CNET Gives The iPhone X Their Drop Test [VIDEO]

CNET reports:

If you just spent $1,000 or more on an iPhone X, put a case on it now! Apple’s tenth-anniversary iPhone has a slick new look with a nearly bezel-less screen, glass back and stainless steel frame. Just like the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the glass back allows the X to have wireless charging– but it also means you now have two breakable surfaces to worry about.

Like our drop tests for the iPhone 8, our first drop was from 3 feet (0.9 m), or about pocket-height for most people. The back hit first, but it then did a small flip and landed screen-side down with the back facing me so I could see the damage immediately. The glass from three of the four corners cracked at different degrees of severity and scuffed up the side of the camera mount.

The bottom right-hand corner took the biggest hit and had the largest fracture flanking the corner. Even the stainless steel on the frame looked chipped on this side where the phone hit the floor. The top right corner also had a small tear and scuff on the frame, and another tiny bump on the bottom left hand corner of the glass. Not good considering it was the first drop.

  • I have an HTC, but there’s no way I’d carry around any smart phone without a protective case.

    I remember a few years ago, my boss got the new iPhone the day it was released…and then dropped it in the parking lot the next day and broke it. >_<

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Get a case no matter what. It’s like getting a helmet while biking.

    • Rambie

      I am giggling a bit at all the i-fans here at work that kept saying the X screen was going to be so strong it wouldn’t crack easy.

      • Lizard

        Email them a link to this test?

    • Bambino

      Yeah. I owned a tablet for 6 years that is in pristine condition. The one time that I forget to put a sleeve on it, it dropped and dented the corner and broke the audio outlet. Go figures.

  • Butch

    Still having trouble with the idea of shelling out $1,000 for a telephone, but I guess a lot of people don’t agree with me.

    • Blake Mason

      It is common here where I live…. I expect the X to be$1500 – $2K here.

    • SilasMarner

      I can understand peoples’ amazement at shelling out $1000 for a “phone”. What you really are buying is a mobile super mini computer in your hand that just so happens to make phone calls. These things are a technological wonder. I love them.

      • Butch

        I know I’m in the minority and I’m not trying to start an argument, but my cell phone felt like a leash and I got rid of it. Living without a cell phone ain’t bad at all.

        • Rebecca Gardner

          I totally agree. I’m ready to completely get rid of a cellphone myself.

          I hate the fucking things.

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            My best friend and I were talking yesterday, he told me he took the plunge we’ve been discussing for some time. He went back to a flip phone. He decided not to go the store but to call corporate who said he could pick it up at he store. He did this to bypass a pitch to stay with an expensive smartphone. When he got to the store a sales associate got the phone fr him and commented on him going back o flip phone. Said he wanted to some days and this transaction is happening more and more often.

            I have a ways to go in order not to have to pay off phone all at once but I am considering it when this contract is up.

      • another_steve

        Not clear to me why the average person needs to travel with a mobile super mini computer in hand. I mean, all power to them if they can afford it, but… like… why do they feel the need?

        A simple mobile phone isn’t enough? Do folks really have to check their email when they’re out and about? Does the average person really need access to the internet when they’re outdoors?

        I think the smartphone industry is a classic example of “create something new and flashy and people will flock to it – whether they really need it or not.”

        • Lizard

          Do you need it? Nah. Is it nice to have? Absolutely.

          I’ve never been bored at the DMV because of my smartphone. It’s a library that fits in my pocket.

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            Our DMV forbids their use.

          • Lizard

            I’m sorry, friend. Some DMVs are just bent on their customers being miserable.

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            I’m in Ohio, whaddya expect?

          • thatotherjean

            I have a Kindle for that, which is a lot easier to read. I do have an iPhone 4, in a sturdy case, which I never hooked up to the internet. It gives me a phone that takes pictures, checks the weather forecast, lets me text, and can entertain me in a pinch (how many times can you play Word Wall?), and that’s all I need it for. It still works, so I see no particular need to buy more bells and whistles.

        • Bambino

          Age does play a part in this regard. Older people tend to be less mobile and stay in one place where they have the convenience around them. Younger people are more active and their lifestyles are less scheduled. A smartphone provide an all in one solution. It can remotely access from cloud or home computer or any remotely set up appliances at home. Technology does help in a world that many require to multi task for a living.

          • another_steve

            This surely places me in the “over age 65 and should die already” category… but I find the phenomenon of people in public spaces (restaurants, for example) fixated on their smartphones and oblivious to the person sitting or standing opposite them really really disturbing.

            I hope there are sociology Ph.D candidates out there who are writing their theses on this subject. It needs to be explored.

            The degradation of our personal interactions needs to be studied and understood.

          • Bambino

            The irony of the better the communication technology human invented the more anti social and isolated we have become.

  • Michael R

    Next year comes the Iphone planted inside your brain for safety .

    • Tawreos

      They will have to break my brain to get me to sign up for that.

  • David J

    Kind of makes me wonder if iPhone X buyers are more the fools for shelling-out $1000 (plus state sales tax); or more the fools when they don’t buy a protective case for it; or more the fools for “accidentally” holding it a way that it drops to the ground?

    Just wondering. My first mobile phone cost less than $200 and did the job of making and getting phone calls. Now, we need a very good multi-lens camera and a computer with a browser so we can text while we drive, and we need to spend over $500-$1,000+? Who is the fool here?

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Plus the iPhone is the #1 target for thieves.
      Not worth the added trouble.

      • David J

        I didn’t even think of that part. A friend of mine back when phones were just phones had one of those under $200 phones popular back then, It was stolen from him at college and he had to shell out another $200 immediately because he thought he was “saving money” by not having a land line phone at home.

        • Karl Dubhe

          My land line is 10$/month…

          Snicker.

    • For $1000 they could throw in the bloody case. What kind of bullshit is that?

      Also, every day I see multiple people with phones all cracked up. What the fuck are people doing with their phones? I’ve never so much as scratched a screen much less shattered it and I’m a klutz so I do drop them.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I have an Ipad and dropped it onto carpet a few times and no breakage. Though I always have a case on.

    • Bambino

      Smart phones are no longer view as a communication devices. They are part of fashion accessories. Some are content with wearing an old winter coat they owned for decades, while others love to follow the seasonal trend and indulge in the latest fashion.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I don’t get it.
    I don’t understand the people waiting in line for days to get one.
    I don’t understand paying such an insane amount of money for a fucking phone.
    I don’t understand modern society anymore.
    I’m clearly getting old, but at least I’m $1,000+Tx richer for having no desire to own such a thing.

