I am curious why the S9+ drop test the front screen doesn't crack easier but the back cover is very easy to crack with fallen? Is it the volume of glass back cover no enough compared to the front glass?
gollygeewillikers, 20 Mar 2018If you could choose a non glass back material, which would it be:
Aluminu... moreGlass is... glass. It's scratch-proof, but very brittle. And Ceramic is very glass-like, its even more scratch-proof but unfortunately very very brittle. They both absorb shocks nicely, protecting the insides from too much damage, but crack themselves. So its a one-time protection which isn't good for non-removable parts (unlike Glass Screen Protectors).
Acrylic and Plastic are both Plastic... so they will scratch easily. Remember the SGS3 ?
However, they're good at shock absorption (when they're thick-enough).
Aluminium and Steel are both Metal... they're scratch-resistant, but don't absorb much shock so drops can cause damage to internal components.
Fabrics such as Nylon, Kevlar, and Carbon Fibre are scratch-resistant too. And they have shock-absorbing properties. They make almost the perfect material for a modern smartphone, but they do have their weakness like trapping heat if made too thick.
The ultimate smartphone is one that probably uses a mixture of materials. Such as a flat glass top for the front for the screen and sensors, being aided by a Glass Screen Protector. And a side-frame made from Metal, in particular an alloy such as Titanium for extra body strength and scratch-resistance. The rear should be made of Kevlar for that drop protection, and acceptable scratch-resistance. And in-between all three layers should be Plastic, which would aid to disperse and dampen shocks... so that a drop to the rear doesn't cause shockwaves/ripples to damage the front glass etc etc.
Ofcourse, this would mean the device is stronger and longer-lifetime which is not a desirable aspect if you are one of the top five phone manufacturers (Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi). Instead, you want to make them disposable and shift the trend of the average person keeping it for 3.5 years... down from 2 years... to eventually an annual refreshment.
First of all, I expected the different drop tests to be performed on different phones, i.e. Back Drop - S1 vs i1, Corner Drop - S2 vs i2, Front Drop - S3 vs i3... as the 2nd and 3rd tests proved irrelevant after different damages on them in the 1st drop.
Furthermore, if you watch the slow motion of the first drop you'll see that the S9+ comes at a slight angle towards the concrete, while the X drops almost horizontally.
P.S. I'll have to admit though that the case commercial was nice. ;)
This is how you sell some cases this days. In the near future, i can imagine how smartphones will reach 1500 price barier, and will come without charger, cause their will be some universal ones that will cost 70, then you will for sure nned a case, and some headphone that won't work but just with the same brand. And like this, you just both a slab that needs some other components to work, that won't come cheap either.
If you could choose a non glass back material, which would it be:
The correct answer is: Any of the above. Glass is ass.
Both iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9+ are works of art. While glass is getting more durable over time, I'd love to see an acrylic glass phone.
ethereal, 19 Mar 2018I find art in your maths. 99% durability=100% screwed.
Anonymous, 19 Mar 2018Glass will break 100% sure!!!!! 10$ case is must for 1000$ phones.I find art in your maths.
So in short EITHER phone will highly likely suffer damage when dropped onto a hard surface! BOTH OF THEM.
This test although interesting reinforces my belief that for me I would have to use a case regardless of what flagship I went for...
I don't really care about the extent of the damage. Damage is real a BIG NO, NO for me....I mean ANY DAMAGE... any.. you see I'm pretty obsessed about any damage to my phone, even a teenie weeny wee scratch.
I choose to protect my phone the S8 Plus with a folio case. Now people might gasp sheer horror at the very thought of using a folio case BUT that's just me. I didn't buy the phone to flaunt it or look cool, I bought it for how it performs AND YES I bought the phone for its design/look and how it feels in the hand that's why I always take off the case every now and then to appreciate it's beauty.
PiCosm, 19 Mar 2018The reality is, the aesthetic damage to a non plastic phone when dropped means people will ten... moreMy iPhone 7 case has a lip around the screen big enough to protect the screen, and it is just much sleeker looking and much easier to use than a wallet case, and I only see old people using such a fat case, even for their € 120 Moto G5
Anonymous, 19 Mar 2018Would the iphone x back have been helped by the protruding camera bump? I thought the same thing as well. I think it's obvious the protruding camera saved the back glass.
The reality is, the aesthetic damage to a non plastic phone when dropped means people will tend to have them fixed, as they do a car, because it doesn't look good.
Best thing is to case a phone in a wallet style case that covers the screen. I have one on my Note 8, and have dropped it three times onto concrete, and no damage to phone or case. Prir to that, when I had it in a rear protection only case, I was blown over by a gust of wind, the phone went flying and landed on it's screen whereupon, M'Lud, it shattered. So I had to pay Mr Sung (or it could have been his brother Sam), £170 for a repair...
Would the iphone x back have been helped by the protruding camera bump?
Glass is glass and glass can break, durable case is a must here.