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DROID RAZR and Its Gorilla Glass Fail to Survive a Pocket Drop, Galaxy Nexus Succeeds Down Flight of Carpeted Stairs

When the DROID RAZR was announced last month, Moto CEO Sanjay Jha stood on stage raving about its build quality and the materials used to make it one of the toughest phones on the planet. It has Gorilla Glass, a kevlar back, splash coating and more. Unfortunately, there aren’t many materials that can be used to save a phone from a pocket drop to face on concrete. Might be time to invest in a case if you haven’t already.

On a related, the Galaxy Nexus and its non-branded ”fortified glass” seems to have passed this stair drop test with flying colors. We should take into account that the stairs are covered in carpet and are likely the only reason it survived. Hard wood stairs and the G-Nex would be joining our RAZR friend in the Graveyard of Forgotten Phones.  

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  • Anonymous

    This is nothing.. my thunderbolt once fell on a concrete pavement….and the pavement cracked!

    The above story of mine is as ridiculous as the “test” being purported in this article. One gets thrown on a concrete and the other gets thrown on a a carpeted surface…. and then we write up an article comparing the quality of glass.

    WOW!

  • Damn900

    Hmm, I get the idea that phones without the ability to remove the battery have more change of cracking the screen. If think it has to do with the force that comes free when you drop it. You can see this with cars. When a car crashes, the energy of the impact is being send to the weakest part of the car. In the old days this was the driver. Nowadays the force will be put into crushing the nose of the car and even lifting the car up and turning it a bit sideways do the remaining force from the crash will be less powerful when it reaches the driver. With phones it might be the same thing. If you drop you phone the force of this drop will go to the weakest part. Usually this will be the back (that you can remove) then it will be the battery (because this part is free to move). This might mean the force that hits the screen will be less. Looking at the Iphone or Razr the full force from the drop will go directly to the weakest part and because nothing is removable from the device it will probably be the screen or the back. On the other hand i might be wrong :D

    • l4do0

      Your not wrong. I have seen quite a few, iphones with cracked screens!

  • http://www.flayme.com/troll/ nanatroll

    that picture makes me sick! I hope my razr never looks like that, such carelessness.

  • Daniel Archibald33

    So how is this a fair test?? the Droid was dropped out of pocket probably on to hard ground and the nexus was dropped onto carpeted ground. You should do a pocket drop of the nexus on hard ground too.

  • Chris420o

    I gotta say it really breaks my heart to see that phone shattered…sorry greg…gonna be really hard to goce this phone up its truly a thing of beauty

    On another note…greg fix that bad boy up n get us some pe action on our razrs ;)

  • Anonymous

    I believe Corning’s gorilla glass is an excellent product, and it is extremely strong, but like my watch, there are always going to be those 1 in a million scenarios that will cause it to fail. Shouldn’t make anyone believe any less of this stuff.

  • Chris420o

    I actually dropped my razr in my drive way from chest high and i was shocked to see nothing happened to it…but the sec day i had my bionic i dropped it from like theigh/knee high outside a bar drunk and it landed on the corner n shattered…moral of the story is its glass if hit the correct way itll shatter no matter what…its glass not transparasteel(star wars refrence) get over it people u moto haters need to get a grip pick up a razr n tell me its not the best/most solid build phone u ever held bc ud be on crack to say no

    • Chris420o

      Still doesnt mean i wont trade it for a gnex if it lives up to the hype(got a verizon/costo connect got to jan 20 to trade in if i want after i traded my bionic 88 days in for razr :) )

  • Anonymous

    For those talking about the durability of Gorilla glass, one of my favorite watches had a sapphire crystal face and I owned it for years. It was scratched by concrete, nicked, and pretty well worn and beaten over ten years. Then one day, my 2 year old dropped it from 2 feet. It fell face first but happened to have fallen squarely on a tiny pebble, turning a sapphire face into what looked like a piece of milky quartz. It was dumb luck. Now, had its not given the history of that watch, if I just said I had a sapphire faced watch that broke when my daughter dropped it 2 feet, you would all think, what a piece of junk.

  • weapon x

    Hey, why is the word flag at the end of my comment? 

    • Anonymous

      Gives a person the option to flag you

  • Anonymous

    i love my razr…that is until the nexus comes out and i return the razr since i have until jan 9. hopefully the nexus comes out SOON!!!

  • weapon x

    I don’t really understand why people insist on these kinds of “tests”. All they prove is what logic tells you, drop an item either made of glass or has glass on it on a very hard surface and it will break. Gorilla glass is meant to be SCRATCH resistant not concrete proof. Well, at least not yet. Anyway, who’s the freaking idiot who even thinks that stairs with carpet should be compared to concrete. This is actually a low for this site I think. This is the kind of article you read and forget because of how stupid it is, not take the time and effort to post it. If this is in fact DROID life, then why is the G nex receiving waaaaaaaay more coverage than Razr? Fanboys

  • Dominick DeVito

    After spending a few hours with a co-worker’s Razr, this doesn’t surprise me. It’s a gorgeous phone, but definitely feels very frail. It definitely isn’t as strong as the OG.

