LG G Flex drop test: will the curved screen fall flat?

November 23, 2013
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We’ve done quite a few drop tests over the past months, with smartphones and tablets made of plastic, metal, and glass. Regardless of their build material though, all devices proved vulnerable to drops on their glass screens. Sure, some may survive the frontal impact (the Xperia Z1 for instance), but when you have an exposed sheet of thin glass, it’s only a matter of time until the unthinkable happens.

With a new generation of curved designs upon us, there’s hope that smartphone screens could become more resilient to accidents. In theory, the curvature of the phone should shrink the area that is exposed to impacts, making face drops a little less dangerous.

But that’s the theory. How about the practice? Our Joshua Vergara got his hands on the LG G Flex and put it to the test. As usual, he dropped the device on its back, side, and front.

Disappointingly, the G Flex’ screen cracked when Josh dropped it on its side. With the glass screen extending right to the side and lacking the protection of a frame, the G Flex couldn’t survive a direct impact, and the final face down fall only extended the damage.

It seems that the curved profile of the G Flex won’t help it after all. While the plastic-based display may be immune to cracks, the glass on top is still frail, and it will likely remain so for the near future.

What about the G Flex’ other amazing trick, the self-healing back? Josh got to test that out too. While fine scratches went away, the deep scuffs persisted, even after a few hours. That shouldn’t be a surprise – we’re still a long way from truly self-repairing materials. But we’re on the right track.

Follow us for more LG G Flex coverage, and don’t forget that we have the Galaxy Round in our labs. Stay tuned.

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