Dropped My iPhone 5, Aluminum Cracked

piecookie

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Original poster
Oct 22, 2012
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Hi

I recently dropped my new phone. It got two smashed aluminum edges. I'm afraid it's going to force me to exchange the whole unibody? Or the entire phone?

Does anyone know anything about this or may i just have to live with it? I know broken i5's are fairly uncommon at this time.

It doesn't affect the functionality of the phone though.

Thanks
 

darngooddesign

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Jul 4, 2007
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This kind of thing is covered by AppleCare+, but not AppleCare. If you only have the latter it's going to take a very sympathetic Genius to replace your phone for free.

Or you could just buy a case to cover the damage and not worry about it.
 

Givmeabrek

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Apr 20, 2009
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Your choice. The only fix is to replace the phone. $229 at Apple or $50 if you have Applecare +.

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This kind of thing is covered by AppleCare+, but not AppleCare. If you only have the latter it's going to take a very sympathetic Genius to replace your phone for free.
Applecare is not available for the iPhone 5, only Applecare +.
 

piecookie

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Original poster
Oct 22, 2012
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Your choice. The only fix is to replace the phone. $229 at Apple or $50 if you have Applecare +.

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Applecare is not available for the iPhone 5, only Applecare +.
Is this possible in any Apple store? Even if it's bought from a different carrier? I don't live in the states.
 

dk206

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Sep 27, 2012
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Hi


Does anyone know anything about this or may i just have to live with it? I know broken i5's are fairly uncommon at this time.
How can we answer your thread when we have nothing to comment from? Pictures or we can even give an opinion. Like you said "broken i5's are failry uncommon at this time".
 

chambone

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Dec 24, 2011
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It Did happen. Why would i make this thread otherwise? I got no second camera.

But ontopic, seems like I'm screwed..
The no other camera excuse doesn't fly anymore. It hasn't for years actually. I see plenty of youtube vids where people throw an iphone 5 way up in the air and even throw it into the ground to test the glass. From those vids, the thing seems like the sturdiest iphone so far and by far, so it's hard to believe that you just dropped it and it cracked. We even have a dick on here who claims that his phone bent and cracked spontaneously in his hand, while it's clear from his pics that it was bent back and forth until failure. So I'm sorry, but I can't take your word for it. Pics or it didn't happen.
 

piecookie

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Original poster
Oct 22, 2012
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The no other camera excuse doesn't fly anymore. It hasn't for years actually. I see plenty of youtube vids where people throw an iphone 5 way up in the air and even throw it into the ground to test the glass. From those vids, the thing seems like the sturdiest iphone so far and by far, so it's hard to believe that you just dropped it and it cracked. We even have a dick on here who claims that his phone bent and cracked spontaneously in his hand, while it's clear from his pics that it was bent back and forth until failure. So I'm sorry, but I can't take your word for it. Pics or it didn't happen.
Damn i realised my description is bad. It is no way near "cracked". It's scratches, but deep. It turned the aluminum edge flat.
 

chakraj

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Feb 6, 2008
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This is a fail. The drop tests show that the new design is tougher than most phones on the market and tougher than the 4S. This is purely user error...

Your dropping it wrong.
 

Rocko1

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Nov 3, 2011
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This is a fail. The drop tests show that the new design is tougher than most phones on the market and tougher than the 4S. This is purely user error...

Your dropping it wrong.
In no way shape or form is the 5 'tougher' than the 4 or 4S. The 5's 6061 non-tempered aluminum is much softer and weaker than the 4/4S stainless steel frame.
 

piecookie

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Original poster
Oct 22, 2012
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This is a fail. The drop tests show that the new design is tougher than most phones on the market and tougher than the 4S. This is purely user error...

Your dropping it wrong.
Maybe the entire front or back will survive, but I can't see how any aluminum edge will remain unharmed from an outside drop. They seem so to be very very fragile...
 

KoukiFC3S

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Jul 4, 2010
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Applecare is a warranty and tech support extension. It adds an extra year and is not available for the iPhone 5.
Strange, when I bought Applecare + the Apple rep told me the regular Applecare was also available for my iPhone 5.
 
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