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To wonder why if iphones are so great ....

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ChairmanoftheBored Fri 24-May-13 20:12:53

Why does the screen shatter so easily?
Almost everyone I have seen who has one recently has dropped it at some point and the screen is completely buggered.
I am not much into gadgets but I have always wanted an iphone (just can't afford one) If I do decide to indulge myself I am just not sure I can be trusted not to join the broken screen club!

loofet Sun 26-May-13 17:23:22

You would have thought they'd have sorted this by now! Apple screens are extremely delicate in general. I broke 4 iPod screens in a year and a half and it wasn't even hit that hard... So when it came to choosing a phone I wasn't even going there. Got an android, much prefer it. Samsung, had it well over a year, dropped a few times and its still perfect.

Samsung is best brand i've ever had. Used to have a D600 a few years ago and it was my longest lasting phone, lasted almost 4 years. Had a variety of other makes and all have bust within a year. So personally i'd go with a Samsung all day long!

McNewPants2013 Sun 26-May-13 17:18:21

Touch wood I haven't cracked my screen neither has DH.

DH can fix iPhone and iPod screens, so I am safe in knowing that if mine does it can easily be fixed.

I have a really thin rubber bumper, not even a full case and I've dropped it many times and it hasn't broken. I dropped the iphone I had before that without a case and it didn't break.

frogspoon Sun 26-May-13 16:50:14

I've dropped my iPhone 4 many times, it has no cracks or scratches. However it does have front and back screen protectors and also I keep it in a soft rubber case, so when it gets dropped it bounces.

My phone is almost 2 years old and the only problem it has is an unresponsive Home button that keeps needing to be reset (I could get it fixed but the contract's due for renewal in a couple of months so I won't bother) When I do get a new phone, I am planning on getting another iPhone.

Most of my family have iPhones (4 and 4s), and none of theirs have ever shattered either. However I do have a couple of friends whose phones have shattered, it doesn't seem to be exclusive to the iPhone though.

Perhaps different iPhone models (iPhone 5) have different design flaws and are more susceptible to shatter when dropped?

Tallalime Sun 26-May-13 15:50:52

Most people I know with an iPhone have dropped it, and smashed the screen. I think they are terrible quality given the cost - that said apple are very clever, having worked with them I know first hand that their customer support is terrible (the worst I have ever come across), the way they treat their suppliers is despicable, the phones and gadgets themselves are pretty cheap to produce the most expensive part being the charging dock which ensures you have to buy more expensive docks, speakers, chargers etc, they don't support flash, you have to use iTunes, it takes a genius to get QuickTime off your PC etc etc. It's all very much about screwing the customer for every penny they can get with apple, they are renowned for being terrible to work with/for.

I would never buy apple, because I am opposed to their business practices and time their products are shoddily made.

That said all smart phones are much of a muchness in function. It's individual preference in terms of interface.

pumpkinsweetie Sun 26-May-13 15:42:29

I had my iphone 3G for 3 years, them subsequent newer ones, one lasted 2yrs and the new one is still going. With a decent case on i have dropped mine and never broke a screen yet!
The worst phone is nokia lumia 920 as it needed replacing 3 times as touchscreen became non responsive. Swapped with dh as his iphone is better, whilst he has to keep getting replacments for crappy nokiagrin

fedupofnamechanging Sun 26-May-13 15:32:06

Dh hates his iphone 4s. Bloody thing doesn't seem to filter out background noise (like my much cheaper Sony Xperia). It doesn't store emails as well as his old Blackberry and doesn't seem very reliable for delivering voicemails/messages.

I think it is fine if you want an ipod and just to make social phone calls, but it really isn't very good if you need it for work. His is supplied (and paid for) by work and it is so bad I'm considering getting him a Blackberry on contract just so I don't have to listen to any more complaints about it!

That said, he is proper clumsy and has managed not to bust the screen, despite dropping it first thing i did when he got it was buy him a decent case, cos I know what he is like

squirrel996 Sun 26-May-13 15:16:17

I assume that you are in the iphone brigade then soupdragon?

whatamidoinghere Sun 26-May-13 15:13:57

I've broken mine about 1600 times. Adore the phone though

SoupDragon Sun 26-May-13 15:08:53

Best thing is not to take advice from anyone who makes a ridiculous sweeping statement and then says "end of"

squirrel996 Sun 26-May-13 14:52:50

best thing to do to an iphone is chuck it so hard it breaks!
So just drop it from about an inch off the floor then lol!

Everyone I know even die hard apple fans have switched over to android (samsung S3's mostly) and they love them. Even the man in the phone shop said the S3 was the best phone in the world smile smile

SoupDragon Sat 25-May-13 10:30:57

And make sure that WiFi is switched on and you're not using 3G data all the time.

Jins Sat 25-May-13 10:12:30

Pink you need to switch push notifications off and make sure your email doesn't connect every 15 minutes

trixymalixy Sat 25-May-13 09:57:33

I've had mine for a few years now and it's ok so far. I'm sure it's just a matter of time. I don't think they are any more fragile than other phones, I've seen plenty of cracked Samsung galaxies too.

IKnowWhat Sat 25-May-13 09:57:08

I have never known any to shatter

pinkstinks Sat 25-May-13 09:52:13

I don't know!!!! I got the 750 data plan because I never went over on my HTC I'm a bit panicky now!! Will turn everything off now....

ScrambledSmegs Sat 25-May-13 09:52:12

Had 3. Never damaged the screen yet. If you get a decent case it should be fine, unless you do something to it that would break any phone. Resale value is good, although DH has now got my 4 after persuading me to upgrade. I wouldn't have bothered otherwise, it's a good phone.

Funnily enough I broke many Nokia and Samsung screens before I went down the twatphone route. Maybe the price of it is making me more careful?

I don't like the Android phones I've tried. I like the way iPhones work. I like the feel of them <weirdo>. So I have an iPhone.

ComposHat Sat 25-May-13 09:50:09

My mum is looking for a new phone to replace her geriatric Nokia (dumb phone) and can't get to grips with a touch screen but wants a phone with Asps (her words).

Is there anything apart from the Blackberry with a keyboard?

cardibach Sat 25-May-13 09:48:28

pink mine never goes anywhere near plan on data - what are you doing with it?

IneedAyoniNickname Sat 25-May-13 09:45:59

Pink, turn off everything you don't need data wise. Ie weather/fb notifications/app notifications/automatic updates. Assuming you can do that on iPhones?

notfluffy Sat 25-May-13 09:44:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

pinkstinks Sat 25-May-13 09:40:32

They are good however i have had mine less than a month and it seems to eat data!!! Not really sure what to do, will it cost loads when it inevitably goes over the plan??

FourLittleDudes Sat 25-May-13 09:38:02

I dropped mine in the full mop bucket, the screen was water logged for a day but it survived, I've dropped it over the banister at the top of the stairs several times but its survived, dropped it on to concrete, and my toddler gives it a good battering every day. Not a scratch on it! I really must buy a case though as my luck will run out soon.

Binkybix Sat 25-May-13 09:37:36

Bah. DH seems to have changed ME into a fan boy sad

Binkybix Sat 25-May-13 09:37:07

Yep, some is personal choice obvs. It might be that your dad has delivered more I phones back because they are the popular single type of phone though (obvs more android altogether).

Generally, apple products (computers etc) do hold value more though.

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