    • Buford

      As long as you don’t judge others for how they spend their money, go in peace.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        No, I won’t. Because I’m about to be $1000 poorer after I add an Amplifier and new speakers to my Harley Street Glide. 🙂

        • kladinvt

          I can’t even imagine wanting to own a cellphone! 🙂

          • Jeffg166

            I’ve lived for 69 years without one. It’s not part of my lifestyle.

        • Buford

          Cool… but there’s a whole debate to be had there about which $1000 expense… a new iPhone or a Harley stereo… is the wiser investment. Pros/cons on both sides.

          • Rebecca Gardner

            Harley stereo totally wins out. Which is more appealing? Riding down the road with 103 cubic inches of V-Twin rumbling between your legs while listening to your favorite music

            -OR-

            Having your full attention focused on a tiny screen that shows you meaningless social media bullshit designed to trigger the brain’s pleasure sensors as you walk into an open manhole because you’re not paying attention?

          • Buford

            The irony here is that Harley fandom is just as ridiculous as smartphone fandom you poke fun of. To leverage your judgmental assessment model:

            I don’t understand the people who insist on overpaying for a bike that is easily out-performed with higher delivered quality by effectively all competitor bikes

            I don’t understand people who insist on overpaying for Harley-branded clothing, gear, and accessories to wear while riding their Harleys.

            I don’t understand Harley society… it’s very cult-like.

            You are not $1000 richer if you sunk the same $1000 into a sound system… the money is still out of your account.

            So while you ridicule people who happily spend $1000 for a smart device which helps them organize their lives in a productive way, lots of other people will ridicule you for shoveling money at the Harley brand for no logical reason… it’s simply some sort of ‘pride’.

          • Rebecca Gardner

            OMG you know nothing about me.

            Edit: I have a garage full of motorcycles. Some just happen to be Harleys.

          • Buford

            I assessed you pretty fairly based upon what you’ve written here. If I’m off-base, feel free to set the record straight.

          • Rebecca Gardner

            Where should I start?

          • Frostbite

            At this point, I’d say by coming down off your high-cycle and letting people spend their own money on their own passions without passing judgement.

          • Buford

            BAM! Well said.

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            You should start by backing down from what we all know was clearly a tongue in cheek comment, not meant to offend or look down on others. How do I know? I know because I have a long history of reading her posts here on JMG. She’s a regular and not prone to talking down to others except in the way we sometimes jest on JMG.
            Her post also included I,I, I, I…she was clearly stating where she was at on the subject.
            When you seek to be offended….you will be.

            Decaf is on special this week, check it out.

          • Buford

            Don’t be a prick (decaf). My comment is perfectly valid. She pokes fun of people she doesn’t know for spending their $1000 on the new Apple iPhone, and then she suggests that her $1000 Harley stereo was a much ‘better’ purchase. My point is that there are MANY, MANY people who would line up to ridicule the logic behind that suggestion.

            Tongue-in-cheek or not, the comment deserved to be called out.

          • Frostbite

            Maybe you should read the rest of her comments that weren’t “tongue-in-cheek”.

            Reading glasses are on special this week, pick up a pair.

          • Frostbite

            I happen to have several family members who are neck-deep in the “Harley lifestyle” (even they call it that), you describe them to a T. Everyone has their own interests they are willing to spend money on that makes others scratch their heads. Calling out anyone for theirs just makes the caller look silly.

          • Rebecca Gardner

            See, that is not me. I just love motorcycles. I own and have owned; Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati, Yamaha, Aprilla. I just love love love motorcycles, not any particular brand. Yesterday I happened to consider upgrading the stereo on one of my many motorcycles and it happens to be a Harley-Davidson.

          • Frostbite

            So you’re not brand loyal to Harley (and I’m sure you catch lots of hell about that from Harley riders) but you’re certainly neck deep into motorcycles and riding them (from your many posts about the subject). As I said, we all have our interests. Slamming people who are willing to pay $1000 for their pocket-computer just makes you look angry.

          • Rebecca Gardner

            I’m not angry. I’m just being silly. It’s early morning. Lighten up. No, I’m not brand loyal, I’m just motorcycle loyal. Here is me working on one of the BMWs…
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3be723fe34a705dec65f168b15f2b249e287cfcf389b829f4a32449f06f35b6d.jpg

          • Buford

            So you make fun of other people… we point out that doing so is not necessarily cool and that you could easily be the target of similar ridicule… and your response is that we need to lighten up,

            We’re learning a lot.

          • ZRAinSWVA

            OMG: not only does she ride motorcycles, but she repairs them, too! (Squeals in delight)

          • Buford

            To be clear, I agree. I don’t have strong opinions about the Harley folks… to each his own… but for a Harley person to poke fun at Apple customers because they will pay $1000 for the new device is ironic, at least.

            Also, for the record, I have several bikes, including a 96″ S&S-powered springer/rigid, Hondas, and a classic Ducati.

          • JAKvirginia

            “…rumbling between your legs…”
            Um…. what were we talking about?

          • Rebecca Gardner

            You know exactly where I was going with that comment!

            You should win a prize for being the 1st person to get it.

            :-*

          • JAKvirginia

            Anything to make you grin! Hugs.

          • Lizard

            “Harley stereo totally wins out.”
            …for you. I’d much rather have an iPhone. I have a car which is much cheaper to maintain and has a better safety record than any motorcycle on the market and gets me there just as fast (and is very fun to drive). My iPhone, on the other hand, does a million things, including but not limited to books, audiobooks, music, JMG access, YouTube access, GPS, camera, weather, texting, email, and a million other things.

            It’s fine to have what you like and to spend your money on things you enjoy, but not everyone agrees or enjoys the same things. And that should be okay. Who cares if someone spends $1000 on a phone? It’s their money. I mean, personally I don’t understand why people buy luxury cars that are five times the price of non-luxury cars and get you to your destination at the same speed, but it’s their money.

          • Rebecca Gardner

            Oy vey. Everyone really needs to go smoke a bowl and chill out.

            I think I need to stay off the internet today.

          • Buford

            Food for thought… instead of demanding that we chill out, maybe just respond by saying, “I get it… it was uncool of me to make fun of others for how they spend their money by then suggesting that my spending habits are superior. My attempt at levity fell flat – sorry”.

          • ZRAinSWVA

            Uh, okay. I clearly understanding now why you like your bike!

            A note of caution (as a safety professional, I can’t resist): if your stereo is loud enough that you can hear it clearly over that rumble, it’s very, very likely that you’re damaging your hearing. In fact, you’re likely doing so already, http://www.hearingtestlabs.com/motorcycle.htm Yes, hearing loss due to wind noise is a real thing, and you need to be mindful ’cause once the damage is done, you’re not going to get it back!

