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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 12:13

VIDEO: SquareTrade tests show S8/S8+ easily damaged when dropped – buy a case!

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If you buy a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ and you don’t buy yourself a protective case, you’re asking for a cracked screen, so buy a case!

No smartphone is immune from damage when dropped, but if you buy a protective case for your smartphone, chances are very high you’ll stay safe from accidental clumsiness.

While Apple’s iPhones will also see their screens famously break if dropped on hard surfaces, US smartphone insurance company SquareTrade last month gave Samsung’s latest S8 and S8+ models worse scores on the breakability index - indeed, the worst scores ever scored by smartphones, according to the company

What it means is that you must encase your smartphone in a case if you want to avoid the extreme and expensive heartbreak of a cracked smartphone screen!

Still to this day, I see people wandering around without cases on their expensive or even not so expensive smartphones, and I always wonder… why?

It’s crazy. You really have to be some kind of kamikaze crazy to want to risk your most important personal smartphone computer to the elements of planet Earth not to spend a few extra bucks for a protective case.

There are awesome brands out there. Tech21. Otterbox. Dog & Bone. Mophie. And plenty, plenty more.

Do yourself a favour, slip on a case, slop on a case and slap on a case. Just do it.

SquareTrade says it “put the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ to the test and found no matter how you drop it, the "screen without limits" is no match for the sidewalk.”

Here’s Squaretrade’s video on how vulnerable the S8 and S8+ is to being dropped.

To see how the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus compared, you can read up more here and watch the accompanying video.

Here’s the PDF which shows the scores for Samsung S8 and S8+.

It’s important to note that while iPhone 7 and 7 Plus got scores of 5 and 6 respectively, compared with scores of 76 and 77 respectively for the S8 and S8+, SquareTrade was using a scale of 1 to 10 in 2016, and is now using a scale of 10 to 100 in 2017.

That means Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus effectively scored 50 and 60, which are much lower scores than 76 and 77 for the S8 and S8+.

Still, would I want to drop an iPhone onto the sidewalk without protection just because it got lower scores? No way, I’ve seen too many cracked iPhone screens and too many sad faces because of it!

Buy a case!

One more thing: BGR says the next Galaxy S8 model will be the S8 Active, which is basically an S8 with a built-in case to make it much tougher. Samsung has issued previous S-models with an Active version, so this wasn't unexpected. 

It hasn’t been officially announced, and there’s no word on whether it will ever come to Australia, so unless you’re willing to wait for proof of life, don’t risk naked smartphone usage.

After all, if it’s not on, it’s not on, ‘cause you’ll break it!

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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