LG G2 drop test: how durable is a thin bezel?

October 11, 2013
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    Starting with the LG Optimus G, LG has been stepping up its game big time, and the LG G2 is no exception. The LG G2 is not only a real looker, it also stands out from the rest of the Android pack thanks to its ultra-thin bezels and a unique power button/volume rocker placement.

    We’ve already reviewed this bad boy and came out rather impressed, so now there’s just one question left: How will it fare when it comes to a drop test? To answer that question, our very own Josh Vergara put LG’s latest flagship through the rounds.

    In typical Android Authority fashion, Vergara dropped the handset from the same height in three different positions: on its back, its bottom and on the front.

    Unfortunately for the LG G2, things didn’t go so well. While the back-landing test yielded nothing more than a few scuffs, in the second test the handset hit the bottom corner and cracked the display enough that it would no longer properly function. It is a good idea to ensure you have a good case, have a look at our LG G2 accessories buyers guide to help find a good case.

    After the third and final test, the phone’s screen refused to turn on at all.

    The LG G2 is a beautiful, powerful handset with a lot going for it, even if extreme durability isn’t necessarily one of those things. Of course real world drops aren’t as precise or planned as this and could yield slightly different results, but the overall point of any drop test is that it never hurts to invest in a good case for your handset.

    It’s also important to do your best to keep your handset from falling in the first place – sometimes easier said than done.

    Did the LG G2 fare about as well as you thought it would, or are you surprised that it was out of commission so early into our tests? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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    • MasterMuffin

      The beautiful bezels have their downsides :/

      • LeDerp

        What bezel? ITS ALMOST BEZEL LESSSS

        • MasterMuffin

          Almost bezel less ≠ bezel less BUT IT’S STILL GORGEUS

          • Fievel

            I’ll take a bezel as thick as a Russian gymnast’s thighs if it means sturdy protection.

            • blckaapl

              Lol! I’m imagining a G2 with the quick window case. That is your display and the sides are your bezel. heh.

            • zeppelin

              best comment of the day, lol.. hahaha :D

    • Austin

      I learned this the hard way today when my less than a week old G2 feel about 6 feet, screen is completely unusable now, and I’m back on my s4.

    • Rogue

      This is the reason I love the Z1′s design it’s the only phone that didn’t break in the drop test so far you know why? You got it them thick bezels and although the screen became useless you can return a phone and tell them it won’t power up and get a new one or get it fixed once there’s no physical damage but a broken screen is a different story.

      • jasxgamer

        agree with you buddy, nice one

      • Hellz

        do you think they cant read the g forces on the phone using accelerometer? or that they dont have any other internal way of finding out is physical dmg that broke your phone? they surely can. and if screen wont turn on, that means something has broken on the inside and once they open it.

    • Balraj

      G2 drop test…my wish got fulfilled :-D

      • Romdude

        My wish is for the 24k and 18k HTC Ones in simultaneous drop test. Bang, no more >$6k.

        • Fatty

          Gold iPhone maybe?

    • Xavier_NYC

      My heart hurt watching this. I immediately held my G2 like an infant child for about 10 mins.

      • Balraj

        I belong to your category..
        I love my phone

      • Pedro Fernández

        Mine was shaking terrified when watching this video…

    • Well_Said

      I dropped my LG G2 exactly like it dropped on the second test, and the phone touch screen stopped working. So now I had to order a new G2 :(

    • Tuấn Ankh

      I guess I will need a case for my upcoming Nexus 5.

      • famewolf

        Least it’s not made of glass like my N4 (I’ll also be getting a N5)….I’d like to talk to the brain trust that said “Yeah…lets make the whole outer body glass so it feels good.” Right until it slips out of your fingers on the road.

        • Tuấn Ankh

          My close friend in college actually dropped her N4 over 10 times and it is still perfect. A few times were on hard tile and concrete. When she told me that, I was like “wth? Are you even serious?”
          But yea, I didn’t get the N4 partly because of its glass back. The Nexus 5 with soft touch back gives me a lot more confidence.

          • GavinAyling

            I’ve only dropped my N4 once uncased and from only 1ft onto my desk and the back glass cracked.

