23% of Apple iPhone screens are cracked, according to a survey
A cracked Apple iPhone 5
According to the story, Steve Jobs wanted to use glass on the Apple iPhone instead of plastic, but was concerned about breakage. When someone suggested he should see Corning, he flew out to see Corning CEO Wendell Weeks, and was impressed enough with Gorilla Glass. But Weeks told Jobs that it could not mass produce the glass. Jobs placed the order anyway, telling his fellow executive, "Don’t be afraid. You can do this." Corning's official version is a little different. The company says that it "began developing a tough new cover glass for electronic devices in 2006."
You might wonder how 23% of Apple iPhone screens could break if Gorilla Glass was used. Corning says that if a screen is subjected to enough abuse, it will crack even with Gorilla Glass. Corning's product is designed to "better able to survive the real-world events that most commonly cause glass to scratch, chip, or break."
source: MobileInsurance.co.uk, Time, PhonesLimited via WMPoweruser
9. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
whoever has cracked screens usually respond to that surveys to show thier frustation. however in breakt ests , one x , note 2 , breaks easier than iphone
25. SonyFan (Posts: 22; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
i've never seen a phone which has a crack and is no iphone(ok maybe 1 but not more)
i know about 10 people who has cracked iphones
50. bigdawg23 (Posts: 382; Member since: 25 May 2011)
Every I know that cracks their phone gets it fixed. Now as for damaged phones most of the ones I see are Samsung. Personally I dropped my Skyrocket once from 8" off a soft tile floor and the screen shattered, also same thing with my Note. I had my Vivid fall out of my pocket from 3 feet and shattered the screen. My buddy has had two SG3 broke in what phones generally do not. Meanwhile my iPhone 5 has been dropped twice with no issues, And no I am not accident prone, but work in a physically environment that has caused these issues.
Yesterday I talk to a girl with a cracked Note 2 screen. She was pissed because her phone was in a wallet flip case. Two of here credit cards did the damage. She said she slipped on the ice and her phone was in her jacket pocket. The cards get pressed harder than normal and broke it.
68. darkkjedii (Posts: 11910; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Dude I guy at my job dropped his note 2, and completely shattered the screen. We were standing in his bus he's about my height 6'5", and was holding the phone at chin level. So from about 6' it took one bad fall...I'll admit it was a bad fall, and that was it.
77. Droiddoes (unregistered)
78. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8614; Member since: 14 May 2012)
If a phone falls from 6', there's no way it's going to survive.
79. darkkjedii (Posts: 11910; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Probably not. That's a high fall for something packing glass
82. tuminatr (Posts: 682; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)
My understanding is that the Iphone up tel the Iphone 4 had Gorilla Glass that the 4 and 4s tried the same kind of glas put on supertrain windshields and has a much higer rate of cracking but less scratching. Also that they went back to Gorilla Glass with the Iphone 5
29. Johnnokia (Posts: 524; Member since: 27 May 2012)
Buy Nokia phone in 2013.
2053 .. Every thing is intact like 40 years ago.
48. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
Did you leave it inside the box in a treasure chest ?
75. sayedejaz (Posts: 24; Member since: 05 Feb 2013)
Open apple maps?
HA HA HA! :P
2. andro. (Posts: 1960; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Its a design feature of the iphone at this stage,you either totally cover up that expensive 'premium' glass design with a rugged case or you add insurance to your contract.
7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5859; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I wonder if the other 77% have iCases on their phone? Just walking around, if I see someone using an iPhone, there seem to be a lot of them with cases. Don't know if it is 3 out of 4, but it is a lot.
19. darkkjedii (Posts: 11910; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I case mine, for both drop protection, and to keep resale value high. Think about it bro, even if it survives the drop scratches scuffs, and dings make the device less pretty, and drops resale value. People I don't care if its gorilla glass 4...case your device.
40. techtruth (Posts: 30; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)
iphones are just meant to show off dude!!! a case just ruins that....
41. darkkjedii (Posts: 11910; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
They're also by far the most valuable phones on the resale market, so it makes sense to keep them looking beautiful, and damage free. U conveniently forgot to mention that part.
43. -box- (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Not so much, which is why they have the stupid and purpose-defeating hole in the back to show the silly logo.
I wonder when apple will start making the logo on their mobile devices' logo glow.
20. darkkjedii (Posts: 11910; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I sold plenty of iPhones on Craigslist, and the most asked question was always does it have any damage.
59. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
mine has no scratches...is well protected
3. Desmund (Posts: 74; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)
Wait doesn't Apple use Gorilla Glass? Or at least I thought they did.
5. drnggaj33 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)
because they want ppl to buy apple care apple wants to make $$$$$ duh
11. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Are you sure it has Gorilla Glass? It's not on Corning's official product list;
The glass may be made by Corning, I just don't think it's officially Gorilla Glass.
32. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
And I do understand that the page does say that some devices may be unlisted and still have Gorilla Glass, but you would think that if your product is on the iPhone, arguably the most popular and well known smartphone, you would want to list that on your product website.
