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Samsung's Galaxy S8 takes a run through SquareTrade's breakability gauntlet

By Shawn Knight ยท 13 replies
Apr 24, 2017
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  1. Device protection plan company SquareTrade has published the results of its breakability test for Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 smartphone. As you’ll see, the handset performed “significantly worse” than its predecessors in testing although the results don’t appear to be curbing consumer interest.

    In the 6-foot, face-down drop test, the beautiful displays of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were pretty much destroyed after a single drop. The same results were exhibited when the device was dropped on its back and during the tumble test.

    In the dunk test where devices are submerged in five feet of water for 30 minutes, the Galaxy S8+ exhibited muffled and distorted audio but otherwise seemed alright. After about 30 minutes out of the water, audio on both devices was almost completely restored, SquareTrade noted.

    Jason Siciliano, vice president global creative director at SquareTrade, said that Samsung had to knock it out of the park with the Galaxy S8 after making global headlines with major product defects and other scandals over the past year.

    While the nearly all-glass design of the S8 makes it a beautiful phone, Siciliano notes that it’s extremely susceptible to cracking when dropped from any angle. Even so, he said they’re certain it’s going to be a hit.

    SquareTrade found that 89 percent of Samsung owners reported having a positive view of the brand despite recent controversies and that 36 percent plan on buying an S8 in the next six months.

    Overall, the Galaxy S8 earned a breakability score of 76 (medium-high risk) out of a possible 100 points (the higher the score, the higher the risk of it breaking due to an accident).

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Just bung this beautiful, delicate device in a rugged case. Problem solved!
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,196   +1,625

    and only use it in a padded room ;P
  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,196   +1,625

    I'm not a fan of the all glass case design, unless the glass can take a bullet with no scratches. Even then, it would looks gross over time with all the finger prints and would probably slip out of your hands.
  5. aMerkuri

    aMerkuri TS Enthusiast Posts: 55   +19

    Who the f drops phone from 6 feet?
    MonsterZero likes this.
  6. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,766   +1,160

    And we are back to the "normal" phones with bezels thanks to the case.
    RevD14 likes this.
  7. andrewdoyle88

    andrewdoyle88 TS Addict Posts: 137   +125

    I've had an S7 without a case for about 7 months now and it has some scratches on both back and front. The home button looks like hell, obviously not the same material as the case. A quick google search reveals it's a common issue. The bezel looks to be in very good condition.

    I don't carry anything in my pocket other than my phone and I don't throw it around. Previouly I owned an iPhone 5S that I never put a case on and it seemed to be in better condition after nearly two years. I can see the S8 standing up well to scratches without the home button.
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    I tried when I was committed, no signal. Besides it was tough to use a touch screen in a straight jacket ;) Maybe only in bed?..
    stewi0001 likes this.
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Either that or risk destroying your beautiful device. Manufacturers have lost the plot now anyway, they concentrate too much on aesthetics thanks to 'us' demanding form over function.
  10. MannerMauler

    MannerMauler TS Addict Posts: 206   +53

  11. iABDOzz Mustafa

    iABDOzz Mustafa TS Rookie

    This is Normal Screen Crack is A luck Thing ..
  12. ddferrari

    ddferrari TS Maniac Posts: 412   +189

    Anyone over six feet tall who accidentally has it slip out of their hand while talking on it.
  13. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 799   +334

    What the actual F is the deal with devices thats not allowed to have proper bezels anymore?
    Who in their right mind thinks its practical and good to just have a giant screen?

    Makes me wonder if the designers of these things ever actually use them, even with my oneplus I press the apps on the edges of the screen constantly just by holding the phone in my hand. It's hella frustrating and means now I need to hold it super lightly and increase the drop risk because any firm grip triggers the edges of the screen.

    ***** designers need to go back to school or something.
  14. Or people on ladders, people on stairs, people getting into a truck, people hanging from a hoop (basketball), and midgets.
    ddferrari likes this.

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