Here's one more way to crack the glass back on the Google Nexus 4
posted by Nick T. / Nov 29, 2012, 4:20 AM
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.
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.According to a report posted on
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!
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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..
posted on Nov 29, 2012, 4:27 AM 29
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First time i'm reading you give a reasonable comment. +1
posted on Nov 29, 2012, 6:32 AM 16
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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!!
posted on Nov 29, 2012, 7:36 AM 13
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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.
posted on Nov 29, 2012, 5:07 AM 2
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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
posted on Nov 29, 2012, 5:14 AM 4
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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.)
posted on Nov 29, 2012, 6:03 AM 0
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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.
posted on Nov 29, 2012, 6:32 AM 7
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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?
posted on Nov 29, 2012, 7:26 AM 1
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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
posted on Nov 29, 2012, 8:20 AM 0
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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
posted on Nov 29, 2012, 8:30 AM 0
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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.
posted on Nov 29, 2012, 8:45 AM 1
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Yeah I originally read about this on Droid Life and Kellex is right glass backs are a really bad idea.
posted on Nov 29, 2012, 9:34 AM 0
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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.
posted on Nov 29, 2012, 9:47 AM 1
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