If the build quality of the iPhone is so amazing

mark28

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Then why does every iPhone I see have a case? ( and I see alot of damaged iPhones too )

On my old phone I never used a case and it's in mint condition still ( it has dropped on the street a couple of times too )
 

dccorona

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Then why does every iPhone I see have a case? ( and I see alot of damaged iPhones too )

On my old phone I never used a case and it's in mint condition still ( it has dropped on the street a couple of times too )
build quality ≠ drop resistance

but I agree with you that most cases are ugly. I only have a case because I genuinely like how it looks...it has a back cover that is made out of a real vinyl record, which I find very cool
 

DroidRules

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Then why does every iPhone I see have a case? ( and I see alot of damaged iPhones too )

On my old phone I never used a case and it's in mint condition still ( it has dropped on the street a couple of times too )
Because then you wouldn't be able to make this semi trolling thread related to using a case on the iPhone.

Don't worry about what others do with their iPhone, worry about your own. Don't like a case on your i, don't put a case on your i but don't worry about those that do.
 

Mac.World

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Then why does every iPhone I see have a case? ( and I see alot of damaged iPhones too )

On my old phone I never used a case and it's in mint condition still ( it has dropped on the street a couple of times too )
You know what the difference between Apple owners and PC/Android-based phone owners are? People that buy Apple take care of their products. That is why the resale value is so high. Well, that and Apple makes the best products and supports them for years. You think I would pay $300-$400 for a 2 year old Android phone? LOL I don't care if it is in mint condition.
 

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mark28 said:
It's made of glass.

Glass breaks.
Well, those cases really make those iPhones look ugly. The only cases that look good are those "invisible" ones from what I have seen.
Your opinion. I love the paramilitary look of my Defender case.

If you don't, get one and carry it caseless.

BTW, build quality and durability aren't really the same thing.
 

anirudh

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On my old phone I never used a case and it's in mint condition still ( it has dropped on the street a couple of times too )
I am sure it is, but then, I am also sure it didn't look as good as the iPhone to start with :)

Most of the cases out there are more geared towards adding something extra aesthetically to the phone. Its like everyone has an iPhone, you could use a case you like to provide some uniqueness. The added protection is a bonus (not speaking about cases like Otterbox here which could withstand being run over by a tank :p)
 

bandofbrothers

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Like already said its a matter of choice.

I have a rocket fish bumper to add a little grip and stop the death grip on my iPhone 4.

I also have a SGP carbon fibre back because I like the look and feel of it.

I've seen smashed handsets too however they all don't smash in impact. I work in a warehouse with a solid concrete floor on which I dropped mine at about 4 feet. It did not have a bumper on which resulted in a slight scrape on the bottom left hand bottom edge if the glass.
 

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Lol... I don't care if your last phone was made of tungsten carbide, if you dropped it on the street, it's not in "mint condition."

Whoever called this being a troll thread was right!
 

Jordan921

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Then why does every iPhone I see have a case? ( and I see alot of damaged iPhones too )

On my old phone I never used a case and it's in mint condition still ( it has dropped on the street a couple of times too )
Why do you care that everyone else uses a case?
 

penfan82

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I've used cases on all my phones from dumb phones to android to now my iPhone also have cases on all my iPods and iPad just feel more secure with one has nothing to do with build
 

Shrink

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If you think the case makes the phone look ugly, get a slip case. It will protect from scratches, with a minor bit of drop protection. Then you can use the phone naked.

And, as has been pointed out above, it is glass. If you don't like the risks associated with glass - don't get a glass phone.:rolleyes: :D
 

gco212

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build quality ≠ drop resistance

but I agree with you that most cases are ugly. I only have a case because I genuinely like how it looks...it has a back cover that is made out of a real vinyl record, which I find very cool
I'm young (23), but find that case cool as hell. Just for the record.

My phone has been uninsured and unencased for its life. I can afford to pay 300 if I break it (I hope I don't, or I hope I can convince some employee he broke it).

I love the "naked" look.
 

