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Can the HTC One X survive three drops?

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Can the HTC One X survive three drops?
The guys at HTCPedia had to feel it. They were conducting a drop test with the new HTC One X and every time the handset hit the ground, it made that distinctive sound that brings fear and a cold sweat to all smartphone owners. That is the sound of a new high-end smartphone slowly getting destroyed by concrete.

The first drop was from waist high to simulate a fall from your pocket. Seeing the phone drop in super-slow motion is certainly something to see as the handset takes crazy bounces before landing on its face. The HTC One X did well in surviving this first drop and got away with just a few dings on the side. The next fall was from shoulder height. While the HTCPedia crew didn't explain what this was supposed to simulate, we could say that it would be like being on a call and having the handset pinned up between your ear and shoulder before it loses control and heads south. After that drop, there was just some cosmetic damage and the screen remained intact. At this point, chalk one up for the Taiwan based manufacturer's build quality. The final drop was face down and the screen certainly took the brunt of this hit. Despite the shattered screen, the unit still worked although the display could not be read easily. Internally, it seemed that the device was holding up as The HTC One X was still responsive after the three drops. Oh, if you're wondering why the battery didn't pop out on impact, that's because the HTC One X does not offer a removable cell.

No one likes to see their smartphone hit the deck, especially with no protection. In the years to come, we would expect to see stronger cases offering more protection. OEMs will find stronger materials that will allow smartphones to come away blemish free from even shoulder height drops and higher. In the meantime, all you can do is grip your phone a little bit tighter, use very protective cases and hope that luck is on your side.

source: HTCPedia via Phandroid

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posted on 20 Apr 2012, 00:56 4

1. iDroidx650 (Posts: 72; Member since: 26 May 2010)


Is anybody else having problems with data connection. Mine goes from 3G to H every few minutes. I'm using it on AT&T. I know it's not a network issue cause my iPhone and lumia are working okay. As for switching between h and 3G, my galaxy nexus did that but it never cut data connection.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 08:25 2

10. robinrisk (unregistered)


If it does not drop the connection while switching from H to 3G, im pretty sure that thats normal. Mine does it to and i believe its because its switching form upload to download mode when HSDUPA is available.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 01:00 7

2. shayan (Posts: 146; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


good job HTC. though a shatered screen is a very bad thing ( one of my friends changed her HD2 for it costs a brand new, midrange samrtphone to repair it in our contry) face down drops are rare. most drops are from edges.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 02:26 8

3. aooep (Posts: 20; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Drop tests are always fun...as long as it isn't mine :O

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 03:32 1

4. kylehudsons (Posts: 49; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


totally agree

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 03:55 3

5. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


ok ill be the first to say it. had it been an iPhone 4. it would have broke on the first drop. either the front or the back. i know from experience. not to bash the iPhone. its just super fragile. (backlash in 3...2...1...)

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 04:36 2

6. stylinred (Posts: 50; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


makes me appreciate my N8 even more... ive dropped it sooooo many times on all sorts of surfaces and everything is fine except for some nicks and scratches

i even had a drop from 1 story high but that did dent my top end cap (plastic) and i had to have it replaced

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 04:47 2

7. GuiltyBystander (Posts: 199; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


I have a weak heart, I couldn't watch the whole video :(.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 05:25

8. wendygarett (unregistered)


I think one V will survive when face down... remember the ugly chin at the bottom of the screen? it probably will protect the screen...

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 07:15 1

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


Why are you trolling on all the android articles? your almost as bad as exvac .-.

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 07:27

14. stylinred (Posts: 50; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


he's talking about his HTC One V.... trolling? take the stick outta yer....

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 10:26 1

11. k1ng617 (Posts: 245; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


That looked really good for the first two drops, and I'm not expert but it sounded really solid when it hit the ground i.e. good quality? Cheers either way

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 11:07 1

12. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Gorilla glass.... scratch resistant but not drop resistant

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 05:57

13. Archan_Pe (Posts: 74; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


LOL and this is why i love my N9, lol strong screen and barely noticeable scratches and and ive dropped it like more or less 23 times

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 15:44

15. ash29 (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


After all nokia sucks.

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