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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 drop test goes crack (video)

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 drop test goes crack (video)
Despite being outdone in screen size by a number of phablets this year, the Note 3 is still a big-screen phone, and a very big screen one at that. With its 5.7" diagonal, it's logical that the phablet is more prone to cracking under a drop test pressure. Is it really then that much of a surprise that the display made a spider web when the phone fell face down from chest height, considering that even the much smaller and plastic iPhone 5c did the same thing

Not at all, plus the phone incurred quite a lot of visible bruises to the rim when it fell on its side as well. The phone was still operational underneath the cracked screen, however those Super AMOLED displays don't come cheap if you need a replacement, as Samsung has a monopoly on the spare panels, so be careful what you do with your Note 3, birthday party bash or not.

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posted on 30 Sep 2013, 01:34 8

1. techaman (unregistered)


I really dislike this phone I think it's a complete waste I don't understand why people want to take phones this big I can't understand why Galaxy note 3 does not have, sapphire screen to stop it from braking that would put it above all the other phones breaking for the head of everything else

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 01:42 37

2. improv (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


People have different preferences -- why is that so hard to understand...?

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 07:04

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 12720; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yeah as long as that preference is android, on this site. And I'm not bashing your post, I actually respect it, and wish more people thought like you. +1

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 07:43 7

27. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4438; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


This phone did remarkable for its size & weight. Phablets like this one with slim bezels will always break. When you have smaller bezels you definitely sacrifice durability.

That is why I bought a tempered glass screen protector from Mime USA for the Samsung Galaxy Note III because it makes the phone pretty much shatter proof.

Best investment for the Samsung Galaxy Note III.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 08:43

35. darkkjedii (Posts: 12720; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Does it add rigidity?

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 08:49 1

36. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4438; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes it's tempered glass. It's hard & it's not flexible at all. It's like adding a layer of "Gorilla" glass on top of your OEM issued glass. Who knows the Samsung Galaxy Note III may have Gorilla glass or something similar already.

So for less than $30.00 you can add even more protection. Hence doubling the screens toughness.

You can get it for the iPhone also. Check it out.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 09:15 2

38. darkkjedii (Posts: 12720; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Man that sounds like a plan. Thanx SAE +1

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 10:51

44. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4438; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


BEST $30.00 you will ever spend. It's really a good thing. Glad to help a fellow phone/tech junkie.

Oh don't forget about the aluminium buttons. They got some sick stuff.

+1 back at you

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 15:36

57. Tamara551 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Dec 2013)


Best investment I made was the tempered glass for my Note 3. Have one on my phone now and I dropped it yesterday. Broke the tempered glass but not the phone screen glass. Saved me $300 bucks in repairs.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 01:58 8

5. hmmm... (Posts: 61; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


Sapphire screen most likely breaks more easily. Sapphire and diamond is harder than iron, yet you can take an iron hammer and smash diamond into pieces. But a diamond or sapphire hammer won't be able to smash iron into pieces, your diamond or sapphire hammer will most likely crack first.
Hard doesn't equal unbreakable, it just means it is more scratch resistant but can be more brittle.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 07:43

28. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Its stronger then gorilla glass by far and much harder to scratch. Samsung has already come up with the solution to fixing the phone screen cracking and then braking it with flexible screens. Sadly the tech isn't ready yet to mass manufacturer it but it is close.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 09:41

40. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


LOL.. interesting logic you use there to compare a diamond hammer to an iron one.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 05:35

18. Navaid (Posts: 46; Member since: 05 Sep 2013)


*breaking

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 08:43 1

34. akki20892 (Posts: 3659; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


nothing new, always we know it's gonna crack.........!!!

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 09:00 1

37. silencer271 (Posts: 232; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


because people like things you dont like?

