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Even with thicker glass and stronger metal, the Galaxy S9 will probably break when dropped

By Shawn Knight ยท 17 replies
Mar 19, 2018
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  1. Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 was found to be reasonably durable by JerryRigEverything last week although critically, the YouTube channel didn’t perform any drop testing. For that, we turn to consumer electronics warranty provider SquareTrade who on Monday, published the results of its breakability testing on the new S9.

    The good news for Samsung and prospective buyers is that the S9 proved more durable than both the Galaxy S8 and the iPhone X. The bad news? It still breaks on the first drop. Such was the case in controlled drops (face down, back down and on the side) from a height of six feet onto concrete as seen in the video below.

    In bend tests, the S9 bent under 230 pounds of pressure while the larger S9+ caved at 210 pounds. In the tumble test, both phones exhibited hairline cracks and corner damage after a 60-second run.

    All things considered, the Galaxy S9 earned a breakability score of 71 (medium risk) while the S9+ garnered a score of 76 (medium-high risk).

    Jason Siciliano, global creative director at SquareTrade, said that with the S9 and S9+, and last year’s iPhone X, we’re continuing to see a trend of beautiful all-glass designs that come with a high price tag and a high risk of damage from drops and mishaps.

    Siciliano adds that their tests and claims data shows that even when in cases, such phones are still experiencing damage. “So, while water resistance has improved across the board, all of that glass means that durability has actually gone backward over the past year.”

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,704   +1,945

    Who pays this money for a phone and doesn't put a case on it?
  3. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,761   +369

    Cool. Glass breaks when it's dropped? Weird.
    kissx, IAMTHESTIG, veLa and 3 others like this.
  4. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,448   +1,617

    Right? I cant believe we started making phones out of this stuff!

    There must be some kind of material that we could use instead, something that doesnt block wireless signals but is still durable? Maybe we could make something out of oil.
    veLa, Jeff Re and JaredTheDragon like this.
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,514   +3,700

    AFAIK, mostly all plastics are made out of oil...
  6. Guillermo Belli

    Guillermo Belli TS Member Posts: 25   +19

    Are you surprised by this? The S8 was the most breakable phone, and this one has slimmer bezels and a bigger screen...
    JaredTheDragon likes this.
  7. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,448   +1,617

    EUREKA! We should try plastic phones! The plastic revolution is at hand!

    Somebody get a hold of apple.
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,514   +3,700

    Dude, you know there's not enough status in plastic for Apple to consider it.
    holdum323 likes this.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,514   +3,700

    I know, right?


    Captain Obvious says, "truth is, they'll let anybody have a website these days".
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2018
    holdum323 likes this.
  10. fktech

    fktech TS Maniac Posts: 463   +124

    Why isn't the phone built with a hardened case?
  11. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,229   +1,662

    Because of how large the phones are nowadays, putting a case can make them uncomfortable in your pocket, especially if you have smaller than average pockets. But I agree, such expensive phones do need the extra protection :D
  12. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid TS Booster Posts: 193   +49

    2 words.
    Transparent Aluminium.
    I'm sure Dr. Nichols at Plexicorp would have developed it by now. Although he may not be working for that company anymore.
  13. poohbear

    poohbear TS Maniac Posts: 245   +147

    Even with a high quality case my s8+ cracked when it dropped from my bed. Warranty is a must now. I never cracked ANY of my smartphones until I got the all glass S8+. Case helps but if u hold on to these things for 2 years its gonna eventually crack. They WANT u to buy the insurance.
  14. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,704   +1,945

    The insurance is through a third party and I can assure you they don't want to Insure these phones. Give me a titanium phone with a stock sapphire glass screen and I'll pay $1000 for that. Otherwise I'm happy with my $200 phones that last essentially forever.

    I only make phone calls, read emails and argue one on internet with my phone so I see no need for these flagship phones. My first car cost less than these, it's absurd
    Dimitrios likes this.
  15. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Maniac Posts: 289   +176

    I don't under stand why more phones are not made like the Moto Droid turbo 2....That screen will not break.
  16. Dimitrios

    Dimitrios TS Maniac Posts: 318   +219

    True! I see more and more people wearing stupid ugly tight pants and I'm surprised if they can even fit a penny in their pockets. I never understand these horrible clothing trends. That or they're gayyyy.
  17. Dimitrios

    Dimitrios TS Maniac Posts: 318   +219

  18. ZanardiZZ

    ZanardiZZ TS Member

    Exactly my thoughts, mine's already 2 years old and not a single problem on the screen.
    TheBigT42 likes this.

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