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Here's one more way to crack the glass back on the Google Nexus 4

0. phoneArena 29 Nov 2012, 04:20 posted on

You've probably been taught in school that pouring hot water in a glass container isn't a good idea. That's because the rapid shift in temperature may cause the glass to crack, and the thinner the material, the greater the risk is. Apparently, the same phenomenon can be observed on a smartphone – the Google Nexus 4, in particular, which has fancy glass layer on its back. And no, hot liquids aren't required. Reportedly, all that it takes is a warm hand and a solid counter top...

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posted on 29 Nov 2012, 04:27 29

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


According to my science class... Thicker the glass, easier to break, not thinner...

The reason it's break is probably its sealed too tight imo..

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:27 7

10. Nick_T (Posts: 145; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Yup, thanks for pointing it out!

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:32 16

11. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


First time i'm reading you give a reasonable comment.
+1

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:36 4

14. wendygarett (unregistered)


What do you mean 1st times... Lol
+1 for you too :)

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 07:36 13

19. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


It means what it means Wendy dear...i know you can read and understand well.
I'm sure you remember the comment you gave yesterday about 1080p resolution on a 5 inch screen giving eye cancer...yes, that a total opposite of reasonable, that's crap!!

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 07:39 1

20. wendygarett (unregistered)


Oh that I see lol

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 04:56 4

2. roscuthiii (Posts: 1838; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


"...and a solid counter top."

I think I've found the point of failure right here.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 05:07 2

3. Jonathan41 (Posts: 529; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Come on LG...I've had bad experiences with LG build quality in the past. For those reason I have steered clear of them for years now. I'm intrigued by the Nexus 4 but, this story makes me think I made the right choice.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 05:14 4

4. walkam1112 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


during the heatwave the Midwest had this summer the screen on my brothers Galaxy S3 crack because he left it one the dashboard for a few minutes

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 13:40 1

30. cbaus (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


Same thing happened to my brothers 3gs last summer

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 05:28 4

5. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Wow, broken glass aside, but Optimus G looks so premium!

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 05:46 4

6. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Didnt they learn anything from apple. Geez why not make a glass unybody next -.-

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:03

7. kach22 (Posts: 116; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


When it comes to build quality of mobile phones, LG has always been way below my list of trusted device, somewhere near to Iphone (we know ip 4 glass also shatters easily and we all have seen what happens to ip5 after just two months of use without a case.)

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:10 5

8. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Next nexus:
1) No back glass
2) Removable battery (so I can survive 1 day on vacation)
3) 32gb
Otherwise not buying

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:12 1

9. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


I will make sure to keep my hands away from my girlfriend pants so my hands will stay cold enough not to cause any damage to my nexus 4. Listen 1 learned.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:32 7

12. remixfa (Posts: 13933; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


my nexus4 got very small scratch the first day on the back. Its been running naked since then waiting on my darn case to arrive in the mail.. WHEN WILL IT ARRIVE!!?!?

Anyways, I havent had a scratch since and its been abused a bit. It survived 2 hrs in a metal moshpit, being dropped, and other things without any further scratching on the front or back.

The story is saying that the guy cooked something and then put the phone on a burner.. WTF. If it was hot enough to crack the glass back, then it would have been hot enough to melt plastic on other phones as well. That sounds way less of a "build issue" and more of a "dumb ass user" issue.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:33 4

13. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Anyone tried the same thing with an iPhone 4/4s ? Those are made out of glass too right ?

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 07:03 2

15. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Stop making phone with back glass!

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 07:09 2

16. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


What you mean is, "Stop making phones with glass on the back".?
Si Señor?

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 07:24 5

17. marchels14 (unregistered)


Why LG does not learn from Apple ,you can't put a glass back cover because it brakes, it looks good but it's not practical, maybe LG want repair profits from that, like Apple does.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 07:26 1

18. sportsinger75 (Posts: 71; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


The real bummer about this is that this is obviously a warranty issue, but how is this guy going to convince LG that the heat of his hand broke the glass?

