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Another Samsung Galaxy S III vs Apple iPhone 4S drop test confirms the fragile nature of glass

0. phoneArena 04 Jun 2012, 09:25 posted on

Looks like trashing a Samsung Galaxy S III and an iPhone 4S together is a favorite pastime these days, as after the redhead dropping them both on a concrete pavement earlier, we now have them dropped from a car and thrown around by kids as well, courtesy of the insurers from SquareTrade...

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posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:28 10

1. -box- (Posts: 3797; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Well that is disappointing. Guess the GS3 will likely have as high a deductible as the iPhone then.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:58 5

10. xenonn1 (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I cant understand how gorila glass 1 its better than 2.I mean,they do it intentionally or what? -1 for Sammy on this one.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 17:52 1

81. ph00ny (Posts: 602; Member since: 26 May 2011)


because gg2 is thinner than gg1

Samsung should should just go back to using their own glass built with their joint company with corning.

Oddly enough, some of the current corning products such as lotus glass and gorilla glasses are removed from the products page at scp.samsung.com

These glasses aren't shatter proof. I said this in the S2 vs iP4S video too. It also looks like samsung removed the slight plastic ring around the display that would prevent the glass from touching when laid on a flat surface face down

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 17:05 6

78. phoenixpr (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


OK either I'm very luck, theirs a lot of dumb F@#ks who don't know how to hold and take care of their device. In the 20 years with a mobile device have never droped it. I an aware of what and how I am hold my belonging. So for those who drop phone, maybe consider a fisher price iPhone, if it breaks who cares, it was crap to begin with.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:30 3

2. LostInTheRed (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Confirmed nothing to me. I want to see some scientifically backed tests for BOTH phones.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:33 19

4. remixfa (Posts: 13909; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it all depends on the angle that its dropped on. the more vibration that goes through the phone, the more likely it is to smash the screen.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:35 11

5. LostInTheRed (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Exactly. Which is why I'm not letting videos like this and the last drop test sway my opinions on quality. If it turns out to become a real issue, I have no doubt Samsung will do something about it.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 12:36 6

52. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


I like the tests that are 1. Face down from waist height and 2. Face down from shoulder height.

All this other stuff is useless.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 12:52 6

56. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I don't know about that man... it's been seven hours since I woke up and my kids have already thrown my phone up in the air about five times.

And I don't even have kids.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 17:38 1

79. E.N. (Posts: 2316; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


lol, at least now we can throw that "fragile iPhone" argument right out of the window.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 21:28 4

87. remixfa (Posts: 13909; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


no its still fragile. it just has company.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 15:49

99. jroc74 (Posts: 4788; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly. I have dropped my Droid X1 numerous times on hard surfaces before I let my kids mother use it. Only a few scratches, nicks.

She had it for a few months...and now it has a huuge crack in the corner of the screen.

And folks need to understand....glass breaks. It isnt indestructible just because it has the name Gorilla in it...lol.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:33 32

3. remixfa (Posts: 13909; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ha. first time an iphone won a drop test. wow. really need to be careful with the SGS3. Thats not something galaxy owners are used to. .lol

hey trolls, does that make the SGS3 "premium" now since it breaks like a premium phone?? lol

as always, get a case and be careful.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:09 2

14. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


16 and treat my phone like i do my xbox, as in with care and not be like other 16 yr olds and toss it around like it didnt cost me $600

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:23

39. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Same. And I'm 12. My dumbass friend throws his AT&T S2 on the ground with no case. His screen is almost to the point of being unusable and mine is flawless. XD

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:54 5

45. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


It's still made out of cheap plastic AND it's not durable. It's a lose lose.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 12:31 8

50. shayan (Posts: 148; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


cheap plastic?
I hate that word. just because somthing is more expensive, it doesnt mean it has a better quality.
palstic is the best material for phones. it is light weight, its durable, and you have less issue with radios.
now if I sell you somthing for a million dollar a pound, would you use it for your phone? just to get the primiume feel?
and btw, this time, its not cheap.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 15:08 4

68. Synack (Posts: 666; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Actually the S3 is made from premium plastic and the iPhone has cheap glass.

