Here's one more way to crack the glass back on the Google Nexus 4

Here's one more way to crack the glass back on the Google Nexus 4
You've probably been taught in school that pouring hot water in a glass container isn't a good idea. That's because the rapid shift in temperature may cause the glass to crack, and the thicker the material, the greater the risk is. Apparently, the same phenomenon can be observed on a smartphone – the Google Nexus 4, in particular, which has a fancy glass layer on its back. And no, hot liquids aren't required. Reportedly, all that it takes is a warm hand and a solid counter top.

According to a report posted on Droid-Life, the damaged Google Nexus 4 unit you see in the photo below got this nasty crack without being abused in any way. The owner says that he simply laid the device gently on a stone counter top after using it. He also notes that the smartphone's back had gotten warm after being held for a while (and from the heat dissipated by the chips inside, we suppose). And that's how it happened – quickly cooling the glass back of the Google Nexus 4 led to irreversible damage. Unsurprisingly, the AT&T LG Optimus G is said to be just as vulnerable to temperature changes as it has an identical glass back.

Of course, there's already a plethora of forum posts on the internet discussing how fragile the Google Nexus 4 glass back is. However, while many people report shattering theirs one way or another, the case above is one of the few that don't involve a drop on a hard surface. Would any Google Nexus 4 owners share their experience with us? Let's hear your story down in the comments! 

source: Droid-Life

The Google Nexus 4 and AT&T LG Optimus G with cracked glass backs
The Google Nexus 4 and AT&T LG Optimus G with cracked glass backs

The Google Nexus 4 and AT&T LG Optimus G with cracked glass backs


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36 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

According to my science class... Thicker the glass, easier to break, not thinner... The reason it's break is probably its sealed too tight imo..

10. Nick_T

Posts: 183; Member since: May 27, 2011

Yup, thanks for pointing it out!

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

First time i'm reading you give a reasonable comment. +1

14. wendygarett unregistered

What do you mean 1st times... Lol +1 for you too :)

19. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

It means what it means Wendy dear...i know you can read and understand well. I'm sure you remember the comment you gave yesterday about 1080p resolution on a 5 inch screen giving eye cancer...yes, that a total opposite of reasonable, that's crap!!

20. wendygarett unregistered

Oh that I see lol

2. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

"...and a solid counter top." I think I've found the point of failure right here.

3. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Come on LG...I've had bad experiences with LG build quality in the past. For those reason I have steered clear of them for years now. I'm intrigued by the Nexus 4 but, this story makes me think I made the right choice.

4. walkam1112

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

during the heatwave the Midwest had this summer the screen on my brothers Galaxy S3 crack because he left it one the dashboard for a few minutes

30. cbaus

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

Same thing happened to my brothers 3gs last summer

5. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Wow, broken glass aside, but Optimus G looks so premium!

6. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Didnt they learn anything from apple. Geez why not make a glass unybody next -.-

7. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

When it comes to build quality of mobile phones, LG has always been way below my list of trusted device, somewhere near to Iphone (we know ip 4 glass also shatters easily and we all have seen what happens to ip5 after just two months of use without a case.)

8. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Next nexus: 1) No back glass 2) Removable battery (so I can survive 1 day on vacation) 3) 32gb Otherwise not buying

9. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

I will make sure to keep my hands away from my girlfriend pants so my hands will stay cold enough not to cause any damage to my nexus 4. Listen 1 learned.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

my nexus4 got very small scratch the first day on the back. Its been running naked since then waiting on my darn case to arrive in the mail.. WHEN WILL IT ARRIVE!!?!? Anyways, I havent had a scratch since and its been abused a bit. It survived 2 hrs in a metal moshpit, being dropped, and other things without any further scratching on the front or back. The story is saying that the guy cooked something and then put the phone on a burner.. WTF. If it was hot enough to crack the glass back, then it would have been hot enough to melt plastic on other phones as well. That sounds way less of a "build issue" and more of a "dumb ass user" issue.

13. thelegend6657 unregistered

Anyone tried the same thing with an iPhone 4/4s ? Those are made out of glass too right ?

15. SleepingOz unregistered

Stop making phone with back glass!

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

What you mean is, "Stop making phones with glass on the back".? Si Señor?

17. marchels14 unregistered

Why LG does not learn from Apple ,you can't put a glass back cover because it brakes, it looks good but it's not practical, maybe LG want repair profits from that, like Apple does.

18. sportsinger75

Posts: 71; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

The real bummer about this is that this is obviously a warranty issue, but how is this guy going to convince LG that the heat of his hand broke the glass?

25. JC557

Posts: 1914; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Wasn't just heat from his hand, the handset does get quite warm while in use.

21. mydi.maus unregistered

well i Haven't received mine yet,..but as soon as i get it ill crack it and comment what i did,..' )

22. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Well glass backing does make the phone feel and looks much better. but it also adds weight and makes it more prone to breaking. as what Wendy Garett says, if LG makes the glass back thinner, i might considering getting the Nexus 4 or Optimus G

28. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

You seem to have missed the other science class where they taught you that thinner glass will break easier than thicker glass when any kind of physical pressure is apply on them.

23. siluro

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Why did I get the sense that from many review sites the backing was suppose to be made out of gorilla glass? It's horrendously fragile. The top right corner for mine is seriously scratch from laying in my pocket. I've never scratched any of my phones, an HTC sensation I had around for a year or two had a tiny nick on one side after someone dropped the phone while I was showing it off. The back was flawless

24. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

I'm waiting for a different back for the Nexus 4, because it is removable, you just need a screwdriver. Sooner or later, some company should make a plastic, metal, or whatever type of back for it, and if not, then I'll make my own! I stand behind the "don't make glass back phones, it's a bad idea" movement.

26. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Yeah I originally read about this on Droid Life and Kellex is right glass backs are a really bad idea.

27. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

This. It was a stupid idea on the iphone4, and its a stupid idea on the nexus4. If it was on something that you don't move or carry with you (like a desktop PC monitor or case) it'd be fine. Also I don't get the whole "bumper" case thing for the iphone4/nexus4. Its like you're protecting everything but what needs it. If your legs were sunburned would you go out in the sun in a hoodie and shorts? I get it looks cool, but when function takes a backseat to form, it's a bad thing.

31. cbaus

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

The Bumber is a lip that prevents it from landing or laying on the glass. unless it hits a corner though.

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