            And as a curmudgeon who likes peace and quiet in my yard, I’ve been known to spray water at passing cars who are blaring music so loud I can hear them coming from six blocks away. Just sayin’ that you may want to avoid my quiet little corner of SW Virginia!

          • Frostbite

            I’m with you, unfortunately my house is 1/4mi from the country highway I live off of. I can hear them coming but my garden hose isn’t long enough!

          • pch1013

            On behalf of all other road users within a quarter-mile radius, I hope she has decent taste in music.

            (obligatory disclaimer: I’m a motorcyclist too – don’t even own a car – and have somehow managed to stay alive on the mean streets of LA and SF for 25 years without subjecting the entire world to unreasonable amounts of noise.)

          • marshlc

            “Having your full attention focused on a tiny screen that shows you
            meaningless social media bullshit designed to trigger the brain’s
            pleasure sensors as you walk into an open manhole because you’re not
            paying attention”

            You know you don’t have to do that part, right?

            The phone is a tool, you own it, and you get to use it the way you want. I keep mine in the car while I go about my day, my son keeps his turned off most of the time.

            If you have to use it for work, then, OK, that’s just another part of “doing things you’d rather not do because they give you money to do them” that is work. But for your private life, you own it, it doesn’t own you.

          • Bambino

            You mean like choosing music between Selena Gomez versus Nina Simone? 😛

          • Buford

            Exactly… a ridiculous, futile, pointless debate regarding whose subjective tastes are ‘better’. Dumb.

        • Butch

          Then you will laugh – on our way back from my DCS trip to Cozumel a couple of weeks ago, I was seated near the bathroom (it was a luxury flight). A guy waiting to use the head looked at me and said, “you look like you’d be much more comfortable on a Harley than on an airplane.” Owning a bike has been a lifelong dream but I never have….I don’t know where that comment came from. Lots of tattoos, I guess.

    • greenmanTN

      So do you have signs telling kids to stay off your lawn or do you tell them in person? 😉

      https://youtu.be/FFhjDX-DUew

      • Rebecca Gardner

        It’s so funny. Every time I do or say something that shows my age I end up saying, “and you kids get off my lawn!!!” to poke fun at myself.

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          Me too. And then,…

          Wait, what were we talking about?

        • JCF

          I usually preface my remarks, “well, I’m just an Old Fart, but…”

          Hey, I’ve got my eye on a woman and she’s actually {wait for it} 2 months OLDER than me! Yay, age-appropriate crush! (a refreshing change for me ;-/).

        • Nowhereman

          Me too! Under “hobbies” I always put “shaking my fist at the clouds!”…

      • Tawreos

        It is always more fun to tell them in person. Some days my best exercise is shaking my fist at them while I yell it =)

        • Adam King

          You need to start using a cane. Then they wonder if you’re about to hobble over and strike them with it. Puts a little fear into the impudent whippersnappers.

          • Galvestonian

            naaaaw … mine the lawn.

          • Adam King

            Bad for the turf.

          • Librarykid

            Have a remote for the sprinklers. There is probably an app for that.

        • Frostbite

          Start complaining about all your aches and pains and that you’re not “regular” any more. You’ll bore them to death.

          • I need one of those! It says so in the Second Amendment that I should have one. /s

          • Maybe get a set of fast mounts for the car/truck roof too.
            For when someone gives you the finger while driving.

      • ETownCanuck
      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        Why donchu mind yer own fuckin’ bizness? This isn’t yer property!

        https://youtu.be/SDKuWphUaWI

        • Nowhereman

          Gawd–I thought I was eccentric! The homeowner should fill a chamber pot and dump it on the “alley property” rhubarb. Wow–did she just call her a “fucking lezzie?” Seriously, she must be in the late stages of dementia.

    • Well, it’s what some folks like, I guess. *shrug*

      Me, I can’t talk. I spent more than $600 on my gaming PC’s video card.

      • Tawreos

        Why so little on something that is so important? =)

        • Ha ha. There was a rebate. It was originally over $700. I’ve been considering getting a second for SLI, but stuff runs amazingly well with everything up all the way as it is.

          • Tawreos

            Good deal =)

          • Though I had a friend tease me about it: “Do you really need a powerful rig to play yuri VNs?” (Hey, that’s not all I play, ha ha. :p )

      • Rambie

        A good GPU is an investment. 😉

      • Bambino

        It’s a personal indulgence. I know many on a couple of tech sites who will buy every new phone issue on their favorite brand. Not very different from those who are fashion conscious on clothing and accessories.

    • fiizok

      The only thing Apple creates that truly amazes me is a cult-like devotion to their products.

      • Rambie

        So Republican of them. /s

      • Buford

        The most cult-like phenomenon associated with Apple is the irrational Apple hatred. It’s maniacal. If you have really strong feelings about what brand of electronics other people buy, you need to either do some introspection or seek therapy. That’s not normal.

        • Lizard

          I do kinda see where fiizok is coming from. There are people who complain about new features on the newest Apple product, be it iPhone, iPad, or Macbook, then go out and buy it anyway. That, I don’t understand.

          But I think they’re a minor part of the customer base and Android fanboys can be just as bad. Strange fans are not exclusive to Apple.

        • Boreal

          My biggest beef with Apple is hiding their profits offshore and using foreign workers to make their products. That said, my husband got the phone contract and our phones so I have an iphone 6.

          • Buford

            Good grief. You DO realize that Foxconn makes the hardware for effectively EVERY electronic device a person can use to access the internet, right? Dell, HP, Acer, Motorola, Microsoft, Google, Apple, Sony, Samsung, Nintendo… all are built either in total or in part using hardware supplied by Foxconn.

            Using your Foxconn-built device to write an online comment criticizing Apple for using foreign workers is either ignorant or hypocritical in the extreme. Do some googling.

          • Boreal

            Actually I’ll just do some blocking since some people are major assholes today.

          • Buford

            Just facts, Champ. If you have a problem with tech companies who use hardware from foreign vendors like Foxconn, then that’s great – buy/use only those devices built entirely from non-Foxconn suppliers. Otherwise, you’re being deliberately ignorant or hypocritical if you use a Dell or HP device to single out Apple for using Foxconn-manufactured hardware.

          • Nowhereman

            Yeah, but with what!?

          • Buford

            Hmm… good point.

          • Frostbite

            Yes, because Apple is the only company to do this, anywhere.

          • Boreal

            Did I say that?

          • PickyPecker

            Obviously some folks here this morning looking for ‘negative engagement.’

          • Boreal

            I would say so.

