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Galaxy S7 edge put through its paces in the customary bend, scratch and burn test

Galaxy S7 edge put through its paces in the customary bend, scratch and burn test

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is unquestionably among the strongest devices on the market in terms of raw specs. It's also rather easy on the eye, and while you guys are decidedly split on whether the Galaxy S7 duo is the best-looking ever, there's little doubt that Samsung's hardware design team has done the company proud. It's all very well looking the part, but if a device can be easily damaged or misshapen, then the design efforts stand to lose much of their credibility. Luckily for Galaxy S7 edge fans, however, the device appears to have a fair dose of brawn to go with the beauty. 

YouTuber JerryRigEverything has put the device to the sword, quite literally at times, in one of the more professional durability tests currently doing the rounds. First assessing the display's scratch-ability using a measured scale, he found that the panel held its own against unwanted scrapes, to a similar level of most comparable handsets. 

The rear-facing camera, toughened by a robust glass coating, also fared well against a sharp-looking Stanley knife. The flash module did take a bit of a hiding when given the same treatment, but at least Samsung made an effort to protect the S7 edge's humdinger of a camera.

The burn test saw a lighter held to various spots on the display for a few seconds at a time, which predictably caused some damage in the form of permanent bright patches. However, the S7 edge managed to hold itself together for the encore of the bend test, which it passed with aplomb. All told, this device is as rugged as it is pretty. 

If you are planning to grab the S7 edge, this video is definitely worth a watch. Though most will probably avoid the perils burning flames and bending, it's good to know that the device will probably be able to share a pocket with some car keys without too much incident:

source: BGR

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posted on 02 Mar 2016, 07:02 14

1. SamDH1 (Posts: 419; Member since: 21 Apr 2015)


It bothers me that people think that burning a screen is a valid test, or trying their hardest effort to bend the thing. What does that prove? The devices which was not made for these things doesn't survive? Woooowwww

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 07:06 1

2. kumarabhishek591 (Posts: 75; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


These tests are just to represent the real life scenarios where your device can be exposed to burn or can be bent in your pocket. These just give the idea how much a mobile can survive

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 07:42 12

10. TerryTerius (Posts: 1780; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


I'm taking a wild guess here, but I'm assuming the very few people will ever encounter a situation with their phone is exposed to an open flame or put underneath enough pressure for it to bend. It's hard for me to imagine that being a frequent enough thing that it needs to be tested.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 07:58 1

12. aho13 (Posts: 97; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


@TerryTerius like @landon said in a comment below, look at HTC m9 test .
yes, it is way not important to bend test anything but the results rather interesting to see how well the device was constructed .

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 08:04

13. aho13 (Posts: 97; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


also it depends ,sitting with a big phone in your pocket may put it under pressure to bend and maybe after a year or two the device bends of frequent exposure to pressure in your pocket . it is like ,001 % that this happens but at least when you see a test like that you feel more comfortable with your phone , and if you have for example m9 you may be extra cautious .

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 00:47

28. ibend (Posts: 4577; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


i'd be more concern with my blood circulation if I have to sit with that big phone inside my back pocket -_-

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 08:36

16. Wiencon (Posts: 1870; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Completely agreed, only water and drop tests make any sense, these here are just for likes and views on YT

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 09:33

18. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2934; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


The iPhone 6+ made the bending more than frequent enough with it's tin-can build, now people want to be 'cautious of what they buy. The flame test though, not frequent enough...

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 09:37

19. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Really? What situation can you think of that I would burn my phone. If your house catches on fire, everything can burn, that doesn't mean everything will.

Electronics aren't meant to stand up to excessive heat. So what real scenario would cover this?

Bending. I wear skinny/straight leg jeans all my life. As many times I've sat on phones, none have ever bent.
I did notice my Note 3 which I had for a full year did have a slight bend from the back pocket. I was able to however straighten it as it wasn't deformed. A whole complete 13 months I owned it and it had a very slight bend. Think about it.

The only thing that is a real test and affects us all would be scratching and breakage. Glass will break. Here is fact. What breaks glass from a drop isn't always from how far or how hard the surface it hits is. Facts show it more of what the surface is made of. For example, a porcelain floor is a nono, since porcelain creates a chemical reaction which causes glass to break. Concrete is hard. But what causes a phone to break when it hits is because, concrete doesn't absorb vibration. Because it is hard all the way through causing glass to shatter.
Wood can be softer compare to concrete and a phone is less likely to break because wood is not solid or very hard unless you have oak floors. Some woods like pine get softer ad they age while oak for example gets harder.

Scratches. No matter what these videos claims, keys can scratch Gorilla Glass. Keys are simply not hard enough to cause deep scratches, but they will eventually leave scuffs. Here is what happens. If you leave a phone let's say in a purse with keys and the keys are always rubbing the glass, it eventually rubs off the protective scratch protection. Understand this protective layer is microns thin. Once the keys scratch off this material, it will scuff the glass. Constantly rubbing this area soon causes scratches.

If you don't want damage to your phone, protect the front with a 9H harder glass cover which are much easier to put on vs plastic screen covers. Glass screen cover are also far more clearer vs plastic. This is a fact.

For the rear, I prefer to use texture skins as this makes the phone less slippery. I use Skin omitted skins as they offer maximum skunks which also cover the sides of the S6/S7/Note 5. dBrand also makes these and appear to be good.

Glass and metal phones are a poor design choice no matter how good they look or feel. I want to badly to use my device without a case. Even with my skin, I still use a case from Samsung that covered the back panel.

Glass screen protectors look and feel more like the original glass vs plastic covers which your finger actually grips when using the touchscreen. Nothing beats that smooth clear glass surface of the original phone and is why I suggest using 9H glass. The HDx glass from Zang is a softer material and is not 100% clear.

