Are you one of those people just has to have every new gadget that comes along? If so, you might have been one of the thousands of people who were waiting in line a few weeks ago when the iPhone X made its debut.
The new Apple smartphone drew a lot of media buzz because of its screen that went all the way to the edge of the unit, it’s new facial recognition software, and a few other features. Most articles, however, drew attention to the price of the phone, which is far and away the most expensive smartphone ever made, as the basic price for the unit is just a bit under $1000.
That didn’t stop people from lining up to buy it, and stores worldwide sold out their stocks of the new iPhone X within hours.
If you think you’re done spending money on the iPhone X after dropping that thousand dollars, you may be mistaken. Occasionally, you might need to get the thing repaired, as many smartphone owners have discovered that accidents can (and do!) happen with them. Glass gets broken, and other damage can occur if you happen to drop it.
Apple claims that the glass used in the new phones is ultra-durable, but tests at numerous Websites have suggested otherwise. You know how it is – when Apple comes out and says “Our new phones have super-durable glass that isn’t likely to break,” there are people who are going to buy the phones for the express purpose of trying to break the glass.
By many accounts, that glass is breakable and apparently quite breakable, at that. Not a problem, you say – “I’ll just go to the Apple store and have them fix it.”
Yes, they can do that. In fact, they’ll be happy to do that. But it’s going to cost you. Apple’s price for replacing a screen on the iPhone X is $279, and apparently, that price doubles to $549 if there is any other damage to the phone.
There are plenty of phones that you can buy for less than the $549 that it will cost you to have this one repaired, and rest assured, many people will end up having to have their phones repaired. You don’t have to, of course, but if the repair happens to leave the phone not working, then you still have a monthly phone bill with which you’ll have to contend.
Keep in mind, too that the iPhone X has glass on both sides, making it all the more likely to break when dropped. The screen uses expensive OLED technology, and its thinness and a few other things that are attached to it make it quite difficult to repair, so both add to the cost.
Square Trade, a warranty company, as described the iPhone X as the most breakable phone that they’ve ever tested. That’s not particularly reassuring, and one can’t help but wonder if Apple didn’t make the phone somewhat fragile on purpose, just so they can make a few more dollars on repairs.