So your choices are:

S3 front = premium glass / rear = premium plastic
iPhone front = cheap glass / rear = cheap glass

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 15:55 3

73. Ubi2447 (Posts: 131; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


The iPhone's glass is relatively cheap to replace though. I'm guessing that the screen for the SGS3 is going to be upwards of 150 bucks to replace.
Not defending Apple... Just saying.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 16:14 2

75. remixfa (Posts: 13909; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


nothing is cheap when you take it to apple to replace.

it depends. if the digitizer can be separated from the LCD, then it will be cheap. If it is all one piece, then it will be expensive. My guess though is that its all one piece.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 18:58 1

84. catt4u (Posts: 64; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


I think you can almost double that $150.00
iFixIt just took a SIII apart and wrote the glass, digitizer + magnesium? frame are 1piece and can't be separated ;)

http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Samsung-Galaxy-S-III-Teardown/9391/1#.T81Lk7D85LM

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 19:05 2

85. corporateJP (Posts: 1555; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


I'm not an Apple guy, but in all honesty, some of you look really stupid making excuses for the Galaxy.

It's an overpriced piece of garbage.

Get over your one-sidedness, admit it to yourself, by an LG or an HTC and get on with your lives.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 17:48 3

80. E.N. (Posts: 2316; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


wow remixfa, I love how you completely turned this around! For almost two years now, you and other android users have been talking smack about the iPhone and how easily it breaks. And now that it seems like the SG3 may be more fragile, its no biggie, all you need to do is be more careful. Really?!?! Isn't that what iPhone users have been saying all these years? lol, I (once again) smell a hypo. And you still somehow manage to find a way to make fun of iPhone users. Wow, I've never seen a hater so talented as you. One of a kind you are.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 21:32 1

88. remixfa (Posts: 13909; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


eeehh.. no

ill tell you just like i told the other trolls. I've ALWAYS advocated for cases and screen protectors. The iphone breaks very easily. the SGS1 and SGS2 did not, but I still advocated screen protectors and cases. For whatever reason this SGS3 breaks easily. Like I said, which you probably didnt know how to read, is that my GUESS is that the gorilla glass v2 is not as strong as advertised.. or it may be the way the glass is seated in the frame somehow.

Either way, I straight up said this phone is fragile.

Should I stomp my feet... or pretend it didnt happen like Taco does whenever he loses an argument (nearly every hour)??

No. I give simple advice. Be smart, protect your phone, and be careful. The same advice Ive given countless times to iphone owners.

Dont be an idiot. Your not generally as trollerific as taco, dont go that low.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 23:19 3

91. ngo2dd (Posts: 781; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


No it is stronger, but the SGS has design problem because both the one X and Evo 4g lte can survive the drop test on it side. Keep trolling or back pedaling

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 07:10

95. remixfa (Posts: 13909; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


u obviously dont know the meaning of either of those words.

define trolling

define backpedalling

find out that your a fool that is trolling. realize that im not backpedaling because i havent CHANGED A SINGLE OPINION on previous devices. In order to backpedal I must have already stated something else about THIS device that is obviously false and am trying to cover it up. Just because one moron says I am, and another joins in a troll chorus, doesnt make it any more true.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:38 11

6. mercorp (Posts: 969; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Test the nokia 3310 too!
Love to see it break the floor...

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:39 2

7. 09wbd03516 (banned) (Posts: 140; Member since: 30 May 2012)


ugh!! Stop that PA!!

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:40 8

8. rogervn (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


I will have nightmares because of that video ... nokia 1100 can survive a nuclear explosion

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:06

13. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Yeah haha

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:45 3

9. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


The S3 is huge. May as well have a tablet.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 15:46 3

71. Ubi2447 (Posts: 131; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


A. Because a tablet can make phone calls :P

B. Have fun with buying a cell phone from here on out because 4.3"+ size phones are here to stay.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:02 2

11. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 428; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


GORILLA GLASS is indestructible right? in Corning's video about the Gorilla Glass, they even demonstrated bending it. In this test, the Gorilla Glass is cracked. big ??? for me.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:14 3

21. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


Gorilla Glass has never been indestructible. All Gorilla Glass is, is scratch resistant. It still shatters and breaks just like any other piece of glass.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 15:10 1

69. Synack (Posts: 666; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


its a bit tougher but yes, its mainly meant for scratch resistance, i had an iPhone4 for a month and that thing was all scratched up really quick. I'm on my 3rd Samsung with Gorilla glass and I've had 2 scratches between all 3 phones.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 15:53

100. jroc74 (Posts: 4788; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Please repeat this...for those that missed it....

