reasons the iPhone 5 is lighter than the iPhone 4..

animatedude

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any idea what's the main reason iPhone 5 is way lighter than the iPhone 4? it makes me think what if there was an iPhone 5 with 3.5' inch, it would be even much lighter, right?
 

KPOM

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Oct 23, 2010
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any idea what's the main reason iPhone 5 is way lighter than the iPhone 4? it makes me think what if there was an iPhone 5 with 3.5' inch, it would be even much lighter, right?
Aluminum is lighter than glass.

Don't worry, though. The phone still feels premium, even more so than the S3 or I'm guessing the S3 "mini" that is supposedly coming out next week.

I have the iPhone 5 (white). It is a beauty. It sparkles in the right light, the aluminum back has a nice feel, and the proportions are nearly perfect. Steve Jobs would have been proud of what Jony Ivy and co. came up with.
 

Dwalls90

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Feb 5, 2009
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any idea what's the main reason iPhone 5 is way lighter than the iPhone 4? it makes me think what if there was an iPhone 5 with 3.5' inch, it would be even much lighter, right?
It's thinner, and the back is mostly not made of glass.
 

fizzwinkus

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Jan 27, 2008
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aluminum is not nearly as dense as glass or stainless steel, and since it's unibody, you need less of it to maintain the structure. i would hazard that the front and antenna glass is a tad thinner as well.
 

StuLax18

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Jul 21, 2010
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Front glass is alot thinner. They combined the screen and touch sensitivity into one, that's why it's thinner overall.
 

fizzwinkus

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Jan 27, 2008
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they removed the separate digitizer from the assembly, but i don't know about the glass itself.
 
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