iPhone 4 screen breaks: is it weaker than Apple claims?

More scratch-resistant screen may be prone to shattering

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The old drop test kills the new iPhone on the third try

At the iPhone 4 launch on Monday, Steve Jobs was keen to talk up the sturdy qualities of the handset’s new aluminosilicate glass display. While the brightness and crispness of the ‘Retina Display’ tech was clear to see, it remained unclear as to how much tougher the handset was thanks its redesign.

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Until now, that is... The people at iFixYouri have managed to get hold of an iPhone 4 (sans innards) to do a drop test, with less-than-satisfactory results. Despite the aluminosilicate glass being chemically strengthened and 30 times harder than plastic, the iPhone 4’s screen smashed after just three 3.5-foot drops.

Steve Jobs said of the display that it’s "ultra-durable and more scratch resistant than ever,” but has that scratch-resistance come at the cost of making the screen brittle? What we do know is that it’s 20 times stiffer than plastic, but stiffness isn’t necessarily a good characteristic on a device that’s likely to be dropped more than three times during a 24 month contract.

What do you think? Would you rather have scratch-resistance or general durability? Look at the pictures to check out the aftermath of the drop, and then let us know below.

Link: iFixYouri