Does iPhone 3G lie flat? Scratch/Crack resistant?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ncsmith4, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. ncsmith4 macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2007
    It looks to me like it has a bit of a rounded back. Does anyone know definitively how it lies on a table (or other flat surface)? The current iPhone lies flat obviously, and Im a little concerned about the new one wobbling around...

    Which brings me to my second question... How resistant is it to scratches (and cracks)? Does anyone who has handled one know if its some sort of polycarbonate? I know Ive dropped my phone a couple times, and it just put a few little scratches on the aluminum. But Im afraid that those drops might actually CRACK a *plastic* shell. :-/

    Thoughts? Comments?
  2. ICTUS TACTUS macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2008
    Well I know ever single phone I've ever owned has been made out of plastic...

    Everything breaks.
  3. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    It looks like the same material used for the front of the 5G iPods, nanos, etc. Those scratched pretty easily.

    I don't think it'll lie flat on the table since the back is curved. You might just want to get a cloth and put the phone on top of that so it doesn't wobble around too much.
  4. ICTUS TACTUS macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2008
  5. msantos86 macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2008
    It should lie flat with no problem (no wobbling).

    look here:

    At least 60-70 percent of the phone is flat on the surface, so that should make it stable on a table or any flat surface.
  6. sr5878 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2007

    looks like it could sit flat, but definitely more wobbly than the 1st gen.
  7. ncsmith4 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2007
    Yeah, this is the pic that kinda worries me. It looks a little too rounded like its gonna rock back and forth. :-\
  8. swanage macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2008
    UK South Coast
    I too am concerned about the new iPhones curved back (termed Scoliosis by the medical profession) and its possibly wobbling.

    What if you were on a ship moving through a violent storm?....if the phone were on a hard surfaced table and a large wave hit the ship would the phone wobble and thus potentially scratch itself?
  9. lofight macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2007
  10. thevibesman macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2007
    I do think it looks like there is enough of a flat back so the iPhone will not wobble if it is on a table that is not moving. In a violent storm, I don' think wobbling induced scratches will be your problem--both generations would probably slide off the table :D
  11. ncsmith4 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2007
    Yes, but the iPhone 3G would scratch itself up sliding off the table while the EDGE one wouldnt. ;)

    But I guess if its THAT bad of a storm, the ship might sink, in which case both phones would be bricks anyway. haha.
  12. sr5878 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2007
  13. mciarlo macrumors 6502


    Jan 7, 2008
    New York City
    It sits flat in all the iPhone imagery on and in the few pictures floating around of the actual phone. It will sit flat.
  14. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    It will sit flat on a table, it is the corners and edges that are rounded, so that shouldn't be a problem. As for scratching, a reviewer site that was lucky enough to receive one posted that it was very prone to scratches, search around the forums and I am sure that you will find the link.
  15. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    Which reviewer site "received" one?

    I'm putting a skin on mine.
  16. mattpreston11 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2007
    rsonally i like/find myself, putting the phone on a desk flat and using it, it will move around now i think making that more difficult..

    worried about it cracking when i drop it, i dropped my original about 15 times i rekkon, few dints diddnt bother me.

    bah will have to see wont we..
  17. ncsmith4 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2007
    yeah, but molded plastic doesnt DENT. it CRACKS. thats what im worried about...
  18. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    Apparently I was mistaken when I said that a review site received one, but rather it was iLounge (a review site) that took the views of developers that got to use the iPhone 3G for several hours and put them in their article about how scratch-prone the back of the device was, they compared the prone-to-scratching on the back to the 1st Gen iPod nanos along with other iPods with those polished silver backs (or whatever material it was). Here is the link to the article:

    Article Link
  19. mark34 macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2006
    i should have replied in this thread: see minute 3:10 of the Mobile Me guided tour.. you will see it sit flat
  20. MattyK macrumors 6502a


    on note to that review
    why the hell doesnt it have a camera?

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  21. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Wobbly, sit flat, don't matter to me I'll take (3) please! :p
  22. bigmac7 macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2007
    when you watch that mobile me video it kind of looks like it would wobble.
  23. thevibesman macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2007
    Yeah, that doesn't look like the picture on Apple's website. Not only does it look like it is missing the camera, but it seems to be missing metal buttons on the side.
  24. vabigpoppa macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2008
  25. MattyK macrumors 6502a


    even if it was just the shell, we would be able to see the red table cloth through the hole.

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