Why do you watch drop tests?

Why do you watch drop tests?
Ah, drop tests. The bane of all smartphones — if you are fresh out the production line, you will be flipped, tossed, and dropped on concrete. Every side, every angle, until you crack. What started as a few informative online videos, recorded by YouTubers who were crazy enough to throw money down the drain has now turned into a style of videos that is all over.

And a simple drop test is now mostly a boring ordeal. You have blender tests, liquid nitrogen, sniper shot tests, and who knows what else. Obviously, no longer an evaluation of modern phone's sturdiness, these are mostly meant as entertainment value. And, we will be honest, we do see the appeal of watching $1,000's worth of technology burst into a million pieces, as it is shot with a sniper rifle.

Other testers have developed their style in another direction — doing elaborate, well-thought-out, and consistent tests over every new device. YouTuber JerryRigEverything comes to mind as the perfect example.

So, we thought we'd ask — which type of “durability tests” (or “will it survive” tests) do you find yourself watching more often? Do you just prefer to see phones get trashed by various creative forces, or are you looking for an informative video, which may showcase the new phone's durability?

Why do you watch "durability test" videos?

For entertainment value – the more extreme the test, the better
28.83%
I am genuinely trying to figure out which phones have a better chance of surviving
71.17%

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18 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1805; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

A durable phone provides a feeling of security and a feeling of a good investment. Knowing that even after damage I can use my phone to make a call in a tough situation provides that feeling of security. This question wouldn't even have to be asked...

17. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Well said!!! @Cat.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Actually, it's both of the reasons.

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

True that!

3. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1314; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

How about an "I don't watch them" option? I think I've only ever seen 1 such video.

4. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The poll has disappointing options. There should be more. I don't watch them, unless it is something that people keep talking about or I keep seeing it.

18. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I only watch drop tests that involves scientific measuring in a controlled area. We all know the difference between justified proofing and videos that crave only for views.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17202; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Entertainment purposes only. They really show very little about durability. Any phone with a glass front will break if it hits at just the right angle, but you can't duplicate the same angles on different tests. There's really very little useful about drop tests.

6. Derekjeter

Posts: 1459; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Two better questions are; Why do people torture new phones? 99.9% of consumers won't even care about how quickly the screen will scratch or break. The second question, why do people even watch? There's nothing entertaining about it. Drop test, or any other type of test done by these morons on YouTube are just like Bench marks test, they don't matter in the real world, and you're an dumb ass if you rely on these test to purchase a phone.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Now that sir is the best question - "Why do people torture new phones?"

7. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

OPTION 3. I don't watch drop tests. Would have won if it was given as an option

9. matix73

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

My answer is: So that I know if a phone I'm interested in is worth buying.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Drop test prove nothing other than, people are gullible and entertained by the most mundane BS. Drop test do not tell you how durable a phone is. If you phone is made of glass and metal and you drop it once and it doesn't break, just consider yourself lucky. Watching an idiot sit on a video and purposely drop a phone until it breaks is stupid. I've had a phone glass crack, after a phone simply fell out my pocket from sitting on a toilet. That's less than 2ft to the floor. Then I had a phone fall down a row of stairs and not crack at all. Dropping phones from a drone at 1000FT, or dropping on its face from any height is pure stupidity. Maybe if I had money to just waste on buying $700 phones everyday of the week, I['d make some videos too. It just shows that people are stupid on both sides. Those who post the videos and those who watch them. Phones were not designed to be tortured. Unless you are gonna be dropping your phone over and over, which is abuse, I don't see how the test prove anything. Anyone who would base a buying decision on such is a dummy. javascript:; If you work in a job where you may be up high, or may drop your phone more often than most, then that means you need to either buy a phone designed for such, like Samsung's Active model; or invest in special cases that encase the whole phone.

12. Jason2k13

Posts: 1451; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

In reality, most people don't care about the durability when buying a phone. They just care about the looks and brand. If they feel the phone is fragile, then they will just add a case.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30905; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I watch for both reasons, but mostly for entertainment purposes. I wanna see more girls do them like Krystal Keys. iJustine, and tech me out. Get some hotties in there.

15. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.....................HAH

16. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3094; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Drop tests are useless and they show the obvious. They are there for click bait reasons only.

19. xavysp

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 18, 2016

Could you write an article about top ten flagship smartphones with this test? I mean which phone has more durability It could be great

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