Cracked Screen - Durability of iPhone 3G

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by FreeLunch1, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. FreeLunch1 macrumors member

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    I have had Treos for the past 4-5 years and will occasionally drop my phone on concrete, carpet, wood floors,etc from 4 feet or so. However, the screen has never cracked. I know some people have cracked their Treo screen, but in my experience, maybe I'm lucky, but it seems to be crack resistant from drops.

    When I get my iPhone 3G, I want to go with Invisible Shields, BSE or something like that. However, after seeing several pictures of cracked iPhone screens, I am wondering if you need a case to protect it. How durable is the iPhone from the occasional drop?
     
  2. kornyboy macrumors 68000

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    The screen is suppose to be fairly durable. There have been several tests on the current iPhone's durability which have shown some really positive results. If I remember correctly the new iPhone has the same screen as the old one. Try googling it and I think you can even get some videos.
     
  3. pintnight macrumors 6502

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    Just don't drop the iPhone on a brick/concrete steps where the iPhone can hit the corner of the steps. That what happened to mine on Friday the 13th. :(
     
  4. earnjam macrumors 6502a

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    This is the best example I've seen...put in a bag with keys, dropped on carpet and dropped on concrete.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czCCavcnNd8

    Now, I wouldn't drop it on purpose because I've heard of people breaking their's when the corner hits just right. But this video shows it's pretty durable.
     
  5. JML42691 macrumors 68020

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    It is glass, and glass breaks, I would suggest attempting to find a case that might add a little more grip to the device, and definitely find a screen protector. I am on an iPod touch, and I believe that it uses that same glass as the iPhone, and that glass is prone to scratches if put in a pocket with your keys or a metal pen or something, I have two decent scratches on mine right now. I know that incase makes a rubber like case for the iPod touch that gives in great grip and protection. I am using it right now and it really helps.
     
  6. djransom macrumors 68040

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    My uses the Incase Magenta colored case for her iPhone. It is a great case and provides a great grip. I had 1 and took it back after I found a deal on ebay that included a charger, mount for the car, and like 5 different cases for $30 BIN.
     
  7. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    Overall, it seems to be durable, but if lands at the wrong angle the screen will crack. Like if it lands on the corner/edge it appears that the screen will crack... so I would get a case just to be safe.
     
  8. stagi macrumors 65816

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    when he pulled out the key in that video that was hard to watch,I cringed
     
  9. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    I've got an Incase Slider for my iPhone. It has prevented any damage to the device (I did the small scratch to the screen by my own stupidity) and I have dropped it a few times. The case itself has about 1,500 scratches, which makes me worry about the iPhone 3G, but you can always get a new case.

    If you aren't going to dock your iPhone 3G, you might look into the silicone covers. They'll be more snug and probably absorb shock better than a plastic case. Either way, be fully warned if you don't get a case.
     

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