Nasty iPhone drop

Itzamna

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So... For the first time since i'm a proud owner of an iPhone (4S, 5C and now 6) i dropped my little one... :(

It was a 5-6 feet drop on gravel with a few bouncing backs and forth...

i'm using a Cocones Merino Wool sleeve and from the sound of the drop it seems that the sleeve absorbed a lot of the shock... It was a very low and dull sound. I went right into panic mode without knowing what i would get when i pull the iPhone out of the sleeve.

Luckily it seems that the iPhone is almost perfect on the outside. No visible marks on the aluminium, no scratches on the screen. I only notice that on the volume buttons side, the screen is raised for like 1/2 mm and if i press there, the screen deeps that 1/2 mm into the structure. It's like the screen is floating on that side.

It's only like that on that side, probably it was where the phone hit the ground, i don't know...


Anyway, since the outside is almost perfect, do you guys think it might have any damage on the inside? Something that will eventually show up in the near future? And this screen thingy, you recon it will be a problem in the future?

Any "experienced-with-drops" guru's out there that went through the same?
 

kohlson

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So... For the first time since i'm a proud owner of an iPhone (4S, 5C and now 6) i dropped my little one... :(

It was a 5-6 feet drop on gravel with a few bouncing backs and forth...

i'm using a Cocones Merino Wool sleeve and from the sound of the drop it seems that the sleeve absorbed a lot of the shock... It was a very low and dull sound. I went right into panic mode without knowing what i would get when i pull the iPhone out of the sleeve.

Luckily it seems that the iPhone is almost perfect on the outside. No visible marks on the aluminium, no scratches on the screen. I only notice that on the volume buttons side, the screen is raised for like 1/2 mm and if i press there, the screen deeps that 1/2 mm into the structure. It's like the screen is floating on that side.

It's only like that on that side, probably it was where the phone hit the ground, i don't know...


Anyway, since the outside is almost perfect, do you guys think it might have any damage on the inside? Something that will eventually show up in the near future? And this screen thingy, you recon it will be a problem in the future?

Any "experienced-with-drops" guru's out there that went through the same?
If it works you're probably good. But you can always take it into Apple and see if they will run a diagnostic on it. It only takes a couple of minutes, and they do it right there in front of you.
 

AppleFan22

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So... For the first time since i'm a proud owner of an iPhone (4S, 5C and now 6) i dropped my little one... :(

It was a 5-6 feet drop on gravel with a few bouncing backs and forth...

i'm using a Cocones Merino Wool sleeve and from the sound of the drop it seems that the sleeve absorbed a lot of the shock... It was a very low and dull sound. I went right into panic mode without knowing what i would get when i pull the iPhone out of the sleeve.

Luckily it seems that the iPhone is almost perfect on the outside. No visible marks on the aluminium, no scratches on the screen. I only notice that on the volume buttons side, the screen is raised for like 1/2 mm and if i press there, the screen deeps that 1/2 mm into the structure. It's like the screen is floating on that side.

It's only like that on that side, probably it was where the phone hit the ground, i don't know...


Anyway, since the outside is almost perfect, do you guys think it might have any damage on the inside? Something that will eventually show up in the near future? And this screen thingy, you recon it will be a problem in the future?

Any "experienced-with-drops" guru's out there that went through the same?
If you wanna be a little bit cheeky, you could always say you've only just started noticing it and take it into an Apple Store, so long as there truly is no major exterior damage... they may replace the screen or give you a replacement then and there. You're still under warranty, so it'd be free. My screen was raised before, and clicked when pressed down, but not due to dropping. However, iPhones may now have some sort of "drop detection thingy", (not sure abotu this at all!) so if I were you I'd look that up first. If you do take it in, make sure you backup first!
 

sunking101

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My mother dropped her old naked 4S from about four feet onto a tiled floor when she first unboxed it (damn those pesky Apple boxes where the phone sits right on top) and there wasn't a single mark on it. Nothing. I was amazed. It worked perfectly too, so I think the innards are pretty robust.
 

Ternary

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I've never heard of a situation when the internals of an iPhone stopped working after a drop (unless it was dropped from an unusually high height).

Therefore, I'd say your iPhone should still be good.
 

I7guy

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My mother dropped her old naked 4S from about four feet onto a tiled floor when she first unboxed it (damn those pesky Apple boxes where the phone sits right on top) and there wasn't a single mark on it. Nothing. I was amazed. It worked perfectly too, so I think the innards are pretty robust.
Is that the phone that runs iOS 7.1.2 that is now runs like molasses in the winter. Hmmmm.
 

chabig

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People actually make threads about dropping a phone? It's a phone.
I dropped a quarter on the concrete today, and when I picked it up I noticed a tiny scratch on one side. Do you think it will still work in the vending machine I use to buy my daily Coca Cola, or should I take it to the bank and see if they'll replace it? It's a 2014 model, but those should still be covered under warranty, right? I could tell them I've had the quarter since last November, but just now noticed the scratch. They don't need to know about my clumsiness. ;) /s
 
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Itzamna

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If you wanna be a little bit cheeky, you could always say you've only just started noticing it and take it into an Apple Store, so long as there truly is no major exterior damage... they may replace the screen or give you a replacement then and there. You're still under warranty, so it'd be free. My screen was raised before, and clicked when pressed down, but not due to dropping. However, iPhones may now have some sort of "drop detection thingy", (not sure abotu this at all!) so if I were you I'd look that up first. If you do take it in, make sure you backup first!

Nah, it doesn't bother me that much... It was something i noticed AFTER the drop, and that's because I inspected every cm2 of that phone. :D Maybe it was already like that, i don't know. But, as long the screen doesn't fail, i'm fine with it.

I've never heard of a situation when the internals of an iPhone stopped working after a drop (unless it was dropped from an unusually high height).

Therefore, I'd say your iPhone should still be good.
Thank you! :) So far, so good... :)

People actually make threads about dropping a phone? It's a phone.
I don't know about you, but in here, 1000€ is a LOT of money... Many families live with half of that or even less per month... And while i can afford it (since i have it), it doesn't mean that i shouldn't care about it because it's just a phone... And, the most amazing thing is that... This is a forum, is meant for this kind of stuff, sharing experiences and all... ;)

I dropped a quarter on the concrete today, and when I picked it up I noticed a tiny scratch on one side. Do you think it will still work in the vending machine I use to buy my daily Coca Cola, or should I take it to the bank and see if they'll replace it? It's a 2014 model, but those should still be covered under warranty, right? I could tell them I've had the quarter since last November, but just now noticed the scratch. They don't need to know about my clumsiness. ;) /s
Never said i would take it to a Apple Store and try to trick them... So, your point is? Plus comparing a 1000€ phone with a quarter is great.
 
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