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 10:51 2

45. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Man you just went super retard lv 50. How many times do we need to go over this? It's called personal PREFERENCE. You say "i don't understand why people want phones this big". You just answered you're own question. Because that's your preference. The fact your comment got likes proves it's others on this site who don't understand the word PREFERENCE.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 01:44 8

3. Omar-BHR95 (Posts: 184; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)


the back has fake leather same as the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and I'm not surprised that the screen got cracked , always expected from samsung with their cheap plastic

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 01:55 10

4. Trex95 (Posts: 571; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


It's not even fake leather it's a plastic with leather looks!

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 02:05 9

8. joey_sfb (Posts: 3291; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Hater gonna hate. It's synthetic leather and warm to the touch.
Feel better than aluminum.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 02:33 2

11. pyradark (Posts: 784; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


but cant survive on fall like this
i rather get the aluminum

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 07:46 7

29. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Neither can aluminum, it might look nice but aluminum is weaker than plastic.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 03:13 2

12. lifeyourlive (Posts: 126; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)


its not synthetic leather you moron... it is just pure plastic that looks like leather

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 05:30 1

17. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1281; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Except it's not fake leather, it is plastic that looks like leather. I spent half an hour using one last week, and it is cheap plastic masquerading as leather.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 06:06 3

21. joey_sfb (Posts: 3291; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I really do prefer the feel of Note 3 back cover compare to the plain plastic or aluminum.

Apple fan just can't accept that there are people that actually do like plastic or fake leather or whatever.

I minimalism my contact with my macbook and iPad because of the cool icy surface.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 06:52 5

23. joey_sfb (Posts: 3291; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Just seen the drop test video. It's did quite well actually. From the Apple fan comment I thought it's break into a few pieces.

Really don't understand their fuss why spent so much time in a phone that you are not even interested in.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 07:06

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 12720; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Kinda the same thing.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 02:15 7

9. tech2 (Posts: 2479; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Its not fake leather its feather-like finish. Nor sammy or any other reviewer proposed that it was a true leather.

Besides if you used slightest of your peanut brain before spilling pure non-nonsensical comment you would know that the phone in your profile pic is itself made out of plastic but is sturdy !

Just because your beloved company is sold and the CEO is getting a handsome compensation out of your pocket for his divorce that doesn't mean you bash every other OEM for your buthurt !

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 04:17 3

16. jan25 (Posts: 418; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


well, that fake leather sustained a shoulder high drop fairly better than any aluminum clad phone (irreplaceable dents anyone?).. and of course the glass is going to shatter. it's a big screen, heavy phone dropped face down from a shoulder height. it be weird if it didn't.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 08:25

33. newbey123 (Posts: 452; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Yes, its Pleather and looks cheap and hideous!

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 09:52 1

43. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I swear, the intelligence on this site shrinks drastically every day. The vast amount of MORONS here astounds me.

First, the back isn't fake leather. It's soft touch plastic.. Yes, Samsung chose to mold it to look like leather (not sure why), but it's better than glossy plastic, and many of us like it better than aluminum. Don't like it? Fine.. just STFU.

Not surprised the screen cracked? WOW.. me either! Except, at least I understand why - it has nothing to do with Samsung's choice of "cheap plastic". I can promise you, a 5.9" iPhone would fare no better.

Here's a little bit of logic for you - ALL phones easily crack or shatter when dropped face down. I've seen countless phones of all brands sporting nice spider-webbed screens.

It's pretty simple really.. Screens are getting thinner and bigger, which isn't going to help on ANY drop test. Considering how thin the panes of glass are on today's phones, I'm not sure having sapphire crystal would survive these impacts either. You'll notice most good watches use THICK sapphire crystal faces. They aren't impervious to damage either - I've manage to scratch and take a nick out of my Rolex face.. ugh.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 02:02

6. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Samsung should use Dragontrail glass in their next flagship phones.Gorilla glass sucks.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 07:50

30. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Their next flagship might have a flexible screen on it so it won't crack at all. If they still go with glass on them for a while it should be relativily cheap to replace the glass since the screen can be removed and used again.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 02:04 8

