Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 drop test: which is tougher?


Perhaps I should start this post with a warning: the video above may be painful to watch. And no, that's not only because I clearly lack the charm and acting skills of Antonio Banderas. It's because it shows how we break – on purpose – two of the top Android smartphones on the market, namely the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6. Yet that's what it takes to get an idea of how much physical abuse they can take.

But maybe there's no need for a "Spolier Alert!" notice before saying that both the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 break by the end of the video. With phones that are made primarily of glass on the outside, that's to be expected. To be more specific, the LG G6 uses Gorilla Glass 3 to cover its display and cameras, while the rest of the back is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. All is wrapped up by a solid metal frame around the edges. The Galaxy S8 uses Gorilla Glass 5 on both its front and back, but more of it is exposed because of its gorgeous curves. The corners, however, appear well protected by its metal frame.

And speaking of warnings, I should also point out that the video above is by no means a scientific experiment. For it to count as one, we'd have to break hundreds of phones in a repeatable manner – outside of our budget, as one could imagine. Yet we can draw at least one conclusion after all the damage we caused – if you'll be using your Galaxy S8 or LG G6 without a case, make sure you don't drop it. Like, ever.

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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
G6
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(20.5h talk time)

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34 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

curved edge make it easier to break they said...

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and for last paragraph "if you'll be using your Galaxy S8 or LG G6 without a case, make sure you don't drop it. Like, ever" you can replace "Galaxy S8 or LG G6" with any other non-rugged smartphones

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The LG G6 is MIL-STD 810G, where as the S8 is not.

7. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Doesn't seem like it. Face down, the G6 breaks first.

25. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Didn't see a dead flat face down drop to the s8 like the last 3 ft. drop of the LG. If you can't have a controlled experiment, a valuable comparison is simply not there. Both seem pretty tough, but I still wouldn't want a glass back phone or a wrap around screen.

31. crystalspire

Posts: 2; Member since: May 31, 2017

"...MIL-STD-810 is a flexible standard that allows users to tailor test methods to fit the application. As a result, a vendor's claims of "...compliance to MIL-STD-810..." can be misleading. Because no commercial organization or agency certifies compliance, commercial vendors can create the test methods or approaches to fit their product. Suppliers can—and some do—take significant latitude with how they test their products, and how they report the test results. When queried, many manufacturers will admit no testing has actually been done and that the product is only designed/engineered/built-to comply with the standard." Why is it so difficult to find out what kind of testing was done on LG phones? 810G is a very flexible guideline which dozens upon dozens of different tests. Even passing a single one makes it 810G, right? If it did all these tests, why isn't basic information like an operating temperature range in the specs on the website or even buried in the manual? I was looking for a replacement for the Kyocera Brigadier (which is listed as working down to -20 F) but LG does not list any temperature for any phones. I've called LG support to ask and they don't have a clue. So I'm left with the impression that LG paid some lab to do tests to LG marketing's lax standards just to get MIL-STD "flavored" tests, rather actual tests that would be included in the actual spec sheet (like Kyocera does).

6. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

yep, The infinity display !

15. Vador225

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

LOL, They said also: -The LG G6 is MIL-STD 810G, -I prefer a device more practical and strong device than a device with a curved screen that will break at the first fall. HAHAHAHA Bulls**t. Even the Cnet site realized 2 drop test with 2 LG G6, it always breaks much faster and on a much larger surface than the S8.

19. hazard1

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

I would not trust the results of any one site, especially this site. Other sites showed the exact opposite result: the G6 was more resilient. Other sites' testing showed the GS6 had superficial cracking initially, but was more resistant. The GS8 showed more significant cracking on its display. In short: I would just put a case on my phone, no matter the model.

21. Vador225

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

"Other sites showed the exact opposite result". WHICH? "I would not trust the results of any one site, especially this site". WHY? The drop test is simple and clear, why you don't trust the results? :/ CNET realized 2 drop test with 2 G6 and the results is the same. The device with all the marketing blabla,and the flat screen is more fragile than the S8.

26. hazard1

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

You gotta be kidding me dude. First, it's a drop test. Not scientific in the least. I would be stunned if all sites gave the same results of "drop testing." Second, the site I referenced was Forbes. I did read the CNET article, by the way. Third, my comment about PA is to suggest you also check other sites. It's folly to rely on one site for all the facts. PA is biased. All these tech sites are. It's not necessarily bad. It just is. My final point is, I don't care what phone you have, if it doesn't have a case it risks being damaged. I don't have an issue with the assessment of the GS8 being quite rugged. If I am going to spend good money on that phone (which I am sure to do in a few months), it had better be. But unlike tests for battery life, display quality, brightness, etc. the execution of this test has too many variables that can affect the outcome.