          • Buford

            Some might suggest that ‘negative engagement’ is posting negative judgmental comments based on erroneous information and then reacting dickishly when someone tries to help you understand the real situation with facts and information.

            Again, if someone hates Apple, and only Apple, because they use Foxconn-supplied hardware, that person is either ignorant or a hypocrite. No other explanation.

          • Nowhereman

            Oh for FS! Buh bye.

          • Buford

            Bye.

          • Nowhereman

            I’m going to fire up my diffuser with some happy oils…

          • Gest2016

            Right, because we all want to pay $3,000 for American made iPhones. I don’t understand the ignorance of people who don’t recognize that manufacturing has been global for more than 20 years, as has the economy.

          • Boreal

            Welcome to blocking asshole. Fuck you.

          • Gest2016

            Ya fuck you harder.

          • hudson11

            My big beef with Apple is the disposability of all things Apple. We’re an Imac run office. New machines have to be ordered kitted out because there’s no going back and upgrading later even as programs need more computing power. It used to be that new processors and memory could be added, not so easy now if at all. Hubby’s last laptop had to be replaced because something that wasn’t working was soldered to the motherhboard instead of simply being replaced. It was something as innocuous as one of the port connections on the side.

        • vorpal 😼

          The only time I have really strong feelings about what types of electronics other people buy are when family members buy Windows computers and then expect me – as a computer scientist – to know how to fix their computer issues when I haven’t used a Windows computer since Windows 7.

          • Buford

            HA! Agree. But at least in that case your opinion is based upon your personal experience, as opposed to simply being ‘angry’ at people who buy iPhones when Androids are OBVIOUSLY SUPERIOR!!!!!

          • Nowhereman

            I’m fortunate that I don’t need a computer like that anymore. I got a Chromebook two years ago and I’m happy as a clam. My needs are simple. I had two Windows PCs, one with Vista and one with Windows 7. Both were slow and got slower. I’m not “into” computers in any emotional way–to me they’re a necessary tool. I don’t understand how the magic works and I’m not at all interested in messing around under the hood. As soon as I get a Cloud ready printer, (which I need about 4 times a year) I’m going to take my Gateway outside and hit it with a shovel, or maybe a splitting maul. Haven’t decided.

        • greenmanTN

          Is there an app for taking the stick out of your ass, because yours seems to be wedged in there pretty tight, maybe even sideways. Luckily your head seems to be up there too, based on your responses to other people today, so at least you won’t be working blind.

          • Buford

            Nice ad hominem… did your mom help you with that?

          • greenmanTN

            No, she’s off helping your mom change her last name and moving without leaving a forwarding address.

          • Buford

            Eh… a little disappointed in that retort, Champ. Wanna try again….maybe use a meme?

          • greenmanTN

            Yeah, not some of my best work. I guess I just find the topic uninspiring.

          • Buford

            I get it. It was fun, anyhow… have a good one.

          • greenmanTN

            You too.

        • Nowhereman

          I try to avoid the Mac people. Always coming on with a superior attitude. Bragging about how Macs don’t get viruses. Well, neither does my Chromebook, and it does all I need to do with a computer. It’s not irrational to dislike snobs.

          • Buford

            Sure, but you’re talking apples vs. oranges. Certainly, you and I both dislike snobs who behave a certain way which grates our nerves. However, disliking a snob is not the same as disliking people simply because they prefer Apple products… and the latter is the group I’m taking issue with.

            As I stated plainly above, having really strong feelings about how other people spend their money is not normal behavior.

      • TominDC

        Reminds me of that old joke:

        How do you know if someone’s laptop/phone is an Apple product?

        Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.

      • vorpal 😼

        I like apple computers. The products are attractively designed, and as a programmer, having a UNIX based machine that doesn’t require a ton of system administrative needs is very appealing. (The phones, I am a little less impressed with.)

        With regards to fanboyism, I am much more of an Nintendo fanboy than I am an Apple fanboy.

        • Buford

          Similarly, I’m no fanboy, but I use PC’s daily at work and Macs daily at home… and there’s simply no comparison for me. The Apple OS is the interface I prefer. When comparing two similarly-spec’d machines, I’ll happily pay an extra $200-300 for the Apple OS over Windows.

          Having to switch from Mac to PC for work is a frustrating mess.

        • Dual OS! :p

          I’ve had a long-time affection for Slackware, but I also need a Windows machine for gaming, since most games are still done in Windows (granted, there’s always WINE, of course).

          • vorpal 😼

            I used to be a Linux aficionado, and if Mac OS X ever got bad enough, I would probably switch to FreeBSD.

            Almost all of my gaming is on specific gaming devices, like the Nintendo 3DS, which is my favourite personal handheld gaming device :D.

      • Gest2016

        Have you ever paused to think that Apple is not a religion and that people are fanatically devoted to products worthy of this devotion? Comments like yours betray someone who has never used an Apple product.

        • fiizok

          I use an Apple computer at work. At home one of my two computers is a 17-inch Macbook Pro. Are there any other conclusions you want to jump to and prove yourself a fool?

    • Bill

      Said the Android settler…….

    • Do Something Nice

      I believe that many Millennials and others like standing in lines – for anything. It is a point of socialization and human contact in world that is becoming increasingly insular.

    • Ross

      It’s not just a phone.

      I have an iPhone 6.

      I rarely use it for phone calls.

      I text. And can check emails. And send emails.

      I take a lot of pictures.

      I use the flashlight a lot.

      I listen daily to audible books.

      I read JMG on it.

      I check the weather. And the time.

      Occasionally I use the calculator and water level.

      It can tell me where a good Mexican restaurant is. And show me directions. Oh, and what movies are currently playing? And it can buy me a ticket.

      During an argument I can say: let’s fact-check this! Alas though, sometimes the iPhone proves me wrong.

      And I think I am using 1/100 of what the contraption does.

      In short, I LOVE MY SMARTPHONE.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        I have an iphone6 because my job made me have a “Corporate Electronic Leash.”

        • Frostbite

          You should have negotiated better before accepting the job. 😉

        • netxtown

          ah hell…..I thought that CEL on my dashboard meant something was wrong with the engine…..

        • perversatile

          “Shut-up & take my money!”
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVyUfHFU20g
          Futurama July 2010

      • Boreal

        Same here I rarely use it to talk to anyone and the only reason I have the six is that I dropped the 4s and the hubby has a 2 phone plan.

      • Frostbite

        I really don’t understand why we even call them “phones” any longer. Calling people via voice is just such a small part of what I do with mine as well.

        • vorpal 😼

          It’s not much different than calling a computer “a computer.”

