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Video: Galaxy S4 Screen Does Not Scratch Easily, Can We Stop Making These Yet?


A sure fire way to get yourself some Youtube clicks is to buy the latest smartphone and put it through a scratch test. They have been around for years now that our displays are actually worth caring about, but since the advent of Gorilla Glass we know most keys/metal objects won’t scratch them easily. The Galaxy S4 features Gorilla Glass 3 so you guessed it: it doesn’t scratch. However, if you will sleep easier at night knowing a butter knife won’t scratch your screen, feel free to watch the full video.

I can’t wait for the “Galaxy S4 Drop Test!” video, though! #saidnoone

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  • joemicheli

    I bought the s4 2 days ago. the screen broke after exactly 4 hours. no drop no hit no knives .
    Still wondering what happened.

  • Jared Tau

    Pointless, scrape with sand and the we’ll talk.

  • Wild_Dorothy

    Instead of useless videos showing millions of items that do NOT scratch the screen… why not use more and more extreme means until you start finding out what *DOES* scratch it.


  • Wild_Dorothy

    Why not try a knife with a saw-type serrated edge?

  • wtf is tapping on the screen going to do

  • Obvious Sarcasm

    Gorilla glass is made by Corning…the same people that make the virtually indestructible dinner plates…of course a knife wouldn’t scratch it! C’mon people!

  • RoadsterHD1

    He gets a new phone every time it leaves the screen. The second knife has a bent over tip.

    • LionStone

      Haha…he’s got some dull knives!

  • what kind of idiot would do this to there own phone and better English speaking please

  • better English moron! what kind of an idiot would try this to their phone.

  • Good. No more scratches. Now make all phones coated with Liquipel 2.0 and unable to break and we’re good.

  • thenew3

    One item he forgot to test is sand. Living a few blocks from the beach, we often go there with the kids, and sand from the beach does scratch gorilla glass. even if you’re very careful with the phone you’re still likely to get some small amounts of sand on the screen. The super fine sand, or the super coarse sand do the most damage.

  • Verbal Droid

    Its not new… but truth be told there are still a great many folks that you insist on putting a screen protector on a gorilla glass phone. I think its good to keep getting the word out that yeah under normal use you wont be scratching your screen.

    So tell that verizion rep that wants to charge you 20 bucks for a screen protector and to put it on for you, bubbles and all, to shove it.

    yup im all for that.

    • ApplesNAndroids

      While typically i’m not a fan of screen protectors, I have scratched most of my screens. (including my GS3) My Note II will most definitely have a BestSkinsEver installed soon.

    • Spider210

      Less than 12 hours of owning my DNA, I put a L shaped scratch in the screen. I don’t carry anything other than my phone in my pocket.

      Good luck to those who want a mint phone to sell if you go naked!

      • JoshGroff

        This^ I’m never sure why, but sure enough having a phone in your pocket somehow makes it prone to scratches.

        • verbal droid

          No offense to anyone who has scratched their phone I sympathize. But I rocked my of droid naked for a year and a half dropped it multiple times from lap height getting out of the car onto concrete and never scratched the screen. The case was dented and dinged but no scratches on the screen ever. Now I have a droid 4 and I use a gel case w/o screen protector. I have had it for 1 year and some change. Dropped it multiple times. Never scratched the screen. I pocketed both my phone all the time so I have no idea how it gets scratched with normal use. Not because it can’t happen but it just hasn’t been my experience.

          • verbal droid

            Dang spell check. OG droid 🙂

          • JoshGroff

            Maybe just bad luck? >.> I’m not one to drop my devices, and I don’t put them in the same pocket as my keys, so I’m really not sure how it happens.

  • Scratchy

    Funny enough I somehow managed to scratch the screen on my Galaxy S3. Go figure!

  • master94

    Proof you dont need a all metal phone, just a good phone with reinforced glass.

  • ImmaDroid

    Yes gorilla glass works lovely with the dull knife tests. But my phone magically smashes from a 3 foot drop. And now the replacement has scratches on it from no drops, so who knows how the got there. Its not that resistant in the real world!

  • zUFC

    Could you possibly do it any lighter! He barely touches it. No glass scratched the way this clown tests. Put it in your pocket with your keys or a metal pen grinding at it for a while.. not little baby taps and slides. like droid-life said “please stop these videos”

  • Lane252

    i was almost 200% positive he was gonna cut himself with that fillet knife

  • John Ippolito

    I love the intense music in the back ground. Adds so much to the production value.

  • Thank you. Another Android blog posted this and referred to it as “insane.” I commented about the fact that we’ve been seeing these “insane” videos since before the original Galaxy S. There’s nothing insane about them anymore, and what’s more insane is how much they hurt to watch for anyone who’s happened to have a grain of sand in their pocket at the same time as one of these phones. This is old hat.