29. Vador225

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

Oh lord! "First, it's a drop test. Not scientific in the least. I would be stunned if all sites gave the same results of "drop testing." Yes and no. Yes it is not scientific, but we do not need to do "a scientific" test to know if the smartphone is fragile or not. A drop test is much closer to reality and falls that can happen on a daily basis. Samsung and LG have their scientific tests on the durability and soundness of their smartphones before putting them on the market, but nothing replaces a good old drop test made in the street. No, all sites do not need to give the same result in this specific case. But the majority results are enough to give a trend or get an opinion on the solidity of the device. In this case the result is : The G6 is more fragile "Second, the site I referenced was Forbes. I did read the CNET article, by the way. " The drop test on forbes show that the G6 crack before the S8. The result is clear, the front of the S8 have cracks only on the corner of the screen, the G6 have no cracks on the back, but the screen is crack (corner and front). The author has made some pictures of the screen of both devices in his article after the drop test. "Third, my comment about PA is to suggest you also check other sites. It's folly to rely on one site for all the facts. PA is biased" How a drop test can be biased?? You see the result with your own eyes and you said "PA is biased" ? LMAO Also there is no many sites who did a drop test of the G6, but you can find a couple of videos on YouTube with the same results. "My final point is, I don't care what phone you have, if it doesn't have a case it risks being damaged.My final point is, I don't care what phone you have, if it doesn't have a case it risks being damaged.". STOP ,nobody care about which phone anybody have in this pocket, and i do not have a case on a smartphone whose design is one of its main strengths and which really seduced me. I take the risk and so far it has been very successful. "I don't have an issue with the assessment of the GS8 being quite rugged." Who care if you have an issue with this assessment or not? My point is people saying the G6 is more solid than the S8 should be quiet, because many drop test show that is not the case.

33. hazard1

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

Unclench, dude. Try dacaf. And we will have to agree to disagree. You are reading into the tests what you wish to see and that is fine. Do you really think a drop test cannot be biased? Seriously? Have a great day.

20. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

Only a moron accepts these "pretty" glass phones that shatter when dropped just a few inches and sealed batteries, when the S5 was durable when dropped, and offered both a removable battery and water resistance.

23. Vador225

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

People are never happy. At the time of the S5 ,Samsung was constantly under fire critics concerning its use of plastic, while the competition offered beautiful smartphones finished by glass or metal. Samsung has set itself apart, but each evolution has its share of inconveniences, now there are others who complain about the fragility of the now "beautiful" device, because it is made of glass. LOL That is hilarous. Finally , mourn the removable battery. The last to resisted was LG with its G5, now NO flagship this year does have a removable battery and it will not come back anymore. Even on medium-range, it quickly disappears. Frankly, I think we're psychologically more comfortable using a smartphone without an IP68 certified removable battery underwater than another that has it.

30. danny_a2005

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

I wonder when are they going to make replaceable screens easier?

32. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

It increases the strength of the display along the edges of the curve by increasing the flexibility of the display along the curves.

2. haruken

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

The S8 annihilated the G6 on this one, which isn't surprising considering that the G6 uses a lesser version of gorilla glass (on top of having last year's processsor too).

3. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

The lesson here is.... don't drop your phone..... glass breaks

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

No s**t.

9. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Really

34. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Probably

10. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yeah, some dumb azz 's seam to think glass won't break.

11. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Both these phone are very disappointing.. Guess beauty isn't all that! Like someone said, " put a case on it".

12. jimjam unregistered

If you didn't want them I would have taken them off your hands for free

13. bigcjm

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

The take away. Glass breaks.

14. shamrock_sean

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

I have dropped my old Moto G4 on concrete 3 times with Gorilla Glass 3 and it never shattered. These tests are never real life

16. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

moral of the story, do your best not to drop that glass you carry around with you every day

17. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

lol actually posted this before watching the whole video. but we should all already know this by now anyway.. I don't really spend $800 on these expecting them to be indestructible. Not yet at least, maybe some time in the future

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Had my cases, before my S8 Plus arrived, and been in one since.

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