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 08:50

25. JC557 (Posts: 1136; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Wasn't just heat from his hand, the handset does get quite warm while in use.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 07:52

21. mydi.maus (unregistered)


well i Haven't received mine yet,..but as soon as i get it ill crack it and comment what i did,..' )

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 08:20

22. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Well glass backing does make the phone feel and looks much better. but it also adds weight and makes it more prone to breaking.

as what Wendy Garett says, if LG makes the glass back thinner, i might considering getting the Nexus 4 or Optimus G

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 10:05 1

28. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


You seem to have missed the other science class where they taught you that thinner glass will break easier than thicker glass when any kind of physical pressure is apply on them.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 08:30

23. siluro (Posts: 46; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Why did I get the sense that from many review sites the backing was suppose to be made out of gorilla glass? It's horrendously fragile. The top right corner for mine is seriously scratch from laying in my pocket. I've never scratched any of my phones, an HTC sensation I had around for a year or two had a tiny nick on one side after someone dropped the phone while I was showing it off. The back was flawless

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 08:45 1

24. moronman66 (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


I'm waiting for a different back for the Nexus 4, because it is removable, you just need a screwdriver. Sooner or later, some company should make a plastic, metal, or whatever type of back for it, and if not, then I'll make my own! I stand behind the "don't make glass back phones, it's a bad idea" movement.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 09:34

26. mas11 (Posts: 1030; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Yeah I originally read about this on Droid Life and Kellex is right glass backs are a really bad idea.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 09:47 1

27. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1578; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


This. It was a stupid idea on the iphone4, and its a stupid idea on the nexus4. If it was on something that you don't move or carry with you (like a desktop PC monitor or case) it'd be fine.

Also I don't get the whole "bumper" case thing for the iphone4/nexus4. Its like you're protecting everything but what needs it. If your legs were sunburned would you go out in the sun in a hoodie and shorts?

I get it looks cool, but when function takes a backseat to form, it's a bad thing.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 13:44

31. cbaus (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


The Bumber is a lip that prevents it from landing or laying on the glass. unless it hits a corner though.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 12:56

29. tgtftw (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


It sounds like the back of the device may be more fragile than that of the 4/4s. Thats a scary thought considering how fragile those were.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 00:32

32. molanjames (Posts: 64; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)


seems corning, gorilla glass are joke. have seen many broke with single drop. Sonys glass is best for sure

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 22:40

33. GRK546 (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


Who knows how thick the glass on the back of the nexus 4 is? And how much of a temperature change would take to crack normal glass that thick?

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 08:32

34. rpongetti (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


Yes it's true! Had the same issue with the phone. Placed it down on my night stand after a phone call and could physically hear it cracking over a 60sec. time period. Hundreds of hair line cracks spread over the back of phone. Have picture if anyone is interested. Getting very frustrated dealing with Google Support.

posted on 20 Jul 2013, 19:02

35. Farane (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jul 2013)


Pulled my Nexus phone out of my pocket yesterday and the cover was shattered. Obviously I did not drop my phone (because it was in my pocket) and was completely perplexed as to what happened. After seeing some of your comments and reading comments from nexus owners on other sites. I see a trend that does not bode well for LG. Other Nexus owners have complained about these mysterious cracks either by the speaker or near the camera lense. This is apparantly a vulnerable area. You know how they recall cars? LG needs to recall the N4 and replace the defective backs for their customers. There now........ I have vented.

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 05:43

36. rpongetti (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


I have been dealing with Google and LG on this issue. Google will not cover warranty and have passed me off to LG. LG seems to be receptive and I am providing them with all the necessary documentation. Lets see what happens. Hopefully they will cover warranty but I am not completely confident with this phone even after they fix it. I agree, LG should recall these phones and refund money. Google should also take some responsibility for this issue.

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