A recent study conducted by SquareTrade Warranties found that glass breaking on iPhone 4's increased by 82% compared to iPhone 3GS models.
The study surveyed 20,000 iPhone 4 accidents covered by SquareTrade, the largest independent warranty provider, and compared it to the iPhone 3GS. Not only are iPhone 4 screens almost twice as likely to crack as their predecessors, but owners' accident rate for the device is 68% higher than for the previous device. Almost 5% of iPhone 4 users report an accident within the first four months of owning the device.
Screen damage makes up a vast majority of iPhone 4 accidents, the study said, accounting for more than 4/5's of all reported accidents. The study also noted that at least a quarter of all accidents involved the glass covering the back of the device.
The reason for all the glass breaking? SquareTrade explains: "Not only has the scratchable surface area doubled, the new aluminosilicate Gorilla glass used in the iPhone 4 doesn't seem any less likely to break than previous models."
As far as non-accident related hardware malfunctions, fewer than 0.5% of claims make up that category -- in line with the 3GS.
"It's important to take the accident rate into perspective," SquareTrade said. "Overall, the iPhone is still a very well constructed device, with a non-accident malfunction rate much lower than most other consumer electronics."
Though the report seems intriguing and of-course having a broken iPhone 4 could be very frustrating experience at times. Good news is Dr. Cell Phone offers iPhone 4 cracked glass repair service at very affordable costs with an average turnaround time of one business day. If you manage to get your shattered iPhone 4 to one of the Dr. Cell Phone Repair centers, the highly experienced technicians can repair your iPhone while you wait.