No monkey business here, Samsung GALAXY Nexus does not have Gorilla Glass tweets Corning

No monkey business here, Samsung GALAXY Nexus does not have Gorilla Glass tweets Corning
First publicized for its use on the Motorola DROID, Corning's Gorilla Glass has become a must have spec on high-end handsets as it protects the glass display from cracking and breaking. Corning puts the glass through a special salt bath which tempers the glass by sticking large ions into its surface, making it harder to break.

Considering that the Google GALAXY Nexus would be considered a high-end handset, it might be surprising that the device will not feature any of Corning's Gorilla Glass on the phone. This has been confirmed by a tweet sent by Corning which shoots down some rumors that have been spread around that the device would offer the protected glass on its screen. The rumors came from a flyer that incorrectly listed Gorilla Glass on the specs of the phone.

Just because the Samsung GALAXY Nexus won't have the protection of  Gorilla Glass doesn't mean that it will shatter instantly the moment it touches your hand. Still, we can imagine the hand-wringing that has started up already. And for those of you on the fence between this model and the Motorola DROID RAZR, the latter's 4.3 inch Super AMOLED screen is made from Gorilla Glass.

source: Corning via Phandroid

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1. tomast

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Does it really matter?

2. toaster

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

Yes it does. Ask anyone who owns an iPod Touch or an iPhone 3GS or earlier. One drop spells doom for the device, doubly so because the shock is not evenly absorbed on the Nexus. This makes my choice between it and the RAZR that much easier :)

30. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Actually there are not any iPhone's that currently use Gorilla Glass that is why they crack and scratch very easily vs a Galaxy S2, which is Samsung's flagship device and which also has gorilla glass. Here is a link to a nice demonstration of the difference of the two materials. The Galaxy S2 vs iPhone 4S.

3. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

yes it does

7. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

No, actually it doesn't. That is the whole point of the curved display. I have dropped my Nexus S a million times and I have not one scratch on my display. I literally drop it for fun sometimes. The display doesn't get scratched when landing or on surfaces because it doesn't lay flat down and I have never had an instance where it got scratched by any other means. I have even thrown it face first on concrete cause someone pushed me in a pool and I was holding it with no case.

10. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

boy you are going to be mad that one time it fails.

11. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Yeah that one time, but he'll be happy it didn't happen the 37 times before that. Kristo, you just helped me make my decision, thanks man. Going with the Nexus.

14. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

not all scratches could be from laying your phone down on a flat surface. Once that curved glass cracks you better be under warranty coz it would be really expensive

16. toaster

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

The "whole point" of a curved display is purely ergonomics. Holding a rectangular slab to your face is nowhere near as comfortable as holding something concave such as this, the Nexus S or the HTC Hero. It's not for durability; in fact, it has a rather opposite effect. Either the Nexus S has Gorilla Glass, or you are just incredibly lucky. Basic physics dictates that hairline fractures and such are much more likely to happen on a display where the shock of a fall is not evenly distributed eg: a curved display. Of course, there is an easy solution: just don't drop it :) It only takes one drop and your $600 toy is destroyed.

20. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

I can promise you I've dropped it at least over 400 times on every surface imaginable. Nothing lucky about those stats. I could have been a tester on dropping my phone cause I stopped caring that first time I dropped my phone, face first on concrete, and picked it up and smiled. Only the top and bottom, where there is a plastic outline, was scratched. Then I started throwing my phone around the house for amusement. I drop it while I'm out an extreme amount of times cause I honestly don't care. It hasn't harmed my phone at all. There are multiple reasons for having a curved display. Every reviewer mentions that ergonomic wise, the display isn't curved enough to really make a crazy amount of difference. I haven't found myself thinking of that aspect as a difference to any phone I've had previously although I think it looks cool. So in my opinion, its main use is preventing the display from getting scratched. It has worked flawlessly in this regard for me. I have had the phone since day one.

19. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Yes but some of us like to put our phones in the pocket that also currently has keys, pens, coins etc. in it. Dropping your phone or putting it somewhere abrasive isn't the only way to get a scratched display. Granted you may not be an absent minded dummy like me, but it's still worth considering

31. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

You are so full of it and if your truly being honest it was only by the grace of God that you didn't get any scratches or a cracked screen because having Gorilla glass makes a huge difference. Here is a video of the Galaxy S2, which had Gorilla glass vs the new iPhone 4S, which doesn't. Hmm.. I would have to say I would rather invest my money on a device with Gorilla glass than without, but that's just me. :)

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it matters completely. I am clumsy. I have dropped my device.. run it into things while it was in my pocket, its been thrown, stepped on, and hit pretty much any surface u can think of.. and it doesnt have a scratch on that screen... why? because its gorilla glass. you see the drop test between that teeny tiny iphone 4s and that big SGS2? the 4s shatters all over the place while the SGS2 barely gets hurt. The SGS2 should be more breakable because of its size.. not less. Why isnt it? because of gorilla glass and samsungs build quality and use of PLASTICS over metals which absorb vibrations and dents better than aluminum casings. Gorrilla glass is a BIG deal to me. Thats right up there with processor and screen. I cant fathom that its made out of glass over gorilla glass with a 4.65 inch screen on that thing. That may just be the nail in the coffin for me for this phone. I can get over 1 thing.. the processor.. i dont know if i can compromise on 2 or more, not with so many phones coming out all the time. GET INSURANCE PEOPLE OR DONT GET THE PHONE.

24. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

i will never buy insurance. to me it is a silly investment. i'd rather take my chances and be motivated to care for my device. if it does quit on me or get lost or stolen, i'll buy a used phone for around the same cost as my insurance premium and deductable.

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

most definately not. If you bust your phone (an expencive one) in the first 6 months to a year, the insurance deductable is waaaaaay cheaper than anything you will find on craigslist or ebay. As the phone gets older, sure u can drop it and save a few bucks on craigslist, but in that first year you are a fool to have an expensive phone without insurance. A year's worth of premium payments + a deductible on the most expensive phone comes out to $216. Try finding an i4s, SGS2, or anything of that nature for so cheap in the first year from ebay or craigslist. We had a customer that bought the Hercules on launch day and broke it within the week. Where would he have found a better deal than his insurance deductible? That happens quite often.

26. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

oh, i wouldnt be buying top of the line if i broke a brand new device. i have an X now and im happy with it. if i buy a galaxy nexus or razr and break it within a week, i'll buy another X, wait 6 months and buy something else used. i just really dislike the idea of paying for insurance up front. and those deductables are going to rise as new phone costs rise.

4. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Never thought it was any good anyway, and by that I mean the phone.

6. toaster

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

Considering how you've used the phone extensively to have such a bold opinion on it, please humor me as to why it is "not any good".

28. kenshiro

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 12, 2011

That hasn't stopped you from finding the time and a reason to post on every article about it. Must be better than you're willing to admit. Or you just have no life. I'm betting on both.

5. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Samsung should use Asahi Dragontail glass if not Gorilla glass. Without glass protection it will get scratch in the first day. You needed someone to put a glass protector immediately cost $30 after purchase which is very bad for high-end phone.

8. bananakid

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

The vast majority of cell phone users will put a screen protector anyways - so no, it doesn't matter.

13. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

No offense, but isn't it the job of the elite devices, of which this is supposed to be one, to not need a protector to the best of it's ability? I mean, I am willing to bet it is going to be sold at really high end prices. So why not provide a high end product? This is a strike against it in my purchasing decision.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

screen protectors help against scratches. gorilla glass helps against scratches AND drops.

32. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

yeah like remix just said a damn screen protector is not going to protect your phone from getting cracked when it gets dropped. Have a look at this video of the GS2 vs iPhone 4S. Gorilla glass makes all the difference!

9. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010


12. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

That's a ...... curious decision on their part. Can't think of a solid reason why you wouldn't use gorilla glass.

15. Allday28

Posts: 337; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

But uts still a fortitied glass right? So should it really matter?

21. iShepherd

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Man every damn blog now is going nuts over the fact the Nexus isn't using GG, but at the same time fail to mention that it is still using fortified glass regardless. Now, how it fares in real use that remains to be seen. Why jump the gun?

23. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

unless it uses dragontail glass, any other fortified glass isn't nearly as durable.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

This might be a deal breaker for me ugh so disappointed

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