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Galaxy Note 4 drop tests show that you can rely on it to survive a few drops

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Galaxy Note 4 drop tests show that you can rely on it to survive a few drops
Samsung Tomorrow -- the electronics giant's PR arm -- has just released a new, two and a half minute-long video showcasing the Note 4's excellent ability to withstand drops from a variety of angles and heights. Units of the upcoming phablet repeatedly survived these drops without any visible damage from what we saw.

Obviously, you and us both have to keep in mind that the source is Samsung itself, and one could argue that these tests are far from independent. That said, we do have to also point out that Samsung is definitely serious about making its devices better-suited to withstand common drops, and that's visible with both the Galaxy Alpha and the Galaxy Note 4. In case you didn't know, both of these devices feature four "bumps" on the four sides of their frames, which allow them to better absorb shock from drops, thus making them better survivors. 

Of course, we'll still have to wait and see what tests from other sources return in terms of results, but we do have to say that in our time with it, the Note 4 felt like it was very well constructed.

Check out the video below.

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posted on 08 Oct 2014, 04:42 13

1. Aploine (Posts: 426; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)

Waiting the independent throwers

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 04:53 19

5. tech2 (Posts: 3458; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Yeah. Because Samsung could have easily manipulated the gravitational force to slow down the fall.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 05:05 14

6. Finalflash (Posts: 3107; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Nah he is right, wait for the independents with their real world testing. As you can see with the example of the iPhone 6 plus, lab testing isn't always reliable.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 05:16 8

8. spin9 (Posts: 291; Member since: 31 May 2014)

Believe it or not it has something that protects the glass from smashing easily. It's the tiny gap between the glass and the metallic frame

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 06:55 1

17. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

TBH Note 4 is a good looking phone, good job Samsung, but it's not as tough as my Z2..

Note 4 drop test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgJOu2ukni8

Z2 drop test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BGQtfDZNt4

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 08:30 5

22. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

Dead pixels on Z2 doesn't make it more tough. Right?

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 09:27

26. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Are you going to cry yourself to sleep if the Note 4 beats it in the Android authority drop test?

You can find a video for any phone where it cracks on first drop and you can also find one where it doesn't crack on multiple drops. It's kind of a luck of the drop thing with phones that are 90% glass. Although with the Z2 bezels, it's probably 50% glass tops and 50% brick or something.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 08:22 2

20. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

iPhone 6 plus, lab testing wasn't same like this.
As you can see the drop here is not controlled. It's random on concrete.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 11:05

34. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10125; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

recorded multiple times until it broke and the guy uploaded the video where it finally did.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 22:53

41. Twisted247 (Posts: 282; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)

Agreed, Samsung's random drop machine is nothing short of ingenious. Not only that but the machine that the dude got the release button had it landing LITERALLY PERFECTLY on the desired edges/faces. I literally have yet to see a more scientific drop test done by ANY other company and/or consumer to date. Kudos to Samsung.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 10:08

31. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10125; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

You mean like CR's tests where they only applied pressure in the middle at only 50lbs...yeah...but no this guy isn't right. If this was an iPhone would you be saying the same.

I didn't say you were a iFan either.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 10:07

30. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10125; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Really? How? You see the video...right? The phones are falling straight down. In an open area where the guy is standing. How could they change the gravitational pull.

Just because unibody aluminum phones wont survive this test, doesn't mean the test is fixed.

Always a skeptic. Were you this skeptic on Apples lame a$$ tests? What about CR's lame butchered tests?

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 06:23

16. dimas (Posts: 2147; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)

Agree. Phonebuff drop tests are more reliable than factory controlled tortures.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 08:24 2

21. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

We don't see anything controlled here. Do you?

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 11:07

35. needa (Posts: 205; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)

absolutely. just about any phone can be dropped face down on a perfectly flat piece of marble/metal and survive hundreds of times. i am impressed with the side drops though. but even those were controlled.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 10:04

29. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10125; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Why? Here is what you don't know. Most of those videos you see on YouTube, those guys have also done several drop tests. Here is what I have learned after I watched someone do them.