Also, I have never seen any official statements from Apple about them using Gorilla Glass. I've seen them make statements about using glass from Corning, but not Gorilla Glass specifically. Until Apple or Corning makes a statement saying that the iPhone does in fact use Gorilla Glass, it's safe to say that it doesn't.
Otherwise, most people could see it as Apple's act at making their profit margins even larger at the cost of the consumer.
4. darkkjedii (Posts: 11910; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
They do, but ask yourself what are people doing to crack them.
10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
For sure they didn't drop them to see if it can crack or break!
44. -box- (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I direct you to this articlehttp://www.phonearena.com/news
/Nokia-Lumia-820-gets-stepped-on-in-this-advertisement_id37186which refers tohttp://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v =DE9WLgLBeDM&feature=player_em bedded&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3F feature%3Dplayer_embedded%26v% 3DDE9WLgLBeDM
Iphones break by being looked at.
8. tomn1ce (Posts: 103; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)
I must say that I've seen a lot of iphones with cracked screens. I guess some people don't want to pay for insurance or insurance isn't an option for them and they refuse to put a case and/or screen protector on their device....oh well, shame on them...
12. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)
after all these years of "GORILLA GLASS" sh*t, i have come to a conclusion that this is nothing but bs!
14. Desmund (Posts: 74; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)
Like someone said certain phones don't have it apparently my Atrix does and the only thing it's suffered is a crack, but the way it looks is a line through the middle of the phone and that's it. So it worked for me for these two years lol.
52. jroc74 (Posts: 4936; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Its not BS. Gorilla Glass was never said to be indestructible.
Highly damage resistant is like water resistant. Resistant is not the same as proof.
15. aco96 (Posts: 204; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
My 2,5 years old Nokia X6 has very tough screen. It's much more durable than my X7 (which is 6 months old, and has much more scratches)
16. Taters (Posts: 3259; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Apple fans new slogan.
It just works, even with a cracked screen!
17. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
The other 77% have otterboxes on them. I can't remember the last time I saw an iPhone without an otterbox.
26. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
good for otterbox? i really wish there were more options easily available in stores... :(
21. Tele7 (Posts: 47; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)
Gorilla Glass is though against impacts coming from the front, scratches etc. but every mobile glass crack if you hit it on the sides (especially if it's not surrounded by metal or plastic)
22. ilia1986 (unregistered)
And on other news: 100% of Android users reported that they have successfully customized their device to their liking.
33. darkkjedii (Posts: 11910; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
My iPhone is customized to my liking. Not many options so its easy to do. U know what I do like that I just discovered? U can go into the picture folders hit edit, and rearrange them. That kinda shocked me, due to the fact that iOS doesn't offer much customization.
35. tedkord (Posts: 4937; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Did you go for the rows of icons, or the rows of icons?
38. darkkjedii (Posts: 11910; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Ted grow up, at least sometime say something intelligent. No need for constant foolishness
61. tedkord (Posts: 4937; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I will if you will.
It was a joke. Unbunch your panties.
66. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
I go for the icons specailly when they are in rows...
67. ilia1986 (unregistered)
But you can also place icons in columns! It's such a huge change!
Oh and did you know that you can have your standard lock screen and also... the standard lock screen? It's insane!
23. pkiran1996 (Posts: 165; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
Every person I know who has had a problem with their iPhone has had either:
1. Cracked screen (from dropping it)
2. Faulty home button. (on all generations)
...And Apple fanboys dare to criticise companies like Samsung and LG for build quality.
31. darkkjedii (Posts: 11910; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
What do I think would happen, or could happen to a Samsung or lg if u dropped?
65. JC557 (Posts: 1136; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I dropped my Droid Charge, HTC Thunderbolt, Droid 1 and Droid Inc. All survived with the most happening is chipping in the casing or the back cover popping off. Now if I were to forcibly throw the phones that would be a different story (which I did due to frustration of the 256MB RAM on the Droid 1). None of the phones had cases, same goes for my Rezound. The casing on the Nexus 4 may crack easily but I'm not sure about the screen which is what we're talking about here. I guess it depends on how it was assembled.
It's not that I'm clumsy but have a pretty rough occupation along with people rushing into my lab for results.
60. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
And every person you know is either a moron or has no sense of responsibility when it comes to taking care of their phones. I'm going to go w/the latter. If you dropped the phone and the screen cracked...mf'er...its bc you dropped it. Why is that the phones fault? Never had a home button issue or cracked screen. If these ppl are careless w/their phones take responsibility for that carelessness...don't blame the phone build quality. Learn how to handle a phone...smh
24. papss (unregistered)
I know two people that have cracked iphones
27. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
>> 31% of those with a cracked screen said that they would not bother getting it fixed.
Pretty high number :)
28. Neopanther (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Feb 2013)
You wouldn't catch me with one of those phones if someone snuck one in my coffin at my funeral.
30. boosook (Posts: 1031; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
The truth is that plastic is simply better for screens.