          They were originally made to perform computations, and while they still fundamentally involve the manipulation and rendering of data, the term “computer” doesn’t really seem to do justice to the vast role they fill in our lives.

          • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

            I agree! Government agent seems more appropriate.

            Oh, and get off my lawn.

          • Frostbite

            Yes, but in the end a “computer” does still “compute”. Maybe we should call these “comphones”? 😉

        • Charlie 2001

          I recently came across a new word – phablet. It seems a lot of tablet computers now have SIM cards in them. And get off my lawn.

          • lymis

            Phablet?

            No. Not a word I plan to use. At least not until I use it spontaneously while drooling into my oatmeal at care facility.

          • Frostbite

            “Phablet” has been around a while. It originally designated the larger sized phones, like Samsung’s Note series, a cross between a phone and a tablet. Kind of fell out of favor as all phones got larger.

            My iPad has a SIM in it, but it is for a data connection, a SIM doesn’t necessarily mean a phone. There are also some car ODBII dongles that take SIMs, along with other wireless equipment.

      • vorpal 😼

        iPhone 5c.
        It’s pretty, green, and cheap as hell.
        And all I use it for is a couple texts a month and an electronic Boggle (the word game) player.

        Also, I set Siri to have a cute British male voice, and if asked, he says that I am the handsomemest of them all.

        • Dave F.

          I have the Aussie male accent set on my Siri. Makes people do a double take when they hear it.

          • Janice

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        • Librarykid

          Instead of “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest one of all?” do you ask,” iPhone, iPhone in my hand, who’s the handsomest in the land?”

        • Nowhereman

          Thanks for the chuckle!

        • Todd Allis

          I have an Android, but I do have Siri on my work laptop. I have it set to Japanese and occasionally ask it how the weather is. It actually makes a value judgement on the weather and tells me specifics, heh.
          天気はどうですか?

      • I’m happy with my samsung G4 use even less than you do but got it for $69. rebranded to textnow.com so for $19 a month I get largely unlimited g2 talk and 1gb data, About as much As I’m willing to spend.
        They no longer sale this model Jumping to $170 range with Samsung g6.
        https://www.textnow.com/wireless
        https://www.textnow.com/wireless/device/49

      • melllt

        My smartphone does all those things. And i paid less than a hundred bucks for it.
        I could be wrong, but i don’t think Rebecca was hating on smartphones. She was griping about people paying a thousand bucks and standing in line for days.

      • Dunkerblinker

        I use mine for research (Grindr, Hornet, scruff…..).

        • Ross

          Research is important!

        • Danieruw

          “Research” is in my job title! I need to ask my boss tomorrow why those aren’t installed on my computer for professional research purposes.

      • Gest2016

        Yup, these are computers we hold in our hands. We barely use them to talk any more. They connect us to each other and to the world. They are neither good or bad but what people make them.

    • Frostbite

      Kids get off my lawn! /s

      Everyone has their priorities. I’m sure you have your own hobbies you’re willing to pay large amounts of money for. Don’t begrudge others their indulgences.

    • netxtown

      RG – please don’t take this the wrong way….but damn girl, you’re getting old, and with some nice seasoning……:)

    • JAKvirginia

      Before we all shit on Apple, go check the prices on some of the other high-enders. They’re not cheap either.

    • PickyPecker

      Understood, RG. It’s just not your thing.
      I don’t get it either, but as my father said when he learned I was gay “….I don’t understand. But then I don’t understand Catholics either.’
      Not quite sure how others are misinterpreting your statement here.

      • 🎶 And different strokes for different folks 🎶
        🎶 And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo 🎶

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JvkaUvB-ec

        My wife and I have something worked out for that: I don’t bug her to watch anime or play video games with me, she doesn’t bug me to watch football or those house-building shows she likes. And we also don’t say bad things about the other’s likes. ^_^

    • Elston

      so maybe I am too old as well but I have become a decided fan of staying behind the curve.
      I was at Costco the other day and happened to look at the new Samsung refrigerators that do a zillion things in addition to keeping the food cold and the gelato frozen and I thought to myself, I really want my things to perform their core function, to do it well and to not cost an arm and a leg.

      proud owner of a samsung galaxy note 4 bought off craigslist for $150.

      (of course my daughters (15 and 12) have iphone 7s, being older means picking carefully which hills I intend to die on)

    • Chris Baker

      I don’t understand how people can buy $60,000 cars, or $200 jeans, or $140 T-shirts, or $50 bottles of wine, or $400 shoes or a $400 piece of luggage or a $800 purse or having a garage full of motorcycle(s). But you know, it’s their money.

      • …$50 bottles of wine…

        Is the high-end stuff only $50 or is it more? I am not a wine expert.

        • Chris Baker

          Ha, I am not a wine expert either. The most I have spent on a bottle is about $15. That’s why I don’t understand paying $50. I did once buy a $60 bottle of champagne to celebrate a new job, but didn’t really taste different than the cheap stuff I have once a year. And I do have a $30 bottle of Cachaça (Brazilian Rum). So I do waste my money sometimes. But for all the people who cry “I would never waste X amount of money on a PHONE!” are most likely wasting it on something else.

    • OdieDenCO

      nothing modern about it. the desire to be the first to possess the newest and shiniest object on the market is motivated by the same reason a peacock has a flashy tail plumage, impressing your [potential] mate.

    • ElenorRigby

      it’s not “a phone.”

      It functions as one, yes… but I use it as a small laptop. I shoot video and still pictures with it, use it as a calendar and organizer, calculator and I pay my bills with it. I answer emails, do my shopping, do my banking, watch movies, read websites and even books, play games when I’m bored, use it for directions, listen to music, listen to podcasts and audio books, I text my friends, I keep in touch with the office when I’m not at work, it documents my life in pictures… I use it to read news, I use it as my alarm clock and my watch, I find places to charge my car, I buy movie tickets with it, I pay for my coffee with it… I pay for my groceries with it… it tells me the weather and shows me live satellite images of weather patterns. it calculates the best route when I’m driving. It gives me access to all my dropbox files at any time, anywhere. I get my disneyland fast passes with it. It helps me choose a workout, it tells me about earthquakes 2 seconds after they happen. I can connect it to my drone as use it to shoot and edit those videos… it does about 5000 other things. If it’s “just a phone” to you then you don’t need it.

    • Nowhereman

      I’m with you there. If I needed a cell phone, which I don’t, I’d just get a simple flip phone. I just don’t need to be plugged in all the time. I can’t read things on such a small screen anyway. I do my browsing on my chromebook at home. (I’m retired so that’s where I usually am, anyway.)

