The iPhone 4: Born to Break

The iPhone 4 is a beautiful device, I’ll give it that.  I’m an Android guy, I love the Nexus line of phones, and I have no intention of ever buying an iPhone, so there’s my bias.  Thats not to say that I hate the iPhone.  I would definitely recommend the iPhone for my wife, parents, etc…The software is great and, as Steve Jobs says, “It just works”. Its just note for me.

But my question is… Why is it that 93.5% of the time I see someone using an iPhone4, it looks like this:

This is a big problem and makes me wonder why the iPhone 4 has the durability of the selected hardware is equivalent to a paper plate.  Its fragile and breaks if you look too hard at it.

Why Is the Back Glass?

The front of the phone is glass, sure.  It has to be.  But why would you ever put a fragile material like glass on the back of a phone?  It serves no purpose other than to look pretty and shatter easily.  Who wants that?  You can’t set you phone down firmly on its front or back without risking a shatter.  If you drop your iPhone, you don’t even have to inspect it.  It WILL have shattered.

Putting glass on the back of the phone is equivalent to making your eye glasses completely out of glass, both the lenses and the arms.  It doesn’t make sense.  Why insert fragile materials in places its not necessary?

Seriously, I see broken iPhone 4s left and right, its ridiculous.  Lets just hope the iPhone 5 is a little more durable.  The secondary market for iPhone repairs sure hopes it isn’t.