2017 certainly seems to be the year of the Samsung Galaxy S8. Between its subtle Edge, Bixby and that beautiful Infinity Display, it seems like the perfect phone. But all is not what it seems on paper. The lads over at Squaretrade put the S8’s new screen through its paces and the results were not what we wanted to see. They have said that it is the most fragile flagship on the market. Given that it has the new Gorilla Glass 5, that’s not what you want to hear.
In the video below, the phone was put through a series of drop tests. If you’re a Samsung enthusiast, look away now. This is tough to watch.
The S8 smash test results are in
As you can see, after succumbing to a 6-foot drop, the results were… well, shattering, to say the least. You may think a 6-foot drop is a bit too much. But think about it, you’re a 6-foot lad or a lassie in heels. You’re taking a selfie on a night out and then whack. Then someone bumps into you and your S8 goes bye-bye. What you are left with is loose glass, spiderwebbing and starburst shaped cracks all of the phone. Squaretrade said it was the first phone they ever tested that resulted in cracks all over the phone from a drop like the one tested.
Everyone said the original Edge on the S6 was going to be fragile because of the curved screen. But this is on another level. Now it’s not all doom and gloom. The lads working with Motherboard have said the glass might only be around $100 to get repaired. But it’s still not exactly a USP for a flagship phone. You don’t want to fork out almost €1000 or sign up for a 2-year contract just for your phone to break after a couple of falls.
Before you decide to go out and buy the latest toy, make sure to do your research to make sure the quality is up to scratch. Or give us at Goos3D a shout and we’ll advise you as best we can. For the love of all that’s good, get gadget insurance.