  • dogdadny

    I’m not worried about dropping my iPhone from 3.9 ft. It’s when: it goes flying across the room, or parking lot, or gets knocked of the table onto the porcelain floor, or like the one time I left it on top of my Jeep and it hit the pavement at 40 mph, that’s when I’m worried and thanks to my Speck case I don’t have a break, crack, chip or scratch – on the phone and the case did very well too.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      I’m worried my cat will toss my (less expensive) android phone off the table. That’s her roost! It has survived multiple tosses so far, but one of these times, she’s going to get the spin just right.

      • greenmanTN

        And she is working on it…

  • shellback

  • I treated myself to a new Pixel 2xl. Normally I would not have done this, but at the behest of my fiance, I went ahead and got one. His reasoning? That I work too hard, and never treat myself to any nice things. But you bet your ass I put a protective case on it, asap.

  • Buford

    … AND, here we go… cue the judgmental comments from shallow, bitter little people who, for some sad reason, have irrationally-strong opinions about what brand of tech devices other people buy.

    It’s maniacal.

    • iambu

      But what works for me works better than what you think works for you, DUH!!!!

      • Nax

        Beliefs in the supernatural and divinities sort of run that way too.

        • Lizard

          True, but my iPhone never told gay people they need conversion therapy or bombed an abortion clinic. So there’s that.

          • Plus, an iPhone is at least something tangible and real.

    • Lizard

      Yeah…I mean, I have an iPhone SE because it’s a good size for my hands and I really like the interface. All of my other devices (laptop, e-reader) are non-Apple. I don’t get the knee-jerk response to ridicule people for their choice in expensive tech toy. (How many times have I heard about Pixel recently…? Those can be as pricey as $750.)

      I do question those people who complain about new features, them go out and buy it anyway. But that’s more a complaint of a group of the consumers, not the phone itself.

      • Buford

        It’s just amazing to me… people who appear to be actively angry about other people spending their money on Apple products. They cannot wait to sling anti-Apple insults in response to these types of stories. It’s a mental illness.

        • Lizard

          I dunno if I’d go that far, and tbh there are some Apple fanboys who can be really obnoxious about it. But honestly I can’t remember the last time I spoke to one of those. They were all over the place when I was in high school, now not so much.

          IMO Android fans are worse than Apple fans because they’re basically Apple fans with an added superiority complex that they’re too smart to buy Apple.

          • Buford

            Good point. I guess I’m just amazed at how predictable the phenomenon is… an online story posts some news regarding Apple, and within seconds there’s stream of comments passing judgment on Apple customers because of their purchasing habits. Not criticizing the products… the customers… many times angrily and derisively. It’s head-shakingly pathetic, IMO.

    • John Ruff

      It’s the internet. What else are we supposed to do.

      • Buford

        Good point.

  • shellback
    • Tawreos

      Does it got internet?

      • shellback

        Sometimes I like to be off the net.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      OMG – we had those back in the Jurassic Age!
      The rotary dial was perfect to fit a talon into and call up a dino buddy.

      • ZRAinSWVA

        When I was a kid we had party lines. In our case, five houses connected, each with a different ring…and one nosy busybody old lady who listened in on Every Call.

    • fiizok

      I’m partial to candlestick phones, myself.

    • greenmanTN
    • Adam King

      A well-trimmed quill, a scrap of parchment and a boy on a horse work fine for me.

      • JAKvirginia

        But you never write. So what use is that boy and the horse?

        • Adam King

          It’s a long story.

          • JAKvirginia

            I’m sure. 🙂

  • Ernest Endevor

    I’ve used an iPhone for years, never used a case, and no problems.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    I’ll buy one when they come up with a side-eyePhone and it passes the drop dead test.

  • Frostbite

    News flash, glass breaks when dropped. /s

    Seriously, why is this newsworthy to anyone? Phone. Drinking glass. Glass window. They will all get damaged when dropped.

  • Do Something Nice

    Horrible. And they didn’t do the flex test. Note, the Pixel 2 didn’t do well with the flex test or any of these tests either.

    I need a new phone, and was hoping to buy the Pixel 2, but I may wait for the Samsung S9.

    It is ridiculous that phones have gotten more expensive and more fragile.

    • Cuberly Deux

      I have the first Pixel and love it, but yeah, the problems with version 2 are troubling to say the least.

      • Do Something Nice

        I should have bought the first Pixel. On some days, I shoot 50-100 photos and I want a quality camera. Hopefully, Samsung won’t downgrade their camera in their next phone.

        I should add that I was an early Google adopter, buying the first Nexus 1 that still works (I used it for my European cell number) and I’m still using my Nexus 5 in the US. So I am disappointed with the Pixel 2.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer
    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      NO!! She deserves a medal!

      • JAKvirginia

        Akima. Remember that name.

    • Karl Dubhe

      Firing people for expressing opinions? I didn’t think that any of the photos showed her face either, so WTH?

      Who fired her?

    • edrex

      i went to the akima website this am to learn what they do. evidently what they do is create a lot of corporate bullshit doublespeak. their site is an amalgam of meaningless “consultant” phrases that have no english translation as best as i can tell. husband and i were reading the site aloud and laughing over our coffee. (although i have no doubt they are a right wing menace to democracy.)

    • Lizard

      Could that be argued in court as a violation of her First Amendment rights? I mean, she just expressed an opinion publicly, albeit in an (understandingly) offensive way.

  • Leo

    OT. Spamming Virginia-ish/election stuff until Wednesday, don’t care.
    https://twitter.com/HotlineJosh/status/927211667938824194

  • canoebum

    I have an old Kyocera flip phone…voice, text, which I keep in my car. My car has Bluetooth so I can make handsfree calls. For everything else mobile I use an iPod Touch.

    • John Ruff

      Ok

  • netxtown

    There is a part of me that wishes these new phones brought some kind of excitement into my otherwise dull and boring life. Being they don’t, I’ll just wander outside for a bit and watch the leaves turn color and fall….

    • netxtown

      well, and here. let me stick this in your ear for the day….
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS-jd61oMcw

      …and don’t be getting to cocky….or I’ll post the disco version of the theme to Lucy….

    • another_steve

      The leaves here in Central Maryland are just about at peak color. Glorious.

      You’re lucky that you remember to watch them, netxtown. That your priorities are such. 😉

      • Ernest Endevor

        Why are you so late? Enquiring minds want to know, and such as.

      • thatotherjean

        Must be nice. Where I am in Maryland, they’re mostly just crispy brown. We didn’t get much color this year.

        • ZRAinSWVA

          Same here in SW VA. Insanely dry for a long spell, followed by some serious rain and windstorms. The leaves that had color are mostly gone, and the oaks have faded to dingy brown or dull red… Fooey.

