Can the HTC One X survive three drops?

Can the HTC One X survive three drops?
The guys at HTCPedia had to feel it. They were conducting a drop test with the new HTC One X and every time the handset hit the ground, it made that distinctive sound that brings fear and a cold sweat to all smartphone owners. That is the sound of a new high-end smartphone slowly getting destroyed by concrete.

The first drop was from waist high to simulate a fall from your pocket. Seeing the phone drop in super-slow motion is certainly something to see as the handset takes crazy bounces before landing on its face. The HTC One X did well in surviving this first drop and got away with just a few dings on the side. The next fall was from shoulder height. While the HTCPedia crew didn't explain what this was supposed to simulate, we could say that it would be like being on a call and having the handset pinned up between your ear and shoulder before it loses control and heads south. After that drop, there was just some cosmetic damage and the screen remained intact. At this point, chalk one up for the Taiwan based manufacturer's build quality. The final drop was face down and the screen certainly took the brunt of this hit. Despite the shattered screen, the unit still worked although the display could not be read easily. Internally, it seemed that the device was holding up as The HTC One X was still responsive after the three drops. Oh, if you're wondering why the battery didn't pop out on impact, that's because the HTC One X does not offer a removable cell.

No one likes to see their smartphone hit the deck, especially with no protection. In the years to come, we would expect to see stronger cases offering more protection. OEMs will find stronger materials that will allow smartphones to come away blemish free from even shoulder height drops and higher. In the meantime, all you can do is grip your phone a little bit tighter, use very protective cases and hope that luck is on your side.

source: HTCPedia via Phandroid

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One X
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1800 mAh

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15 Comments

1. iDroidx650

Posts: 83; Member since: May 26, 2010

Is anybody else having problems with data connection. Mine goes from 3G to H every few minutes. I'm using it on AT&T. I know it's not a network issue cause my iPhone and lumia are working okay. As for switching between h and 3G, my galaxy nexus did that but it never cut data connection.

10. robinrisk unregistered

If it does not drop the connection while switching from H to 3G, im pretty sure that thats normal. Mine does it to and i believe its because its switching form upload to download mode when HSDUPA is available.

2. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

good job HTC. though a shatered screen is a very bad thing ( one of my friends changed her HD2 for it costs a brand new, midrange samrtphone to repair it in our contry) face down drops are rare. most drops are from edges.

3. aooep

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Drop tests are always fun...as long as it isn't mine :O

4. kylehudsons

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

totally agree

5. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

ok ill be the first to say it. had it been an iPhone 4. it would have broke on the first drop. either the front or the back. i know from experience. not to bash the iPhone. its just super fragile. (backlash in 3...2...1...)

6. stylinred

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

makes me appreciate my N8 even more... ive dropped it sooooo many times on all sorts of surfaces and everything is fine except for some nicks and scratches i even had a drop from 1 story high but that did dent my top end cap (plastic) and i had to have it replaced

7. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I have a weak heart, I couldn't watch the whole video :(.

8. wendygarett unregistered

I think one V will survive when face down... remember the ugly chin at the bottom of the screen? it probably will protect the screen...

9. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Why are you trolling on all the android articles? your almost as bad as exvac .-.

14. stylinred

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

he's talking about his HTC One V.... trolling? take the stick outta yer....

11. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

That looked really good for the first two drops, and I'm not expert but it sounded really solid when it hit the ground i.e. good quality? Cheers either way

12. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Gorilla glass.... scratch resistant but not drop resistant

13. Archan_Pe

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

LOL and this is why i love my N9, lol strong screen and barely noticeable scratches and and ive dropped it like more or less 23 times

15. ash29

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

After all nokia sucks.

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