Sony Xperia Z1 drop test: physical survival, emotional ruin (video)
0. phoneArena 04 Oct 2013, 05:52 posted on
Dropped from about 5 feet (1.5 meters), the premium materials of the handset barely registered a scratch, even when the Xperia Z1 landed flat on its screen, which with most phones results in glass shards under your skin if you try to operate it it afterwards. That all-important operation part, however, the Z1 didn't get right, as the screen lit up, but wasn't showing anything of substance after the three drops it consumed...
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1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 1871; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
It's very tough but what happened to the screen after 3 drops.
7. noler (Posts: 148; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
The more Xperia Z and Xperia Z1 torture test I watch, the more I like dragontrail glass. :)
10. pwnarena (Posts: 566; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
it's not because of the dragontrail glass. it's the z1 design. if you inspect it, you can see that the glass is slightly deeper than the surrounding frame. hence, it does not hit the ground once the device drops.
still, what do you do with an intact phone that does not work? hope that's still repairable.
12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I saw many torture tests where was not only drop tests. ;)
25. PunyPoop (Posts: 564; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
at least they didn't cheat! LOL just kidding..
3. JMartin22 (Posts: 517; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
I said it before, I'll say it again. These drop tests aren't scientific and serve to prove nothing of a scientific basis. It's just the entertainment of watching whether or not the phone will break if it's dropped on a hard surface. Whether the phone survives or not is purely based on luck (trajectory, type of surface, distance dropped) - bigger phones are even more susceptible of shatter.
5. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 641; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Oh dear, so it lands up being nothing more than a good looking piece of hardware, seems internally it's poorly engineered.
Maybe the Z2....urgh, nevermind.
11. imnotascammer (Posts: 26; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
Poorly engineered? Because it failed to work after 3 freaking drops? I mean, Iphone 5s or S4 or HTC One wouldnt even survive in the 1 drop if it'd land flat on its screen. Oh.. People are just.. nevermind.
19. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 641; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
The phones you've mentioned have all come away from a drop test like this still working, cracked screen, but STILL WORKING, meaning that internally they have been well put together, and the impact is absorbed well by the outer shell. Sony clearly messed up with the Z1.
24. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 373; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
I wouldnt say that after looking at just one single drop test. there are infinite variables in a drop test. so if the same drop test is carried out again, there is definite chance the phone will still work.
29. PunyPoop (Posts: 564; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
It's more costly to replace a cracked screen..
6. muser793 (Posts: 31; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
Sony logic : droped your phone?! go spend another x$ for our crappy xperia phone! well done sony!
21. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 641; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
It DID break, internally, the most expensive way to break it may require a whole new main board.
30. PunyPoop (Posts: 564; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
Are you okay kid? Are you genius enough to say that the main board did break? Kids these days, too dumb..
14. fanboy1974 (Posts: 942; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
How sad. To come out still looking good but to have internal damage. Tells me that even with a slim case there is potential that the phone will not survive from the shock.
22. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 641; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Finally, someone who's seeing the real issue here, that is exactly what I thought, with most phones you'll just throw on a case, but in this situation it seems not even a case can save it if it breaks so easily internally.
15. xtroid2k (Posts: 312; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
I personally have a good technique for protecting my phone and that is called a case. Also I have a nack for catching the phone and letting it roll down my body to cushin phone drops Sad but true, I truely man handle my phones.
17. Akfred (Posts: 64; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)
I think the battery might have pull from the socket.
IMO its still better than S4 and LG g2 in this regard
33. Trex95 (Posts: 499; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)
The internal screen damaged. How come the battery pull from the socket and the phone works after that?!
18. FCB-Eto (Posts: 18; Member since: 17 Aug 2013)
Surprisingly all other drop test are done with the phones on but now this is done with phone off hmm that seems strange.
20. serge327 (Posts: 42; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)
yup, seem weird he didn't on the phone after first drop. I think the phone may damaged in early before the test begin, and he purposely to choose the failure unit for test.. by the way. Well Done SONY!
23. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 366; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
External build is awesome! But the innards are not well protected. Ouch.
26. BigBoss10 (Posts: 180; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)
The NOKIA 3310 IS A PURE BEAST CAN DO MANY DROP TEST AS YOU WANT AND FINAL RESULT IT STILL REMAIN INTACT LOL :D
27. TheM16 (Posts: 80; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)
More likely to be a "Faulty device. Even before the drop test and from my experience I bought many devices with the same issue NEW units but die after a light impact..so don't let the video lure you away (common Android issue) ...it is just giving a bad image
For the best Android device for 2013 the IMO ...let them do the test AGAIN with a different unit im sure nothing will happen.
28. Immolate (Posts: 239; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
If you've watched a few drop tests, you know by now that how the phone lands a) is purely random, they never land the same ways twice, and b) the surface the phones are being dropped upon varies wildly from one test to the next, and c) this has no real bearing on the durability of the phone. The most durable phone in the world will virtually explode if it gets a bad bounce, and the most fragile can survive with a bit of luck. I wouldn't buy or not buy a Z1 on the basis of this (or any other) drop test.
32. Trex95 (Posts: 499; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)
What the use of good build quality if the screen not working anymore! IPhone 5s still comes with the best build quality, i saw all drop the test of Android Authority and honestly only 6 phones success in the drop test
34. reaturd (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
Don't buy the Z1 since it will have the same flaw as the Z. Initially the screen may seem durable but within days or weeks, it can crack on its own. The screen will likely crack on its own like on my Z (and to thousands of others) and Sony will ignore you. Google Xperia Z screen cracks and you will see how "premium" thousands of os screwed Xperia Z users feel with Sony consumer treatment. I am never buying a Sony product again.
Sony is a disgusting and dishonest company. And they lie to consumers they are the only ones this happened to. In Netherlands, the national watchdog publicly warned Sony to
stop cheating customers whose screens broke on their own..
35. roberotto (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)
This is like a old car: If you crash, the car gets no scratch, but, you're DEATH! The new ones, you totally a car, but no scratch in you.