    • Ernest Endevor

      Yesterday I discovered an infestation of willow-borers in my curly willow if that’s any consolation.

      • Adam King

        Oh dear. Is it curable?

        • Ernest Endevor

          I’m hoping. I’m on my way to the local nursery to buy a pesticide that’s banned in Europe with which to blast the little buggers. I don’t want to lose the tree. Meantime, here’s a picture of the young Dirk Bogarde as he was in A Tale of Two Cities because I don’t think enough time is spent looking at him.
          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/73ce0bbc836e01729c0d6dbf339fb5f6db3c2cbdf6d5f58d6bc415b266e1acf3.jpg

          • another_steve

            Bogarde’s name comes up here in the JMG comment threads from time to time. People forget what a knock-out gorgeous hunk of man he was (in addition, of course, to being a superb actor).

            He was gorgeous all his life, but as a young man… don’t ask.

            Just don’t ask.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a78ada07e9b85f49728d52994f8f57ba6ea8b8fcb8a946d4e4e5078ca893271a.jpg

          • Ernest Endevor

            I remember reading that when he was a young man doing personal appearances they had to sew his fly shut because young women wanted to feel the dirk. Straight people! There’s no understanding them. But let’s not forget that it was Bogarde who got Victim made in which he played a gay man at a time when gay actors never did. And that movie is credited with helping to get the recommendations of the Wolfenden Report passed into law that decriminalized gay men. So, kudos. And because I am an extremely shallow and unpleasant person I give you this.
            https://youtu.be/ScHkK4UnqNE

  • Boreal

    Smart move Apple, nothing sells more phones to rubes than multiple, breakable glass surfaces.

  • PickyPecker
  • Adam King

    I’ve never owned a mobile phone, but if I ever buy one it’s not going to be made of glass and cost $1000. That’s just stupid.

  • alc2018

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2d4008e97f028430187adcb9eb5b108ba966c70114e3ef57ba787633eb969cb9.jpg so wish these bitches would shut up and get over it already, hard for a gal to get a good selfie these days!

  • alc2018

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e25e83e6b75f013eb3325edc9acb2d54755394e40f547e0bad5d4c394024bc96.jpg yeah, real quick I’m headed to the leather store for a new dildoe for us tonight, should it be clear or lightblue glass like our iphones?

    • TuuxKabin

      I’dBonkHer?

  • Tom Mears

    Their test has a slight negative bias, because nobody who was sane would spend any amount on a new phone these days and not put a case and screen protector on it. CNET tested without a case. That extra few mm of plastic will absorb a plethora of sins inflicted on phones. On the other hand cases for the new phone defeat the coolness of the bezeless screen. ;->

    Until now I have consistently refused replace my iPhone 6, which still does everything I need. My husband on the otherhand is frothing at the mouth to buy the 10. I will inherit his 7 in the transaction, and we will donate my 6 to charity, so everybody wins.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Haha. See my comment. My iPhone 7 started shutting itself down and did not maintain a charge.

      • Boreal

        That’s from their shitty 11 update. After installing 11.1, my phone is acting much better and battery life is better.

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          Yes, I just heard about that. Apparently it did not install on my phone because there wasn’t enough memory and I didn’t want to use the cloud. But I love the 8. Voice recognition is much better so I’m not constantly having to go back for edits.

    • John Ruff

      I see people using caseless phones all the time. So there

    • TJay229

      I have seen the X without a case, on a train. And the guy was unbothered.

    • Helen Damnation™

      So, if I understand here, people buy $1k iPhones to be cool? Really?

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    I bought an iPhone 7 recently and stupidly did not get a case. It’s really slick and thin and I think about it every time I pick it up. So, this has given me the momentum to go today and get a case!

  • John Ruff

    FUCK Apple

    • Blake Mason

      bottoms…

  • Tomcat

    Some people just need to be cheated to feel alive.

  • TuuxKabin

    Add On$. Add On$

  • CB

    I’ve always thought that there is an inherent flaw in a product design that has spawned an entire industry around keeping the darn thing from breaking.

  • Tomcat

    The Iphone broke when dropped. Can you not show some respect? It is much too early to talk about phone protection here.

    • TJay229

      Or is this filed under human on phone crime?

  • Paula

    I thought for $1,000 they make it a little tougher. I have never broken a screen. Almost every student that I see in schools has a broken screen. I don’t know how they do that.
    Mine is an Apple 6S.
    It has a nice big screen that I can see easily. It is a communication device, not a lifestyle.

    • Bambino

      With Apple you are paying for the brand name and the eco system and sadly not on the quality of its products.

  • alc2018

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/47dc91aa056a274ed6e20a64d059f9ad43214eb72f578c5314f2d4dfb59395e8.jpg oh Jeff I love it when you stick that new iphone near my manhole and loofa me at the same time….ooo move over manafor -will ya!

  • Blake Mason

    What good is an entirely glass exterior if you have to cover it up to protect it?… it deprives you of the gloat factor when you pull it out of your purse.

    • Lizard

      My question is if the glass back is all that makes the wireless charging work, will it still work through a case? If so, why not give the back a little more armor? If not, why should I buy it?

      • Bambino

        You will have to read the specification of the case. There are cases that allow wireless charging.

        • Lizard

          Ah, I see.

          Well, it’s a moot point for me. I don’t want to spend $1000 just to have the newest model and my SE works just fine. I’m just pointing out a potential weakness in a selling point.

          • Bambino

            I am of the same mind set. Durability of a product is a major selling point. Apple is like movie studio. It’s more than just a film. They wants you to purchase the tie in merchandise. With Apple it’s their accessories and their extended warranty.

          • The_Wretched

            I recently cracked the display layer under the glass of my phone and tried to have it fixed at the deal and then at geeksquad/bestbuy. Both said I had not bought the service contract (true) and that they do not ever do fee for service on phones. The 3rd party fixit shop would however (and now you voided your warranty, bwahahhaha).

      • Reality.Bites

        It won’t work through metal, but most cases are fine

  • Boreal

    The best use for my phone is streaming music to a bluetooth speaker, at home, at work, in the car.

    • Lizard

      Streaming audiobooks from my phone to a bluetooth speaker used to be all that got me through night shifts at work.

      • Boreal

        Tivoli (free) radio app playing jazz stations from Europe right now at work. Usually I have the French one playing, that way the commercials are in French which I don’t understand.

        • Lizard

          Smart. I hate ads. The car commercials are the worst. No, dealership, screaming at me more loudly doesn’t make me more inclined to buy a car from you.

          • thatotherjean

            Tradition!

