Samsung Galaxy S III meets gravity, Gorilla Glass 2 display suffers the consequences

Samsung Galaxy S III meets gravity, Gorilla Glass 2 display suffers the consequences
That Gorilla Glass is pretty tough is something we are well aware of. Smartphone manufacturers know that too, which is why they use it to protect their devices' displays against every day wear and tear. This year, the latest evolution of this scratch-resistant material, called Gorilla Glass 2, made it into consumer devices offering the same great level of protection despite being 20% thinner.

Yet Gorilla Glass 2 is not indestructible, as a Samsung Galaxy S III owner found out just recently. And he found it out the hard way, unfortunately, after his smartphone fell out of his pocket face-down. The result is well visible at the photo to the right – a photo, which nerds that are weak at heart might find quite disturbing. 

So, even if your smartphone has a scratch-resistant display, you still need to handle it with care. Otherwise, you might end up being in the shoes of this unlucky Galaxy S III owner, who now has to spend $350 on repair fees in order to get the broken display fixed.

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Get a FRIGGEN WARRANTY!!!!! Squaretrade is your friend!

45. ajoshi06

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

yup... and cell companies.. stop making cell phone tough cause this guy will pay for all of our warranties

55. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Well even with square trade he would still be looking at close to $200 US.

60. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Still better than 800

2. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

If you want a real quality, check this out:

7. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

now thats what i call tough... =D

9. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

19. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

now there's something the one x has and the gsiii dosent


Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 2012

56. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That video has been removed, but I'm guessing it was something like what the ABDULGHAFOOR posted below, but I can assure that the one x is very delicate as well as I just bought my Mom one for this past mothers day and she just dropped it 2 days ago trying to put it into her pocket and it shattered. If you watch the video below, the guys is very lucky as his happens to always drop on the plastic side not the display.

10. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011


11. wendygarett unregistered

Im sorry to say that lumia 900 also made up of gorilla glass 2...

29. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

but for some reason gorilla glass on 900 is better the way it's put it think

58. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Gorilla Glass on 900 is better huh? LOL Ther nerve of some people. Listen, Gorilla Glass is Gorilla Glass, which is made by Corning, so it's the same darn product. Now the size of the glass on the 900 is a tad smaller, so so that could be why it may be a tad stronger. Think about breaking a stick; if you have 2 sticks of the same thickness, but one stick is longer then the other, it will be easier to break the longer one. Its same concept here. The larger display is going to have a little less strength. If you search the web for some corning presentations they always tend to use a small square piece of glass rather then a large rectangular piece and this is why.

61. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

@Ivan6479 +1 for you. You nailed it dude. That's why big screened phones are more prone to breaking. It's not about the brand, or the type of phone.

70. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

May I correct your words mate. It is actually all about brand and a phone. You see Nokia is well known about quality products. Nokia Lumia 900 happens to have unibody polycarbonate cover. It is very strong and cute and allows better calling quality. What this means, is that cover protect its Gorilla class. It makes it better overall package. When you take SGS3 in your hand, only thing you see is an ugly and cheap plastic thing with some paper backcover (you can throw it as a fresbee on air and it will fly like 5 minutes before landing :) SGS3 doesn't protect its screen like Lumia, actually its gorilla class which is keeping that plastic thing up!

71. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Hi Altair, please, let's be objective. 1. Polycarbonate is used for the body of the Lumia 900. It's never used for the screen of any device. 2. Both the Lumia 900 and the Galaxy S3 have Gorilla Glass. I admit though that if you use the GS3 as a hammer it might break, but that's because of the size of the screen, not because it's Samsung.

65. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

yeah, that's why the xperia active can withstand these kind of abuse as well, because the screen is small.. it may not be gorilla glass in the Xperia, but the logic holds.. but another reason why the Lumia is stronger is maybe because the glass itself is thicker compared to the one in SGS3 or the One X.. so with similar area, but with thicker profile, it can withstand more abuse.. it's very hard to say though since not many manufacturers come up with "thickness of glass" specification.. But i strongly believe that nokia might have asked Corning to make it thicker for them..

31. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

Gorilla hates Androids.

37. Ubi2447

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Your avatar lives up to it's name.. :/

22. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

*off: that call at the end of the video made me laugh out loud xDDDDDD

26. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

72. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

troll! HTC One X can do the same​edded

3. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

this must be really painful for the owner

15. mohsinakbarkhan

Posts: 5; Member since: May 28, 2012

yeah it is, now everybody keeps asking for my S3 and i tell them i didnt bring it :(

25. poojaroy

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 29, 2012

u hve not seen it originaly how it damaged ,it may b fake bcoz i hve seen a video of s3 screen test where a guy attempts to break the screen banging hard on screen but nothing happens not a single scratch,so dont go by article as u know the s3 is light weight ,even it falls from pocket nothing can happen

38. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

why would somebody want to fake this and waste money fixing it. this is not some cheap phone you know

53. poojaroy

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 29, 2012

bcoz testing harsh on the screan can break the screan and gorrilla glass can sustain till its strength beyond that trying harsh will surely break it even any phone screan in the world cant sustain till that limit as simple as that

62. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Yeah. imaginge, your device isn't even a month old. Happened to my brand new PS3 before. I kind of, errr, stepped on it. Broke the lens and the cover. Had to pay like half of the brand new price to get it fixed.

4. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

This is sad indeed for SG3 lovers. It is a great hardware, especially the white one.

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