Galaxy Note 4 "GapGate" issue is a manufacturing feature, according to user manual

By Shawn Knight · 16 replies
Oct 1, 2014
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  1. No matter how big or small, the Internet loves a controversy. Apple's iPhone 6 Plus was the center of last month's "bendgate" and it looks as though Samsung may be next up at bat.

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,309   +1,403

    The gaps in sidewalks are there for two reasons.

    1) the gaps are an engineer place of weakness. Instead of a crack in the middle of the slap, the crack will occur where the joints are "cut"

    2)You often see a black strip(usually rubber) between every 3rd or 4th slab in a sidewalk or between every slab in a driveway. These are expansion joints. Without these strips the slabs will press against each other in the heat. This results in cracking and buckling of the concrete.

    I own a masonry company and I will give you guys a tip for making your sidewalks and driveways last longer. DO NOT SALT YOUR SIDEWALKS OR DRIVEWAY IN THE WINTER. It kills your sidewalk, kills your gardens, kills your grass, kills your driveway and, the real kicker, damages the foundation of your house. Shovel your snow and if it is icy, throw some coarse sand down.

    Anyway, back on topic. My lumia 1520 has a rubber strip between the digitizer and the case. It never would have occurred to me that this would be for expansion of the components due to heat. I really don't think a gap around the note is as big a deal as iPhones bending and holding their shape. Seems like the apple crowd grasping at straws trying to discredit their competitor.
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  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Very interesting how this is needed to manage heat. I wonder if that is the true purpose.
  4. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 286   +92

    Sounds like Apple users

    Well, it sounds like Apple users did not get to page 180 of the User's Manual; Much Ado About Nothing section. A documented design feature and they're pointing fingers? I mean, c'mon....
  5. "I suspect it’ll likely be a non-issue..."

    It's possible that some (or maybe a lot) of people won't care, but I won't be getting a phone with gaps; and I was really looking forward to owning the note 4...I guess that won't be happening until this issue is addressed.
  6. You notice all iPhone users aren't all over this?


    They don't whine and cry about everything Samsung. Android fanboys (90% chance samsung users) please take notice. Follow the example.
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,223

    If it were, we'd have seen this on other devices before. The latest generation devices run the lowest power processors yet, and also therefore have the lowest temps. There have been plenty of phones in the past that need to throttle performance due to overheating and none of them have ever had a gap to account for it.

    I'd guess it's a quirk from the manufacturing process that they couldn't work out due to their extremely tight deadlines. If they come out and say it's intentional it reduces the controversy.
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  8. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Very true. Well said.
  9. mctommy

    mctommy TS Addict Posts: 217   +38

    I'd be annoyed because dust and what not would get in that gap. I guess I could use a business card to clean that out... similar to what I do for my keyboards.
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    It's bound to be a furore over nothing. It's not gonna put off many potential buyers. I've seen close up pics of it and it's so paper thin and unnoticeable, nothing to get excited about. If I was interested in buying one (which I'm not) I wouldn't take any notice of it.
  11. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 286   +92

    Uhm, what are you trolling for over here, Guest?
  12. Jamesbrah

    Jamesbrah TS Enthusiast Posts: 60   +12

    Mostly because Apple fans don't read tech sites. From my experience, Apple fans are not of a technical nature - whereas the majority of technical people prefer either a Windows or Android experience.
  13. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +257

    Yea, sounds like it to me, too. If anything this "gap" makes it easier to repair. lol
  14. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +257

    Another, brilliant point. Keep 'em coming. lol
  15. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Yeah, there is no way a phone sized piece of glass, regardless of what type of glass or plastic polymer it may be with, is going to expand business card thicknesses with the heat a person can hold. Its a manufacturing defect.
  16. When this "feature" is quietly fixed over the next few months and newly produced units no longer have the gap, you'll know you were lied to.
  17. This guy gets it.

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