7. pyradark (Posts: 784; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


thank god my Z ultra survive on fall
hahahaha

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 11:19

46. almostdone (Posts: 130; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Well with an 1 inch cushion around the whole screen I'm not suprised it survived... But not all of us wants a tablet.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 19:28

53. pyradark (Posts: 784; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


now you know why there is no drop test with xperia 2013(Z,Z1,Z Ultra) phone this year
coz all of them survive!!!
hahahaha

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 02:25 7

10. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2869; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Any phone can get cracks from this height.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 03:20

13. cc3493 (Posts: 155; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


You do realise that he has done many reviews right? and that there are quite a few that have survived. Whats the point of a phone that will instantly break from a fall chest high? If it breaks, it shows poor craftsmanship and lack of focus on structural integrity. And no, i dont want to just get a case because they have designed the phone so well and it look so nice - i shouldnt need to bulk it up with a horrifyingly ugly case

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 12:16

47. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


What's the point of car window if a rock thrown at it will break it?

What's the point of rubber tires on a car if a knife will puncture it?

What's the point of fine china if dropping it will break it?

Guess what? Phones aren't meant to be dropped, just like china plates aren't.. tires aren't meant to be slashed and Windows aren't made to have rocks thrown at them.

Sure, some jackass can make a youtube video dropping a phone and saying one is better than another, but have him drop 100 of each brand then we'll see what is more durable.

Dropping ANY phone from height is hit or miss. I maintain that absolutely NONE of the smart phones these days are going to survive a drop when it hits exactly face down.

As for durability, I've dropped my Note 2 on three occasions. Actually, more like launched my Note 2 from my lap when getting out of my Truck.

we're not talking just a vertical drop either. Each time my phone shot about 4-5 feet and from a height of about 5 feet.

Results from my crash tests: a couple scuffed corners and a MINUTE ding on the glass. No cracks, or other damage.

So, what does that tell you about my phone?

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 03:28 1

14. chuah1997 (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)


Yup~ there is.....Glass and Aluminium body design.....no plastic....SONY~

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 03:37

15. chuah1997 (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)


-_- I never think that Samsung's device can survive with screen facing down....and cause no damage just small scratch....as normal....Plastic's Quality not always the best....SONY Xperia Z series and Iphone 5s still survive on screen facing down drop test....with just normal scratch.... (y) (RIP my English~ I know~).

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 05:46

19. wando77 (Posts: 328; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


They should test them also with a screen protector on to see if it makes a difference. Do they absorb any of the impact?

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 06:05 1

20. darkkjedii (Posts: 12720; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Let this be a lesson Sammites. None of these phones are indestructible, you guys were all over the 5C when it cracked. Let's see how y'all respond to note 3 cracking from about 4'8"

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 12:19

48. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Let this be a lesson to ANYONE with a smart phone.

A case is the ONLY thing that will protect your phone from a "face crash".

There shouldn't be any arguing between iPhone and Android fans on this one.. NO smart phones are going to do a great job surviving that drop test.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 12:22

49. darkkjedii (Posts: 12720; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You're right, and it's cool that you see that, but how many fanboys "from both sides" don't see it that way? We can't ignore the fact, that there's a lot of hypocrites on PA though.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 06:11

22. sehooo (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


sure gornella glass 3 = less thickness = more probability to be broken

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 07:09

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 12720; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


What's a "gornella"?

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 07:52

31. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


He meant gorilla.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 09:15

39. sehooo (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


yes i mean gorilla

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 08:10

32. Onweel2 (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Please beware of this phone is Region Lock. And the problem is not Solved yet. Not by what Samsung German say. this the video for prove it. I can not post it ass the link because I'm not more 1 week in this website.

youtube.com/watch?v=ri_tz6HlsKo

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 09:49

42. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 1198; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Get your facts straight, already outdated info

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 17:57

52. _PHug_ (Posts: 397; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


because no one wants links from trolls that made an account just to troll

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 09:46

41. nothingmuch (Posts: 183; Member since: 03 May 2013)


http://m.androidcentral.com/galaxy-note-3-region-lock-more-details-emerge

Yes its UNLOCKED from any region only after you activate the device with the sim from that region you bought it in and THEN ITS UNLOCKED to use anywhere that you can get a sim

Read this link fully

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 16:50

51. Onweel2 (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Are you see them test it them self in the post ? in the video that put in the link ? Because what i see in the video in the post is that Buy the Code from Russian website.

