Rattle inside iPhone 3G

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  1. hengyu408 macrumors member

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    Is it normal to hear a rattling noise from the phone if you shake it from top to bottom?

    It sounds like something is loose inside the phone.

    I know it isn't the sim since it still makes the rattling noise without the sim card and tray.

    Should I be worried that something got broke off inside?
     
  2. janey macrumors 603

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    I wasn't aware that there was that much space inside the iPhone in the first place!

    Yes, definitely get it checked out.
     
  3. atluten macrumors 6502

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    If you slightly hold the home button and shake the phone, does it still rattle? On my phone, the home button is a little losoe and is the source of the rattling if I shake the phone.
     
  4. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    Hold all the buttons (ringer, volume, sleep) and shake it again.
     
  5. hengyu408 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah it still rattles even if i hold all the buttons.
     
  6. mlemonds macrumors 6502a

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    my vibrate slider vibrates when the phone is switched to vibrate.
     
  7. hengyu408 thread starter macrumors member

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    I took the phone in today and they swapped it out, but the new phone also has the rattle.

    I think the rattle might be normal.
     
  8. J*man macrumors member

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    Mine doesn't rattle at all, maybe you should ask the genius if you exchanged it at the apple store.
     
  9. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

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    Same thing for me! To be honest, I didn't notice anything broken, so I didn't want to drive all the way to the Apple store.

    I kept shaking it until the rattling stopped...probably the thing got caught between hardware :/. hopefully it's just like...an extra piece of overflow plastic from the case molding that wasn't taken out before the iPhone was assembled.
     
  10. Minimoose 360 macrumors 65816

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    I have this too but I assumed that it was the acceleromter?!? Is it an actual problem?!? :eek:
     
  11. hengyu408 thread starter macrumors member

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    So I just shook my brother's 3G and it didn't make any sound.

    I guess I need to make a stop at the Apple store again.
     
  12. Ntombi macrumors 68040

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    Yes, it's a problem. iPhones should not rattle.
     
  13. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020

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    Ahh, mine rattles...if anyone goes to an Apple store about it, please post your results.
     
  14. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

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    Now that I found super small marks, I might consider taking my rattler to the store :p.

    Then again, the refurbished can be worse.

    But that rattling is annoying even though I only hear it when I'm running apps like Koi Pond, Relax, Tap Tap, etc.
     
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  16. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020

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    The accelerometer is a chip that measures movement, it shouldn't move itself.
     
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  18. Oxxy macrumors newbie

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    Take it back. I had the same problem but it didn't bother me much, so I was at an apple store with my friend getting his new ipod touch, and I asked the guy about it. It was almost closing so he didn't do a swap, so I made an appointment and came back the next for a no questions asked replacement, took less than 10 minutes.
     
  19. joebokeh macrumors member

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    mine rattles when i shake it up and down... but not left and right...
     
  20. deimos256 macrumors 6502a

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    When I got my phone replaced i noticed the home button rattled but after reading here i glad im not alone
     
  21. hengyu408 thread starter macrumors member

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    Well I took it back to the apple store, had the same genius help me. He spoke with his manager and said the rattle was normal. He even had me shake his to test out. I guess I will try another apple store.
     
  22. hengyu408 thread starter macrumors member

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    I went to a different apple store today and they gave me a replacement phone that doesn't rattle when you shake it.

    I finally have a perfect iPhone!
     
  23. retrospects macrumors regular

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    3G or 3GS cause i just assumed its the compus thing on my 3gs...
     
  24. Surely Guest

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    I believe it's the camera.

    I think it's normal.
     

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