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Dropping iPhone 5s - how durable

AceC

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How durable is the iPhone 5S?

I don't drop mine often, but did today on a hard floor. I have an otterbox defender on it, so I don't think I should be worried about anything wrong with it?

Just curious as to, how durable an iPhone 5S would be w/o an otterbox? Do you drop yours often, and whats the result?
 

carjakester

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i dropped mine once and it turned to a cloud of dust that eventually disappeared with an evil laugh.
 
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ugcop

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How durable is the iPhone 5S?

I don't drop mine often, but did today on a hard floor. I have an otterbox defender on it, so I don't think I should be worried about anything wrong with it?

Just curious as to, how durable an iPhone 5S would be w/o an otterbox? Do you drop yours often, and whats the result?

It is like rolling the dice sometime you win and sometimes you loose.

Personally I have always kept my iPhones in Otterboxes and have never broken one.
 
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thegrants82

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Cases look like crap and take away from what the iPhone was meant to be. Naked from day one with every iPhone that's been made. Cases look ridiculous And are a waste of money.
 
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ugcop

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Cases look like crap and take away from what the iPhone was meant to be. Naked from day one with every iPhone that's been made. Cases look ridiculous And are a waste of money.

A good case does what it is designed to do. It protects the phone. Seat belts and motorcycle helmets don't make a fashion statement but I still use them.
 
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rablat

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A good case does what it is designed to do. It protects the phone. Seat belts and motorcycle helmets don't make a fashion statement but I still use them.

Comparing saving ones life to possible saving or not saving your iPhone is quite a bit of a stretch.
 
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SomeGuyDude

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Cases look like crap and take away from what the iPhone was meant to be. Naked from day one with every iPhone that's been made. Cases look ridiculous And are a waste of money.

Cases are a waste of money if you have no problem with shattering your screen for whatever reason. Plus, frankly, I like having a case because you can augment your phone's appearance. It's like a tattoo or a different piece of clothing, or a custom ringtone and wallpaper.

The number of people I know who have shattered screens or banged up edges that look like ***** because of drops makes slapping a ten buck case on it WELL worth it.

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Comparing saving ones life to possible saving or not saving your iPhone is quite a bit of a stretch.

Well then let's go a step back from that and say wearing elbow and knee pads when you go roller blading. If you're totally confident in your ability to never fall and are okay with getting all banged up in the off-chance that you do fall, then sure, don't use 'em. But others would rather look a little silly and know that if they fall they'll be okay.
 
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sixrom

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I don't think so. Accidents happen. I wear seat belts, a helmet, life jacket, I have smoke detectors, I carry insurance for flood and fire and I put my phones in cases.

The degree of wisdom, common sense, and intellect you're demonstrating, may cause extreme discomfort for some Apple owners who post here :D
 
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Mrlal8

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Cases look like crap and take away from what the iPhone was meant to be. Naked from day one with every iPhone that's been made. Cases look ridiculous And are a waste of money.

A good case does what it is designed to do. It protects the phone. Seat belts and motorcycle helmets don't make a fashion statement but I still use them.


lol... how do you compare a case on a phone to that of a seat belt or helmet. You're phone breaks you go buy a new one. You don't wear a seat belt, you crash, you die. Cant go buy another life. Anyways back to the topic of the OP the phone is pretty durable. It depends on luck and what angle the phone decides to fall on. I haven't used a case on any iPhone since 2007 and have bought each model. I have dropped the phones a few times and haven't cracked any of them. Just don't put them in the same pocket as your keys if you go caseless
 
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rablat

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I don't think so. Accidents happen. I wear seat belts, a helmet, life jacket, I have smoke detectors, I carry insurance for flood and fire and I put my phones in cases.

LOL whatever, I still don't think any of those other things can even be compared to a friggen phone. But to each his own.
 
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C DM

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To different people different pros and cons apply as to whether or not something like a case/bumper/etc. would make sense for them. To say that one extreme or another is essentially the only "right" one, and especially for everyone, is something that is fairly irrational, and basically inconsequential.
 
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Acronyc

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I only use a case on my 4s when I am running (particularly trail running) or cycling. Otherwise no case all the way. Feels much better and personally I'm glad I stopped using a case all the time.
 
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617aircav

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Cases look like crap and take away from what the iPhone was meant to be. Naked from day one with every iPhone that's been made. Cases look ridiculous And are a waste of money.


