The new iPhone has glass on both sides. This lends it an elegant, old-world look and helps to reinforce Apple's status as the master of form. Unfortunately, it may also lead to a lot of cracked iPhone's and heartbroken owners.
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iFixYouri got their hands on an iPhone 4 without a circuit board. They decided to carry out a few stress tests to see just how well the new glass stood up to abuse. Apple claims it is 30 times stronger than plastic, and while this is certainly true it is also somewhat meaningless. Glass, no matter how tough it is, has issues with shock and sudden impact.
The glass on the new iPhone sits on top of the aluminium frame instead of under the chrome bezel. IfixYouri dropped the smartphone from 3.5 feet up three times. The iPhone 4 survived the first two drops but, on the third, popped and shattered. Badly.
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If you plan on buying an iPhone 4 as soon as launch day rolls around, you may want to budget some extra money for a protective case. It'll muck up your phone's aesthetics, but your screen will live long enough to see the iPhone 5.