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  1. doug9000's Avatar
    23 replys, two pictures one motorcycle crash and one front shatter. Guess the back dosen't shatter if you breathe on it after all.
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    11-27-2012 01:29 AM
  2. saeufer's Avatar
    Because there aren't any good ones available. It's actually quite irritating. I already have micro scratches on the back of my Nexus 4, even though some people believe the reviewers that say it's Gorilla Glass 2 on the back as well. From my experience, it could have been soft plastic because it scratches so easily.
    It's definitely glass

    But I don't think it's Gorilla Glass 2; when it was intact, the reflections in the front glass (e.g. of an overhead light bulb) looked different than those in the back glass.

    And yeah, where are the decent quality cases?! Hopefully by the time I can get a non-broken N4 there will be better options than the TPU or silicone cases out there now. The Otterbox Commuter on my old BlackBerry kept it like new even after 2 years in the field, which included getting dropped from ladders, falling off the top of a truck, a few incidents involving tractors, etc.
    11-27-2012 01:49 AM
  3. josegb2011's Avatar
    god you guys made me so nervous i went to amazon and bought a case..better safe than sorry i guess..
    11-27-2012 02:40 AM
  4. varsityhacker's Avatar
    The only phone I have ever shattered the screen on was in a Otterbox case and the phone was only dropped at waist height. Otterbox will not save your phone.
    11-27-2012 07:25 AM
  5. isawdrones's Avatar
    It's definitely glass

    But I don't think it's Gorilla Glass 2; when it was intact, the reflections in the front glass (e.g. of an overhead light bulb) looked different than those in the back glass..
    Perhaps this is due to the touch sensor and screen on the front? Just pointing out there is a lot more going on than the glass on the front.
    11-27-2012 07:33 AM
  6. D3lit3's Avatar
    So I think we've established that:

    - Drive a car, not a bike

    - Don't live in San Francisco or the Piza Tower with a N4 and make sure your surfaces are level.

    - Keep the phone out of your pocket and I would suggest a leather holster or sleeve.
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    11-27-2012 08:41 AM
  7. Dr0me's Avatar
    So I think we've established that:

    - Drive a car, not a bike

    - Don't live in San Francisco or the Piza Tower with a N4 and make sure your surfaces are level.

    - Keep the phone out of your pocket and I would suggest a leather holster or sleeve.
    this phone does mighty well in SF. It was designed near by mostly by engineers who live here.
    11-27-2012 09:37 AM
  8. gone down south's Avatar
    this phone does mighty well in SF. It was designed near by mostly by engineers who live here.

    It was a joke about hills. You must be an engineer

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Android Central Forums
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    11-27-2012 09:43 AM
  9. MrSherms's Avatar
    Cracked? Try shattered. It was in my cargo pocket during a motorcycle accident on marble-sized gravel and I landed on it, smashing the back in three places and leaving cracks running up and down the whole back. The front was unscathed, but sadly the camera no longer works. Luckily it's covered by my credit card's accidental damage protection, but now all my efforts to get an order in for launch day are for nothing cos I can't order a replacement. My cheapo TPU case came in the mail today, a little late but likely wouldn't have helped.

    Note: I am not in any way suggesting that the phone should've survived being landed on by a big guy crashing a motorcycle, just fulfilling the request for pics.

    http://i.imgur.com/0WuN9.jpg
    Thanks for the picture and sorry about the accident. Hopefully you fared better than the phone, and hopefully you can pick up a new one when they are sold in the Play store today!
    11-27-2012 09:46 AM
  10. Dr0me's Avatar
    It was a joke about hills. You must be an engineer

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Android Central Forums
    nope, I just live in SF. I work in finance. more afraid of an earth quake rattling it off a table.

    My roommate is a computer programmer who works for Moto/Google though.
    11-27-2012 09:48 AM
  11. Kaenon's Avatar
    The only phone I have ever shattered the screen on was in a Otterbox case and the phone was only dropped at waist height. Otterbox will not save your phone.
    I beg to differ.

    One Halloween night downtown, I dropped my iPhone 4 in an Otterbox 5 or 6 times, I can't remember, and the phone was in perfect condition.
    11-27-2012 11:34 AM
  12. doug9000's Avatar
    Did you drop it 5 or 6 times without the Otterbox on it? If not your story is anecdotal and proves nothing
    Also a Iphone is not a Nexus a direct corollary can not be assumed.
    That being said the dam phone is slippery and a Otterbox would be wise.

    I beg to differ.

    One Halloween night downtown, I dropped my iPhone 4 in an Otterbox 5 or 6 times, I can't remember, and the phone was in perfect condition.
    11-27-2012 12:09 PM
  13. S_C_B's Avatar
    I've got a case from Amazon on the way.

