LG G Flex drop test: does flexible mean unbreakable?

In general, a drop test is a drop test. No matter the materials used these days, glass is still glass, and given the right type of impact, glass always breaks. But, we've long been hearing about these fabled "unbreakable" flexible displays that would be hitting the market. The first is in the LG G Flex, and the guys over at Android Authority have put the device through a drop test...
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75 Comments

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 30835; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

But if you didn't but one, it wouldn't be your phone to begin with.

67. andynaija

Posts: 1252; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I'm pretty sure a lot of people can have a phone and not break it. The CAREFUL ones that is..

23. androidrockzz

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 04, 2012

isn't this the beginning of flexible screen technology it still needs lot more R&D. maybe that's why Samsung Galaxy round is still not yet sold (they might be making something advance)

24. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yes that's true we should just give them some time to figure everything out. But "something more advance" would mean flexible glass. Or maybe plastic. Plastic would be boring and flexible glass isn't yet here so no. They're not making anything advance.

49. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

It still means its near impossible to actually damage the screen. The digitizer and screen are expensive. Glass is not.

54. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yes, very paradoxical that is. But still, let the flexibility come, the unbreakable nature was just a hope not a guarantee (I don't even think they advertised that and the community just made it up). Flexible screens have other benefits, currently only a couple are known. Don't randomly deride any good innovation that doesn't harm you only if it under delivers on the promises they made (which neither LG or samsung made).

8. mturby unregistered

flexible does not mean unbreakable, u moron. did LG say it is unbreakable?

10. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Despite your jerkish tone, you did remind me that I forgot to put a link on the word unbreakable, so I've updated the article.

39. optidragon

Posts: 2; Member since: May 11, 2013

Do you realize that the ''panel'' is unbreakable, that's actually the OLED screen itself. In the drop test the panel didn't break, the screen was still on and even the digitizer is still working. The thing that broke is a glass covering the screen. Learn your stuff, Michael.

55. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

You know in almost all the drop test the phone still work right? The HTC one worked, the iPhone worked. That is not the issue here.

59. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Perhaps you should read the article again...

19. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Michael comes here to make a buck, we come here to discuss tech while you come here to insult others - guess who's the moron of the 3. Hint: you

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 30835; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Excellent post _Bone_+1

65. imMature

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Anyone got some aloe for him?

9. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

lol the fact that they used an iphone 5s to record the drop

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 30835; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Only makes sense that they'd use a great camera, SMDH at the fact you'd find that funny. What're you 11, or something.

57. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It is for the slow motion in case they need it. It has a fairly good slow motion capture feature and then editing on that and all. Plus I think they've broken all their Android phones dropping them.

61. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

lol calm yourself i said its funny when their using a 2000 dollar camera right next to it. did I say the 5s camera sucks, did i say iphones are bad ? i used to think you were of the decent type of apple fanboy, guess im wrong and it wasnt purely for slo mo all the other cameras of theirs has it

62. darkkjedii

Posts: 30835; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Really dude, you used to think I was a decent type of apple fanboy? 1st I'm not an apple fanboy 2nd with your usually childish apple bashing banter, what else would I think your post meant? When you post childlike anti apple disses all day, every article, expect us to view you the way your screen name suggests we should.

68. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

You're not an apple fanboy? HHahhhahahaha!!!! Best joke ever....

75. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

really ? huh feel free to view my post history and quote me on the statement of yours. please enlighten me dark

11. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

It's funny because in the back ground did you guys notice the iPhone doing the video shooting on the ground . Lol! I guess it was laughing too saying "darn the lumia's do better than you and no self healing"

12. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

I was hoping he would use several phones for each kind of drop, so that we can understand something with statistical relevance ...

17. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Ouch. What's the point of flexibility if it can't take a hit? So much for self-healing body too, scratches remain. The only ones that disappear wouldn't even be there if they used kevlar or something tougher. :) Gimmick.

20. Amir1 unregistered

LG G Flex. G for Gimmick.

22. skymitch89

Posts: 1451; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

One thing that people need to realize is that the screen and glass are actually different components. The screen might be flexible and bendable, but the glass isn't as flexible or bendable.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 30835; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah yeah yeah, and the knee bones connected to the thigh bone. We get it, cut the excuses. Great phone, but as with all the others, case it or else. You come up with the greatest excuses dude.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30835; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LG G Crack is more like it. In every test it sustained damage, no wonder apple and Samsung are the big dawgs of mobile.

33. g2a5b0e unregistered

I have to agree. It seems that the curve adds no benefit whatsoever.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 30835; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I figured at least the screen drop would be good, considering the bend in the middle. Nice looking device though.
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