LG G Flex drop test: does flexible mean unbreakable?
0. phoneArena 23 Nov 2013, 08:44 posted on
In general, a drop test is a drop test. No matter the materials used these days, glass is still glass, and given the right type of impact, glass always breaks. But, we've long been hearing about these fabled "unbreakable" flexible displays that would be hitting the market. The first is in the LG G Flex, and the guys over at Android Authority have put the device through a drop test...
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13. Damitel (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)
I can remember Samsung flexible screen is almost a month older than LG G flex, I'm expecting to see the Samsung flexible screen drop test. Nonetheless, still expect phonearena to update us for that of Samsung flexible screen.
64. imMature (Posts: 87; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)
Samsung's phone, Galaxy Round was released in limited numbers if I'm not mistaken. I'm guessing that people who bought it wouldn't drop it due to the limited production.
70. Humphrey.One (Posts: 23; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)
Samsung didn't make Round's screen flexible, it's simply just round, only Flex is actually a bit flexible. You can watch their reviews.
Btw, the Flex broke dropped, but it at least can stand sitting on it, or the pressure of heavy things put on it. Other phones are not that good at it.
2. uchihakurtz (Posts: 316; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
I was hoping flexible screens means unbreakable screens but I guess that want the case.
16. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3512; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
The screen is unbreakable. But the glass covering it isn't
21. androidrockzz (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)
this is what i always had doubt! whether the glass covering the scree n is unbreakable or is that only the screen is unbreakable?
47. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Samsungs working on non glass display covers made of plastic that are much more durable. No idea if LG is.
50. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Whatever Samsung's doing, LG must be doing as well.
53. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
Plastic will be stretched a lot more, it is more durable but it is not as hard you will stretched it a lot more.
71. Humphrey.One (Posts: 23; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)
Like in that vid where someone in a lab puts normal glass substrate and the plastic substrate screens on a table and hits them with a hammer. And keeps hitting them so many times that it gets boring.
And in the end there's just some powder left of the normal one while the plastic continues working just fine.
58. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
There is no such thing as "unbreakable", just harder to break. However flexible it may be, the screen and glass are still fixed which greatly reduces its ability to flex out and disperse the kinetic energy on impact.
Until the phone itself can flex freely like one of those old snap bracelets, its still going to be easy to crack... just less easy.
42. maherk (Posts: 2584; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
The benefits of flexible screens is that when you drop them, you might only end up breaking the glass. The digitizer won't break and you'll end up saving a couple of hundreds of dollars.
72. Humphrey.One (Posts: 23; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)
I'm afraid the digitizer is in the glass cover while it's the screen that is behind it. So you break the cheap digitizer and save the expensive screen.
45. techaman (unregistered)
Like I always say it needs plastic or sapphire glass
3. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3479; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Screen failed miserably. Self-healing back failed miserably. It seems obvious to me now that this phone is a gimmick & curved screens in this regard have no advantage over flat ones.
5. mturby (unregistered)
tell me about an unbreakable phone, please; so i can go an buy it.
18. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3479; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I don't see what that has to do with anything I just said. Clearly, there are no unbreakable phones available on the market as of this time. My point was that if this phone fared worse than most phones do in these type of tests, simply curving the screen is probably not the way to go in achieving that end. Obviously, a lot more R&D is needed in figuring out what will make for a truly unbreakable phone.
46. techaman (unregistered)
A sapphire glass screen or plastic screen that's what they need
51. Finalflash (Posts: 2198; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
You missed his point in that you writing off any attempt to produce even a slight advantage in that department via any innovation. No it isn't perfect, but these drop tests are far from perfect. Everything depends on the phone landing one way or another. Your tirade against it and calling all attempted achievements a gimmick are what he went against and the community seems to acknowledge that. God forbid we in the Android crowd get stuck with real innovation like 64 bit and panorama mode 3 years after its made.
25. Gemmol (Posts: 660; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
yeah you miss his point, why come off as a jerk
4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3512; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
There's no point in flexible screen if the glass breaks anyway.
6. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 211; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)
THANK GOD SOME ONE COULD SEE THAT! :D
And they made fun of you because you where 15...pathetic :D
7. mturby (unregistered)
u dont want ur phone to be broken? dont buy 1
15. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3512; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
What was that supposed to mean? I think a more convenient option would be buying a case or just simply take good care of it...
30. darkkjedii (Posts: 16228; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
But if you didn't but one, it wouldn't be your phone to begin with.
