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This is what happens if you drop your Galaxy S7 Edge on the edge

By Scorpus · 35 replies
Apr 5, 2016
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  1. Should you get a case for your Galaxy S7 Edge? Well if you think you'll drop it on the edge, it's probably worth getting some protection for your $700 smartphone, as it's remarkably easy to shatter the curved glass. I've certainly learned my lesson, and if you take a look at the video above, this isn't just your normal broken screen.

    This isn't going to be a cheap or straightforward repair process.

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,859   +2,167

    Aww, sorry to see you broke your phome, it's always a shame to see broken smartphones. I love the curve, but I was always concerned about its durability. Best of luck getting it fixed or replaced.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

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

    Tough break... ;)
  4. PurpleYoda

    PurpleYoda TS Enthusiast Posts: 43   +13

    Glass... Broken... Concrete wins again.. Shocker..
    syraphx likes this.
  5. LOL I see what you did there! :p
    CURLUCKY and cliffordcooley like this.
  6. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,169   +1,588

    or in this case, a plastic box.

    @Tim : It sounded like you said Drupal instead of durable XD
  7. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,977   +1,174

    Thanks for the warning - being a clumsy klutz, I had better look for something 'incredibly' durable - does anyone make a smartphone embedded in acrylic?
  8. DaveBG

    DaveBG TS Maniac Posts: 406   +152

    That is why I liked the previous design with the plastic panels... this shatters and weights more. Lame but the iCrowd stupid complains made this
  9. Michael Baerd

    Michael Baerd TS Rookie

    This actually happened to me, too. I dropped my phone in between my seat in my car, and it cracked, THAT easy. I was really disappointed.
  10. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,484   +1,288

    I love the fact articles about iPhone screens are full of comments along the lines of:

    "Stupid iPhones, so weak, so worthless"

    But if it's a similar article that's not about an iPhone it's full of puns and:

    "Aww sorry to see you broke your phone"

    Harsh world :p
  11. Webeck

    Webeck TS Rookie

    Same as my S6 Edge + broke in my pocket on day 2, replaced at £75 cost to me and second dropped within a week. Not replaced but not happy. Never buying another edge phone.
  12. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,934   +1,203

    Well...these phone manufacturers think that covering the entire screen with glass, and, some along with the back. And people, for whatever reason, carry these things 24/7 in their hands, and buy into the "scratch proof/shatter proof" idea of gorilla glass. Glass, if hit on the EDGE will usually shatter.
    That's why I opt for the mid range phones, in the 300-400 dollar range instead of the 700 and up range
    of these flagships, which of course will be replaced by next years overpriced "flagship".
    If I invested 700 or more for a stinking phone, you could be I'd have it wrapped in something!
  13. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign TS Booster Posts: 131   +65

    Its a shame that putting a case on this phone completely eliminates the only reason you bought THIS phone in the first place....
    Raoul Duke likes this.
  14. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    I was this close || to running to the store to get this phone tonight. But I think now I'll hold off and see if others have had a similar issue and that maybe there's a design flaw here.
  15. trparky

    trparky TS Evangelist Posts: 515   +410

    syraphx and Raoul Duke like this.
  16. Scorpus

    Scorpus TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 1,971   +231

    Our news editor Rob also smashed the edge of his S7 Edge as it turns out. I've heard a few other reports on Twitter as well
    fktech likes this.
  17. trparky

    trparky TS Evangelist Posts: 515   +410

    What? Will this device go down in history has the most fragile device ever made?
    fktech likes this.
  18. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,690   +436

    Not really. I got this case here (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Galaxy-VRS-Design-Shield-Silver/dp/B01BCZBOBU) and while it's not the best protection ever, it certainly helps and does not detract from the ergonomics of the phone.

    Also I dropped it from .5m to 1m height landing on a concrete floor and its fine. Sure its all angle of attack but only small portion of metal chipped (not noticeable and hidden by the case).

    What I am MORE concerned about is how the actual glass is not very scratch resistant and also a finger print magnet (smaller issue but still an issue).

    Still S7 E > iPhone ANY DAY
  19. Sniped_Ash

    Sniped_Ash TS Maniac Posts: 253   +108

    Looks like this new phone is shattering expectations
  20. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,156   +1,411

    Gravity remains undefeated.
  21. So many of these phones are quite beautiful looking devices it's a shame to have to cover them with fugly cases
  22. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +138

    I can't stand not having a case on my phone. If for no other reason then they are just too small to hold onto otherwise. But I also drop my phone all the time and my Otterbox Defender has done a phenomenal job to date of protecting my investments.
  23. At first, you are stupid if you don't use protection on your phone. Second, they aren't Nokia 3310!. Third, if you are clumsy then simply don't buy high-end flagships.
  24. I use tpu s-curve silicone case, in clear color so you see the phone. look it up :) I have been using that brand and model on my last 7 phones :)
  25. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,357   +116

    Not when it's in one of these...


    Otterbox Defender. I swear by them. Work recently replaced our iPhone 5S' with iPhone 6 models and mine had worn this case since arriving new. I dropped it concrete multiple times, slammed it in my car door (fell out of pocket as I closed it), threw it at a wall (slipped on something and threw my arm up launching it full pelt into a brick wall) and it didn't have a single mark on it after heavy daily use for over a year.

    When my personal mobile came up for renewal last month, I made sure my next phone had an Otterbox Defender case. Sure it makes it bulky, but it definitely protects it. So much so that I literally throw it on the floor when someone doubts it'll protect the phone. The look is usually priceless.

    I guess my longwinded point here is.... get a proper case for it and it won't happen again. It sucks dropping any modern phone. It's exactly why I went for another Defender case for my new Note 4. At least that's one less thing to worry about!

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