All it ever was is scratch resistant. Like how ppl think the RAZR, Maxx is water proof.

Its water resistant, repellant.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:03 10

12. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Lol cheap plastic + easily breakable gs3.. Fail Samsung and those ignorant consumers buying a stolen product.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:01 5

36. SleepingOz (unregistered)


If it's such a bad device, why are you so obsessed with it?

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:07 5

37. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Isn't it obvious? Look at yourself.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:29 8

42. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Yeah, it's clearly obvious that you're jealous of Android and Samsung 's success.
Should've been Nokia, innit:?
hahahaha! Instead of wasting your time, trolling on every Android and Samsung articles, learn how to control your jealousy, man.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:10 10

16. PaNiq (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


So random, first test S3 landed facing front, and yet iphone 4s didnt, so its a game of luck, if it lands on front mean the glass breaks, if it lands on the back its all ok but have loads of scratches and some minor dmg

so this test basically proves nothing, what i would like see maybe throw a rock into the screen and see what happens, but if you throw it into air or if it falls, its matter of luck

if you throw S3 3times in air and S4 3times in air probably the result is unkown and maybe S3 wins it depending how it lands.

S3 also have bigger screen so its obvious if it lands on front it breaks faster cause it has bigger surface area.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:16 3

23. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


It doesn't matter what side the 4s lands on, Its all glass. But I agree with you on one part. They should have performed each test several times to see how likely it is for each phone to break and how.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:11 2

17. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


who needs to worry about durability if you actually take care of your device?

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:11

18. phljcnth (Posts: 266; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Oh God, why?

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 12:33 4

51. Fallout09 (Posts: 417; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Hey, they crash test hundreds of Ferrari’s before every model hits the streets.....

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:15 1

22. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


It is your responsibility to protect your valuable products same way as Car Crash Test.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:18 1

24. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)


I honestly think this may be the result of bigger screens. Larger surface area is bound to get damaged easier. Thoughts?

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:22 3

26. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


You are correct, however, the 4s has more glass than the s3 due to having it on both sides.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:24 2

27. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Seeing the giant pretty screen crack was heartbreaking. my heart stopped with every drop. I guess I love gadgets too much. Though I did laugh when the back and battery popped off. "hey its just like mine!"

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:45 1

34. strikercho (banned) (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


''giant pretty screen''?! All I see is a coffee tray with a ''smarphone'' label on it, and one stupenduosly large, oversatturated pen-tile screen and a pathetic cheap immitation of Siri...

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 12:38 3

53. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


go away twerp let the adults talk

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 22:17

101. jroc74 (Posts: 4788; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Some ppl just have nothing else better to do than try to get a rise out of ppl.

Dont feed him. Trolls, fanboys are like a plot of a horror movie. Ignore em and they go away....

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 12:52 2

55. tedkord (Posts: 4779; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


You forget a few adjectives. Fastest selling ever, most preordered ever, from the #1 smartphone manufacturer...

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:33 3

30. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


I will wait the galaxy note 2

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:36 2

31. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Even thou these "test" do give you a real life expectation of what could happen if you drop your phone. There are to many different random variable that are taken into account, to really try to name one phone tougher then the other. They would have to set up a device to drop the same amount of force on the same spots of each phone to give a better read on which device is built tougher. But again, these are device built out of glass and plastic...how tough do you guys think they are going be?

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:43 2

32. mikeyhuh89 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


Does it blend?

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:25 1

40. WhyNotRadioShack (Posts: 13; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)


And if your careful with your phone like a responsible adult and put a damn case on it then you for the most part will be okay in most situations!

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:26 2

41. skymitch89 (Posts: 1063; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


This with the fact that the US variant of the GS3 is coming with the S4 is making me want it even less. I thought that Gorilla Glass 2 was supposed to be even stronger than the original? I've dropped my Evo Shift and even tossed it against a wall a few times and nothing has happened to it except for some scratches on the side/metal and the back and battery coming off/out.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:37 1

43. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 435; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


"confirms the fragile nature of glass!" oReallllly?!!! lol

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:51 7

44. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


the result I got form this test. is that every phone regardless of maker.. will brake.. if the are small made of glass. of course it would brake,.. a phone with a 4+ screen size.. guess what it will brake.. don't need dumb drop test to tell me what common sense will tell me..

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