The iPhone 4 suffers 82% more glass breakage instances than the iPhone 3GS, according to data gathered by warranty firm SquareTrade.
After analysing data for 20,000 iPhone 4 handsets covered by warranties, SquareTrade discovered that:
- iPhone 4 owners reported 82% more damaged screens in the first 4 months compared to iPhone 3GS owners.
- Overall, the reported accident rate for iPhone 4s was 68% higher than for the iPhone 3gs.
- An estimated 15.5% of iPhone 4 owners will have an accident within a year of buying their phone.
Breaking down the numbers further, SquareTrade found that 3.9% of iPhone 4 owners reported cracked glass within 4 months, as opposed to just 2.1% of iPhone 3GS owners. A quarter of all glass claims related to breakage of the glass on the rear of the handset.
Here are charts breaking down accidents by type.
Overall, it seems that the iPhone 4 is more vulnerable to damage than the 3GS.