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

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: 437; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


Waiting the independent throwers

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 04:53 19

5. tech2 (Posts: 3477; 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: 3229; 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: 310; 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)


LOL
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: 10756; 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: 10756; 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: 10756; 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: 2273; 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: 10756; 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: 257; 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: 617; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Note 3.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 06:14 3

15. tomn1ce (Posts: 220; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


Note 3

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 05:08

7. Settings (Posts: 1723; 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: 22156; 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)


I LOVE MY LUMIA!!!!!!

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 06:04

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 22156; 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: 451; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


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

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