67. andynaija (Posts: 673; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
I'm pretty sure a lot of people can have a phone and not break it. The CAREFUL ones that is..
23. androidrockzz (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)
isn't this the beginning of flexible screen technology it still needs lot more R&D. maybe that's why Samsung Galaxy round is still not yet sold (they might be making something advance)
24. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3512; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Yes that's true we should just give them some time to figure everything out. But "something more advance" would mean flexible glass. Or maybe plastic. Plastic would be boring and flexible glass isn't yet here so no. They're not making anything advance.
49. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
It still means its near impossible to actually damage the screen. The digitizer and screen are expensive. Glass is not.
54. Finalflash (Posts: 2198; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Yes, very paradoxical that is. But still, let the flexibility come, the unbreakable nature was just a hope not a guarantee (I don't even think they advertised that and the community just made it up). Flexible screens have other benefits, currently only a couple are known. Don't randomly deride any good innovation that doesn't harm you only if it under delivers on the promises they made (which neither LG or samsung made).
8. mturby (unregistered)
flexible does not mean unbreakable, u moron. did LG say it is unbreakable?
10. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Despite your jerkish tone, you did remind me that I forgot to put a link on the word unbreakable, so I've updated the article.
39. optidragon (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 May 2013)
Do you realize that the ''panel'' is unbreakable, that's actually the OLED screen itself. In the drop test the panel didn't break, the screen was still on and even the digitizer is still working. The thing that broke is a glass covering the screen. Learn your stuff, Michael.
55. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
You know in almost all the drop test the phone still work right? The HTC one worked, the iPhone worked. That is not the issue here.
59. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Perhaps you should read the article again...
19. _Bone_ (Posts: 2149; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Michael comes here to make a buck, we come here to discuss tech while you come here to insult others - guess who's the moron of the 3.
9. apple4never (Posts: 1046; Member since: 08 May 2013)
lol the fact that they used an iphone 5s to record the drop
37. darkkjedii (Posts: 16228; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Only makes sense that they'd use a great camera, SMDH at the fact you'd find that funny. What're you 11, or something.
57. Finalflash (Posts: 2198; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
It is for the slow motion in case they need it. It has a fairly good slow motion capture feature and then editing on that and all. Plus I think they've broken all their Android phones dropping them.
61. apple4never (Posts: 1046; Member since: 08 May 2013)
lol calm yourself i said its funny when their using a 2000 dollar camera right next to it. did I say the 5s camera sucks, did i say iphones are bad ? i used to think you were of the decent type of apple fanboy, guess im wrong and it wasnt purely for slo mo all the other cameras of theirs has it
62. darkkjedii (Posts: 16228; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Really dude, you used to think I was a decent type of apple fanboy? 1st I'm not an apple fanboy 2nd with your usually childish apple bashing banter, what else would I think your post meant? When you post childlike anti apple disses all day, every article, expect us to view you the way your screen name suggests we should.
68. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3512; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
You're not an apple fanboy? HHahhhahahaha!!!! Best joke ever....
75. apple4never (Posts: 1046; Member since: 08 May 2013)
really ? huh feel free to view my post history and quote me on the statement of yours. please enlighten me dark
11. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
It's funny because in the back ground did you guys notice the iPhone doing the video shooting on the ground . Lol! I guess it was laughing too saying "darn the lumia's do better than you and no self healing"
12. nbringer (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
I was hoping he would use several phones for each kind of drop, so that we can understand something with statistical relevance ...
17. _Bone_ (Posts: 2149; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Ouch. What's the point of flexibility if it can't take a hit? So much for self-healing body too, scratches remain. The only ones that disappear wouldn't even be there if they used kevlar or something tougher. :)
22. skymitch89 (Posts: 1214; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
One thing that people need to realize is that the screen and glass are actually different components. The screen might be flexible and bendable, but the glass isn't as flexible or bendable.
27. darkkjedii (Posts: 16228; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Yeah yeah yeah, and the knee bones connected to the thigh bone. We get it, cut the excuses. Great phone, but as with all the others, case it or else. You come up with the greatest excuses dude.
26. darkkjedii (Posts: 16228; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
LG G Crack is more like it. In every test it sustained damage, no wonder apple and Samsung are the big dawgs of mobile.
33. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3479; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I have to agree. It seems that the curve adds no benefit whatsoever.
36. darkkjedii (Posts: 16228; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I figured at least the screen drop would be good, considering the bend in the middle. Nice looking device though.