    Sucks about the phone, though. Glad you're alright.
    11-27-2012 12:48 PM
  14. Premium1's Avatar
    I am sure there will be lots of these just like with the iphone 4/4s. An all glass phone isn't a smart idea. They should take some notes from htc( if you want to go more industrial like the nexus 1, or samsung even though people like to cry about "cheap plastic")
    11-27-2012 12:53 PM
  15. falcor87's Avatar
    Waist-high fall onto a smooth surface.
    Ouch, front glass.

    And to the biker, hope your body fared better than the phone!
    11-27-2012 01:00 PM
  16. natehoy's Avatar
    Did you drop it 5 or 6 times without the Otterbox on it? If not your story is anecdotal and proves nothing
    Also a Iphone is not a Nexus a direct corollary can not be assumed.
    That being said the dam phone is slippery and a Otterbox would be wise.
    No case provides absolute protection and no drop is guaranteed to destroy a phone. A lot of damage or lack thereof is random chance.

    A good case has shock absorption and impact standoff at key points to minimize the chances of the phone absorbing impact forces.

    A great case reduces your chances of damage considerably.

    A fantastic case adds grip to the phone surfaces to help prevent slips and drops.

    Sent from my HTC Thunderbolt
    11-27-2012 01:11 PM
  17. zedorda's Avatar
    I believe the designers thought more about profit than durability. Easily broken phones equal more bought phones since consumer cattle are predictably stupid.
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    11-27-2012 02:30 PM
  18. saeufer's Avatar
    Perhaps this is due to the touch sensor and screen on the front? Just pointing out there is a lot more going on than the glass on the front.
    Could be, but the effect I'm referring to is quite a bit of diffraction (prism effect) in the reflection on the front; it sure looks like it's coming right off the glass vs. the back that reflects more like regular glass.

    Thanks for the picture and sorry about the accident. Hopefully you fared better than the phone, and hopefully you can pick up a new one when they are sold in the Play store today!
    I got a pretty awesome cut on my knee that needed stitches but I'm otherwise fine. Unlike the N4, I'll heal. (though also unlike the N4, I can't buy a new self) The bike's a dualsport and only took ~$50 worth of damage. I'm glad to have provided some entertainment for my fellow Android nerds, and I was able to order another one about 5 mins ago through the enter-key mashing method. I'll be in a different state by the time the replacement ships, so it was $20 cheaper thanks to the taxman.

    I plan on experimenting with the already-cracked back a bit later to see what will and will not scratch it.

    ETA results: every metal object in my apartment failed to scratch it--this includes keys, stainless steel knives, carbon steel knives, US, CA, and EU coins, pens, a razor blade, a steel file, etc. A piece of concrete didn't scratch it, but a stone I picked up from my crash (see above) left very shallow scratches if pressed hard. Unsurprisingly, a diamond file scratched it quite seriously as soon as it made contact.

    I got the same results on the front and back--the only thing that scratched it easily was the diamond file.
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    11-27-2012 04:19 PM
  19. varsityhacker's Avatar
    Glad that your confident that your otterbox saved your phone. If that makes you feel safe then it's worth the bulk. I do think it's funny how Otterbox no longer offers to replace your phone for free if it's damaged in their case. I wonder why?
    11-28-2012 08:18 AM
  20. flumdog's Avatar
    Don't underestimate how slippery the phone is. It's a shame to cover up such a beautiful thing with a case but I can tell you from personal experience you don't want this phone to slip off something and land on a hard surface. I was in my comfy arm chair reading the boards and, ironically, thinking about buying the bumper when my brand new Nexus 4 slipped off the arm of the chair (all by itself), fell about two feet on to hardwood, and became an unusable brick. Screen was totally wiped out. Must have just landed right to cause the damage but ... did I say this phone is slippery?
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    11-28-2012 08:36 AM
  21. Droidintorrance's Avatar
    This thread hurts my genitals, and is giving me nightmares, what is a diamond file?

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Android Central Forums
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    11-28-2012 09:24 AM
  22. piizzadude's Avatar
    Glad that your confident that your otterbox saved your phone. If that makes you feel safe then it's worth the bulk. I do think it's funny how Otterbox no longer offers to replace your phone for free if it's damaged in their case. I wonder why?
    I am guessing fraud would be out of control with that kind of deal. Break the phone, go buy an otterbox, make a claim.

    Sent from my X-Band Modem... TY Genesis
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    11-28-2012 09:33 AM
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    11-28-2012 09:58 AM
  24. watstheword87's Avatar
    Does anyone know if Google will replace this?
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    11-28-2012 02:25 PM
  25. piizzadude's Avatar
    It isn't a defect so no

    Sent from my X-Band Modem... TY Genesis
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    11-28-2012 02:29 PM
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