Now here is one that our iPhone 4 readers can help us out on. According to SquareTrade, the largest independent warranty provider in the world, they analyzed iPhone accidents for over 20,000 iPhone 4’s covered by SquareTrade and found an 82 percent increase in reported broken screens compared to the iPhone 3GS.
Highlights of the study include:
- iPhone 4 owners reported 82 percent more damaged screens in the first four months compared to iPhone 3GS owners
- More than 25 percent of damage reported was to the glass on the back of the unit
- The reported accident rate for the iPhone 4 was 68 percent higher than for the iPhone 3GS
- An estimated 15.5 percent of iPhone 4 owners will have an accident within a year of buying their phone
The study looked at data from the first four months of the phone’s availability and found Apple’s decision to add a second glass screen on the back of the device appears to be causing more breakage and contributing to a higher overall the accident rate for the iPhone 4.
While cracked and broken screens have always accounted for the vast majority of iPhone accidents, on the iPhone 4 screen damage is responsible for more than four-fifths of reported accidents during the last four months, slightly higher than the iPhone 3GS during the same time period. Of the breakage incidents, more than 25 percent have occurred to the glass on the back of the device.
Based on this data, the iPhone 4 appears to be more fragile than previous versions, as SquareTrade speculated in its June iPhone report.
The full study is available here: