iPhone 4 More Prone to Accidents Than iPhone 3GS; says Study

October 13, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

A new study has suggested that the iPhone 4 is more prone to damage than the iPhone 3GS. The study, which was done by warranty provider SquareTrade, provides us with information about iPhone accidents. The report was released by SquareTrade after reviewing the accident claim rate for over 20,000 iPhone 4 warranty owners and comparing it to the iPhone 3GS claim rate.

The firm’s data showed that iPhone 4 owners are reporting accidents 68% more frequently than iPhone 3GS owners. According to the report, 4.7 percent of iPhone 4 users have reported accidental damage to their devices within the first four months of purchase. That’s up from 2.8 percent of iPhone 3GS owners over the same period.

Among those accidents, broken glass is the number one type of accident. 82 percent of iPhone 4 owners reported cracked glass, compared to 76 percent of iPhone 3GS owners.

With just 4 months of data, SquareTrade concluded that the iPhone 4 is more prone to physical damage than iPhone 3GS, but noted that part of that may be due to the fact that there is now twice the amount of glass surface area to break, now that the back of the device is also aluminosilicate glass (the report claims that at least a quarter of the broken glass claims involved the back screen).

It has to been seen whether this new report will cause any problems to the sales of the iPhone 4. What do you think about the matter?

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