Thought the iPhone 4′s reception problems were its Achilles Heel? A new study invites you to think again. An analysis by SquareTrade suggests that the glass on the iPhone 4 is more fragile than on the last-generation iPhone 3GS, breaking 82 percent more often.
After analyzing an impressive 20,000 iPhone accidents that took place within the first four months of ownership, the firm also found that 4.7 percent of iPhone 4 owners report an accident within the first four months of ownership, compared to 2.8 percent of 3GS owners, which amounts to a 68 percent increase in accident claims.
Moreover, SquareTrade estimates that 15.5 percent of iPhone 4 owners will have an accident within the first year of buying their phone, compared to 7.8 percent of 3GS owners. It’s unclear how the firm arrived at this figure.
To be clear, it’s not Apple’s fault if someone has an accident– say, knocking his or her iPhone off a table. Still, the implication that the iPhone 4 is more fragile, that it’s more likely to break as a result of these accidents, is interesting. SquareTrade isn’t the first, though, to suggest the iPhone 4′s glass front and back are impractical. Ryan Block with gdgt, for instance, recently wondered if Apple’s refusal to sell third-party cases in its retail stores is an acknowledgment that the iPhone is delicate, and that less snug cases could reveal how easily they can break.
It’s true that anecdotes aren’t science, but they are telling. Readers, how have your iPhone 4s held up?