Galaxy Note 4 drop tests show that you can rely on it to survive a few drops

Galaxy Note 4 drop tests show that you can rely on it to survive a few drops
Samsung Tomorrow -- the electronics giant's PR arm -- has just released a new, two and a half minute-long video showcasing the Note 4's excellent ability to withstand drops from a variety of angles and heights. Units of the upcoming phablet repeatedly survived these drops without any visible damage from what we saw.

Obviously, you and us both have to keep in mind that the source is Samsung itself, and one could argue that these tests are far from independent. That said, we do have to also point out that Samsung is definitely serious about making its devices better-suited to withstand common drops, and that's visible with both the Galaxy Alpha and the Galaxy Note 4. In case you didn't know, both of these devices feature four "bumps" on the four sides of their frames, which allow them to better absorb shock from drops, thus making them better survivors. 

Of course, we'll still have to wait and see what tests from other sources return in terms of results, but we do have to say that in our time with it, the Note 4 felt like it was very well constructed.

Check out the video below.

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Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Waiting the independent throwers

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yeah. Because Samsung could have easily manipulated the gravitational force to slow down the fall.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Nah he is right, wait for the independents with their real world testing. As you can see with the example of the iPhone 6 plus, lab testing isn't always reliable.

8. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Believe it or not it has something that protects the glass from smashing easily. It's the tiny gap between the glass and the metallic frame

17. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

TBH Note 4 is a good looking phone, good job Samsung, but it's not as tough as my Z2.. Note 4 drop test Z2 drop test

22. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

LOL Dead pixels on Z2 doesn't make it more tough. Right?

26. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Are you going to cry yourself to sleep if the Note 4 beats it in the Android authority drop test? You can find a video for any phone where it cracks on first drop and you can also find one where it doesn't crack on multiple drops. It's kind of a luck of the drop thing with phones that are 90% glass. Although with the Z2 bezels, it's probably 50% glass tops and 50% brick or something.

20. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

iPhone 6 plus, lab testing wasn't same like this. As you can see the drop here is not controlled. It's random on concrete.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

recorded multiple times until it broke and the guy uploaded the video where it finally did.

41. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Agreed, Samsung's random drop machine is nothing short of ingenious. Not only that but the machine that the dude got the release button had it landing LITERALLY PERFECTLY on the desired edges/faces. I literally have yet to see a more scientific drop test done by ANY other company and/or consumer to date. Kudos to Samsung.

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You mean like CR's tests where they only applied pressure in the middle at only 50lbs...yeah...but no this guy isn't right. If this was an iPhone would you be saying the same. I didn't say you were a iFan either.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? How? You see the video...right? The phones are falling straight down. In an open area where the guy is standing. How could they change the gravitational pull. Just because unibody aluminum phones wont survive this test, doesn't mean the test is fixed. Always a skeptic. Were you this skeptic on Apples lame a$$ tests? What about CR's lame butchered tests?

16. dimas

Posts: 3446; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Agree. Phonebuff drop tests are more reliable than factory controlled tortures.

21. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

We don't see anything controlled here. Do you?

35. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

absolutely. just about any phone can be dropped face down on a perfectly flat piece of marble/metal and survive hundreds of times. i am impressed with the side drops though. but even those were controlled.

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why? Here is what you don't know. Most of those videos you see on YouTube, those guys have also done several drop tests. Here is what I have learned after I watched someone do them. These guys take a phone and a camera and they basically record every single drop they do until they finally record one where the phone drops. They may have dropped the device several times which may have not caused any damage or very little. They simple edit the video to be shorter and post the result on YouTube. They are mostly all fixed with some exceptions obviously. Also you have to look at where and how they drop it. A corner impact or a flat on the glass impact are the worse and will certainly break any phone plastic or metal. Also the harder the surface the device is dropped on play too. Concrete and marble when drop create chemical reaction to metal and plastic striking them, increasing the chances of the phone cracking. See my post on #28

2. AnTuTu

Posts: 1624; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Soon this beast will be in my hands :)

3. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Tame the beast

4. Techfriend

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Off topic - Desire 820 or Note 3 which will be a better choice suggest me guys i m little confused between them

9. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Note 3.

15. tomn1ce

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Note 3

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The bigger you are the harder you fall.

10. aryanfr1

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Though the Samsung plastics were the key thing in keeping sammy from shattering, I am not sure about the metal frame. People hate plastic but that plastic on fall suppress most of the impact damages . Plus the metal rim that sammy has, may get chipped of like in my iPhone 5s and also in the Samsung galaxy s4. I hope Samsung note 4 has better quality this time

11. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

apple use thinner=brittler gorilla glass 3, note 4 are thicker that's why..

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sweet vid, but just to be on the safe side, get a case. It'll keep the resale value higher.

13. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012


14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I've never used one, how is software and durability wise?

19. naittosan

Posts: 243; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I love my lumia too now that Sammy's giving me 200 dollars for it on a trade for the note 4.

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol +1

40. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

My 928 is the only smartphone I rock naked. I'm really going to miss Nokia builds.

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