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

14. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

How about don't drop your phone? It's not hard. I may drop my phone twice a year. Also, silicone gel cases are the best IMO. I dropped my Note 4 on concrete & with the car on it damn near bounced back in my hand.

15. Trex95

Posts: 2358; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

S6 better!.

17. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

what's happening with smartphone companies nowadays? samsung ditched the removable back cover, sd card support, and bigger battery for this? who told them the glass back is a good decision choice ? meanwhile design favorites htc and sony couldn't create new designs.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

About what I expected, glass breaks, metal doesn't. I'm waiting for the drop test, where the phone survives all the drops unscathed. I'll wait.

19. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

No need to wait...it's already been done by Nokia Lumias. Those phones were virtually indestructible!!

28. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The backs are virtually indestructible, but the glass is not. My 1020 survived many drops until it landed exactly on its bottom left corner. The display takes less than 5 minutes to replace due to the friendly design for disassembling.

23. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I have never understood the appeal of the glass backed phone. Not when the iPhone 4 did it, not when the nexus 4 did it, not when Samsung does it. It's form without function. It's slippery, collects fingerprints, and if you drop it, it can shatter. Smartphones are fragile enough with glass screens, and I've seen enough of those shattered. Other than the artistic symmetry of the back matching the front of the phone, why do major companies use glass? Why not plexiglass or something?

24. tokuzumi

Posts: 1818; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'm shocked. Glass dropping on a hard surface breaks. I had no idea.

27. nepalisherpa

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Unlike S6/S6 edge, Note 5/edge+ will be more vulnerable because of their size. It's easy to mishandle a bigger phone.

29. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Fail Samsung...fail.

30. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Wait! Is this 2010?

38. summerofsam

Posts: 60; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

Miket i'm definitely with you there, i've had my HTC M7 for over 2 years now and i haven't dropped it once! I bought a leather holder for it for when i go out, and just slip it in and out. With the Edge you just can't put a case on a stunning thing like that! I never get insurance either lol.

39. summerofsam

Posts: 60; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

And wtf we can't get a Note 5 in Europe lol

46. discharge unregistered

oh gosh lol just like the iphone 4 and 4s drop issues lol here we go again lol

48. Cheezwiz

Posts: 499; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

Own a glass phone? buy a freaking case, or enjoy the cracks.

50. MrsPJ

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

My Note 5 was in a case with a tempered glass screen protector. I was sitting in a chair, when my phone slipped out my hand onto the tile, landing on the face of the phone. The screen protector was fine, but there was long crack going down the center of the screen. The screen immediately stopped working, as in I couldn't press any buttons on the screen. It was still lit. The sim card reader stopped working, The the screen slowly started to turn black. Starting at the top of the screen and the darkness eventually made its way to about where the crack had ended. All that caused by a less than a 3 foot drop...
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