Oh, Samsung, who are you kidding! Official 'Galaxy: Drop tested' video is an invitation for trouble


Make of this what you will - with its latest "Galaxy: Drop Tested" video, the Infinity Display designer is aiming to convince that "we do extensive drop tests on our phones... because phones get extensively dropped." 

While that is probably without dispute, and the Note 8 pictured here, as well as the Galaxy S8 and S8+, are made by the toughest Gorilla Glass available on the market, they still live in glass houses, so don't take the video as a license to drop. 

As many a drop test video on YouTube would attest, they will crack and split when they hit the pavement from everyday heights with the same ease as Apple's newest iPhones made with the "the most durable glass ever in a smartphone" would. 

While fragility is part for the course with each and every glass phone, the repair is especially expensive on Samsung's water-tight, flexible OLED display-laden creations, and can easily mount up to the remaining value of your S8, S8+ or Note 8, so word to the wise.

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Galaxy Note 8.0
  • Display 8.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4600 mAh

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30 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1726; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I still don't understand what's wrong with plastic, carbon fiber or kevlar backs and flat screens that can take a proper screen protector !

3. jojon

Posts: 421; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

..totally agree

4. biagnosis

Posts: 106; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Phones nowadays are built with glass backs to accomodate wireless charging technology. Not seen any plastic builds yet with wireless charging feature yet but I hope I'm wrong

5. LAFN

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

Nokia Lumia 920. Polycarbonite. Very tough phone with wireless charging.

15. TrumpsRuinedAmerica

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

Weight though. The weight of polycarbonate is quite heavy.

18. Leo_MC

Posts: 6386; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Nexus 5, LG G4 are just as light as other phones.

6. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Plastic can also useful when having wireless charging.(Lumia 920).

7. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

I'm drunk so dont expect grammar or anythin

9. bucknassty

Posts: 1295; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

THIS GUY!

21. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

The HTC Droid DNA, exclusive to Verizon, last phone I purchased at Vzw. First phone to have 1080p display too. I remember taking some pics the following Christmas at a tree lighting and a guy next to me said, "wow, what a screen!" Anyway, yes it had a matte plastic back and the wireless charging helped keep it charged easily since it had a smallish battery. However today, I don't mind not having it because the battery life is so good on today's devices and with quick charging also...most often I don't even have to charge my phone at all during the day, after I unplug in the morning. Maybe it'll circle back around, but for now, glass is what most are using.

17. Boast_Rider

Posts: 531; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Carbon fiber blocks signal. Kevlar gets dirty. Plastic is the best but reviewers trashed it to death as non-premium.

2. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Isn't repairs much more expensive on iphones? This made it sound like Samsung is the most expensive, which just isn't true. At the end of the day, glass is glass, and it will crack if you're unlucky. You could be lucky like i've been and never have it crack, but you never really know if you're dropping it on a hard surface. It's either completely fine or ruined.

8. boltman

Posts: 24; Member since: May 15, 2015

Samsung’s are way more expensive

11. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Even replacing the screen on a galaxy device with edge display is very expensive!

26. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

But how expensive is, if you wanna change the heavy dented iPhone metal back, so to look as a new again???? LOL

29. matistight

Posts: 912; Member since: May 13, 2009

Backs on ebay cost like $30-$60. Screens cost $15-$40 (excluding the iphone X), while the samsung s7 edge screen still costs $210!

10. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

Curved screens cost loads more to replace than iPhone screens. You might find that general repairs on iPhones are more expensive.

20. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

It costs less to officially repair your galaxy than it does to repair your iphone. Want to compare the repair costs of replacing the back glass on the Iphone X compared to the Galaxy S8, S8+ or Note 8?

25. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Everyone was talking about replacing the display, not glass back

28. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

It's also more expensive to officially replace the screen on the Iphone X compared to the Galaxy S8, but it does depend on your country, as the price fluctuates, so it could be cheaper in some place and more expensive in others. The matter of the fact is that the Galaxy S8 is overall significantly cheaper to repair than the Iphone X.

30. matistight

Posts: 912; Member since: May 13, 2009

You don't need either repaired to keep the phone functioning, so no.

22. CHP19

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 23, 2017

Definitely not since the iPhone X. Repairing that screen is crazy expensive in Europe. Probably 50 euro more expensive than the S8.

12. maherk

Posts: 6680; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I didn't see this kind of reporting when Apple claimed they invented the strongest glass ever.

16. TrumpsRuinedAmerica

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

Maybe because they didn’t make an advertisement claiming the durability of the iPhone?

19. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

That's exactly what they did. They advertised it as "The strongest glass every put on a smartphone", which was ridiculous wrong. It wasn't anymore durable than anything else on the market at the time, it was exactly as durable. It cracked at the same drops, it scratched at the same levels of hardness on mohs scale.

31. matistight

Posts: 912; Member since: May 13, 2009

They did in their keynote for the iPhone 8 and X

13. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Glass is glass, it will crack

27. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

And metal is metal , if heavily dented back, when drop it, you can never change it , unless pay the price of new phone.

23. matistight

Posts: 912; Member since: May 13, 2009

Glass is Glass. This article was made to cause a war in the comment section. Boo you, Daniel!

24. theot14430 unregistered

I want to see what actually happens to that Note 8 when it hits the concrete. Stupid, useless video.

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