These guys take a phone and a camera and they basically record every single drop they do until they finally record one where the phone drops. They may have dropped the device several times which may have not caused any damage or very little. They simple edit the video to be shorter and post the result on YouTube. They are mostly all fixed with some exceptions obviously.

Also you have to look at where and how they drop it. A corner impact or a flat on the glass impact are the worse and will certainly break any phone plastic or metal.

Also the harder the surface the device is dropped on play too. Concrete and marble when drop create chemical reaction to metal and plastic striking them, increasing the chances of the phone cracking. See my post on #28

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 04:47 8

2. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

Soon this beast will be in my hands :)

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 04:49 5

3. CoastCity (Posts: 248; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)

Tame the beast

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 04:51

4. Techfriend (Posts: 33; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Off topic - Desire 820 or Note 3 which will be a better choice suggest me guys i m little confused between them

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 05:31 6

9. SupermanayrB (Posts: 571; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

Note 3.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 06:14 3

15. tomn1ce (Posts: 212; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)

Note 3

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 05:08

7. Settings (Posts: 1602; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

The bigger you are the harder you fall.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 05:35

10. aryanfr1 (Posts: 121; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)

Though the Samsung plastics were the key thing in keeping sammy from shattering, I am not sure about the metal frame. People hate plastic but that plastic on fall suppress most of the impact damages . Plus the metal rim that sammy has, may get chipped of like in my iPhone 5s and also in the Samsung galaxy s4. I hope Samsung note 4 has better quality this time

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 05:37 1

11. medtxa (Posts: 1133; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)

apple use thinner=brittler gorilla glass 3, note 4 are thicker that's why..

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 05:52

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 21368; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Sweet vid, but just to be on the safe side, get a case. It'll keep the resale value higher.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 06:02

13. pureviewuser (Posts: 501; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


posted on 08 Oct 2014, 06:04

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 21368; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I've never used one, how is software and durability wise?

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 07:20 3

19. naittosan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)

I love my lumia too now that Sammy's giving me 200 dollars for it on a trade for the note 4.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 09:15 2

23. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Lol +1

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 16:24

40. GoBears (Posts: 449; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

My 928 is the only smartphone I rock naked. I'm really going to miss Nokia builds.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 07:18 1

18. MegaEvolution (banned) (Posts: 33; Member since: 24 Sep 2014)

Yeah very convincing drop test form the site called "Samsung tomorrow" :)

2 hours had passed and yet less than 20 comments this article, I guess no one buy that :)

Fake fake fake :)

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 09:18

24. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Of course it's PR since we don't have their clearance and tolerances. It could pass as long as 1 out of 10 phones survive for all we know. However, that facility is quite real, pretty hard to build those machines just for a commercial.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 09:56

27. AlexisR (Posts: 19; Member since: 07 Oct 2014)

That Machines Proves it, you should brush your teeth first and then talk

Note 4 drop test youtube.com/watch?v=FgJOu2ukni8

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 09:26 1

25. hellonerds (Posts: 316; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

That s pen ejected and came back in lol.. amazing.!

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 10:00 1

28. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10125; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

I bet a lot of phones won't past this test. I would love to see ANY phone that uses a metal unibody case in this exact same tests and see how they stand up.

Not gonna pick on Apple. I want to see the iPhone, and HTC One and One M8 and any of brand of phone that uses all metal on the case that I am not familiar with and see how they stand up.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 10:22 1

32. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10125; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

What people need to know as a fact about those Youtube drop tests is, the guys make several recordings until the phone actually gets damaged.

You have to consider that everytime you drop a phone, it takes on some damage. Aluminum is a software metal. When you use a machine to smooth it and make those chamfered edges, that machines basically have totally smooth out the rough metal during the cut. As soon as you drop it the scratches you see have simple expose the non-smooth surface underneath.

However, you have no idea, how many times that person recording dropped that phone before he uploaded a video showing the phone breaks.

