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Scratches found on five-day old iPhone 4 test unit

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Wednesday, June 23, 2010
News Categories: iPhone

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Despite Apple’s claims of much stronger aluminosilicate glass for the iPhone 4, Engadget is reporting that the back of their iPhone 4 review unit is scratched after just five days of use. Omitted in the blog’s full review, the scratches—described as “nasty”—only became visible in bright light. While iFixIt’s teardown indicated that the iPhone 4’s front panel is made of Gorilla Glass, the service company was unable to positively identify the material used on the back of the phone, although it is also some type of hardened glass.

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1

Oh lord.  All these things scratch.  Apple never claimed anything to be break-proof or scratch-proof.  They did say it’s stronger, so to me, I know where I stand.
I get an Apple device (or any device) and I take appropriate measures to protect it.
If you want something that doesn’t have this problem, you can buy cheap, plastic Blackberries that are disposable.
Or, you can buy a case/bumper/screen protector and take care of it.  I’ve had iPod touches, iPhones, and only once did I drop one and break the glass.  $20 to fix it.  Life goes on.
And, BTW, my mini-rant isn’t towards iLounge, it’s to the inevitable crowd of whiners that will b*tch incessantly over this “discovery”.

Posted by sb on June 23, 2010 at 10:59 AM (PDT)

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You’d figure that anyone that would spend money on a two-year investment would try to take care of it by not putting it into a pocket full of change or keys or not sliding it across surfaces.  An inexpensive plastic film cover would go a long way to keeping the device pristine and that and a silicone cover would probably keep the iPhone looking brand new over that two-year contract period.  There’s probably no surface on earth that is entirely scratch-proof from everything, not even diamond since it can be scratched by another diamond of similar hardness.

I don’t understand why humans are always griping when they can easily do more to protect their precious devices.

Posted by Constable Odo on June 23, 2010 at 12:01 PM (PDT)

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lets see,  and editor from engadget,  (the same people who said that the ipod would lose all of it’s market share to things like the dell pod,  and the iphone was doomed to failure) 

got a scratch,  where no one else has been able to scratch a unit…  hmmm…  coincidence?

engadget has been paid in the past to “endorse” products,  and to falsely accuse other products of some false problem or another,  somehow i don’t think their last attempt will succeed any further that when they said the iPod was going out of business do to not being “open”  and commoditized…...

Posted by honkj on June 23, 2010 at 2:00 PM (PDT)

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I recently sold my iPhone 3G with the case on eBay for $299 to upgrade to the iPhone 4. When I first purchased the 3G, I bought protective film and a case and kept it in pristine condition with no scratches for 2 years of regular use…treat it like it’s worth something and it’ll last 4EVER!

Posted by RodC on June 23, 2010 at 2:02 PM (PDT)

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I have a day-one 3G. It looks like the day I bought it. So does my 3+ year old iPod touch.
Not rocket science.

Posted by Sb on June 23, 2010 at 9:46 PM (PDT)

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It’s not that you can’t keep your iPod in pristine condition, sure you can, by treating the same way a comic collector keeps a comic in pristine condition: by careful handling and sealing the object away. The issue is why does Apple continually design products for mobile use that aren’t actually engineered for mobile use?

There’s an article about a one foot drop destroyed iPhone 4 already. There’s going to be a lot more since Apple opted to sandwich the steel frame with glass instead of the other way just because someone in their design department thought it looked cooler. Any time a dropped iPhone lands “just so”, somebody is going to be getting it repaired.

What difference does it make how allegedly beautiful and artistic all these mobile Apple devices are if 99% of the time we’re looking at some sort of plastic and/or silicone case over the Apple device?

I’m not knocking the common sense argument of protecting your Apple devices, but I would really like to know how anyone thinks what Apple is doing is an example of good engineering? You can be stylish AND durable, it’s not impossible, I swear wink

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on June 24, 2010 at 1:36 PM (PDT)

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