Meant to be? Says who? Apple even make cases for their phone. The phone is better in a case and working than naked and broken. Lol. It's a communication device and not a fashion accessory.
 
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thegrants82

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Comparing saving ones life to possible saving or not saving your iPhone is quite a bit of a stretch.

Yes I totally agree.

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I don't think so. Accidents happen. I wear seat belts, a helmet, life jacket, I have smoke detectors, I carry insurance for flood and fire and I put my phones in cases.

Then buy phone insurance and stop buying seat belts and life jackets for your phone.
 
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ABC5S

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Cases look like crap and take away from what the iPhone was meant to be. Naked from day one with every iPhone that's been made. Cases look ridiculous And are a waste of money.
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Yes, until the day comes when you mess up and drop it, breaks and then you come here to cry about it.

I don't look at my phone and drool over it, nor fondle it, nor show it off to anyone. I keep my phone cased so I can keep it in good shape and sell it later in great condition.


Here is one poster (OP) that just got the phone, dropped it. Many more if you do a search.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1701448/
 
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thegrants82

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Yes, until the day comes when you mess up and drop it, breaks and then you come here to cry about it.

I don't look at my phone and drool over it, nor fondle it, nor show it off to anyone. I keep my phone cased so I can keep it in good shape and sell it later in great condition.

If I break it I just use my insurance. You are actually a much higher maintenance person by buying cases:) And judging by the way you talk about crying and fondling phones and worrying about resale in a year or two, a much higher maintenance person in general:) Bet you park your car way way in the back of the parking lot, sideways so no one will scratch your corolla.........LOL.
 
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Rampant.A.I.

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Buy insurance or a case. Tempered glass is strong, but in any application, it's susceptible to sudden edge trauma, and will shatter.

That's exactly how a dropped iPhone falls: On edge.

So, ignore the crying about "nude devices being superior devices," find a case you like and roll with it, or plan to spend a day or two waiting for a refurb phone when you do drop it.

In January of 2012, my iPhone 4S in an Otterbox Defender survived a car accident that nearly killed me. I spent a week in a hospital bed, with my trusty 4S to keep me sane. I've seen multiple 4S phones shatter when dropped on edge from 3'. Same build shape as the 5S.

Never understood why this is such a huge point of contention with the MacRumors crowd.
 
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rablat

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Buy insurance or a case. Tempered glass is strong, but in any application, it's susceptible to sudden edge trauma, and will shatter.

That's exactly how a dropped iPhone falls: On edge.

So, ignore the crying about "nude devices being superior devices," find a case you like and roll with it, or plan to spend a day or two waiting for a refurb phone when you do drop it.

In January of 2012, my iPhone 4S in an Otterbox Defender survived a car accident that nearly killed me. I spent a week in a hospital bed, with my trusty 4S to keep me sane. I've seen multiple 4S phones shatter when dropped on edge from 3'. Same build shape as the 5S.

Never understood why this is such a huge point of contention with the MacRumors crowd.

No one ever said that uncased iPhones are superior. They do however look better. Ive never used a case since 2007 iPhone onward and never broken one yet so I don't use a case. Its a point of contention because most cases are ugly and some people the amount of money they send on cases and films they could damn near buy another phone they certainly could pay for AppleCare+.
 
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takeshi74

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How durable is the iPhone 5S?
How do you expect people to respond to this? The housing can bend and the screen can crack with drops. It's not just a matter of height or the surface it lands on. How it lands matters as well. If you're concerned and willing to do so then use a case that offers impact protection and/or get insurance. You have to take whatever measures you're willing to go with.
 
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SomeGuyDude

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No one ever said that uncased iPhones are superior. They do however look better. Ive never used a case since 2007 iPhone onward and never broken one yet so I don't use a case. Its a point of contention because most cases are ugly and some people the amount of money they send on cases and films they could damn near buy another phone they certainly could pay for AppleCare+.

TIL you can get a new phone or AppleCare+ for $30.
 
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rablat

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TIL you can get a new phone or AppleCare+ for $30.

Reading comprehension is obviously not a strong suit of yours is it?
Most people on here buy way more than one case and even screen shields.
Average price of case is probably $30 apples own is $40 people buy multiple cases. Did you need me to do the math for you too?
Anyway Im so done with this, you're not going to change my mind.
 
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