Is a Broken iPhone Screen Unprofessional/Embarrassing? (Does it Depend on Factors?)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by HappyDude20, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    When someone busts out their iPhone and say the screen is you think it looks bad, or does it depend on many factors such as how old the individual is, context such as profession i.e. student vs. lawyer, etc. What about the degree of the cracked screen? Say if it has a minor hairline on one of the bottom corners vs. a totally destroyed screen with the screen protector still somehow holding it all together..

    Just wondering really. I have an iPhone 4 and my crack isn't too bad but seeing as i'm graduating from university and going into the work force I'm thinking i'd rather replace the iPhone 4 screen itself as opposed to getting the new 5S; my 4 still works pretty well. Just changed the battery too a few days ago. Easier than expected.
  2. Radiating macrumors 65816

    Dec 29, 2011
    It makes you look bad just get an iphone 5 it's not expensive
  3. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    If someone is pulling out a smartphone with a broken screen, I feel bad for them, both for having such bad luck and for not being able to get it fixed.

    Other than that, it's not really a concern to me, though don't expect to use your busted phone and risk cutting my fingers on it.
  4. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I'd personally find it unprofessional, but then again if you don't get it out, nobody will know!
  5. Han Solo 1 macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2013
    It is pretty unprofessional.

    But if you can't afford a new phone, just buy an iPod touch. It looks very similar to the iPhone at a glance and maybe people won’t notice. You can use it to make calendar additions or whatnot, and if you have to make a call, you can just pretend.
  6. kilcher macrumors 65816


    Jul 3, 2011
    Yeah, I agree with this. Just don't get it out. Especially during the interview. If you think you might have to get it out during the interview (not sure why you would) just have a witty story ready about how it recently broke. After you're hired, who cares.
  7. Ste Nova macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2012
    LL22, UK
  8. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    I'd think, "Aww, they dropped their phone, that's unlucky"

    And not much else.
  9. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    By that logic you should rent a Mercedes every time you go for an interview, and update your wardrobe too, and no watch with a plastic band.

    A dent? furgitaboutit. Fully spiderweb-cracked? Change it, since u already opened it.

    Spend your time searching for that job.
  10. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    oh i didnt mean for a job interview... just in different scenarios.
  11. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    No one cares.
  12. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    Smart well balanced individuals are not judgmental, especially over something like that. They have far more important and interesting things on their minds.
  13. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    Actually, no.

    But would you turn up to a job interview in a crashed-up car? Probably not.
  14. itsmemuffins macrumors 68030


    Jun 23, 2010
    Seriously...WTF?! :confused:
  15. typeadam macrumors regular


    May 16, 2010
    Many moons ago when I got my first "professional" job, the hiring manager asked me what time it was. I was wearing a watch which he pointed to as he asked. He was not wearing one.
    I reached in my pocket and pulled out my cell and told him the time.
    He says, "why didn't you just look at your watch?"
    I answered, "the battery is dead, it's just an accessory for this suit I'm wearing."
    In that split second I realized the same exact thing you're thinking - about how unprofessional I just sounded and how embarrassing it was and how I'll be viewed by the manager and I felt the biggest knot in my stomach and the biggest lump in my throat...
    But the hiring manager just laughed and said, "You're going to make a fine addition here..." (perhaps he thought I was joking?)
    Point of my story? Don't concern yourself with what others will think, it will just detract from what you need to focus on.


    If it's the only car I have and I need to be at this interview, yes.
    Don't know about you but I haven't been to many interview where car inspection is part of the process. Park in the corner of the lot if you must.
  16. Dizzler macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2009
    I wouldn't worry about the phone. Your grammar and demeanor will say much more about you.
  17. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Do I think it looks bad, yes. Do I think it looks unprofessional, no. The only thing that can make your phone look unprofessional is modding it with glitter and stickers.
  18. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Well, you yourself admit you'd hide the car. Likewise I wouldn't bring out a spider-webbed phone in front of a client. Why is one ok but the other one has to be put "around the corner?" They're the same.

    It's not wrong to own a broken phone, it's just, like the busted-up car, not a good idea to show it off to a client.

    Mostly because it makes them wonder about your business. I mean, geez...if the guy can't even get his broken stuff fixed, how close to going bankrupt is his company? Should I hire someone like that?

    I'm not saying that's right...I'm just saying you're inviting those thoughts.
  19. SR45 macrumors 65832


    Aug 17, 2011
    "DITTO" :confused: Some of the questions that are asked on this forum are just plain silly :(
  20. Jalopybox macrumors 6502a


    Nov 13, 2012
    It's sloppy. Makes the owner look sloppy. Probably doesn't brush or floss his teeth also.
  21. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ

    Would I make any personal judgement about you? No. It's a phone, not a moral issue.

    But in a professional sense, yes, but only if the crack prevents normal use of the phone.

    To me, it means you're either too poor or too cheap to fix it, which would make me think about how you'd act in a business situation when faced with a decision of form versus functionality.
  22. typeadam macrumors regular


    May 16, 2010
    I never said I'd hide the car. I said hide it if you must. Difference.
    I don't judge people based on what they have.
    I prefer to give a person the benefit of the doubt as I expect the same from them.
    Has always worked for me when assessing others and has never failed me when being assessed myself by someone.
    Many times it's perception and I'm well aware of people that can't see beyond what's right in front of them.
    An open mind is a smart mind.
    I do, however, respect your POV.
  23. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Using any broken tool/gear is unprofessional.


    Nice in theory but the reality is, we base our initial opinion of anyone or anything on what we see initially.

    You may give that dirty disheveled man the 'benefit of the doubt'.....

    But you assume that the well dressed, cleanly groomed man doesn't need it.

    It's human nature to make initial opinions/impressions on what one sees initially.


    It's all about character.
  24. typeadam macrumors regular


    May 16, 2010
    I don't disagree with you. But you cut my quote short of the important part when I said "it has never failed me."
    So yes, nice in theory and so far for around the last 20 years that theory worked for me. Perhaps it's luck? I don't know. I'm just telling you my side.
    When I go into a situation I always present myself in the most professional manner I can. But there have been times in my life when that just wasn't possible due to circumstances. Yet it still worked in my favor. Just the same, I've had people present themselves to me professionally and not-so-professionally. Same result: success.
  25. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008

    What kind of job are you going for when they interview you in your car? ???

    As far as the wardrobe -- well if you do not think being well groomed and well dressed for an interview is important good luck in your future.

    Not saying you need to wear a Tuxedo or a Three Piece Suit to every interview.

    Just because you are interviewing for a job at McDonalds doesn't mean you show up for the interview wearing dirty food grease soaked clothing.

    As far as jewelry/watch choices ... minimal is best.

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