Android / Google & Nexus / LG Mobile / Qualcomm

Can the Nexus 4 take a beating?


Okay…so a lot of you are actually contemplating getting the Nexus 4. What’s not to like? Beautiful design, cutting edge technology (quad core snapdragon s4 Pro with 2GB RAM and Adreno 320 GPU), latest “vanilla” (untouched by any carrier/OEM) version of the Android operating system with constant timely updates, fully unlocked for use with ANY carrier, and a price tag of CDN$310.00 (8GB) to CDN$360 (16GB) (Less than half the price of its rivals: Galaxy S3, iPhone 5, HTC one X).

But of course there are drawbacks. Beautiful design aesthetics yield to a reduction in device durability. Since the LG nexus 4 has glass on both sides (Gorilla glass 2, actually) there is always a higher possibility of the phone not being able to keep its flawless shine after a drop from your hands. So you’re wondering…should you get this device, and if you do, what kind of protection should you get for it?

Which brings me to one of my favorite genres in Mobile device testing: The infamous “DROP TEST”. I have a love-hate relationship with watching these videos because on one hand, I get to see the stress limits of a specific device (and I love that!), and on the other, I get to see a beautiful device meet its untimely demise (which literally breaks my heart!). But the show must go on. So without further ado, here’s the drop test video courtesy of the people at GizmoSlip (Rich Bastards!).

As you can see, the Nexus 4 isn’t all that fragile dropping on its back or sides (I have a feeling the gorilla glass on its backside is a little thicker than the one on the screen). But if you drop it face flat, get ready to dish out major moola for a replacement. Suggestion…get a case/bumper for this bad boy ASAP!

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