associated with the products is the same down here as up there.

    I just thought I was invincible, you know, the "Ha, insurance? That's for clumsy people. I don't drop phones" sort of thinking.

    Yeah well, seems I am Australia's worst juggler.

    And, I wanted the phone to look naked, as they say, so got the flimsiest, barely there-est style case.

    I am not converting to otter box or anything, but I concede there is value in getting something with a bit more substance. Which I will be doing tomorrow night.
     
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    XboxMySocks

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    I would recommend not having a case at all. Honestly, why not enjoy the phone that you have?
     
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    presuming applecare+ isn't an option down under?

    I've converted to naked. I figure I could get a "bumper" or "slim" case but will it *really* provide any drop protection? doubtful...
     
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    XboxMySocks

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    Bumpers in my experience provide better protection than any other case (at least properly made ones). That being said, I don't think it's worth it for the looks
     
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    hifromtomorrow

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    Apple worked hard on making this thing so beautiful and light.
    I really struggle with putting it in a cage, as do the posters above.

    I have to risk assess the likelihood of me attempting my juggling routine again when having my phone in hand.

    Applecare+ certainly is an option, I just ignored it for the reason I stated above.

    Anyway, I will look at cases and try to find a happy medium, but I can see the new (after checking for scuffgate issues hahahaha) phone going naked.

    I am an iPhone naturist!!!

    And that is an expensive way for me to be it would seem.
     
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    Actually they will be, apple stores dont have the parts yet tho
     
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    XboxMySocks

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    Is that what the Genius told you? I have not seen a single case of Apple replacing a screen on a device. They will simply replace the device.
     
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    Apple replaced the screens on the iPhone 3 models. It was easy because the front glass just lifted out like the iPhone 5. They should be able to replace the glass on the 5 soon enough.
     
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    zhenya

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    Other than extremely bulky and protective cases, I really think it's more the luck of the draw than anything else. I've dropped my iPhones caseless onto pavement before and come away with not even a scratch. Others have dropped them onto far more forgiving surfaces and had a complete shatter. Like many materials, the glass on these phones seems to be quite strong in many directions, but also has weak spots if you catch it just wrong.
     
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    I still won't get a bulky case, that's the price am willing to risk for beauty.
     
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    Yup and exactly what givmeabreak said, they never replaced screens on the 4 or 4s due to having to start from the back and take everything out to get to it, easier to replace yet with the other gen's, 5 included, the screen is the first thing to come out making it super easy to replace.
     
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    I think I'm gonna get a case after seeing what happened to your phone. I love it naked, but I've had my 4 day old ip4 front panel shatter on me from a 5 ft drop on pavement before.
     
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    Oh man, that is a tough break OP. My wife uses a Speck Candy shell on her iPhone 5, it is a nice case, I recommend it.
     
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    hifromtomorrow

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    Cheers mate I will check it out.
     
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    Bad luck

    I've dropped iphones (3g, 3g-s, 4-s) onto bitumen, tiles, bricks, etc and 9/10 times they are fine (even if occasionally you end up with cosmetic damage).

    Never had a case.

    Either the 5 is more fragile or you just lucked out.

    the drop that killed my 3g-s for example was onto CARPET, after being dropped multiple times onto bricks, etc.

    Sometimes they just land wrong...
     
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