Note 7 vs iPhone 6S vs Note 5 drop test goes shoulder-height for Gorilla Glass 5

Note 7 vs iPhone 6S vs Note 5 drop test goes shoulder-height for Gorilla Glass 5
For its new Gorilla Glass 5 edition that makes a debut on the Galaxy Note 7, Corning promises survival rates of up to 80% if you drop your device from shoulder-height, or a tad above 5 feet. That's probably the worse case scenario with handsets, unless you take part in a Finnish phone-throwing competition.

We've already seen a somewhat limited Note 7 fall test with a drop machine, where it survived tens of face-down drops, and was still usable. These were done from the three feet and change height that is the realm of Gorilla Glass 4 devices, though, so not much to write home about. Today's drop test, however, is in a real-life scenario of phones like the Note 7, Note 5 and the iPhone 6s getting dropped sideways or face down from waist, shoulder, and above head heights.

Funny enough, the rear of the Note 7 cracked on one of the first low-level tests, while its screen survived and was operational even after the highest drop, so it remains to be determined if the back of the phablet is Gorilla Glass 5 as well. In any case, you can be fairly certain that if your expensive Note 7 somehow slips and falls flat on its face during a conversation, at least the screen has a pretty great chance to live, and that is pretty comforting knowing how expensive those curved flexible Super AMOLED display packages can be to replace in the authorized Samsung repair shops.

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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24 Comments

1. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

That fragile back deserves no place on a flagship.

2. techlover2017

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

Dont worry your ilords will come with same next year.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Is that the best you could do? Seriously?

7. techlover2017

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

Ya better to criticize than defend a dying breed.

19. Unordinary unregistered

We already had it years ago.

5. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Do you make calls and stuff at the back of your phone? Is the back more important than the front where you do all the smartphone thing?

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I prefer fragile back than fragile front

4. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

iphone's display and home button got murdered.

6. Marduch

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

It seems Samsung is making jokes of us. One would say when they decided to use such glass on the back, they would have of course! use the most resistant glass which is availbale on the market, not this FRAGILE CRAP!

9. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Call me back when you throw your phone at 6 feet high, 3 times a week. This is a torture video, in reality nobody's going to do that on expensive phones without protective case.

11. Marduch

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Why is the rear glass of such a lower resistance than the front glass, hm?

10. Marduch

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Why is the rear glass of such a lower resistance than the front glass, hm?

12. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

This isn't the real problem. Scratch-gate of Note 7 is the real problem guys...

14. Marduch

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

The problem is that they put GG5 on the front fo the phone to be resistant against falls - let´s say OK :/ But on the rear side they put another sort of glass which isn´t resistant against falls at all. So is the NOTE7 scratchable for the purpose of fall resistance or not? I ´m confused now what Samsung did consider by using the glasses of the different purposes, since now it seems the phone is scratchable as hell and at the same time fragile "thanks" to the rear glass.

15. Manyci

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

Calm down... The guy in the video isn't even know what he talks about... Samsung (or any other OEM) NEVER used Gorilla Glass on the back of the phone. I repeat: never. They only use Gorilla Glass on the front side (where the screen is). Sony even used plastic on the back of the original Xperia Z (wich was considered an 'all glass phone'). So yes, the back is and most definitively will be more prone to falls than the front. (By the way, the guy said after the first back-drop, that the Note7's 'screen is cracked'... LOL, the SCREEN... He is total idiot who just tries to gain watches while the hype still lasts.)

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Interesting drop test. Get a smart watch and a Bluetooth. That way, your phone is in your pocket or case a lot more.

16. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Hey darkk.....how is the Note 7

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mine doesn't arrive till tomorrow bro. My wife's arrives Thursday. Stay tuned.

18. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

The torture......what network do you use?

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm on AT&T. UPS just updated its tracking, and mine is on the truck scheduled for delivery today. I get off at 12:30pm, so it should be in my hands a few hrs later. I'm so ready to get it. I may treat myself to a new LG Bluetooth today.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mine is now at AT&T, waiting to get picked up. I get off at 12:30, and I'm headed straight there.

22. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

Amateurs. Both the random rich guy dropping these splendid phones and these """""""jurnalists"""""""". Well, i guess im free to leave on the other hand

23. fastm3driver

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 12, 2016

funny. I just commented on the notes looking like they'ed crack easy. terrible. I seen many iphones with cracked screens. One friend broke 3 6s's! The note 4 and 3 have a much preferred design imho.

24. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Seriously gg5 is s**t.

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