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Perhaps a little parachute will pop out the back and waffle it to safety?

Has an airbag?

Using the Matrix, it moves in slow motion allowing the user to catch it?

Always lands on a hello kitty doll?

Sprouts tiny propellers which in turn allow it to be controlled by another apple device remotely?
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Using the Matrix, it moves in slow motion allowing the user to catch it?

Given the fact that iPhone models are only available in Black and White, this seems highly probable.
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post #43 of 115
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Originally Posted by perfectblade View Post

the iphone is pretty much like other smartphones. ie tougher than a x86 device, but still pretty delicate.
What does x86 have to do with anything?

Quote:
Originally Posted by CloudX View Post

My poor iPhone is heavily used and dropped. Because of this awesome thing called a case, it has never cracked or even scratched! Even when landing face down on concrete. Such an amazing thing those phone cases!
Cases massively increase the size of the phone though.
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Originally Posted by Monstrous View Post

Remember the thread a few weeks ago? "Galaxy S4 screen rumored to be unbreakable"? People lost their minds with excitement and most took it as fact. Look how that worked out, yet nobody has mentioned it.

I have no idea why most here can't appreciate that iPhone users like the form factor of their phones. iPhone users appreciate that Android users like their customisability, it's just not important to us. Yet the reversal has an almost holy-war level of vengeance attached, it's incredibly immature.

On-topic - The iPhone 5 is actually really strong, I haven't seen or heard of one break yet. Interesting patent here, but it sounds like one of these 'secure something early so that when we can actually make it we own it' patents which are rife nowadays.
Isn't the G4 using Gorilla Glass 3?

The iPhone 5 aluminum finish will scratch off pretty easily.
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post

The iPhone 5 aluminum finish will scratch off pretty easily.

The chamfered edge does mark if you chip it but the flat pane on the back is actually anodized quite well. I have a pretty deep scratch on the back of mine and it's still not broken through the black layer. Although I have a few marks on the chamfered edge after I stupidly lost my phone in a taxi and the driver threw it in his car glovebox beside his keys before returning it to me mad.gif.

Regardless, we're talking about breakages (and breakage prevention) here as I understand, not cosmetic flaws. I admit I have seen iPhone 5s with imperfections, but stand by that I have yet to see one with a crack on it anywhere.

I'm not sure what Gorilla Glass the S4 uses, if it does use the latest one, it will be an incremental difference as usual I suspect.
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post #45 of 115
I think instead of sitting behind the computer and posting in every Apple-related thread (It's the same people, over and over), I suggest getting a job at the Apple Store, working your way up through management, then putting your money where your mouth is and making the smart decisions at the corporate level!

Otherwise, if you constantly disparage a product that you have no intention of using, then why bother trying to change someone's opinion?

Of course, that's not going to happen.


Back to the topic, while I applaud Apple for looking at ways to minimize damage to their products, I find what they're patenting to be a little bizarre; but hey, I'm open to surprises! thumb.gif

FWIW, I've been carrying my iPhone 5 without a case ever since I got it. No scratches on the glass, no chipping aluminum, and the back is dent/scratch free. Perhaps ultimate phone safety (kinda like firearm safety) is at the end-user level.
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while the argument of the design of the iphone goes on, just over year old galaxy nexus' speaker phone stopped working randomly. This has always been in a case.

my student worker with an S3 cracked the digitizer glass from knee height when it was only a month or two old. This seems to happen because the phone is weighted in a way to have the edge or corner hit the ground first.


the nexus 4 back glass is also very fragile.

before we totally go all out on Apple "quality and design flaws" and that this technology is unnecessary lets not forget, their competitors arent doing much better either.
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...What? NASCAR requires cars to automatically adjust angle before impending impact? There's no compression zones or re-enforce internal structure here... so what do you mean?


Cheaper for who? Consumers would be happier if their phones did not break. With economies of scale, some components to shift weight will eventually be only a few dollalrs per phone.

Yes actually, NASCAR about 5 years ago began adding stabilizers on the top of cars that when they aren't pointing in the proper direction compared to the aerodynamics on the car, the foils come up and add down force to keep the car from flipping and what not. Quite brilliant, doesn't always work though. However it did make the games less fun to turn around and slam head on into the pack to cause carnage.
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post #48 of 115
give the bottom a shock absorbing rubber. Shift it's inertia so it always falls bottom down. Phone won't break.

Done.

I'm going to patent it now.
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Dont you mean "CryPhone" biggrin.gif

You'd be screwed if you accidentally activate stealth mode.
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More publicity instead of actual usable patents right now IMHO.

To the people bickering in this thread back an forth about iPhones, samsungs, nexus's .... seriously, they all break and crack. If you want a sturdy phone, get a Nokia Lumia wink.gif

(I do have to say that my Galaxy S Advance is a pretty darn sturdy phone as well, the curved design also helps protect the screen against when skidding across the floor. But when I held the Lumia I just felt that it was a phone that I could drop and not worry at all. It's relatively heavy though)

PS: the fanboyism on this board from some members is getting really old and hurting the overall atmosphere pretty bad as well as hurting the reputation. Please, just stop it. It really doesn't contribute anything because it's constantly the same arguments that are getting spewed across these threads over and over again.
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