Originally Posted by Gromit
I dropped my iPhone and it I was annoyed, but with myself.
Can't see this lawsuit winning. It is glass, it is fragile. If you are a careless bu$$er get a case.
I have always had a silicone case on all my iphones so it wouldn get scratches and of the glasscreen (it helped to prevent hard hits on the edges of the glass). It also helps to bumper the hit if it ever falls. Now a mobile phone is probably going to fall on the floor sometimes in its lifetime eventhou you would be very carefull.
Ofcourse it doesnt help if you add glass to the backside aswell. On iphone 3g/3gs there still was a more than 50% chance that it would land on the side or backside and nothing would happen.
iphone4s glass edges are over the body (compared to 3g/3gs the glass is sunk into the body) so that the body will not help at all if something hits the edge of the glass. As we know this is the most vulnerable place on glass. No matter how much you can bend the glass when it gets hit on the side with a sharp hard object and there is no absorbatin of power glass WILL break. Now this is really why i thought that apple this specific time chose design over functionality. I have a iphone 4 but i wouldnt dare to use it without a silicone case. I have 2 small kids aswell so its not me allways using it. I was shocked when the iphone pictures were leaked out about the design. I thought that it couldnt be the real thing because it would be stupid to build it like that.
If you think about the most obvious scenario dropping it on the floor:
Iphone 3g/3gs is plastic on the edges/backsise with metal bezel around the screen and some foam between the bezel and glass. The glass doesnt get out of the phone body so the glass cant "hit" the ground when the phone falls on a flat surface.
iphone4: glass on both sides and the edges are visible so that if you dont want the glass to hit the ground is nearly impossible! the phone has to drop almost straight on its side not more that 15-20 degreece angle for the metal body to take the impact. Because the glass is flat almost always will the impact be on the glass edge. Worst of course if it falls on an corner edge, so all the force will come in a single spot.
That means the new design the glass will take 90% of the beating whilst the old design the glass would take maybe 1% beating on dropping on a FLAT surface. THIS is a _HUGE_
difference!!!!!! Somebody good at math should count how big the chance/probability is that the glass will take the hit with the new design depending that it could fall anyway on a flat surface an at what probability the metal will take the impact. I think 90% is somewhere rather close anyways.
Now I only dropped my iphone 3G once myself but that wasnt on a flat surface and the phone fell on its glass and a stone hit the corner of the home buttton cracking the glass. Now it this would have been on the pavement or a building floor nothing would have happened. Even if the stone would have hti someplace in the middle of the glass it probably wouldnt have cracked. But it hit the corner of the hole for the button...CRACK..
hopefully for my I didnt have to change the glass because the crack didnt go over the screen and it was only estetical=barely noticeble.