iPhone durability...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sam10685, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. sam10685 macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2006
    Portland, OR
    I can't find this answer anywhere in the forums. I just wanna know how many falls an iphone can take. Is the screen durable enough for you guys? I'm in a wheel chair so I tend to drop stuff a lot if I put it on my lap and forget it's there.
  2. dfnj123 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2007
    I've only had my iPhone for 2 days but it seems to be very durable. There was a video a while ago around launch in which a man rubbed keys on the iPhones screen, through it on a matted floor, and dropped it on concert. There were only a few scratches and the screen was fine.

    Diffidently get a case though
  3. MyJelleo macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2007

    I hope this helps give you an understanding of the power of the iPhone. I'm pretty sure even the Power Rangers couldn't scratch it with their megazords. My favorite was the pink ranger, but that's irrelevant.

    The shiny bordering of the iphone tends to be the easiest part to scratch. It looks to be made out of the same stuff that makes up the back of the ipods. But that doesn't effect the functioning of the phone.
  4. ChandlerXJ macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2007
    When you think about it, everyone goes through the baby period with phones. I mean, even if it's one of the phones I get for free when I upgrade, I baby it until I get like 1 or 2 big dings, then it's fair game, I throw it around, toss it on the counter, use it in the rain. It's not that I don't respect it, but it's like, whatever? I decided the first week after I got my phone that instead of apple care extension, I would just buy another phone if it was ever that damaged or if something happened. I mean, I think the fact that you don't need to listen to the voice mail prompt is worth the $600 alone. Hopefully by the time mine falls apart V2 will be out, and I'll just buy it.

    I was actually surprised that you would say you would drop it more because you are in a wheel chair, I don't see any difference between us. Some of my best friends are in wheel chairs and they can do almost everything better than I can - I hate it when people feel limited by disabilities. I wish I could find an article online about my friend Gina. She has no legs and is one of the BEST softball players in the region. It's inspirational to watch her play, she has the best spirit. She manages to RUN the bases, and FAST - because one day her pinch runner missed the game and she still wanted to play.

    Way off topic, but don't be afraid to get an iPhone because you're scared of dropping it, don't be afraid to do anything.
  5. svenhoops macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2007
    Well, apparently Titanium wedding rings do a pretty good job of scratching the screen...not trying to scare you away from purchasing an iPhone though, because I absolutely love this thing!! Just a word of warning that although the screen is extremely tough, it's not indestructible. The other day I reached into my pocket to retrieve my iPhone and my ring scraped right across the screen, leaving a 1 inch or so scratch right across it...I was crushed! Some good news, though - I just got off the phone with Apple and they're fixing it for free! You can't beat that customer service! And you can be sure that I'm buying a screen protector today...
  6. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Watch this:

    iPhone drop test cracks screen

    It's got a glass screen, so of course it can break if dropped enough, or at the wrong angle, etc.

    If you're really prone to dropping it, I would look for a ruggedized case. Otterbox is supposed to be working on one.

  7. Yankees 4 Life macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2007
    College Station, Tx
    mine is pretty durable, i even dropped it on concrete and no scratches :)
  8. Slava macrumors member


    Oct 22, 2006
  9. JMax1 macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2006
    Harlem, NY

    Keep your iPhones away from your TI Powerbooks then, eh?
  10. paymaster macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2006
    My glass shattered today

    The strange thing is I didn't drop it or anything, it was in my pocket. I pulled it out of my pocket and it was shattered right by the home button with cracks going out from there. I have no idea how it happened. The only thing I can think of is I had my keys in with it for a bit and maybe some how either sitting down or standing up the keys caught it just right(actually just wrong). Little pieces of glass were actually falling out right by the home button. My heart really sank when I saw that, I couldn't believe it. I thought for sure Apple was going to say I broke it so tough luck. I took it to the Apple store and they said right now they are taking care of whatever the problem is, no questions asked and no charge. It is being sent in for repair and I will have it back in a few days. That is great customer service! I didn't want to cover it up with some ugly case, but I will be getting one now.
  11. nsbio macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2006
    This immediate replacement sounds like a great move on :apple:'s part. Is it safe to assume that this "good will" only applies to the iPhone and, say, a shattered screen on an iPod will not be replaced as seamlessly?
  12. paymaster macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2006
    Actually they are repairing mine, not replacing it. She I would be getting mine back, not a refurbished one to replace it. We'll see. I agree though that it is only because the iPhone is new, the Mac Genius said basically that, that because it is a new product they are trying to keep everyone happy.
  13. AJsAWiz macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2007
    I'm waiting on an "ordered" case for mine. Meanwhile I'm using a couple of temporary cases. And when it's naked I take great care in not putting it in my purse, pocket or anywhere with anything else (like keys, etc.).
    You are very fortunate that Apple is repairing the damage :)
  14. nsbio macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2006
    And you'd better be happy - otherwise there is no way you will keep making monthly payments for the next 11 months.
  15. beate macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    That's why I bought it - visual voicemail.

    I have a ding - I was stupid. I must say I'm much more relaxed about it now though. Figure I can always replace the back if I must.

    It seems people are getting mixed results when trying to replace a damaged phone. Another thread covers the successes and failures.
  16. tribe3 macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2005
    Vienna, VA - USA
    I found 2 tiny scratches - very thin lines - on the upper part of the screen and it happened to be my wife's - also tiny - diamond ear rings.

    I'll be putting one of those screen protectors.

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