None of the webstie try the method that Samsung Statement.

Please look at this youtu.be/ri_tz6HlsKo

I use the vadafone nl sim card in my phone since the day one 1. I did not put the Thai-Sim card in at the first time because That time I stupid and accept what it say on the box. You can hear me admit in the video that I’m stupid. Now you guy can calling me stupid. I do not mind. I just try to put Thai Sim card when I read all the news that floating around the internet that the problem is solved if I follow them method. But it is not.
I do not want to be hero or whining or discredit or anything . I still can change the phone (7day) but I will not because I like the phone but I also hate the company now.
I just want to show your guy that what Samsung say is not truth. And also want you guys know about .All the website, reporter, bloger. Post the news without responsibility. They all post the problem is solved then move on. As far as I post now. None of them show the prove that method that Samsung say is working. I only from 1 youtube that it working after they pay to Russian website. I also can pay for it but it is not the point.
I cannot force you to believe me about I put NL sim card in the phone first or Thai Sim in the phone first. I cannot buy the new one for just prove that. Maybe it is the time that All the website, reporter, bloger. Who post the news without responsibility prove it to us. They get the new phone with sticker then make a video for showing us that them post is truth.
Now the question is. They Dare to do that? or now we will know about All the website, reporter, bloger is just the PR of the company.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 14:23

50. sswain (Posts: 50; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Can please someone do detailed test on note3 loudspeaker (comparing it to Note2 loudspeaker)?

I want to watch HD movies with Note3 as I do with Note2, but that loudspeaker on 3 seems little funky (too small?). So far I saw only few secs comparing of both speakers in some youtube video and sound on Note2 was more "roomy".

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 20:02

54. aydell2123 (Posts: 16; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Had my note 2 since it came out..no case..let my daughter play with it..droped it many times..zero broke screens...the day the note 3 comes out..it will be mine..super excited..n 60% of ppl with iphones at my wrk hav cracks in their screens...n wont get them fixed!! Crazy..real talk

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 20:12 1

55. aydell2123 (Posts: 16; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


also..iphone ppl seem desperate..all they have left is to bash samsungs phone dropping n cracking..why not talk about specs, software, camera, n just all capabilitys n functionality! ! Its because the wittle iphone isnt even on the same planet as note 3..or even s4 for that matter..compare note 3 to sony xperia z ultra or one max..someone in the same ballpark

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 03:29

56. garz_pa (Posts: 154; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Another. Worthless. Test.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 19:43

58. tteksystems (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


This is the most ridiculous article I've seen today. Is there anything else you can think of that would be worthwhile about these devices so that we would have a better reason to come and read what you have to say. you can drop the phone 10 times on its face on a given day and it may only break 6 or 7 times. Tomorrow it may break only once or twice. You'll have to dig deep in your pockets to buy a lot of phones to come up with a meaningful average if you want to come up with anything that would be considered accurate. You call yourself an expert? Pretty stupid if you ask me to drop a $750 phone on its face so that you can come tell people that it broke or maybe it didn't. The object is not to drop your phone. And we all get cases for our expenses devices especially once like this because they're very large what did you think would happen if you dropped it? Was it supposed to balance on its rubber edge and jump back into your hand? You have got to be kidding me! The glass is almost identical if its Gorilla Glass. HTC or Samsung Galaxy; it does not matter which phone you test. If one breaks, that doesn't mean anything. It's all chance. Is it my lucky day or not? Samsung is working on curved screens for future devices. and they should had some better quality as far as being nice apt to crack. But none of these phones that you test is any better than the other when it comes to being prone to cracking the glass screen when dropped. You're insulting peoples intelligence

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