Nearly half of iPhone owners in the UK have had the unfortunate experience of cracking their beloved iKit’s screen, latest research shows.
Figures published by discount site MyVoucherCodes.co.uk has revealed the iPhones’ high susceptibility to mishaps, with some 42 per cent of the 1,112 owners surveyed admitting that their iPhone screens were visibly damaged from knocks or falls at some point.
The iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S are particularly vulnerable due to their glass front and backing that make the handsets harder to grip, resulting in a staggering 27 per cent broken units within the first month of ownership.
More surprisingly, 41 per cent of owners took no precautions to safeguard their handsets, with only 44 per cent using a screen protector for basic protection against scratches.
However, more than half of those that suffered a broken screen continued to use the handset as it functioned fine. A little more than 30 per cent bothered to claim insurance for one reason or another.
Mark Pearson, chairman of MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, said: “To see that as many as two fifths of iPhone owners are currently using a phone with a broken screen is surprising, but it’s even more surprising that so many haven’t bothered to fix them because they still work fine!
“As gadgets and technology have advanced, so have the price tags that come with them. Unfortunately, more expensive gadgets inevitably mean more expensive fixes when they are broken, so we really wanted to look into how people take care of their expensive consumer gadgets.”