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Consumer Reports: The white and black iPhone 4 are both 0.37 inches


Consumer Reports has now checked with a quick post about the white iPhone 4 apparently being 0.2mm thicker than the black version.

“when we compared a white iPhone 4 with a black iPhone 4 in our Yonkers, NY, lab using high-quality calipers, we found they were both the same thickness (0.37 inches). This supports Apple’s assertion that the devices are the same size”. Consumer Reports went on to say that they recommend “that you get a case with your iPhone 4 to mitigate an reception issue… But at least you don’t have to worry about it not fitting.”

So how did those other white iPhone 4′s get to be bigger? Is anyone who purchased a white iPhone 4 having problems or seeing a difference?

Source: Consumer Reports
(Thanks Gos!)

  • Justin Credible

    They’re not testing it right.

    • Marky Mark

      How so? Do you have better experience measuring your unit with such a precise tool?

    • R

      But that tool isn’t very precise, notice the numbers only go as low as .000, as well, inches are pretty large compared to centimetres.

    • bummy

      @Marky Mark
      Chill out dude, I think @Justin Credible is just poking fun at Apple for using the “You’re not holding it right” excuse for antennagate.

    • Marky Mark

      @bummy:
      Chill out man.. I’m just poking fun at Justin’s incessant need to overuse the same line “you’re ______ it wrong”. Think of something original already…

    • swigg

      Who cares it’s the white version of a bad phone. “IF you don’t have an iPhone Well you’re smarter than a guy who has an iPhone”

  • Art B. Ungler

    Who honestly cares if its 2mm bigger? Slow news day …

    • Mike

      Actually the whole issue was about it being 0.2mm thicker.. honestly though, 1/5th of a mm?

    • Khav

      Case and accessory makers who need to know the exact size of the item. Case and accessory customers who want their existing stuff to work with a different colour of the same product.

    • Jake

      It’s a big deal if the current cases don’t fit.

  • Jeff Duncan

    Maybe they additional thickness is due to the paint they used to paint over the original black units..

  • A

    Honestly I think the black one looked better anyways…

  • R

    Yeah, in fido we are definitely having problems with the cases not fitting. So the fact that they’re saying there’s no size difference is FALSE. My friend’s white iphone has kind of a tough case, and the edges around the front don’t quite fit properly.

    • Jake

      Some are bigger, some aren’t…
      it all boils down to pis-poor quality control. Big FAIL for Apple :(

  • pasuljko

    Can they measure it in metric as 0.2 mm is less than 0.008 inch?

  • Criminalogic ®

    If you look at tha pic, there are NOT measuring tha same Spot on tha device…allso using tha metric system and Not Staging tha resaults would help
    Lol

  • Justin Credible

    @markymark, it was sarcasm.

    • Marky Mark

      You’re replying wrong

  • bummy

    The Magical NEW iPhone4 WHITE is a magical 0.2mm thicker!

    Thats 2.15% more iPhone goodness!

  • sookster54

    *cough* you’re holding the caliper wrong. :)

  • Daniel Leibowitz

    Consumer Reports is so dumb, i really hope another tech news site/magazine calls them out on this. The pic makes it seem like they measured the black one incorrectly and/or staged these results.

  • rulerxy

    I took a brand new black and white out of the box today and the white is intact a touch thicker. I used 3 rulers and one of the sim card removers.

  • Ryan

    This is exactly what I said from the start. Use a micrometer and find out. This is to one thousandth of an inch…pretty damned precise. Whoever says otherwise is a moron.

  • Ryan

    “Can they measure it in metric as 0.2 mm is less than 0.008 inch?”

    Ok people, .001 inch is equal to 0.02 mm.

    • R

      Exactly, which means they could possibly not have tightened it enough, making them seem the exact same size. It’s more than likely staged, as when we put a case on a black iphone4, it fits fine, on the white one, it’s a tight squeeze, and doesn’t quite fit properly. Figure that one out.

  • moMO

    who cares?????

    • Criminalogic ®

      Not Me… lol

  • OMG Ponies!

    Damnit! I care! I want my white iphone 4 to fit into my completely covering, never removed black case!
    Please Apple, take my money! *baaa baaa*

  • Mike

    I have a black one and a white one. They don’t look different at all. Also, my white one fits in the ridiculously tight case that the black one fits in. I don’t think there is a difference.

  • Evanation

    we can all thank Donald Trump for getting to the bottom of this too

  • Nick

    These tools ARE accurate to within 0.001″, but it’s hard to get the same reading twice in a row because 0.001″ is way beyond the human ability to hold the tool in place. So yeah, if the tools are used properly it’s a legit reading, but they’re hard to use.

  • A

    now that’s funny, Princess Auto sells those exact calipers for 24.99. So much for high quality… I know this to be true because I am looking at a pair of them right now.

    But in any case, I am sure there are manufacturing tolerances at play here.

  • a

    Why use a measuring device? Just put the side by side on a level surface and compare.
    This is not rocket science…

  • Ryan

    “These tools ARE accurate to within 0.001″, but it’s hard to get the same reading twice in a row because 0.001″ is way beyond the human ability to hold the tool in place. So yeah, if the tools are used properly it’s a legit reading, but they’re hard to use.”

    A micrometer will have a ratchet that “breaks” when you tighten the instrument. The ratchet will just click free when it is tight against the unit. Thus if you use the ratchet it will tighten exactly the same for every reading you do.

    Unless they are doing this by “feel” than yes, it’s possible they may tighten it more the next time.

    There isn’t anyone out there who has both of these phones and a micrometer handy?

  • gmd

    Is around the button the tickest part?

  • Bort

    My 20 year old Vernier scale caliper can take more accurate readings than this. Put it on a 0-0.500 in micrometer and tell me these are the same.

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