    • blckaapl

      *Rushing to get a case real quick* >.<

    • Cao Meo

      I don’t see any difference, you still have the phone unusable after dropping it like with other phones. And it may be better if the impact destroys the screen instead of the electronics.

    • Albin

      Sounded like there’s a series of these tests – is there a summary table comparing different models someplace? I’d suspect most new phones would break. (While my own old thick bezeled LG survived a four foot fall onto parquet over concrete in good form after I snugged the battery and snapped the back on again, I’m not planning on a second test.)

    • a1qkhan

      Nice phone, but a poor result.

    • Brendon Brown

      Such a beautiful phone … if only it was more durable ! :( Same goes with the Xperia Z1

    • Fragile phone

      Dropped my G2 from waist height and the screen is broken. It was in the LG protective case which is next to useless. This phone is excellent but very fragile! LG not interested.

    • Rohit Naik

      LG G2 unboxing and review

      I’m still not convinced by this phone

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnLiq2DUY9I .

    • bbb

      My phone was knocked out of my hand and it became unresponsive, the day after I got it.

    • Andre

      Just had mine broken… 1 week old, first time i dropped, already KO… Feel right onto the corner, screen damaged, cannot operate it anymore…

    • trailz

      g2 fell from about 1.5 feet (on to concrete) from my hoodie pocket. Screen cracked, still functional but I have to split the key board and rotate the phone in landscape mode 180 just to get some of the key board buttons. I had a spigen slim armor case that did absolutely nothing. Ordering a ballistics case for the replacement phone. Thank you insurance I haven’t even made a payment on yet…

      • formulaic

        Could i ask if you had a screen protector on and if you know how it hit the ground (aside from gravity!)? I have the spigen slim armor but don’t like the extra bulk. However i thought it would be worth it in case of this type of drop.

    • Fragile

      My work bought 50 G2 phones for the Employees. After less than a months about 7 have already broke and every few days another one is added. Great phone but very very fragile. The galaxies we have are much more robust.

    • ds4

      had mine 2 days dropped it about on my kitchen tile something i did with galaxy s3 i had for about 8 months probably 20 times… screen broke and wont work… comes on but won’t respond to touch… maybe a fluke but contemplating getting a gs4 now instead b/c of how easy it broke

    • Mark Ray

      I did liked the LG G2, and the innovative button re-location … however, I felt that the phone build is not sturdy and vulnerable to crack easily, and when I looked for cover, I only had limited choices for my Verizon’s edition as most manufacturers build their cases for the international versions http://www.lg-g2-case.com

    • mayank

      I bought three g2. Two of them are cracked and I can’t get replacement

    • cusemoose

      I got my g2 3 days before christmas and broke it in less than 12 hours now my daughter just Pulled on my charge cord while my phone was in the Otterbox Defender case, and the phone fell about 6 or 7 inches and now my touchscreen doesn’t work again!!I’m not sure if I love the phone or if I just love the Android operating system but either way this phone is junk and I don’t suggest anyone buy it ever

      • Keith Taylor

        6 or 7 inches…really..dropped my from my four foot contour table in kitchen on tile floor. Nothing…still works and looks fine. landed at an angle.

        • cusemoose

          yep, she pulled it off the Ottoman onto my hardwood floor and at first I didn’t notice anything was wrong with it until I went to use it and realized that the icons on the bottom of the phone didn’t work… There is no visible damage to the phone other than a little bit of light seeping through the side where the screen Meets the edge of the phone……..and then there is a thin strip from that point of the phone all the way across the other Sidethat does not work but everything else works fine… I am NOT going to have it fixed because I’ve had the phone for 3 weeks now and I’ve already spent over $400 purchasing cases and having the phone fixed, so even though I love this device more than any other device I have ever tried, I am eligible for an upgrade in a couple of months and I’ll be getting a new device….

    • stu

      Just dropped my 1 mth old lg g2 from about 2 foot on the corner. Cracked the screen even with a basic gel cover. Unusable. $250 repair bill. F@ck. 1st phone to crack in 10 yrs and I’ve dropped plenty. Maybe the bigger they get the more stress on the glass. I dont know but the guy at the shop specifically said it had somel kick ass glass.

    • Steve NJ

      Don’t these manufacturers do these tests on their own?