Here's what happens when your screen shatters

Here's what happens when your screen shatters
The smartphone you have in your pocket is an amazing tool - it not only has some of the latest hardware ready to roar, but also one of the toughest glass on the planet. Yes, we’re talking about Gorilla Glass 2, the 0.8mm thick layer of glass that covers your display, and is estimated to be 30 times harder to scratch than plastic.

How tough is Gorilla Glass exactly? In technical terms, it can withstand 100,000 pounds of pressure per square inch, or in plain English a 1.18-pound iron ball dropped on it from a distance of six feet. To make it that rugged, folks at Corning bathe it in a 400-degree Celsius bath of molten salt. This replaces the small sodium ions on top of the glass with larger, tougher potassium ions. For its flexibility, cold air is then blown throughout the top of the glass that makes it tougher, while the inside remains softer.

As much as we lavish praise on the tough Gorilla Glass 2, though, it’s not indestructible. A piece of practical knowledge is to never drop your phone - even if the screen doesn’t shatter, invisible damage accumulates.



Most importantly, if a phone falls flat, that damage will be spread across the whole screen, so there’s more chance for the glass not to break. If it falls on a side, though, all of that damage concentrates in a particular area, so it’s more prone to shattering. Nice to know, and also make sure to check out the source below for more details and a couple of animated GIFs you can play with.

source: BuzzFeed

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12 Comments

1. tab62

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Then why does the Samsung Galaxy S3 screen shatter on impact?

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i want this question to be answered too. anyone?

5. wendygarett unregistered

Because it's 8mm thick while lumia 900 is 11mm thick Different thickness of the gorilla glass I think

7. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

because its just soda glass, Samsung cheated us

3. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Like I've said in the past, I would still prefer the older and thicker Gorilla Glass than the new, thinner one. I don't think GG2 has proven itself better than GG1.

4. Tobruk

Posts: 10; Member since: May 14, 2011

Then why did the screen dent on my HTC One X, when the backside of my my plastic earbuds hit the screen?

9. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

strengthened soda glass?

6. Levon

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

everything is perfect in advertisements)))

8. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

they can publish even 100+ tests and pdfs how gorilla glass 2 is stronger, better, etc.... reality has showed the naked truth recently (**S III, apple)

10. jeffronc

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 15, 2012

My GS3 cracked when I dropped it 12 inches onto concrete. It landed on the top left corner and the top right corner got two cracks over an inch and a half from the front camera to below the power button. No warranty will replace it. This Gorilla Glass is a joke.

11. 90ninjas unregistered

All of these tests are impact tests where the glass is not situated on something... Once the glass is locked down in place, force from the impact has to go somewhere, and without any room to flex the glass will shatter.

12. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

THe SG3 should have had some sort of gasget around the GG2 to allow some flex so it wouldn't break so easily.

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