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Apple iPhone 4: be careful not to drop it
Remember when we told you about the folks at iFixYouri, who performed some drop tests with an Apple iPhone 4 prototype? The results of the test back then were pretty dreadful, with the strengthened glass being fatally broken on the third drop. The thing was we couldn't be sure if this would be the case with the final units.

Now those rascals of iFixYouri have returned, with a retail iPhone 4 unit, decided to put the costly gadget to the same meet-the-floor test. And this time they have documented it all on video. So here's the deal: the iPhone 4 successfully survived the first drop with little damage. The second drop didn't cause significant external damages as well, although it turned the phone off. No idea if could be turned back on. At this point we could feel the outcome of this won't be bright. The special glass managed to resist the third drop, but the fourth one put an end to the test, with the result being quite ugly.

So, whether or not you believe this glass is 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, we would simply advise you to be extremely careful not to drop your iPhone 4.

Apple iPhone 4 Specifications

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:47

1. mcmkone (Posts: 54; Member since: 24 Mar 2009)

Dang, i guess the glass wasn't ass strong as Jobs said it was... Imagine you go to hand your friend your phone and he drops it... i'm sure this will start many punch ups lol

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 06:56

2. ILOVEIPHONE25 (unregistered)

Anything is going to break if you drop it 4 or 5 times. These tests are stupid. All these guy is doing is promoting his shity ass company.FAIL

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 07:01

3. ilia1986 (unregistered)

I have to agree with you here. Don't drop your phone. It's that simple. Really. You don't drop your coffee pot which you drink in the morning every day, and in the same manner you don't drop your phone.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 07:06

4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Really? My friend has dropped his DROID over 30 times and it works perfectly, yea some of the black paint is chipped off but it works just fine. Face it, the iphone is a fragile item, it can't take any damage at all. I would know, I had the iphone before, I dropped it once and the screen went white...still worked but utterly useless. I did not want to deal with that again.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 07:23

5. ajmoore88 (Posts: 25; Member since: 13 Apr 2008)

I have dropped my droid many times while in a drunken stupor and it works just as good as the day I bought it with little damage, just some scratches on the metal case. You can keep your pretty little iphone, I'm quite happy with my droid.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 08:09

7. ILOVEIPHONE25 (unregistered)

First your friend is a moron, 30 times? he has butterfingers because thats either exaggerated or he is not careful with his stuff. Go get the droid X and do this same exact test and lets see what happens. The droid is heavy and not the same as a phone that is keyboardless. The iphone isn't fragile, I have been running and going fast and my iphone fell and never broke....I disagree but respect your opinion

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 08:09

8. vzw fanman (Posts: 1975; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

i've dropped my droid more than 100 times and it's naked, it still works.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 08:25

14. ILOVEIPHONE25 (unregistered)

why do you drop your phone a 100 times? are you retarded? or just a rich careless person that can replace it in a heartbeat. You don't sound like a person that takes of your stuff. You sound responsible my friend. Keep dropping your $500 phone then.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 08:34

17. SPcamert (Posts: 56; Member since: 06 Feb 2010)

I've dropped my Devour on a regular basis (at least twice last night) and it's still in one piece.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 08:36

18. becazican (unregistered)

have dropped my droid over ten times and is still working fine, so no your statement is not true and i do love apple .

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 08:40

19. becazican (unregistered)

iloveiphone25....i love apple, the only thing i dont love is at&t it sucks, but people here are just responding to this articule and you seem fit to call them retarded(politically incorrect) and all sorts of names, i suggest you grow up and yes i have dropped my droid at least 10 times and works fine, much better built. i am not putting iphone down, its just they could of done better on this, people drop their phones alot.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 08:43

20. ILOVEIPHONE25 (unregistered)

dude, what the fuck are you talking about? 10 times? you are fucking careless about your phone. Take care of your things, you are not going to drop the phone the way this guy is doing it. What does ATT have to do with this phone and it breaking? I have my opinion and you have yours. Thats fine.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 09:11

22. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

Accidents happen troll... Why so serious?

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 09:30

24. ILOVEIPHONE25 (unregistered)

accidents happen 10 times? or 30 times like others have said...no my friend, thats careless

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 09:31

25. ilia1986 (unregistered)

Accidents indeed happen. So everyone please stop going over these. Phones fall. Phones break. Its mostly a matter of luck. However, one should be careful enough in order not drop their phone on a regular basis (unless you really hate it like I hate my nokia 5800 - but thats another issue). If your phone breaks it's not because it's made of low quality materials, be it a Droid, an iPhone or even a freaking N-GAGE. It's because you dropped it. Period.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 11:40

33. dougvip (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)

sure..... you drink your coffee once a day or twice .. you use your phone or have it all day, pick it . put it back in your pocket, once it has to fall down! phone has to be a good make!!! not question on it !!

