The first Galaxy Note5 drop test tells the tale of broken glass (video)

Samsung is rather proud of the manufacturing process it used to arrive at the metal-and-glass unibody of the Note5, and with a good reason. It has employed a nano-thin multi-coating process to achieve the elegant finish and uniform coloring of the various hues that the Note 5 will be available in. Moreover, just like with the S6, the Note5 likely employs a grade 6013 aluminum alloy, while most other smartphones, including the iPhone 6, make do with derivatives of the inferior 6063 grade. That's all fine and dandy for a bend test, but a drop test, with all that glass wrapping the front and back, is a totally different matter. Check out what happens to the front and rear when the Note5 gets released by the drop machine from a modest waist height in the video below...
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46 Comments

1. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Can't defy the laws of physics. I may change my opinion when something the size of a few C-batteries fully powers a tractor trailer.

10. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Shattergate

12. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

By the first drop! wow Is it gArilla glass?

13. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

By the third drop lost some functionality and responsiveness. From 1 meter! Profits-profits-profits

25. uggman

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

At this hights i really dont see whats the point of a drop test, to sum it up, all phones shatter, brake and get damage, it is what always happens, they should be a little more creative and do practical stuff, like dumping the phone on water, sand, snow or mud, taking it out while raining you know real life scenerio stuff.

33. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You didn't see cnet I think it was, through the lumia 1020 up in the air twice onto a dirt surface with rocks etc, and it didn't break...hmmm at one point the device was even about 10ft in the air and not just a straight drop.

43. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

WRONG. The S5 and S4 are durable. The GS6 and Note5 are FAILURES.

42. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

My S4 has NEVER had a case, been dropped 100s of times, and no damage. Samsung has become a COMPLETE FAILURE.

2. mr2trce

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

I'm actually scared of getting the note 5 or S6 edge+ because eventually I will drop it and it could be a one and done due to the glass. I've dropped my Note Edge multiple times and it had survived with very minimal damage. I don't even think getting a cover for these phone will save these phone from the inevitable drop

3. mr2trce

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

*save from significant damage

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

thats why lots of protective case manufacturer release case for new phone weeks before release date.. so you can order their case before buy the your new phone, and use it right after unboxing

32. mr2trce

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

That's why I don't see the point in aesthetics of the phone when it's going to be covered anyways especially since this phone needs a thick case

35. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Wrist Straps... thats what I like of my Sony phone... Virtually no accidental falls and no ugly covers if you don't want to. (though I do use a Ringke Fusion Case)... but even without it I feel confident. Every phone should have the Eyelet

36. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Wrist strap huh... That's only useful when you hold your phone. I never drop my phone while holding it, but mostly out of pocket when sitting and when hanging my pants.

47. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Never put your phone on the back or shirt pockets... I have never dropped my phone like that...

49. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

I always put it in my side pocket.

41. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Curved phones are more durable. The S6 Edge does far better than the S6 in drop tests.

4. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Of course it'll shatter! Any glass, even chemically enhanced, break. That's FACTUAL.

26. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Any glass will break provided the kinetic energy transferred to the glass by the event(drop, impact, etc) is sufficient enough to do so.* Different glass has different strength, some can absorb much more energy than others.

5. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Samsung ought to be Shown this Video and make them realise that a Glass Back is a Finger Print Magnet and Breaks Easy,and most people buy cases to completely cover the back,so Glass is not needed at All,Leather on the Note 4 is a lot better,Grow up Samsung Metal & Glass is making your phones to Expensive and Easy Breakable,like to the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Screen after this Drop Test,seen loads of S6 Edge on Ebay with Broken Screens

6. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Shattered.

7. msibinb

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

I am using z3 compact for almost a year now which is also sandwiched by glass. I dropped it several times with out any case no case of shattered glass until now

16. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

As far as I know, the Z1 compact and Z3 compact have plastic back, not glass.

21. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Z3 compact is glass afaik

37. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

The Z1 Compact is plastic, the Z3 Compact is glass. I dropped it a couple of times, luckily no cracks... but I am used to having a wrist strap that prevents most of the possible falls.

20. nodes

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

size matters.

22. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

If you check xda you'll find numerous threads about Sony's self cracking back

40. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

This worried me for a long time before buying, but I decided to get it inspite that issue, and so far so good even after a couple of falls to concrete... I try to take care of it more than I did with my previous devices though By the way, I think the Nylon corners are actually a good design decision... But I still wish the back was metal or other material

9. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

One of the biggest advantages of the Note 4 was the plastic back and the fact that the internal chassis is actually made largely from plastic. Nowhere near as stylish looking or feeling as the Note 5...but it acts as a superb shock absorber if dropped. Sure, you may eventually break it if you drop it a number of times, but it would take a LOT more than what you see with its successor.

11. iialparslan

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 13, 2014

Look Xiaomi MI Note! It's Better and More Orjinal Than Note 5 m.youtube.com/watch?v=MOZ5i0_1Xv4
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