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Then why does every iPhone I see have a case? ( and I see alot of damaged iPhones too )
Like almost anything, you drop it, then it will get damaged. That has nothing to do with how well its assembled.

The components used, like glass have properties like brittleness that cause cracks/breakage when dropped.
 

thunderbunny

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From my experience I wouldn't say the iPhone has amazing build quality, but the opposite. I have owned a 3G, 4 and 4S and between these have had to get at least 4 replacements from apple store. Have never had to have any other mobile phone replaced
 

SuperCachetes

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A $90,000 aluminum-bodied Audi A8 can have exquisite build quality, but still get the **** dinged out of it by the lump some ****** parks next to it.

At this point, the Apple bumper I got free has fallen apart, so I just run naked. Que sera, sera.
 

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Most works of art are very fragile. If I was carrying the Mona Lisa around with me everyday it would have case on it as all. Ur "old" phone is clearly not a work of art, and therefore doesn't need a case.
 

Swandog

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It's a pretty phone that looks best with no finger prints; all shiny and glossy but once I touch it, it becomes a tool and needs a case the places I go and things I do. And, I like the looks of my hardy black case; but I'm a guy.
 

lordofthereef

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Build quality has to do with how long the phone will last in regular use situations. Drops, throwing it in your pocket with yoir keys, spilling your kid's cheerios and milk, etc. may be considered regular wear and tear to some users, but it definitely isn't to Apple (or any other company for that matter). This is where cases and screen protectors come in.

Think of it in terms of automobiles. Build quality of a car means it will keep running 'forever'. It does NOT mean that if you smash it into a wall you shouldn't expect it to crumple. :)

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Most works of art are very fragile. If I was carrying the Mona Lisa around with me everyday it would have case on it as all. Ur "old" phone is clearly not a work of art, and therefore doesn't need a case.
Did you just compare the iPhone to the Mona Lisa? I just can't take you seriously...
 

ucfgrad93

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Then why does every iPhone I see have a case? ( and I see alot of damaged iPhones too )

On my old phone I never used a case and it's in mint condition still ( it has dropped on the street a couple of times too )
I have a case for mine because I feel it is too slippery without one. I use the black Apple bumper for my iPhone.

Well, those cases really make those iPhones look ugly. The only cases that look good are those "invisible" ones from what I have seen.
That is your opinion. Obviously they wouldn't sell so well if everyone agreed.
 

libertysat

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Build quality?

My work gets me in some awkward situations from time to time

Twice in less than a month I had my phone fall off my tool belt and sail down about 12 feet one time and around 10' straight down to concrete
(in an Otterbox)

Survived both drops
Don't know what the G-force of such a hit generates but Apple did the iPhone4 right as far as I am concerned...
 

mysterioustko

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build quality ≠ drop resistance
I disagree. Durability is a part of build quality, that's why companies tend to use some sort of fortified glass (typically gorilla glass), because durability is a part of build quality. I'm sorry but if a phone is fragile then it lacks in the durability part of build quality. I think people get caught up in the materials used in the iPhone and by default say it's great build quality. I disagree. The phone is too fragile (breaking glass, aluminum getting scratched, etc) and then there are the issues with the home button. I'm not saying the build quality is poor, but I definitely don't think it's top tier.

You know what the difference between Apple owners and PC/Android-based phone owners are? People that buy Apple take care of their products. That is why the resale value is so high. Well, that and Apple makes the best products and supports them for years. You think I would pay $300-$400 for a 2 year old Android phone? LOL I don't care if it is in mint condition.
You really think iphone owners really take care of their phones any better than anyone else? Get real. The resale value is what it is because of how the iphone releases are. It's going to be the newest phone with iOS on it for at least a year. It's simple supply and demand. BTW a 2 year old iphone does not fetch $300-$400. The 4S sells for between $400-$450 right now and the 4 sells from $250-$300. I buy and sell iphones all the time and I can tell you that 2 year old iphones (3gs) is not going to sell anywhere near $300-$400.
 
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