    I was on a ladder at home cleaning my gutters and dropped my OG onto my driveway (about 15-20 ft). It fell on its face, and survived with only a minor ding on a corner.

  • Ronanderson177

    My og droid survived a fall off the top of my car at 60 onto asphalt, but when I dropped it on a concrete driveway it cracked.

  • Whett Phartz

    I was in the midst of a sweaty, zesty, poke session when my woman kicked my DroidX off of the nightstand, causing it to bounce off of my head and land on a pillow. Not one scratch on it. 

    Obviously, it is better constructed than the Razr.

  • Anonymous

    Is it me or is this article a little biased? Razr gets concrete and has a pic all cracked up but the G-nex gets bounced down carpeted stairs and has a video showing how awesome it is…. hmmm….

    • Anonymous

      Yea, Droid Life seems to be taking kick backs from Samsung

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  • http://profiles.google.com/crazyrunner33 David Flower

    Rounded edges and curved glass would help reduces the stress points.  My friend who works in lighting was working at the top of an arena and dropped his Droid 2 at around 150 feet and nothing happened to it.  My old Droid 2 fell out of my pocket and shattered the screen from a 3 and half foot drop.  Mine broke due to landing at around a 45 degree angle on the corner, his more than likely fell flat.

  • Whett Phartz

    The test was cool and all, but I really want to know if the carpet matched the drapes?

  • lame

    It’s f*cking carpeted!! pointless video

  • Philakapd

    Bullet proof vest?
    I believe you are referring to bullet resistant.

  • Anonymous

    So you drop the Razr onto concrete stairs and the GNexus onto carpeted stairs and your surprised the GNexus survived? I don’t get it.  

  • lightlong

    I’m not sure if anyone else has mentioned this one yet, but it should make you smile, a drop test of the GS II and iphone 4s.

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

  • Anonymous

    So if ii saw that correctly, the nexus uses the same battery as the droid charge? so my 3 batteries for the charge will fit?

  • Souldrum

    The first thing I bought after my Razr was the Otterbox for it.  Half my friends are walking around with cracked screens, from all manufacturers.  It doesn’t matter what kind of phone you have–if you drop it at the wrong angle, it’s going to crack.  Anyone who’s dropped theirs and recovered it without damage just got lucky.

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  • Anonymous

    Id just like to state that i once dropped my thunderbolt flat on its face OUT OF A TREE and it didnt even get a scratch. In fact the only time ive ever cracked(more like shattered, actually) a screen was when i clapped during a Laker game with my OG Drood in hand, while wearing a ring. Lesson learned, no more ring lol

  • nb3

    Is anyone mad bro?

  • http://twitter.com/Doahh Josh Carroll

    I got lucky 4 or 5 times with my Droid 3, getting out of a raised truck at a gas  station forgetting it was in my lap… Thats probably a 4 foot fall and I know it landed face down on at least two of those times.  On another related question, Why is it that when a phone falls it always ends face down so you dont know if the screen is shattered until you pick it up? It’s practically taunting you!

  • Skittleoid

    haha I love his dropping technique so casual and sudden with utter  complete silence. Genius 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=862090603 Ozzy-The Widow Maker-Gee

    I dont understand this. I honestly believed that Gorilla glass would be the best. My OG Droid has fallen on concrete and has had blunt metal objects fall on it.. and it still works properly with hardly any signs of damage (contrary to said words, I do take care of my own) My OG Droid is in such amazing condition that I could re-sell at a bigger ‘used’ price. For all the raves that this device had gotten, it just becomes an amazing reminder to all that no matter what paper says about something, you can’t make them actual facts unless it brings it to the table. Razr: failed on build… and im sure there will be some fanboys that will have something to say, just remember idgaf :D. 

  • NotRelevant

    That’s weird..my OG Droid has survived much worse falls, with it’s Gorilla glass screen. Like being dropped, bouncing off my foot then landing screen down on concrete. Or…just being dropped screen down to concrete with no bounce

    All it has to show for anything is scuff marks around the outside edges.

  • Txbeaner

    First off, that Razr WAS NOT dropped from pocket hight!! My DX2 has fallen from pocket height way more than once & has never looked like that! And that was a poor excuse for a drop down stairs….all this hype over a phone is getting ridiculous

  • Schrockdog

    Jeez, my og droid fell off my car at 45 on to the pavement and the screen didn’t even crack at all

  • http://www.facebook.com/ET723 Javier Irizarry

    pls my droid x took a drop yesterday from chest height and fell flat on its face on concrete. it didn’t even bounce. and minus a couple of scratches on the outside edge around the screen, everything looks fine. Screen still looks brand new….. George just lucky he guess.

  • Benjamin Mackie

    HOW DARE YOU! YOU BASTARDS! Not only do we not have the nexus in the US, but you bastards even have time to throw yours down the stairs!

