How well does the LG G3 hold up in a drop test?

How well does the LG G3 hold up in a drop test?
With the LG G3 set for its global rollout on Friday (although it won't hit the U.S. until July), it never is too late for the phone to have a drop test.  When it comes to Android models, so far this year, we have seen the HTC One (M8) perform the best on these tests. Having an aluminum body that makes up 90% of the phone surely helps.

So how well does LG's new flagship stand up to a drop? The first test was a corner drop from shoulder length, and with the battery cover opening, we figured that the phone might have been a one-drop flop. But as we see from the video, outside of some scuffing on the bottom of the device, the LG G3 held up well on the first test.

Next up was the front-facing drop test, and it is here where the LG G3's screen gives in and cracks. While the device did power on, the shattered display no longer responded to touch.

The moral of the story? Don't drop your LG G3. But because that is easier said than done, your best bet is to use protection. Many don't like to use a case because it covers up the aesthetics of the device. But as this, and most drop tests prove, it is worth paying a little more to protect your investment from getting its glass kicked.



Thanks for the tip, Adrian.

source: TechRax

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  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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34 Comments

1. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

That's it. I am never buying this phone. One M8 for me...

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

With the One M8, it's easy to uninstall Google Play too. After you do this, it drives like the true sportscar that it is. You will love it.

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I know you do piracy right? Thats why you dont use play store.. How pathetic of you bro.

5. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Still no love for SONY. You haven't had this on your news PA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BGQtfDZNt4 the true survivor of drop test.

10. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

i think they've made one article for this video about 3 weeks ago

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"I know you do piracy right? Thats why you dont use play store.. How pathetic of you bro." Cool story, bro. FYI, I get APKs from the Google store via the web or directly from the developers and install via ADB. I'm not a pirate, but someone who doesn't like Google's spyware running on my phone all the time.

33. wut389

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 16, 2014

Your comment was so absolutely gay that I actually created an account just to call you a huge flaming faggot. Do you have a drawer full of dildos in your room?

20. Jishnusur

Posts: 172; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

How idiotic is this! The drop tests never matter.. coz you never drop your phone like that.. If it has to crack, it cracks from knee level. And if it has some serious luck, it doesn't crack from 1st floor. (Read Nexus 5 review on iGyaan.in | com)

22. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

That definitely says something about you then.

24. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

HTC M8 Drop test also did not survive! LOL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYgg6RMB6g4

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lol epic fail! Funny how people say S5 being cheap plastic and all but yet its helluva tough and durable..

6. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Both iPhone & Sammy device are quite durable, i mean the screen may shatter into pieces but it's still functional many of my friends had this problem with their 4/4s. My own Note 3 dropped at least twice from above the shoulder landing on it's screen and it's still perfect leaving one little scuff at the bezel.

15. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

It's also funny how Z2 is made out of "fragile glass" and still easily survived the drop test.

27. Busyboy unregistered

The glass is in no way fragile, however it cracks by itself. My friends Z2 has a hairline crack after charging his phone, and has no scuffs nor has it ever been dropped. I'm not hating, I own the Z2 myself and love it. Just some minor problems Sony should have worked out before launch. E

7. riginal

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

G2 was a decent product but seriously G3 is a joke Not a fan of Sammy at all but at least they did some thing about durability issues from S4 to S5 LG is so obsessed with (no)bezels that forgets about more important stuff, I bet G3 will also have LG's trademark, GPS & reception issues that is

9. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

The Optimus G had no reception issues, and at least with the Sprint model I owned for 18 months, held signal better than almost any device except for the Motorola Photon 4G. GPS was incredible too, same for my G2 as well. Certainly a step or two back in signal strength, to say the least, but I'm guessing you had a problematic device. It all depends on the model but there's no reason to discount a device you haven't played with yet... As for the screens, they definitely lose all functionality in the TSP when cracked. They manufacture this knowingly, with the upside being the zero gap display and non existent bezels, but with the huge durability concern. That's definitely a focus point for those considering a G3 if they choose not to put a case on it. Use at your own risk, but I can't say it would stop me from owning one. You spend enough on these devices now a days, put a little cash into some protection.

18. riginal

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

well my friend's optimus g always has gps and reception issues, he doesn't use gps much and he says the reception is ok for him so he didn't go to warranty, G2 & N5 had it as well specially G2, That's why I didn't buy G2, just google G2 gps issues, there are threads & videos showing how to resolve the issue which involves opening the device & performing a hardware hack, Also I read Engadget's review on G Pro 2 and they also spotted weird reception & GPS issues

23. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

hater LOL LG G3 IS NOW CONQUERING THE WORLD! DEAL WITH IT!

11. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

HTC M8 for me, please!

25. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

here is your HTC M8 its also did not survive in drop test! LOLhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYgg6RMB6g4

12. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

M8 holds up pretty well in comparison

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5625; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I bought a $15 glass screen protector for my Nexus 5, so if I drop it the glass screen protector shatters and my phone is fine

14. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Now, after the the weak points of LG G3 are showing up.

16. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S5 proved surprisingly tough in a recent drop test video I watched. In the video, it was compared to S4 and while S4 suffered damage, the S5 only came out with corner dents and scratches. The most awesome aspect is when an SUV was driven over the S5 face up and the beast of a phone refused to crack up! I was dumbfounded. How many so-called 'premium build' flagships can survive an SUV tires running over them like that?

17. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Hahaha go watch z2 drop test from android authority.. Learn some durability ;(

19. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

So LG walked into the realm of QHD displays and super durable 2014 flagships with a broken ankle. What a bummer :(

21. mohamedelallaqi

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 13, 2014

Z2. M8. Best phones

26. FuJitsu.nn

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

It's like the G2 in that the Digitizer stops working when the front glass is broken. At least some other phones such as the gs4 and gs5 still work even with a completely shattered front glass.

28. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Bitch please, Nokia phone support A LOT more than that /watch?v=DqyHDUVdcMM

29. neilmc1983

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

bad is the answer

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