iPhone 2G - better build quality?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by matttye, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    I've read no end of problems with the iPhone 3G, yet I've had the 2G for about a year now and the only faults with it have been software related (the 2.x.x series were really slow and buggy when first released)

    Does anyone else think Apple took a major step backwards with the 3G build quality?
  2. genmic macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2009
    Have to say yes, my wife has had her 3G for less than 2 months and it's already cracking + showing signs of wear. The only problem with mine has been the chrome scratching.
  3. chox99 macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2008
    My 2G gave me no issue whatsoever so far, and as far as I can tell, not many of 2G owners are having trouble with their HW either. I must say build quality of 3G is worse than 2G.
  4. John89 macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2008
    My 2G has served me well. Many drunk drops. The only thing that doesn't work is the vibrate.
  5. Hollywood F1 macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2009
    Can we get the name right?

    It was never called the 2G. The second generation iPhone was named the 3G not because it was a third generation (which it isn't), or because it somehow related numerically to the original iPhone. It's just the name for the network data transfer protocol.

    Need a way to refer to the original iPhone without confusing it with the iPhone 3G? Try these:

    the original iPhone
    the first generation iPhone
  6. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    Just judging from the 3G I bought on iDay 2, I'd say no. My 3G is flawless; maybe I'm one of the lucky ones...;)
  7. Dr. Cabrera macrumors 65816

    Aug 25, 2008
    Los Angeles
    good post

    basically it comes down to two different things a) screen is not glued to digitizer b) back is made of plastic that cracks

    I'm happy with the 3G because it has better reception and doesn't need proprietary headphones
  8. matttye thread starter macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    You knew immediately which version of the iPhone I was talking about, so what's the problem? Don't be a pedant :)
  9. matttye thread starter macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    I've read that a few times, good comparison :)

    Ultimately the 3G isn't enough of an upgrade for me to put up with all these dusty screens and cracked plastic backs!
  10. Kardashian macrumors 68020


    Sep 4, 2005
    Calm down. It's only a forum, we all know what he/she meant.

    Anyway.. :rolleyes:

    For sure. The 2G was far better quality wise. I hope they bring the metal look back for the next revision.
  11. koobcamuk macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    If you want to go down this line, get it right.

    The first iPhone should be 2.5G as it had EDGE. 2G was just GPRS in mobile phones.

    You could have gone down the route of "name Apple give it" in which case "iPhone" would have been correct.

    Mine has neither.
  12. ~Phi macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2007
    My 2g blows both of my 3gs away in terms of build quality.
  13. xploit macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2007
    build quality

    The day the 3G came out I was saying how it was such a step backwards as far as build quality. I called it a "budget" model and the people on this forum crucified me for it. The 3G is NOT built as well as the original. It IS BUDGET and that's why I did not "upgrade" but I will hopefully be swayed by whatever is released this June!

  14. barryst macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2009
  15. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    Yeah... the original iPhone is more comfortable to use too and it doesn't get slimy or greasy on the back either. I hate how I can't freakin' touch the 3G without getting it all fingerprinted on the back. I think I spend 60% of the time wiping the iPhone off and 40% of the time using it.
  16. Eternal 28 macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2008
    Hands down the Original iPhone is built like a tank. You do not have to worry about light leaks, cracks, and dust under the screen. Hopefully the new revision will be made of the same quality as the original iPhone.
  17. iFerd macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2007
    I am much happier with my 3G than I was with the original iPhone. Better ringer volume and phone receiver volume by far. And no trouble of any kind for me.
  18. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Yep the 3G is definitely cheap and poorly build compared to the the 2G. I looked at my friends' 3G and decided not to upgrade. I looked at his again 9 months later and I am glad I didn't upgrade. I hope the next iPhone is better because I would love to get GPS and MMS.
  19. three macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2008
    Washington State
    Same thing applies to the First and Second generation touch's, the first generation touch is bulletproof (not literally) but the second generation is very cheap.
  20. Theaser macrumors 6502


    Dec 30, 2008
    I'm concerned about the long-term use of my iPhone, like if it would develop cracks and dead pixels after my warranty expires.
  21. sysiphus macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2006
    Yup, the original is definitely a tank by comparison. I hate to think what the plastic back would be like in lieu of my sister's original model...given that this type of plastic doesn't dent very easily without structural failures (cracking/chipping)...ouch.
  22. instaxgirl macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    I think I could live with the cracked plastic (as long as the thing didn't end up completely falling apart) but if the screen issue got bad it would really bug me.

    The real killer for me on the 3G was battery life though, especially call time. My last phone was 3G and after being on the phone an hour or so the battery was half what it had been before :cool:
  23. bigchief macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2009
    I've never owned an iphone but I have had plans to buy the new one coming out this summer. I've been reading this forum for the past couple of months trying to learn as much as I can about this device. I am now having second thoughts about buying the iphone after reading all the complaints about the cracks in the case, don't take it to the gym because you might sweat on it because it will set of the water sensors, don't leave it in the bathroom while you take a shower because it will set off the water sensors, don't get caught in a shower, put it in a case, put a screen protector on the glass.

    Hell, I like to hunt, fish, play golf, work out at the gym, and ride my Harley and I have never had any trouble carrying other cell phones. If it's going to be like carrying around the Holy Grail in my pocket, I don't want it.
  24. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Bleah. Who wants long names? That's like having to type out the silly "iPod touch" when everyone knows what you mean by "iTouch".

    It's just a piece of plastic, silicon and metal.

    But if you insist, then here. I'll help:

    1G iPhone = ROKR
    2G iPhone = touchscreen with EDGE
    3G iPhone = touchscreen with 3G


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