Nexus 5 drop test: will it survive?
posted by Victor H. / Nov 07, 2013, 9:07 AM
Android Authority has got a white Nexus 5 and has tested the phone’s durability right in front of the Googleplex, next to the Android statues of cupcakes, gingerbreads and jelly beans.
We won’t spoil it for you, but we should mention that the Nexus 5 features a non-removable battery and the back cover is not meant to be removed by the user either. However, unlike other smartphones like the HTC One, the construction of the new Nexus is not unibody. There are separate parts.
With no further ado, it’s drop test time and the results are right below.
source: Android Authority
Google Nexus 5 OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4 View Full specs
- Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
- Storage 32 GB
- Battery 2300 mAh
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I knew it!! right away
posted on Nov 07, 2013, 9:15 AM 0
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Nothing like Nokia.
posted on Nov 07, 2013, 12:15 PM 4
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So much for the improvements in gorilla glass. You still break the screen when dropping it so I really don't see what all the hype is. The only thing Gorilla glass seems to stop is small scratches while in your pocket...maybe. Other than that, the screen busts up just like it did before the company existed.
posted on Nov 07, 2013, 9:28 AM 5
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Well, consider this: Gorilla Glass may actually be getting stronger with each iteration. In fact, that's a really safe assumption. However, because the glass is getting stronger, manufacturers are probably just trying to use less of it with thinner layers in smartphones. If they used the same thickness of Gorilla Glass 3 as they did with Gorilla Glass 1, the new one would probably fare better.
posted on Nov 08, 2013, 2:34 AM 0
Man this guy is a idiot for dropping phones
posted on Nov 07, 2013, 9:34 AM 1
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Gorilla Glass is a scam! Bragging their glass can withstand a thousand pounds of force using a machine... but this real life scenario, its magic or trickery is not working.
posted on Nov 07, 2013, 9:45 AM 5
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Unless it's designed and advertized as a rugged phone, there's no effing point in drop tests. They'll all fail. Survival is a matter of luck, no more. Thin bezels and protruding glass increase the chances of failure, of course, but with the right (or wrong, rather) set of circumstances, the screen will crack or shatter from a drop. Buy a decent case like an Otterbox, and at least you can reduce those chances, but drop it enough times, and eventually it'll break.
posted on Nov 07, 2013, 9:47 AM 1
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I've never dropped my phone from making a call or texting but I have dropped it a couple times from just carelessness of how I'm getting my phone out of my pocket and where I've placed my phone. I had an iPhone 4S (glass front and glass back) that survived well for the past 2 years but recently (right after I bought my nexus 5, lol), it slid off my lap while I was sitting down and the front screen got the familiar webbed design. Because of this, I welcome the nexus 5's backplate because it probably has more friction than my lap :D. I'll probably be taking better care of it though...
posted on Nov 07, 2013, 11:00 AM 0
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What is the point of these drop tests all these phones are fragile and are going to break crack once dropped! This will be good once once we have bendable displays! Also has anyone else noticed that each year the phones get worse? I mean the galaxy s2 faired the best but gs3 and 4 did worse and they supposedly had better glass!
posted on Nov 07, 2013, 11:13 AM 0
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I don't get it, my Motorola Droid X survived fall after fall, my near 300 pound drunken friend accidently stomping on it with steel toe boots on and it had first gen GGlass and yet after all these years they have somehow made it worse.
posted on Nov 07, 2013, 7:59 PM 0
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