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 11:47 1

34. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

i drop phones all the time.. on purpose. ive tossed all my phones over my shoulder to show customers how well they are built. i have yet to have to replace my phones. Blackberrys, cliqs, storms, mytouches... none have ever broken. dropping it is a part of life. if it cant be dropped.. its not worth buying.. period.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 12:05

38. TCC (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Jun 2010)

YES WE UNDERSTAND WE NEED TO BE MORE CAREFULL WITH OUR PHONES!! Please say something different, this is all you continue to see ILOVEIPHONE25

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 13:16

42. ilia1986 (unregistered)

Apparently the millions upon millions of people who bought the iPhone\3G\3GS\4 as well as all the iTouch models, disagree with you, it appears. I pity your customers who have to endure seing a high-end phone being thrown on purpose. It's like crashing your car just to see how much damage if at all would be be caused. Sure, car crashes are part of life, but it doesn't justify not being very careful when handling it, not to mention crashing it on purpose. Same thing on phones. I can assure you that every phone manufacturer would tell you right away that their phone is not meant to be dropped.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 14:27

46. dongdou (Posts: 49; Member since: 18 Jan 2009)

Does anybody remember the article on the droid screen??? It has the gorilla screen which is a really strong glass. it made it one of the strongest touch screen phones out there. why apple doesnt use it is beyond me youd think they have enough money to invest in something smart like moto did. But then again if an iphone fanboy breaks their phone they'll just buy another one.Whisch is smart when your in it for money not quality. Motorolla actually cares about their customers and makes their phones quality which is why so many people are going for the DROID X...

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 14:31

47. dongdou (Posts: 49; Member since: 18 Jan 2009)

splelling id bad sorry... * Motorola *which

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 15:54

50. jenna_23 (Posts: 145; Member since: 02 Apr 2010)

u kno what i got an iphone 4 today n since at&t 's shitty service pissed me off i threw it on the floor and stepped on it till it broke..

posted on 25 Jun 2010, 07:54

53. vzw fanman (Posts: 1975; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

you're right. i am a rich person who doesn't care about my stuff. i throw money out the window when i drive places. i have had it since november 9th, of course i've dropped it that many times.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 07:58

6. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

Does anyone know of ANY kind of glass that's not going to break after repeated drops??? Give me a fucking break. It's strong glass but it's still GLASS you morons.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 08:10

9. vzw fanman (Posts: 1975; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

mine hasn't broken yet. :-)

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 08:11

10. ILOVEIPHONE25 (unregistered)

THANK YOU, this test just proves this guy is a fag. That phone could have gone to someone that wanted it or needed one. He just wasted $600 to advertise to shity company.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 08:12

12. ILOVEIPHONE25 (unregistered)

I dropped my iphone 3gs four times and it never broke.....IT really DOESN"T MATTER ABOUT THE MATERIAL but HOW it falls. At the perfect angle with enough pressure all of these phones will crack.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 10:26

28. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)

And that comment makes you a very angry bigot.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 11:50

36. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

while that is true, it happens much more frequently with phones that have a bezel around the screen. I guess theres just more inert pressure to start with. Concidering the iphone4 is just 2 pieces of glass held together by a metal bezel, its probably going to happen quite a bit. yell and call people retards all you want, but you dont see motorola or HTC making all glass phones.. LOL.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 15:53

49. jenna_23 (Posts: 145; Member since: 02 Apr 2010)

serioulsy what are u 15 years old to still be using the word ''fag''?

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 18:58

51. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)

First Im going to point out that its annoying watching you get a tore up about this article. Second my wife dropped her droid Eris 2ft from the ground getting in the car and it spider the glass. Angle has a lot to do with it, it could happen to anyone. iI take very good care of my phones and they're always in great shape, but in Droids defence, I tripped going up a cement pebble stair case to my apartment and literally slammed my phone down on the corner of the stair to catch myself from face planting and I got a tiny nick at the top right of the phones metal rim. I thought for sure slamming down like i did it would have been broken. The iPhone is nice and heavy seems sturdy, but that Droid is a fucking tank...way better built than the iPhone.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 08:11

11. shaunieo (Posts: 20; Member since: 04 Sep 2009)

thanks hova and others who have an f*$!ing brain left; u have said it all. Drop tests are for the mentally retarded.....