  • Bambino

    Strictly from the perspective of physical product quality and not the eco system, Apple does manufactured one of the poorest quality of phone compare to other brands. Having owned a few Imac previously, i do believe it’s Apple intention to build their devices with an expiry date to keep their customer replenishing.

    • thatotherjean

      I’m pretty sure that’s true of every modern product. It lasts just long enough that you don’t feel absolutely cheated, considering the money you spent. Then it breaks, and you have to buy another.

  • TJay229

    Who in the world doesn’t have a OTTERBOX on ANY CELL PHONE?

    I have 10 lines on my Verizon account and a Otterbox was Mandatory for each phone. Bulk and Protection out weigh cracks and broken screens.

  • Blake Mason

    It really is a cult.

    To think that all the “upgrades” that the X advertised… were already on
    the market with other devices.

    • Lizard

      Not with the Apple interface.

      I mean, I’m not necessarily defending them, but I have an iPhone because I really like the interface. It’s a dealbreaker for me, personally.

  • Uncle Mark

    Dammit…Just because that talking colostomy bag, Chaffetz, said that people would rather spend money on iPhones than health insurance, doesn’t mean that you start selling it closer to the price of a monthly premium

  • Michael McReavy

    More screen problems with the iPhone X but Apple seems to be saying something like, it’s not a bug, it’s a feature:

    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/06/apple_x_pixelxl_style_display_nonsense/

  • Tulle Christensen

    I tried one of them new fangled sell phones, but I could not find where to plug the RJ45 connector in so I tossed it

    • AmeriCanadian

      RJ-45 or RJ-11?

  • DaddyRay

    Someone in my meeting cracked a joke about Microsoft as we are having problems with one of their products

    If Microsoft made vacuums, it would be their only product that doesn’t suck.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Knowing how phones live with me, I looked for a very rugged model, one that resists damage without a case. When I saw torture tests being meted out on the Motorola Droid Turbo 2, which included not only the typical drop tests like shown above, but, after the phone shrugged those off, it also survived a 15 foot drop onto concrete several times, being thrown 50 feet or more, and, what cinched the deal for me, being run over by a forklift, I found my phone. The display is shatterproof, and that is what made them take the test to an extreme. It kept working and didn’t shatter when hit with hammers, rocks and whatnot. The thing that finally killed it was being punctured with a pickaxe. My kind of hardware!

    Alas, what is finally making me look at new phones after two+ years is Verizon’s last “security update” which made the phone slow and very ferreting to use. This is no coincidence, as my previous Motorola Droid X had the same thing happen. One last security update meant only to make the phone frustrating as well as run the battery down. Next phone will not be tied to any particular carrier (the Droid series is a Verizon exclusive) and will be unlocked as well. While I like Apple for not needing to rely on the carrier for updates, I don’t like the limiting sandbox that all things Apple reside in, and their silly proprietary connectors, among other technical reasons. While I like to think they are pretty flawless with OS upgrades, that’s not the case either. My friends have been blowing up about how the latest iOS version is making a mess of their phones. I’m not the kind that buys a new phone when the next greatest thing comes out. If I could keep a phone for 10 years, like I do with some PC workstations, I would do it. The market and carriers have made sure this never will happen.

  • tomfromthenews

    Of course it’s going to break. It’s got glass all around. So put a protective case on it, preferably one with a good grippy material. Problem solved.

    • I ran my phone through the garbage disposal, and now neither of them work! Shoddy engineering all around. >.>

  • edrex

    i’m a very clumsy person and i drop my phone all the time. the only time my moto ever cracked was last year when i slammed a weight into it at the gym. (twice. in rapid succession b/c i’m an idiot and i didn’t realize the first time what i had done.)

  • JWC

    what next iphone insurance??

    • Strepsi

      That has existed for years, via Apple. It’s very restrictive in the contract of what you can claim, but I have found the employees really sympathetic and helpful in replacing anything I’ve damaged

      • JWC

        I guess i should have known that

  • Willys41

    A thousand bucks for a cell phone? Absurd.

  • Gregory Peterson

    I put a grippy case on my aging LG because otherwise it’s as slippery as a wafer of wet hotel soap.

  • ECarpenter

    Right, buy an expensive new phone because it’s so pretty and immediately have to cover it up because it’s so fragile.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Am I the only person who uses their phone….as a phone? That’s not to say I don’t like some of the apps or wifi, but seriously, just how much more “advanced” does a phone need to be before it becomes just a social affectation rather than a….uh…hmmmm…..wait….uh….shit…..never mind.

  • Sam

    “the glass back allows the X to have wireless charging”

    This is BS. Nokia and others have been making phones with wireless charging that don’t use glass backs. This is just a made up excuse to sell protection plans and cases. Also, if the glass back was a requirement wouldn’t that mean a non-glass case would interfere with wireless charging? But then if they only had glass cases for glass phones, I suppose they could sign you up for an additional glass case protection plan.

    • KDK DSAPDX

      You are indeed correct! I have a Nokia Lumia 1520 (LOVE this phone!) and it has built-in wireless charging, and it doesn’t have a glass back. I also have a Nokia Lumia 925 that with an easy modification was also wireless charging, and that also did not have a glass back. Even if it IS over four years old and Windows OS phones are a thing of the past, I’ll keep this phone until it completely dies. It’s sad that Microsoft is so HORRIBLE at marketing, because I’ve used IOS, Android, and Windows OS phones, and the Windows OS phones are by FAR my favorite!

      “Those living in glass phones, shouldn’t throw/drop them!” 😛

      • Friday’s_cat

        I got a Nokia 625 Windows phone, I like it better than the Android OS phone I got recently Google is too intrusive for my taste.

  • Dunkerblinker

    I watched some of the drop tests…that phone breaks easy and the screen is was more expensive. No thanks! Plus I hate that damn black strip on the top.

  • leastyebejudged

    1k for a fucking phone.

    The asteroid can’t hit us soon enough.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Because i paid good money for my 6+, I treat it as I would my laptop: carefully. I never do anything with it in my hand (like getting in or out of my truck). I never set it on a ledge or edge of anything. It stays in my pocket or on my desk unless it’s charging at night. It goes in a ziplock baggie at the beach.

    I’ve had it for 3 years and (knock on wood) I’ve never dropped it, banged it, or scratched it. It’s in a leather case with a military grade screen protector. It’s still in “mint” condition.

    I know I’m a tad obsessive about my electronics, but I work damn hard for my money and I pay good money for the best I can afford. I’ll get top dollar for it when I sell it, which will be soon.

  • Marides48

    I thought Apple products were well designed? I guess they aren’t.