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How well does the LG G3 hold up in a drop test?

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How well does the LG G3 hold up in a drop test?
With the LG G3 set for its global rollout on Friday (although it won't hit the U.S. until July), it never is too late for the phone to have a drop test.  When it comes to Android models, so far this year, we have seen the HTC One (M8) perform the best on these tests. Having an aluminum body that makes up 90% of the phone surely helps.

So how well does LG's new flagship stand up to a drop? The first test was a corner drop from shoulder length, and with the battery cover opening, we figured that the phone might have been a one-drop flop. But as we see from the video, outside of some scuffing on the bottom of the device, the LG G3 held up well on the first test.

Next up was the front-facing drop test, and it is here where the LG G3's screen gives in and cracks. While the device did power on, the shattered display no longer responded to touch.

The moral of the story? Don't drop your LG G3. But because that is easier said than done, your best bet is to use protection. Many don't like to use a case because it covers up the aesthetics of the device. But as this, and most drop tests prove, it is worth paying a little more to protect your investment from getting its glass kicked.



Thanks for the tip, Adrian.

source: TechRax

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posted on 25 Jun 2014, 00:58 5

1. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


That's it. I am never buying this phone. One M8 for me...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 01:02

2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


With the One M8, it's easy to uninstall Google Play too. After you do this, it drives like the true sportscar that it is. You will love it.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 01:12 12

4. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I know you do piracy right? Thats why you dont use play store.. How pathetic of you bro.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 01:19 5

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


Still no love for SONY. You haven't had this on your news PA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BGQtfDZNt4 the true survivor of drop test.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 01:36

10. kent-gaga (Posts: 479; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


i think they've made one article for this video about 3 weeks ago

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 01:32 4

8. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


"I know you do piracy right? Thats why you dont use play store.. How pathetic of you bro."

Cool story, bro.

FYI, I get APKs from the Google store via the web or directly from the developers and install via ADB. I'm not a pirate, but someone who doesn't like Google's spyware running on my phone all the time.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 12:37 1

33. wut389 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Dec 2014)


Your comment was so absolutely gay that I actually created an account just to call you a huge flaming faggot.

Do you have a drawer full of dildos in your room?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 04:33

20. Jishnusur (Posts: 73; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


How idiotic is this! The drop tests never matter.. coz you never drop your phone like that.. If it has to crack, it cracks from knee level. And if it has some serious luck, it doesn't crack from 1st floor. (Read Nexus 5 review on iGyaan.in | com)

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 04:48 1

22. 3rdDegree (Posts: 213; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


That definitely says something about you then.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:50 1

24. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


HTC M8 Drop test also did not survive! LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYgg6RMB6g4

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 01:10 7

3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Lol epic fail! Funny how people say S5 being cheap plastic and all but yet its helluva tough and durable..

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 01:19

6. Diezparda (Posts: 822; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Both iPhone & Sammy device are quite durable, i mean the screen may shatter into pieces but it's still functional many of my friends had this problem with their 4/4s. My own Note 3 dropped at least twice from above the shoulder landing on it's screen and it's still perfect leaving one little scuff at the bezel.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 02:25 1

15. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


It's also funny how Z2 is made out of "fragile glass" and still easily survived the drop test.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 11:47

27. Busyboy (unregistered)


The glass is in no way fragile, however it cracks by itself. My friends Z2 has a hairline crack after charging his phone, and has no scuffs nor has it ever been dropped. I'm not hating, I own the Z2 myself and love it. Just some minor problems Sony should have worked out before launch. E

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 01:26 1

7. riginal (Posts: 9; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


G2 was a decent product but seriously G3 is a joke
Not a fan of Sammy at all but at least they did some thing about durability issues from S4 to S5
LG is so obsessed with (no)bezels that forgets about more important stuff, I bet G3 will also have LG's trademark, GPS & reception issues that is

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 01:35

9. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


The Optimus G had no reception issues, and at least with the Sprint model I owned for 18 months, held signal better than almost any device except for the Motorola Photon 4G. GPS was incredible too, same for my G2 as well. Certainly a step or two back in signal strength, to say the least, but I'm guessing you had a problematic device. It all depends on the model but there's no reason to discount a device you haven't played with yet...

As for the screens, they definitely lose all functionality in the TSP when cracked. They manufacture this knowingly, with the upside being the zero gap display and non existent bezels, but with the huge durability concern. That's definitely a focus point for those considering a G3 if they choose not to put a case on it. Use at your own risk, but I can't say it would stop me from owning one.

You spend enough on these devices now a days, put a little cash into some protection.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 03:05 1

18. riginal (Posts: 9; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


well my friend's optimus g always has gps and reception issues, he doesn't use gps much and he says the reception is ok for him so he didn't go to warranty, G2 & N5 had it as well specially G2, That's why I didn't buy G2, just google G2 gps issues, there are threads & videos showing how to resolve the issue which involves opening the device & performing a hardware hack, Also I read Engadget's review on G Pro 2 and they also spotted weird reception & GPS issues

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:38

23. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


hater LOL

LG G3 IS NOW CONQUERING THE WORLD!
DEAL WITH IT!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 01:47 1

11. bayhuy (Posts: 320; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


HTC M8 for me, please!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 08:52 1

25. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


here is your HTC M8 its also did not survive in drop test! LOL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYgg6RMB6g4

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 02:02 1

12. aayupanday (Posts: 574; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


M8 holds up pretty well in comparison

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 02:09

13. vincelongman (Posts: 3975; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I bought a $15 glass screen protector for my Nexus 5, so if I drop it the glass screen protector shatters and my phone is fine

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 02:24

14. Denco (Posts: 118; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Now, after the the weak points of LG G3 are showing up.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 02:30 1

16. Denco (Posts: 118; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Meanwhile, the Galaxy S5 proved surprisingly tough in a recent drop test video I watched. In the video, it was compared to S4 and while S4 suffered damage, the S5 only came out with corner dents and scratches. The most awesome aspect is when an SUV was driven over the S5 face up and the beast of a phone refused to crack up! I was dumbfounded. How many so-called 'premium build' flagships can survive an SUV tires running over them like that?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 02:56 2

17. mokhtar (Posts: 402; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Hahaha go watch z2 drop test from android authority.. Learn some durability ;(

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 03:13 1

19. vuyonc (Posts: 983; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


So LG walked into the realm of QHD displays and super durable 2014 flagships with a broken ankle. What a bummer :(

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 04:45 2

21. mohamedelallaqi (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Apr 2014)


Z2. M8. Best phones

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 09:27

26. FuJitsu.nn (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


It's like the G2 in that the Digitizer stops working when the front glass is broken. At least some other phones such as the gs4 and gs5 still work even with a completely shattered front glass.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 23:04

28. mildorzalost (Posts: 140; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


Bitch please, Nokia phone support A LOT more than that /watch?v=DqyHDUVdcMM

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 11:39

29. neilmc1983 (Posts: 38; Member since: 17 Jun 2014)


bad is the answer

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 11:39

30. neilmc1983 (Posts: 38; Member since: 17 Jun 2014)


i'll be keeping my one in its case

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 11:40

31. neilmc1983 (Posts: 38; Member since: 17 Jun 2014)


plus a good screen protector

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 12:35

32. Freelist86 (Posts: 37; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


will a case do any diff?

posted on 26 Apr 2015, 10:31

34. Isaacnoobton (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Apr 2015)


I'm a G3 owner and its the best phone I have ever had in my possession!

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