Gorilla protects DROID's glass screen from breakage

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Gorilla protects DROID's glass screen from breakage
Anyone who has picked up a Motorola DROID has been able to immediately appreciate the build of the device. With a body constructed from metal, the DROID feels solid enough to survive almost anything. While the glass display might seem vulnerable to cracking or breaking during a fall, a technique developed by glass maker Corning has strengthened the display so as to protect it from falls, someone sitting on it or a zamboni running over it.

By taking the glass and sticking it in a special salt bath, you temper the glass by shoving larger ions into the surface of the glass and then compressing it. With Corning's Gorilla Glass, the ions are larger and penetrate the glass more deeply to make it harder for the glass to scratch or break. This is done through the use of an aluminum composite composition that is light and strong. Now, we have seen pictures of a DROID where the glass shattered and sometimes if the display takes it right on the kisser, it will shatter (the phone, by the way, continued to work perfectly). But the use of the specially developed Corning glass should help many DROID's survive a butterfingers move without the fatal results that happens to other handsets. Have you dropped your DROID? What were the results?

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source: Corning via Gizmodo

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17 Comments

1. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Go DROID down iPhone.

8. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

What a constructive comment!

2. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i've dropped my droid numerous times and the screen hasn't cracked...

7. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

You DROPPED that precious phone? Don't you have it tethered into your veins with an IV? That's what I'll get you for Christmas then! :3

10. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

nope and i leave it naked.

3. dave412_4

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 07, 2009

Wonder if the iphone uses this kind of glass, because the DROID DOES.Ha

5. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

i put you back to zero because i thought it was really funny...

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I work in Corning. Yet another selling point for an awesome phone.

11. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

corning, ny?

6. Corporatetool

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 07, 2009

I had a customer look at my Droid the second day I had it in store, who then proceeded to "butterfingers" it and drop it right on the ground, screen first, on our hardwood floor. I've had two voyagers and an omnia break on me in similar cases, so I freaked out when I went to grab it... and the screen was perfect. It has since then fallen off my desk, down the stairs (Phone was ringing as I walked downstairs, grabbed it, slipped, fell down 10-12 stairs), been stepped on, and dropped by 2 other customers: Screen is still A Ok. I love this phone more and more everyday =D Great job Moto!

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Also great job Corning. See, Corning's another company that's kinda floundered in recent years, and the people where I live have felt its impact. (I live near corning and work in a town that's practically melded with it called Painted Post.) They can use the publicity, really. So Motorola and Corning together are rising from the ashes. This makes me happy. :)

15. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Get insurance on your phone, then get yourself Life Insurance... ASAP!!!

12. dongdou

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 18, 2009

Iphone "You are the weakest screen goodbye!"

13. dongdou

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 18, 2009

Sratch your butt there is an apple for that. Overrated paper weight there is an apple for that. Need something to distract your friends from your balding head there is an apple for that too. Drop your phone crack the screen....... There is not an app for that However DROID DOES!

14. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Damn you are so annoying...

17. tallica05

Posts: 93; Member since: Dec 26, 2009

Your just annoyed cause your an iphone user. and this comment was more creative than your previous comment. ha ha loser!

16. dandirk unregistered

huh wow they should have been touting this from the begining... A co-worker has dropped and broke screens on 2 iphones within a month. A clutz I know, but these phones should be fairly protected. I know another co-worker that is baulking at getting droid because he drops is backberry getting out of the car all the time and is worried about the screen... Will have to pass this on.

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