I have a Galaxy Note 3, I have dropped it numerous of times and it did not break until I dropped it while riding my bike and it fell from my pocket while I was doing roughly 22mph. So it took significant damage. However, before that I had dropped it several times and it ever broke. These videos that show them break a phone after 2 or 3 drops is all BS. Phones don't break that easy all the time.

I take those tests lightly because certain circumstances have to be met for it to break. The rule is simple. If you are that clumsy, buy a case. Drop tests only prove that idiots who have way to much money are willing to shell out that money to buy an expensive phone just to record a video of them breaking it. If an idiot stands and drops a phone on a hard surface dozens of times, its gonna break. DUH!

Again let me repeat, when you see drop tests video online by these guys, they have recorded several drops until they finally get a recording ot the phone actually breaking. When they upload, they upload the 2 or 3 more recent shots where the device has finally been damaged enough to cause it to break in most cases. I didn't say all.

I am also not saying a phone can't break within 1 or 2 drops. They can' I am just saying amateur videos of people dropping phones are all BS. I've witness these tests where these guys have been sent units or bought units where they record dozens of drops until it breaks and those are the videos they upload.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 10:28 1

33. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10125; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Also, when the glass does break, understand the reason the phone still works in many cases is because you didn't damage the connector that responds to your touch and because you haven't damage the digitizer.

The digitizer is part of the top glass on many phone. It is a thin layer all its own. When you crack the outer glass, whatever glass is still splid , the digitizer can still work because you didn't several all the connections. Remember, the connections are lines that cross the glass all the way across and up and down ever inch of the glass. When the glass cracks, only the lines where the glass is broken is severed. Also, the outter glass is not the display. The glass and digitizer are usually glued to the display. So cracking the glass doesn't always mean the phone is damage enough for it not to work.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 11:18

36. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10125; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

What I like about Samsung videos of their phone tests is they are very opening about showing you how they test their phones. The first I ever saw was of the Note 2 and Galaxy S 3. 200,000 button presses does 4 time, splash tests with water, drop tests, sit tests, twist tests and more show they actually are very rough with testing there phones.

Those tests may not 100% represent what happens when the phone does break on you, but what they do show is there device can take a fair amount of torture and they are very unlikely to just break right away.

I've only had one phone where the glass broke on its very first drop from my waist on a wood floor and that was the 4S. but it was the back glass that broke not the front.

If you drop a metal phone it will have instant damage. Plastic phones will too. But plastic phones at least with Samsung the parts are modular which means they make plastic pieces and secure them with screws. When you damage the center rim on the sizes, that piece on most Samsung models can be purchased and replaced by the user. I did so with my GS3 and Note 2. The Note 3's can also be replaced, but it required you take the whole phone apart.

Scars on plastic can be filled in with clear nail polish and buffed until it clean and even with the original phone surface. Something you can't do with metal. If you ruin a metal finish, its ruined. Unless you have a machine shop to machine the case again and recoat it, there is no fix accept replacement.

Plastic is better, I don't care what people say. Metal is simply good at looks and feel. I prefer function. Samsung with the Note 4 is now giving us some metal and certainly more function. I don't by cases for my Samsung's like you must for iPhones. I do by the flip-covers however they offer no protects on drops. Its more decorative vs iPhone cases which actually are required to protect a metal finish.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 11:34

37. CLmaster (Posts: 69; Member since: 06 Sep 2014)

come to daddy

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 12:10 2

38. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 212; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I love that people always talk about the iPhone being PREMIUM build quality and materials but yet Samsungs devices ALWAYS hold up better to drops, etc...

Im back working, selling cell phones and Ive been doing so for the last 12 years, on and off, I have an s5 and I decided, even though I HATE the iPhone, that I would give the Iphone 6 Plus a try. I activatd one yesterday and I HATE it....Not only does it feel like it will break if I drop it once, there arent even apps that use the large display layout...

Bottom line, once again Samsung gives you more durability, features, fuctions, and options with their devices, over the horribly over-priced iPhone...

Winner: Samsung

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 14:35

39. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

Excellent, Samsung. Liking their new ads, the beginning is quite funny. And what a strong phone from Samsung too.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 23:21

42. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2062; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

z2 is stronger than this.

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