iPhone now using plastic instead of glass?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rosemarycane, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. rosemarycane macrumors newbie

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    I received a week one 2008 iPhone as a replacement for my old one. Is it possible that Apple is now using plastic instead of glass for the front of the unit?

    Your thoughts please.
     
  2. bacaramac macrumors 65816

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    Do you have a reason to think this or just a shot in the dark?
     
  3. mrowl macrumors regular

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    do you have a reason for this thought?
     
  4. StealthRider macrumors 65816

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    Manual still says "glass" very explicitly.
     

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  5. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    I also have a week one iPhone as well as a week 51 iPhone. Both are identical and both use glass.
     
  6. myphone macrumors 6502

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    Mine is 2008 model and pretty sure its a glass.
     
  7. rosemarycane thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just a feeling. It feels a little different to me, but of course I could be wrong. Will not be the first time.:rolleyes:
     
  8. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    Well the glass always feel weird the first time you use it on a brand new iPhone. It will feel all smooth once your greasy fingers slide around on it. I noticed that my new week 1 screen felt a bit different than my week 51 but as I said, it's just because it's brand new and clean.
     
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  10. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    did you forget to peel up the plastic protective coating?
    :D
     
  11. ascham87 macrumors regular

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    I remember when I got mine in June I did the same thing for the first few days, on purpose though, didn't want to scratch it. Now I just throw it in my pocket and it still hasn't gotten scratched, it's amazing how durable it is.
     
  12. juanster macrumors 68020

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    very easy to check, lick it, if it feels cold is glass, if it's ambient temperature its plastic, im pretty sure it's glass, i just licked my ipod touch.. :D
     
  13. DaffyDuck macrumors 6502

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    Yes, glass is very scratch resistant, otherwise, the windshield on your car would have to be replaced every month.
     
  14. mrwizardno2 macrumors 6502a

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    LOL! Gross! I'd prefer not to ;)
     
  15. juanster macrumors 68020

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    really *runs off to check (lick) his car windshield* ahaha no im just kidding now.:)
     
  16. wPod macrumors 68000

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    there is an easy way to test. use Mohs scale.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohs_scale_of_mineral_hardness

    on a scale of 1-10 where 1 is pencil lead and 10 is a diamond, glass fits in at about 5.5 on the scale. a knife blade (i think they mean like a butter knife, not a high quality hardened steel knife) also measures 5.5. but hardened steel measures in at 6.5.

    do the test at your own risk!!!!!

    1. scratch screen with fingernail
    2. scratch screen with copper penny
    3. scratch screen with butter knife
    4. scratch screen with hardened steel (steel file, or drill bit etc, use your imagination, just make sure you get a video of this part of the test!)
    5. scratch screen with diamond blade (you can find diamond rotary blades at home depot, used for cutting rock etc they can be kinda pricey though)

    if items 1-3 scratch the surface, then it is probably plastic. if item 4 or 5 scratches then screen, then you probably have a glass screen.
     
  17. pusman83 macrumors regular

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    Fixed your post ;).
     
  18. wPod macrumors 68000

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    oh come on! haven't you seen all the youTube videos of people trying to scratch their iPhones??? i would like to see someone sucessfully scratch an iPhone (just not mine ;) )
     
  19. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    Actually, there are plenty of posts on the various forums where people pulled the phone out of their pockets to find a nice scratch somewhere on the screen. The people always seemed so shocked and wondering how could that happen. It's scratch resistant, not scratch proof.
     

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