Sony Xperia Z1 drop test: physical survival, emotional ruin (video)

Sony Xperia Z1 drop test: physical survival, emotional ruin (video)
Glass and metal, meet concrete! That seems to be the moral of the story from this Sony Xperia Z1 drop test, as the flagship handset sports a glass front and back, with metal rim around the sides.

Dropped from about 5 feet (1.5 meters), the premium materials of the handset barely registered a scratch, even when the Xperia Z1 landed flat on its screen, which with most phones results in glass shards under your skin if you try to operate it it afterwards. 

That all-important operation part, however, the Z1 didn't get right, as the screen lit up, but wasn't showing anything of substance after the three drops it consumed.

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Xperia Z1
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(15h 3G talk time)

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35 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

It's very tough but what happened to the screen after 3 drops.

7. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

This is not Nokia, this is what happened to the screen And this guy is over 6.-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH4xYN9I5Kw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3c8il_Q6SU

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

The more Xperia Z and Xperia Z1 torture test I watch, the more I like dragontrail glass. :)

10. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

it's not because of the dragontrail glass. it's the z1 design. if you inspect it, you can see that the glass is slightly deeper than the surrounding frame. hence, it does not hit the ground once the device drops. still, what do you do with an intact phone that does not work? hope that's still repairable.

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I saw many torture tests where was not only drop tests. ;)

25. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

at least they didn't cheat! LOL just kidding..

31. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

sony is now speaking nokia's language.

2. Sesameopen

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Damn lol...

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I said it before, I'll say it again. These drop tests aren't scientific and serve to prove nothing of a scientific basis. It's just the entertainment of watching whether or not the phone will break if it's dropped on a hard surface. Whether the phone survives or not is purely based on luck (trajectory, type of surface, distance dropped) - bigger phones are even more susceptible of shatter.

4. BuyOS

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

i guess its not that tough. right?

5. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Oh dear, so it lands up being nothing more than a good looking piece of hardware, seems internally it's poorly engineered. Maybe the Z2....urgh, nevermind.

11. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Poorly engineered? Because it failed to work after 3 freaking drops? I mean, Iphone 5s or S4 or HTC One wouldnt even survive in the 1 drop if it'd land flat on its screen. Oh.. People are just.. nevermind.

19. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

The phones you've mentioned have all come away from a drop test like this still working, cracked screen, but STILL WORKING, meaning that internally they have been well put together, and the impact is absorbed well by the outer shell. Sony clearly messed up with the Z1.

24. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

I wouldnt say that after looking at just one single drop test. there are infinite variables in a drop test. so if the same drop test is carried out again, there is definite chance the phone will still work.

29. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

It's more costly to replace a cracked screen..

6. muser793

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Sony logic : droped your phone?! go spend another x$ for our crappy xperia phone! well done sony!

13. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

^ Genius!

16. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

at least it does not break hahahah

21. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

It DID break, internally, the most expensive way to break it may require a whole new main board.

30. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Are you okay kid? Are you genius enough to say that the main board did break? Kids these days, too dumb..

9. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

RIP Z1 :(

14. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

How sad. To come out still looking good but to have internal damage. Tells me that even with a slim case there is potential that the phone will not survive from the shock.

22. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Finally, someone who's seeing the real issue here, that is exactly what I thought, with most phones you'll just throw on a case, but in this situation it seems not even a case can save it if it breaks so easily internally.

15. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

I personally have a good technique for protecting my phone and that is called a case. Also I have a nack for catching the phone and letting it roll down my body to cushin phone drops Sad but true, I truely man handle my phones.

17. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

I think the battery might have pull from the socket. IMO its still better than S4 and LG g2 in this regard

33. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

The internal screen damaged. How come the battery pull from the socket and the phone works after that?!

18. FCB-Eto

Posts: 64; Member since: Aug 17, 2013

Surprisingly all other drop test are done with the phones on but now this is done with phone off hmm that seems strange.

20. serge327

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

yup, seem weird he didn't on the phone after first drop. I think the phone may damaged in early before the test begin, and he purposely to choose the failure unit for test.. by the way. Well Done SONY!

23. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

External build is awesome! But the innards are not well protected. Ouch.

26. BigBoss10

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

The NOKIA 3310 IS A PURE BEAST CAN DO MANY DROP TEST AS YOU WANT AND FINAL RESULT IT STILL REMAIN INTACT LOL :D

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