Google Nexus 4 hits the pavement in this new drop test - see what happens

Google Nexus 4 hits the pavement in this new drop test - see what happens
Drop tests are always fun and exciting to watch. And even if there's something inside us that subconsciously tells us that destroying expensive smartphones on purpose is wrong, we always end up watching yet another one starring this latest and greatest device. Well, here we are again, this time with a video of the LG Nexus 4 being dropped onto the cold, hard pavement.

The guys from the video show us two drops - the first one simulating a drop from the pocket, and the second one from the ear. Thankfully, the handset remained almost perfect after the first drop, with no significant scratches to ruin its fancy glass panels. However, the second, higher drop cause severe damage to the back panel. As you know, both the front and back of the Nexus 4 are made of glass, which contributes to the feel of the handset, but allows for easier shattering. That's what happened with the Google Nexus 4 after the second drop in this video. Still, whether due to a stronger glass, or just luck, the front side remained undamaged, and the touchscreen and phone itself were perfectly usable.

This drop test comes to show us that LG has done a good job with the construction of the Nexus 4, as it is capable of surviving the ordinary everyday hits of life, though it's definitely not in rugged territory with those large glass surfaces.

And here's the video in question. Unfortunately, the guy talks in German, but it's one of those videos where you don't need to understand what's being said to know what's going on.

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Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15.3h talk time)



1. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Good job lg

27. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Yup LG has done well with this and the back looks really nice too

2. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

"both the front and back of the Nexus 4 are make of glass" I suppose its made*. Good article nonetheless.

3. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Nothing beats lumia 920 in build quality. Unless of course you talk about Nokia 3100

11. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010


15. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Lol am not families with these names.

17. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012


21. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

3210 is better

34. bipinm

Posts: 124; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

nothing can beat the old has no gorillla glass...still u can throw it at wall and catch it like a ball...or u can throw it to scare off a chasing dog....kidding....

26. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

WP is good and all but kindly do not troll....this article isnt about how strong the Lumia 920 is or how will it fare compared to the Nexus 4!. its just about what happens if you drop the Nexus 4 and a hint at its durability!

29. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

lol well no offense i like what you just tried doing but please can you say the same when the android fandom raid every wp,bb and apple article too

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Wow I think it's clear, glass just plain old breaks. Still it's a sexy phone & I wish there was a CDMA 4G LTE version. It is what it is.

18. thunder18

Posts: 156; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

Optimus G for Sprint has both LTE and CDMA as well as 32 GB memory instead of only 16GB. It's also been rooted already.

24. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That is what I mean. The LG Optimus G is a LG Google Nexus 4 & vice versa. That is why I am STILL so pist-off that Google nixed a CDMA 4G LTE version of the Nexus 4. Google should have all options available, this is where they failed & the camera on the Google Nexus 4 sucks also. +1

5. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

iPhone 4/4S = Glass backplate that breaks easily and no LTE Nexus 4 = Glass backplate that breaks easily and no LTE Welcome to 2010 Google.

6. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

iPhone 5 = Apple Maps that fails everywhere (starting @ 729€) Nexus 4 = Awesome Google Maps (starting @ 299€) Welcome to 2012 Apple

12. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

7. tech_lover

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

as if having glass on both front and back is considered a "high end specification" for a phone!!

20. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Not so fast. According to AnandTech, the Nexus 4 can theoretically run LTE on bands 1, 2, and 4. I believe that one of those is T-Mobile's planned LTE band. I'm not sure on how true this may be, but time will tell.

9. zvioocge

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

of course LG is da best my friend has some kind of lg phone (with no touchscreen but with capacitive buttons) and he dropped this once and... screen broked and phone ain't workin' i have nokia 2730c and i dropped it very many times i ever dropped it from 2m but NOTHING! everything workin' fine SO NEXT NEXUS MUST BE BY SONY!!!

10. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

He is drooping a Nexus phone but he cant Buy a new Shoes? ;)

13. StalkinUrMom

Posts: 111; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

Why, why did they HAVE to make it out of glass? This is pretty much the only thing turning me away from the Nexus 4 at this point. It's giving me PTSD flashbacks of cracking my iPhone 4 twice, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. I only buy HTC nowadays, they're the only company that seems to understand that ultra high end smartphones need to be somewhat rugged because not all of us have comfy little desk jobs.

23. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Because there are few other options than glass. For backings, you have a choice of glass, plastic, aluminum, and, evidently, Kevlar. -Aluminum is out. It makes NFC impossible, in addition to interfering with other radio signals a bit. -Plastic is apparently cheap. -Kevlar doesn't look very pretty. -Glass is not sturdy. Take your pick. Glass feels solid and is very nice looking while it's in one piece. Once it's broken, not so much, but it's only a little bit worse than the other options. That's the way I see it, at least.

14. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Did anybody really expect for the Nexus 4 to be virtually indestructable like the Lumia 920? Nokia phones are in a class of their own, when it comes to build quality...

19. jcoberg10

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

Did anyone actually watch the video? it held up really well. after 3 huge drops it barely cracked in the corner, and only on the back not on the front at all! That is pretty impressive. I personally wouldn't want an all glass phone, but this phone is pretty tough. don't just believe what i*honearena post, and their pic for the post watch the video.

22. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Most likely luck. The thing is pure glass. If it falls on concrete, there's a good chance that it's going to break. Gorilla Glass 2 is stronger than average glass, but not indestructible. Drop tests are not scientific enough to prove the strength of a device.

25. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Yes. But will it blend?

28. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I have never liked the drop test.. they should make better use of those devices other than drop them, put a case on it and protect your investment..

30. novasians

Posts: 11; Member since: May 26, 2012

WHY is this phone not available on Sprint ????

31. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Nicht gut !

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