  • Anonymous

    and next we will test the Kevlar back of the Razr vs the plastic back of the Gnex.
    For the Razr we will use a 9mm round fired from a Glock and for the Gnex we will use BB’s fired from a 10″ rubber band. And the winner is… and for our final test the splash coating of the Razr will be tested against against the Gnex. For the Razr we will be white water rafting and for the Gnex it will be in our pocket during a light sprinkle. And the winner is… 

    • Theandyplan

      Not saying that plastic is stronger than Kevlar, but one layer of Kevlar isn’t bulletproof. Manufacturers use a certain amount of Kevlar layers to make a bulletproof vest, that’s why they’re so bulky.

      That said, i wish the nexus wasn’t made from plastic but from reviews I’ve seen for the UK version they say it seems solid despite the plastic feel…that’s something…right?

    • Kg2128

      They were clear about the tests being different and even mentioned the Galaxy Nexus will most likely crack in the same test as the Razr. No need to be such a hater even if you love Motorola lol.

      • Daniel Archibald33

        so they should prove that the samsung will crack. It wasnt even a fair test. This is just Samsung telling everyone that Motorola cant stand up to their phones. Which is so not true. The Galaxy Nexus is probably the first good phone that samsung has actually made and it still hasnt shown up cause of hardware issues….imagine that

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  • Anonymous

    Really!? You had to incude a totally unrelated stair test? Fanboy much? Come on DL stop with the phone bias. News is suppose to be unbiased.

    On another note sorry about your girls phone Greg.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Robertson/1571088713 Mike Robertson

    I have a Dinc and it’s got lots of small scratches, and I have replaced one that looked like that Razr that I slapped down on a desk (slightly more than a light slap) I’m excited that G-nex Prime has some other glass, but I do find it curious that they’re not talking about what it is.

  • Anonymous

    Lets see what happens down a flight of concrete stairs…. I seriously don’t understand the comparison.

  • Calculatorwatch

    I will definitely be getting a silicon case for my next phone whatever it is (hopefully nexus). My OG Droid has survived more than it’s share of pocket drops, car drops, fumbles, etc. on wood, concrete, you name it. All four corners of my screen have metal showing but luckily my beast of a phone is still doing fine. I might have considered the RAZR if it had the same beastly qualities as the OG but it looks like I’d need a case anyways and I certainly wouldn’t expect a Samsung phone to survive my clumsy tendencies unprotected.

    As far as the Gorilla Glass vs. generic fortified glass issue goes I wouldn’t be incredibly surprised if the only difference between the two was marketing.

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  • Ahsan

    My Droid 2 Global fell out of my car, hit the side of the car, then fell face first onto a gravel and concrete driveway. You mad, Razr bros?

  • Doron Zehavi

    Gorilla glass is strong, but if you drop your phone on anything but a flat surface it will shatter it. I have dropped my droid x on the road when exiting my car more than a few times, and not a scratch on the screen. But one drop from three feet onto a patch of dirt and rocks shattered the screen. 

  • boo Jay

    I can understand doing something like that to an iphone, but why would you do that to a high-end device like the Galaxy Nexus, even if it can withstand it?

  • Actngrezy

    Sorry for the spelling. Still getting use to the charge keyboard.

  • Anonymous

    Flame post kellex… how do you even try to remotely compair the two scenarios? A pocket drop on concrete vs carpet covered stairs? Is Samsung paying you?

    • Anonymous

      i actually think they are.

  • Anonymous

    : That looks like it was more then a pocket drop. lol

    • Anonymous

      they hit that with a hammer lol. People want to find flaws in the razor lol.

      • theandyplan

        I Always fail to see how your fanboyism is any different from the fanboyism of people that want the gnex…i personally haven’t decided on what to purchase next but your constant trolling of other phone options besides the razr is making me actually turn away from the razr all together. I hate to say it but you are exactly like every fan boy out there that refuses to see that their device has flaws just like every other device and other devices might actually do some things better. I will never understand why people can’t just be happy with what they have and let others be happy with what they choose to have too.

        • Anonymous

          You are wrong. I have said that i dont like that the front facing camera in my razor does not have a setting to change the colos,sat etc. People in here were making the nexus a perfect device, i am just reminding them about the flaws in the nexus.

          • Anonymous

            i’m just going to addon to his statement, but you can’t point of flaws to a device that is not even released yet outside of the uk, and especially one that you more then likely never used. you can’t prove if the nexus even has any of those flaws, but you just assume they do because older samsung phones have them. the flaws of past samsung devices don’t apply to the galaxy nexus, because you don’t even know if it has them or not.

          • Anonymous

            Lets wait and see :)

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          • Dominick DeVito

            yeah – kind of like folks saying all Motorola phones have the best build quality. well i think this article disproves that theory.  :p

          • Anonymous

            Naah

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          • Dominick DeVito

            the only flaw the Nexus would have would be YOU using it.

            troll

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  • Madcow06

    landing just right*