Skinomi makes a glass, but on my Note 5 it leans 1MM around the edges because their ...

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 10:21

20. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


glass doesn't cover the curve at the edges of the new Samsung displays. But their are brands that do.

Protect your expensive phone as much as possible, so you can retain as much value when you sell or trade.

But videos like this one only prove that idiots will do anything to try to get free money on YouTube or whoever to get some stupid clicks.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 11:31

21. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Oops double post....

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 12:57

23. xocomaox (Posts: 134; Member since: 14 Dec 2015)


I apologize for not reading your entire lengthy reply. I just wanted to address your initial question.

"What situation can you think of that I would burn my phone."

How can you not come up with any scenarios that would have your phone exposed to flame? Come on, it can't be that difficult. Fire is readily available in the world today, as is water (although not as abundant). Surely flame could come into contact with your phone. If you can agree with me on that point, then this test is at least interesting to see how the phone would stand up to those elements, right?

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 19:11

27. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Because excessive heat is going to burn a phone no matter ehat. I don't expect a slectrnic device to withstand heat. After all, if they could; there would be no need for things like heatsinks in phones now.

Of a phone gets to hot it can catch on fire. Of it catches on fire from getting hot, it isn't going to work anymore.

So why would I expect it to stand up to me burning it.

The flame from a lighter isn't hot enough to make a phone catch on fire. It will only cause some cosmetic damage which you may other may not be able to repair. But if your phone is in enough heat to catch on fire or in a hot enough places with flames, I expect it will get damaged.

It would be different if it was a scenario where a phone is more likely to get wat. Like you may get caught in the rain, or you might drop it in the toilet, or in a sink filled with water. So something like water protection would be a concern.

But fire? If you are in a place where there is a fire, I am sure you are going to avoid flames if at all possible. So you. there tale the phone and call 911. The last thing I need to be concerned about is if my phone will.or won't survive a fire. I am likely to drop it and run so I don't get killed.

The phone can be replace. I could care less if it burns like paper as long as I don't get injured.

You are more likely to expose a phone to dust and water vs fire.
Unless you are strapping fire crackers to your phone, or you're dumb enough to put it on a stove or in a microwave, or your trying rosette it on fire like the dummy in the video, or you leaving it in a window with the sun shining, or you get it struck by lightning, or I use some cheap Chinese charger, fire is the last thing I am ever going to need to worry about

So why would I consider this a scenario?

Fire would be the last thing I would ever think would ever happen. Should it could. Just like a tornado can happen in winter. Bit it is rare. Well until last month when 56 of them touched down in the USA in one night. But this isn't normal. Nor is phones being subject to flame.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 07:10

4. awesome12 (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Mar 2016)


right

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 07:33

8. Landon (Posts: 488; Member since: 07 May 2015)


I agree in that burning a screen is pointless. However, bending the phone can be useful information (depending on how brutal you are to your phone). Just look at his results for the M9 last year. They weren't pretty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePKZLTPTDd8

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 00:52

29. ibend (Posts: 4577; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


its still useless if its not professionally simulated..
I remember when samsung does bendtest using butt shaped pressure applicator at 1500 Newton (around 150kg).. (its right at iBend era)

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 08:53

17. bambamboogy02 (Posts: 547; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


It was started to generate fame for the tester. And now has become a "thing" to do just because it was in the past. I agree with you, irrelevant tests. Next phone will be dropped from space to see what happens to them upon re-entry.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 11:52 1

22. Jimrod (Posts: 1354; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


What will happen is - whatever flaw might be found in the iPhone 7 (after every attempt to destroy it) will become a global scandal for a couple of weeks and the new must-do test for all these guys.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 14:35

24. HighOnAndroidFTW (Posts: 185; Member since: 26 Apr 2015)


Agreed this dude in the video is a complete Douche.he even famed a video least year with the nexus 6p just to get views and to try and tarnish the nexus name.

Even with his tests being complete useless and Boring as all hell. They aren't even done in the same matter so you can't compare the other models of phones to one another. It isn't even a controlled test.

"This test will cover some real world scenarios" ya because i hold my F**ing phone on to open flames like a tiki torch for $#!ts n giggles...

Complete idiot

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 07:09 2

3. Chuck007 (Posts: 1109; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


So the Galaxy S7 is fat-arse approved. Nice!

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 07:17

5. hoomanPeasants (unregistered)


Whoa, this guy actually does these tests for information, and not just the sadistic intentions like other tech destroyers(techrax anyone?).

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 07:18

6. legiloca (Posts: 1387; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


There goes a 2nd rate TechRax guy right there

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 07:31 1

7. sissy246 (Posts: 994; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


I understand the bend and scratch test. But I really don't understand the burn test. I really don't think people hold a flame to the phone.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 07:38 4

9. Nallaikumaran (banned) (Posts: 61; Member since: 14 Sep 2015)


Phonearena is an Apple beggar (BGR)

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 07:52 3

11. aho13 (Posts: 97; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


scratch test is very important one , other than that I don't remember bending burning my phone
drop tests also to some extent is informative only to see , if the device breaks badly or not .

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 08:29

14. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


He should do Burn test between Android phones vs iPhones. My friends always been weary everytime she charges her iPhone 5. She cant leave it alone. To many burning iPhone she said.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 08:30

15. xondk (Posts: 1388; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


gorilla glass 4 clearly is at least as strong as previous, which is kinda insane considering its getting thinner as well. Technology and Science are amazing.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 16:26

25. kyan- (Posts: 67; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


you guys all gave him yt views. thats his point for doing burn test.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 19:05

26. adamvzwez (Posts: 51; Member since: 29 Mar 2015)


the phone is pretty much already f'd i wish he woulda done a drop test while he was at it. That would have actually told me something about the phones durability.

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