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 09:12

23. anarkie (Posts: 48; Member since: 28 Jan 2009)

Drop tests are engineering work, retard. They aren't for the retarded, they are for engineering and QC, 2 of the main parts of the design process. That said, proper drop tests should have been done on production level units. We can only assume that this was done, and Apple figured that the results were acceptable. Apple made sure to touline the need for a "bumper" in their press conference. That should tell you that the bumper wasn't built in for asthetics, but is needed to prevent accidental damage.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 08:14

13. deago78 (Posts: 160; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

I think the overall density of the phone plays in to how well it can survive a drop. The iphone has quite a bit of gear put into a fairly small casing. This means that the impact when it its the ground will all be translated into a smaller surface area than would be a phone like the droid. Also, adding a physical keyboard diminishes some of the impact because the phone is no longer one solid piece and some of the impact can be dispersed through vibrations between the two pieces instead of all being transfered to the phone and its internal parts.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 08:25

15. ILOVEIPHONE25 (unregistered)

Very true, thats what I said earlier in the convo!

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 08:33

16. xtroid2k (Posts: 517; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)

Ok, so the device broke after 5 drops. One could argue that yes glass will break after so many attempts. However I would say these drops where pretty realistic. People drop phones all the time; this is something which really should be taken into consideration when developing a new device. I have dropped on accident my droid several times and it has not broken. I would argue that the iphone is indeed poorly constructed. Please take care of your device; on the other hand s$%t happens and we all know that so yeah. Call the guy a fag or what ever but don't get mad get glad if you don't have an iphone 4.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 08:58

21. testman22 (Posts: 338; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)

I'm wondering when phone arena is going to post an article on all the yellow spots and streaks that are showing up on peoples screens........

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 10:03

26. Daquest (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)

Likewise. all the other sites are making note of these faults (yellow spots and drop signal when phone is held in the left hand), this just goes to show how apple biased phonearena is.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 10:25

27. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Well there are rumors that the screen issues fix themselves. And maybe phonearena is waiting for their own unit to test out call quality and other stuff instead of relying on some guy from the Internet. and I'm so incredibly pissed about the screen strength. 30x stronger than plastic my butt. But still, you guys can't really compare to the Droid. They're two entirely different form factors. Maybe Nexus One? That's the closest thing I can think of. And why are there so many Android users?!!! I don't get it. There's an article about the Droid getting 2.2 before the Droid X and almost no comments. Froyo is less important than iPhone's broken screen and other problems? And then later you guys get mad that there's too many iPhone articles and not enough Android.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 10:42

29. bossmann20 (Posts: 38; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)

lol ikr!

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 11:05

30. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

Supposedly the yellow screen issue has to do with the bonding of the screens. They had to push so many units that it didn't get a proper curing time, and supposedly after use the issue goes away once the bonding material cures. But hey, who knows.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 12:00

37. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

E.N. - Why do so many iPhone fans jump on Android articles?

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 12:45

40. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Well I can't speak for others, but I go on Android articles to actually check out other phones. I only respond when I see comments like iPhone is behind spec wise or people only buy iphones because they want to look cool. But people come to iPhone articles just to annoy it seems. As of now, there are probably more Android comments than iPhone comments, and its usually always like that. I mean look at this:http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/First-gen-DROID-to-get-Froyo-before-DROID-X-article-a_12128.html Wasn't froyo the crazy update that Droid users were going crazy over a couple weeks back? And now no one cares? But I honestly think that a lot of iPhone users couldn't care less about Android. Most are really happy with their phones. But it's like the Android community feels like there's always something to prove to Apple (and not to windows mobile, palm, or blackberry). If Android is already the best like all of you guys say then what's the point of returning to every iphone article and saying iphone is dead, iphone is old, iphone is catching up. I don't get it.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 13:40

44. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

I have a similar experience when I go on an Android article or a VZW article. In my experience anything that has been pro-Adroid or VZW or anything other then "Yeah Apple!", is automatically turned into an anti-iPhone/Att by the iPhone fans. Even in articles where the iPhone isn't even mentioned, an iPhone owner will comment on how we're hating on the iPhone. No doubt, the iPhone was a revolutionary phone, I would argue with anyone who says it wasn't but times have changed. Apple spearheaded the changing cellphone technology, but now it is playing catch up and there are some Apple fans that will not tolerate anyone saying that any other company has a great phone also. As for the article you're referring to, that's great but not much there. I and many others are really happy with 2.1, so I don't think too many people will be commenting on 2.2. But a phone made of glass...that breaks when dropped? That just screams for a comment, and I wouldn't care if it were an iPhone, a Droid X, or an HTC Whatever. Glass phone breaking is just a duh moment all day long. Be honest, if this were about the Droid, wouldn't you want to see the video also? The first person to post said that "Anything is going to break if you drop it 4 or 5 times." and a former iPhone owner disagree stating that "My friend has dropped his DROID over 30 times and it works perfectly." All this person was saying is that not every phone would break after 5 drops. And your right, a lot of iPhone users could care less about Android, but there are some who can't stand it for the simple fact that its not an iPhone. The same can be sad about Android users, but this all started from someone who isn't and just had something positive to say about a non-iPhone. I've read a few of your post and I think you have been very fair when you talk about you likes and dislikes of certain phones and OS's, so are a lot of other people I see here posting in this article. But there are a few that are so anti-anything else that it makes it really hard not to come into the iPhone articles and rub a little salt in the wounds. Doesn't make it right, but just wanted to explain the other side of it.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 14:51

48. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

I didn't know glass breaking was so interesting. I agree, iphone owners do troll too. But its not as bad as Android. In Engadget for example, whenever something bad is posted about Apple, whether if its their costly Apple TVs, broken screens, uselessness of MobileMe, yellow dots or whatever, Android users scream in joy. But if its something good, like the recent review of the iPhone 4, Android not only attack the iPhone users, but even the writers/websites themselves. They're like" oh I bet Apple is paying you," "I'm never going back to this site again," or even "Engadget is obsessed with Apple." Like I've said before, I actually like Android. My sister has the Droid and I can see its strengths. But the Android community is probably the only thing thats making me really dislike Android.

posted on 25 Jun 2010, 01:23

52. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Glass breaking by itself isn't interesting. But a company making a glass phone, not anticipating that might make the new phone more fragile than its predecessor, selling the phone to MILLIONS, and some of those loyal millions defending that company's decision to sell them sub-standard hardware...That my friend IS so very interesting! And I do understand your feelings toword the Android community. But you have got to understand why they are so joyful when there are iPhone troubles. For months there have been iPhone users to others how their phone and their carrier sucks! People waited for someone to come out with something that could compete and when Android came out the iPhone owners kept taking shots. Now that there are phones that are as good and in some cases better, the tables are now turned and it seems that some iPhone fans can dish it out but they can't take it! So yea, some Android users will attack, but the few bad apples (honestly, no pun attended there either ) or iPhone fans brought this on themselves.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 11:08

31. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)

Where the hell did they do this drop test? The road is completely covered in garbage and debris. I don't think i'd wanna bring my iphone in that neighborhood just to drop it.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 11:19

32. scottmbolt (unregistered)

Some of you act like you were dropped on your heads when you were babys...

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 11:48

35. JDubreno005 (Posts: 25; Member since: 07 Jan 2009)

Insurance anyone..? Heard a rumor of iPhone Insurance with a ridiculous deductable.. Verizon 9 a month 90 deduct.. Att 14 a month as much as 199 depending on model ref:http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/AT-Ts-MobileProtect-brings-insurance-to-the-iPhone-for-13.99month-a rticle-a_11586.html For the record ... Droid (X) Does.. FTW!

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 12:26

39. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

It's actually $11.99 per month.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 12:50

41. JDubreno005 (Posts: 25; Member since: 07 Jan 2009)

article said 13.99... but ok.

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 13:19

43. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

I was just clarifying, the article was correct when printed but they've updated the price. http://www.mymobileprotect.com/program-details;jsessionid=67A3CA0DFAB6B7D6995E2050AD5B373C

posted on 24 Jun 2010, 13:44

45. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Verizon's is $7.99 per month with an $80 deductable, but that good that iPhone will get insurance now. I didn't think that was fair at all to not offer it to people spending so much on Att/Apple product when lesser phones could get it so easily.

posted on 25 Jun 2010, 16:17

54. Mateo8326 (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)

blackberry bold 9000 is still the toughest phone around other then the ones that are made for durablity like the samung rugby

posted on 25 Jun 2010, 22:02

55. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

20 times stiffer usually means more brittle, I'm not surprised at the result, but how about some scientific methods here! This video is useless and proves absolutely nothing! I don't know what is worse: that the company created the video just for an attempt at 'credibility', or that the posting became a competition to see who dropped their phone more without bricking it. LMOA

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 02:07

56. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

@iloveiphone25 > just shut your damn mouth! You're the kind of dumb fanboy that give us intelligent iPhone users a bad rep. Just shut up. This test shows some bad news for iPhone 4 plain and simple. I dropped my iPhone 3G several times. Many more than four. On concrete asphalt and tile. I only received minor dents if any at all. And my screen never cracked, but that's probably due to the scratch proof invisible shield. Never broke always worked fine. And I've dropped it prolly over a dozen times over the past 18 months. So once again: "iloveiphone25 shut the hell up!"

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 02:20

57. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

It's glass. Watch the video. Laugh. Get a case. Shut up. No need or hate or be dumb. Or troll. IMO invisible shield ftw.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 20:51

58. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

clevername, you have way to much objectivity to posting on this thread! Get out while you can and still have a positive vote coutn! PS. Very clever name...

posted on 14 Sep 2010, 01:13

60. Yuki (unregistered)

accident happens all the time. for my case I've my child with me who always trying to grab my phone. no matter how careful I'm. she than throw it far away on the floor or just drops it. again accident will happen - no need to bite each other skin off!

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