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Keys, a corckscrew, and concrete can't even scratch Kyocera's Sapphire Shield display

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Keys, a corckscrew, and concrete can't even scratch Kyocera's Sapphire Shield display
If you happen to do a Google search on just “sapphire display,” chances are you’ll get results pertaining to rumors regarding the next-generation Apple iPhone. Heck, there’s so much buzz surround it already, which is pretty astounding. Interesting enough, however, there’s another phone that currently packs along the sturdy piece of glass over its display – the Kyocera Brigadier.

Now, we’ve applauded the phone for its ruggedness, but in the back of our mind, we were a little skeptical about its Sapphire Shield display. In fact, Kyocera goes on to claim boldly that it’s "virtually scratchproof", so we decided to challenge that claim with our very own scratch test. And boy did we try out darndest to try and mess up its clean looks!

As you can guess, we put the display through a ton of cringe worthy procedures – some simple, some extensive. From a quick test to see how it handles the butt end of a key, to being dropped, we’re astounded by how resilient the sapphire shield glass really is on the Kyocera Brigadier. Heck, it pretty much makes us forget about that thing called Gorilla Glass. Just don't forget to check out the video and see how the sapphire shield display is able to endure some serious punishment!

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posted on 11 Aug 2014, 16:18

1. PapaSmurf (limited) (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Nokia 3310 is proud.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 16:27

2. AfterShock (Posts: 2801; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


John, Scorkscrew...Idk my ears maybe heard it wrong or what. But made me chuckle.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 16:30

3. AfterShock (Posts: 2801; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Corcksrew or Corkscrew,... Title?

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 16:34 4

4. TheCellX (Posts: 47; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


Gorilla Glass was never resistant to anything really. even your nails can do a scratch. So this sapphire testing is really really impressive.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 16:40

5. Vexify (limited) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


Whatever will help the consumer, even if it costs more, I'm all for it. It's time for Gorilla Glass to resign :)

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 16:44

6. AfterShock (Posts: 2801; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Its almost like you hate GG?

8)

I agree though we need improvements in display glass.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 17:06 1

9. Vexify (limited) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


I see what you did there hehe :)

I don't hate it. I just strongly believe that our screens need a glass upgrade since we have the technology now.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 17:03

7. na7noo7 (Posts: 229; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


We've all seen Gorilla Glass stand up to this pressure, sharpness doesn't matter. Rub sand on it!

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 18:16

11. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 852; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Yup.
Besides THIS IS NOT SAPPHIRE DISPLAY.
They say that this is only "sapphire COATED" glass.
Knowing that sapphire technology don't allow coating, this is just another BS , using the apple's propaganda buzz.LOL
Could be some semi-sapphire material, though. Soon we will know.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 19:18 3

13. Heatfan316 (Posts: 416; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


It's better than regular sapphire! Genius, that's why it's a rugged phone and not some flimsy iphone. Apple's propaganda buzz? Please! It's already been used on another device. Apple will not be the first as usual.

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 08:35

15. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 852; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


So you don't know about Apple's propaganda buzz? LOL
Where you come from????

If there is not Apple's "sapphire" propaganda, you wouldn't even read this article here , dummy?

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 17:05

8. JMartin22 (Posts: 1029; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


It's really hard to scratch tempered glass with most mainstream objects phones come face to face with. Be it the car keys, change or laying your phone flat on a table. Sapphire glass might have some real good situational benefits and will thwart off minor scratches over time, but that's not enough to justify the current price tag of Sapphire glass or how brittle it when braced with impact. It would cost a tremendous amount to repair a cracked sapphire screen; especially considering that it's more fragile than tempered glass with absorbing shock.

I don't know whose going to take their phones and rub them up on cylinder blocks and corkscrew anyway.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 17:37 2

10. Heatfan316 (Posts: 416; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


The sapphire glass on the iPhone 6 will not be nearly as scratch resistant as the sapphire shield glass on Brigadier, the iPhone is not considered rugged, a rugged phone is supposed to be basically indestructible, believe me the iPhone will still be the most flimsy smartphone on the market.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 18:28

12. Furbal (Posts: 297; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Why is this verizon only =\ Get me a GSM version please.

That concrete test was kinda cringe worthy.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 20:58

14. techloverNYC (Posts: 401; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


I guess proof reading is no longer require before you post articles lol.

Good job for posting this though, cant wait for Sapphire to become the main trend for companys. Way too many cracks screen phones out there, the industry to fix crack screen is making bank.

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