iPhone 4 More Accident Prone than iPhone 3GS

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After almost four months since the launch of the iPhone 4, there seems to have been enough incidents to prove that the iPhone 4 is actually more accident prone compared to the iPhone 3GS. Well, we're not saying this!

Folks over at SquareTrade, a leading third-party warranty provider have released data, which compares accident rates of iPhone 4 and the previous generation iPhone 3GS.

They have come to a conclusion that the iPhone 4's accident rate is 68% higher than that of the 3GS. In fact, as many as 4.7% of iPhone 4 owners have reported an accident within the first 4 months of the phones' ownership. For the iPhone 3GS, this percentage was just 2.8%.

iPhone 4 vs iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4 vs iPhone 3GS

The iPhone 4's glassy back isn't helping things much here it seems. With as much as 80% of all iPhone warranty claims being related to cracked and broken screens, at least a quarter of the broken glass claims involved the back screen. 

iPhone 4 vs iPhone 3GS

SquareTrade has also calculated that 3.9% of iPhone 4 owners reported a cracked screen within 4 months of usage when compared to just 2.1% in case of the iPhone 3GS. All these data points suggest that the iPhone 4 is more susceptible to physical damage compared to the outgoing iPhone 3GS.

One department where both the devices stood “on par” was when it came to incidents that were “non accidental” in nature. Both the devices show normal failure rates of under 0.5% – which is what the normal range actually should be.

If you have used both – the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4, did you actually find the latter to be more accident prone or more susceptible to damage?

[Via SquareTrade]