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Video: Samsung Shows Off the Stress Tests the Galaxy S4 Must Endure

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There might be some of you that still don’t care for Samsung’s “cheap” plastic feel, but the manufacturer is set on proving that their plastic can take just as much if not more damage than any other phone on the market. In this new video, Samsung takes us on a tour of their stress test facility, although I don’t know why specially designed machines are needed to do a drop test. I see folks do drop tests all the time without the need for machines. Either way, the Galaxy S4 gets dropped, dunked, wet, shaken, tumbled and everything else you could imagine before being approved for consumer usage. 

Take a peek at all of the craziness the device must endure by watching the video below. And yes, it’s in Korean. Sorry.


Via: Samsung Tomorrow

  • William Kister

    I always thought metal cases actually get more screwed up during a drop anyway because they dent and stay dented. Especially if the battery gets messed up.

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  • jab416171

    There are English captions, which is nice.

  • MC

    those drop tests are nice, but how about they try gravely, rough and bumpy old concrete. If I drop my phone it normally isn’t on some perfectly hard and smooth floor, its on a rock that hits in 1 small area, on the screen normally.

  • Zayd

    Is it just me or is Samsung missing the point? Its not that the material is cheap, its that the phone feels cheap compared to its competitors.

  • Zayd

    Is it just me or is Samsung missing the point? Its not that the material is cheap, its that the phone feels cheap compared to its competitors.

  • Anon

    Plastic isn’t my problem.

    I don’t want glossy, fingerprint-attacting, *cheap*-looking plastic. Give me a distressed, or textured, or pebbled mattte surface that enhances the grip on the phone and doesn’t show fingerprints or feel slippery and flexy and you’ve got me.

    • William Kister

      Many replaceable backs to choose from. And the cases out there take care of the problem. Spigen, Incipio, and many others have you taken care of and add even more drop protection without adding to much heft.

  • carluverdrm2004

    This makes me think of my Galaxy Nexus turning off when I drop it sometimes at work….

  • RaptorOO7

    What I would really like to see is Samsung do side by side tests of the iPhone 5 and the GS4 using the same methods. I bet the Crapple users would be crying foul on that one.

  • TeamNexus

    I’m guessing the ones that pass these tests are shipped out to consumers? ;D

  • p0k3y

    Isn’t it another problem if these things last 1000 years in the landfill? I want something that feels sturdy and lasts maybe 5 years, not 1000 and feeling cheap.

  • Weber

    I don’t think many people would dispute that the plastic is durable…It’s the glass shattering that people have problems with.

    • michael arazan

      My brother’s GNex did not survive getting wet after being pushed in a pool, even tried to submerge it in rice for a couple days. I broke my GNex screen throwing my phone on my bed and accidentally hitting my remote, got my replacement and dropped it on the floor somehow fracturing the digitizer with out a mark or scratch on the screen, after that Asurion banned me for a year.

      • Weber

        I’m in that same boat as you. Luckily, Verizon doesn’t want any more GNexs, because I’ve gotten a warranty replacement EVERY TIME. Cracked screen, water damage, etc. You name it, I’ve broken the phone that way. I call in saying something is wrong with the hardware, and I get a free phone just like that. I’ve done just like you, too, in the sense that the smallest things have cracked my screen. I only recently made an insurance claim on an S3 because I figure they pay moer attention with those phones, since they still cost money on the site.

  • tharealoc

    why are they stress testing the nexus edition? lol

    edit: neverrmind they are stress testing both

  • mMuk23

    Stress tests, eh? Must not be too extensive. Broke my display (not glass) taking a screenshot 4 days after purchasing on launch day. VZW tells me it cant be replaced since I ‘broke my screen’ because they don’t understand the difference. Thanks Sammy for letting me rent a phone for a couple days…. I admit it was great- while it lasted.

  • J. Gilbertson

    That oh crap moment when I dropped my AT&T Motorola Razr Flip Phone from the 2nd story onto concrete and it still worked. No Cracked screen either. Take that Samsung. Wasn’t “cheap” plastic either. Still plastic though…

  • Nicholassss

    I love the build quality of my Note to WITH THE EXCEPTION OF the “chrome” paint around the edges that is pealing away to reveal white plastic.

  • jpippo4

    Such a crock. My niece dropped my gs4 1 in a half feet 3 days after it came out and the screen shattered. My otterbox was in the mail when she dropped it. Thank god for insurance.

    • LionStone

      A girl at the phone store showed me her cracked screen on an S3 AND it had an otter box on it when she dropped it!

  • mushroomdj

    Very tame tests. Just did a nice little Tabata workout last sunday with a sledgehammer, give me one SGS4 and i will test how durable it is…

  • Jordan

    That was the first time I have ever used the Closed Captioning option on Youtube.

  • gbenj

    FYI, turn on closed captions, they have english ones.

  • RoadsterHD1

    Very impressive.

  • duke69111

    My guess would be its a standard for drop tests.

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    They were doing all the drop tests onto wood, or metal. Metal isn’t a very hard substance, especially thin sheet metal like they showed. Use concrete which is Very hard and very porous and lets see how those drop tests go.

    • Jeff C

      Dropped my S3 on marble/tile. instant death

      • T4rd

        S3 is Gorilla Glass 2. S4 has Gorilla Glass 3, which I think has 40% more impact resistance compared to GG2. Also, it should help that the bezel on the GS4 protrudes slightly above the glass (unlike the GS3’s glass that curves inward slightly into the bezel), to that should give it a bit more protection in falls.

        • Timothy Sternig

          That bezel does protrude above the glass slightly, but man does that little metal finish chip off easily.

          • Nicholassss

            Everything is great except that .

      • Timothy Sternig

        No lie, I dropped mine in the house on carpet, and even though the glass didn’t break or anything my screen slowly bled out over a period of 2 days to the point that it was all black and I couldn’t see anything. The bleeding started from the upper corner and slowly it spread through the whole screen. I took it in for repair at U.S. Cellular and they just sent me a new one in return because they said it wasn’t something cost effective to fix.

      • Odd thing for me. I dropped my S3 from my elbow (I’m 6′) face first on tile at work, and it didn’t crack. Either the ultra thin minimal case did something for me, or I got really lucky.

    • RoadsterHD1

      You are absolutely right. The thin metal they used is very flexible and would absorb a lot of the impact.

    • T4rd

      @ 1:04 Looks like a pretty thick metal (almost concrete like) bin with no give to me. I don’t see any flex when the phone hits anyways or when the guy steps into it to retrieve the phone.

  • richkoos

    So this is what Samsung is doing with all the google edition phones.

  • muffnman

    Did you notice that that S4 Active was running stock/google edition?

    • Man, I’d love to get a GE S4 Active!

    • tyguy829

      If you are talking about 1:05, then a) that is a regular s4, not active and b)something is weird because it is running stock android but has an att logo on the back. Unless you are talking about somewhere else I missed.

      • Skittlez

        Nexus Experience S4

        • tyguy829

          why would the nexus experience s4 have an att logo on the back of the device??

    • T4rd

      I don’t see the S4 Active anywhere in that video.

    • Jimneezy

      I guess Samsung themselves don’t like Touchwiz

      • Aaron17Watson17

        That probably was filmed before they even got touchwiz ready