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Nexus 4 Drop Test – How Well Does it Hold Up?

While many are simply waiting for their Nexus 4 to ship or possibly even waiting to just order one, some people are busy dropping them to show us what will happen.  As I’ve said before, I always feel uneasy watching these drops tests, but they do serve a purpose in letting us know just how durable our new phones will be.

In this video we get to see the Nexus 4 get dropped from pocket height and from ear height.  Remember, the Nexus 4 utilizes glass panels on both the front and back, which could easily lead to many broken phones.  However the device holds up surprisingly well, much better than I would have guessed.

I don’t want to spoil everything so I’ll leave it at that.  The video is in German I believe so I have no idea what they’re saying, but this is definitely one of those time where a picture says a thousand words.


  • John Davis

    Considering what he’s dropping it on to. Funny how the sound of the first impact sounded so much worse than it actually was. Interesting results though

  • Joeyjoejoeshabadooo

    Thanks for the thousand shots of every possible angle, Hans. I hate to say it, but I don’t trust this drop test, because he took the phone off the screen and could have replaced it with another.

    All in all, though, I’m reconsidering my Nexus 4 buy just because of the glass back – it’s a fingerprint magnet, and it’s begging for a crack, chip, scratch, or shatter.

    Also I like talking smack, and those with a glass phone shouldn’t throw stones

  • if that was 6.6 feet, how tall was that guy?