  • DJyoSNOW

    And next the drop test or will it blend

  • maratu

    It’s as if materials that aren’t as hard as glass can’t scratch glass. There should really be a rating system of some sort so we could better understand such things.

  • redskins59rocs .

    That coin test for some reason was funny to watch

  • They should be showing a sandpaper test or throwing these things in a pocket with a handful of sand.. thats what tears up the screens more so than a knife.

    • mark

      totally right, and other glass objects are killer too

  • That was actually fairly impressive. Two of those knives were very sharp, and none of them were “butter knives.”

    • Every test since before the Galaxy S has had very sharp knives. Most tests use razor blades. It’s not impressive anymore because it’s: not new, and not indicative of how quickly they do scratch with a simple grain of sand in your pocket.

      Yes, I’m glad ALL of our phones for the last few years now have this level of scratch-resistance. Let’s move on to demoing things that aren’t standard now.

  • Scumbag Droid-Life
    “Can we stop making these videos?”

    Promotes video.

    • Austin Warren

      I don’t like your choice of words. But 1st amendment ftw

    • EvanTheGamer

      That’s not very nice.

      • Thomas

        I read this before your edit..lmao.

        • EvanTheGamer

          Yeah…well, I probably took it a bit far. Plus I thought he was being serious. Guess that’s what I get for not reading all the replies. lol

          • Haha what was your original comment?

          • michael arazan

            How about a Real World Test of giving it to a 3-9 year old for a few hours and see what happens, someone caught in the rain or pushed in the pool, and of course the old urinal/toilet test.

          • EvanTheGamer

            I said: “Hey n00b. Shut your mouth, keep calm and carry on elsewhere!” – Sorry…that was a bit harsh. But it is pretty funny now that I think about it.

          • Haha oh yeah I saw that. It’s all good.

          • EvanTheGamer

            I just take offense when people are talkin’ smack against my favorite Android related site. haha I’ll keep a look out for follow-up replies next time though!

  • normmcgarry

    Screens will break, period. The question that I like to ask is how much to replace the screen? Samsung screens are usually a small fortune to replace.

    • Austin Warren

      Every single phone screen is expensive. That’s why people have insurance.

      • Ian

        False, some are relatively cheap and easy to install.

        • Austin Warren

          . If you’re using a 2006 phone. Or a cheap iPhone.

          • Ian

            Umm…wouldn’t that make it true?

      • JoshGroff

        It’s amazing how you somehow misspelled digitizer, which according to spelling and grammar check on comments isn’t a word. 😉

    • Screens are getting more expensive because high-end phones across all brands are optically-bonding the LCD to the glass, or using similar techniques to improve responsiveness and image quality. The glass is no longer replaceable on its own, which drives up all repair costs.

  • fartbubbler

    can I just buy it now?

  • beyeg

    wtf is up with the creepy background music?

  • eli

    galaxy s4: how tough am I?….you got a butter knife?

    • EvanTheGamer

      They should just use a bloody chainsaw at this point.

      • eli

        ha yup

      • JoshGroff

        If only I had enough money for both a chainsaw and an S4.

    • eli

      whats with all the down votes?

      • Austin Warren

        They call him Ian

        • eli

          your a freakin loser dude. Droid lifes tough guy huh?

          • Austin Warren

            What are you trying to say? I don’t downvote people.

      • Ian

        Correction: Austin’s current mode of attack, although unsophisticated, is to go through and down vote everyone. Then when they ask about them, blame me.

        Neat right. /s

        • Austin Warren

          Yep, because I down vote myself /s

          • Ian

            Disqus doesn’t let you vote for your own comments silly.

          • Austin Warren

            Hence the /s. Time for your nap, I see.

  • Austin Warren

    Now I can just use this around the house and sell my hammers. And damn, they do a good job of making it look like real metal on the trim.

  • MichaelFranz

    But will it blend?

    • EvanTheGamer

      Let’s hope we never find out. Those videos are as dumb as the person making ’em. We definitely do live in a world full of idiots. No wonder everyone hates Earth.

      Oh, by the way, Happy Earth Day!

      • MichaelFranz

        yea i know, i hate all these drop tests, scratch tests, blend test. etc etc. While it was funny and entertaining the first few times, its now old news.

        Now if had like a supposed indestructible case with scratch proofing and crack resistant glass then i would want to see these tests, only because it goes to show durability. But even then i would be repetitive

        • EvanTheGamer

          Regarding the ‘blend’ test, I would love to watch the blender get destroyed by the power of the indestructible case/screen/phone! That’ll show the idiot making the video!