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Corning Gorilla Glass now found in over 1 billion devices

By Shawn Knight ยท 12 replies
Oct 25, 2012
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  1. I can vividly remember purchasing my first real smartphone several years ago. The idea that I was now carrying around a premium (and very expensive) piece of hardware was initially tough to deal with. Quite frankly, I babied the phone...

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  2. Thanks to Steve Jobs, without him we won't have Gorilla glass on our devices .. :)
  3. dawei1993

    dawei1993 TS Rookie Posts: 37

    Could we say Corning Gorilla Glass has monopolized the market?
  4. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,517   +512

    Actually, I do not think we can. Monopolistic practices involve far more than your product selling well. Tactics such as strong-arming your customers, buying out and closing competing companies, selling your product at a price so far below the competition that there is no competition, etc. As I understand it, there are no such accusations about Corning.

    To me, it sounds like they have a superior product and it is being used in consumer products and probably elsewhere (military, aerospace, etc.) because it is a superior product.
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  5. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 846   +102

    I never cased my HTC Tilts but they fell apart just because they're crap. Then I saw the iPhone laid on the AT&T counter for me to take home and I said, "Uhhh, I think I need a case, that looks really delicate". So for a year I carried around this huge otterbox. Then the 4S came out and I had learned about gorilla glass so I used it for a year caseless, naked, sexy, more enjoyable overall. Now I have the iphone 5 and although less sexy than the 4's, it's still best without the rubbers.
  6. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,313   +258

    Gorilla glass yet my screen still cracks when dropped from a waist high (92cm). Not hating or anything.
  7. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,549   +235

    Gorilla glass will still crack if dropped... have you seen what phones without gorilla glass do if dropped from an equivalent height?

    wiyosaya, doesnt a higher, superior product mean that it could potentially monopolize the market? I'm not aware of any other product like gorilla glass, but I may just not be educated on it.
  8. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,708   +868

    Might get a piece of this stuff for my U3011, Corning isn't far away from me. Gorilla glass is on my Droid 4 and it works really good, incredibly tough, easy to clean and very clear.
  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,517   +512

    For me, "monopolize" implies that some sort of abuse must be taking place. If you want to consider that the product is so superior that it outsells all other products on the market then technically it meets the definition of a monopolistic product.

    To me, though, the company making the product would have to be deliberately trying to manipulate the market for it to be a monopoly in the derogatory sense of the word. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/monopoly
  10. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Do you carry a 30 inch monitor around with you?
  11. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +629

    I'm not sure what's on the iPhone4S (apparently it's been confirmed by Apple insiders to be Gorilla), but it scratches way too damn easy.

    Confirmed Gorilla users GalaxyS2 and Moto Xoom haven't got a single mark on it.
  12. jackal2687

    jackal2687 TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +12

    Monopoly on a stand alone product doesn't seem likely. I can understand your stance but its not like gorilla glass is crazy expensive. It will eventually be replaced when they find something better. In the meantime, lets just be happy our screens are better protected overall. I have a crack in my screen on my Droid Pro, but only after dropping it viciously on tile and literally maybe 30 times before that on concrete from car height and waist height. I even dropped it down the stairs in my house and it hit tile and didn't break. Good stuff
  13. dawei1993

    dawei1993 TS Rookie Posts: 37

    That is brilliant : ) !!!! I love Gorilla Glass !! Thanks for the info. I took Economics in high school but forgot all about it haha.

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