Just over 48 hours ago I received my brand new Samsung Galaxy S 4. I was super excited to get it out of the box, put the battery in, fire it up, and be on my way to dealing with Touch Wiz. Along with the Galaxy S 4, I had a case coming with it, but it was delayed. In hindsight, that delay is going to cost me a small fortune.
A little over 24 hours ago, my Galaxy S 4 slipped from my lap and gracefully fell 30cm to the floorboards below. I didn’t think too much of it; it was hardly a fall. My old Galaxy Nexus has fallen off benches and walked away the winner. I lifted up my Galaxy S 4 without much of a thought, and wiped off the rogue cat hair it had collected during its quick descent in the dark of the room. It wasn’t a cat hair. There’s a crack in my display in the upper right quadrant.
As bezels get smaller there’s less protection around the display, so the glass is going to take most of the force. News sites have posted articles saying the Gorilla Glass 3 display is ‘almost invincible‘. I can tell you that it’s far from it, sadly. I’m sure it’ll fend off some scratches, but it can’t take too much of a fall.
And it’s not just me feeling the pain, Andrew on Twitter has the following:
— Andrew Agius (@AAG321) May 7, 2013
Remember my case that’s delayed? Yeah, that would have saved my Galaxy S 4 easily. Instead, I’m looking at ~$300 for a new display. So use my misfortune to save yourself, and not just with your Galaxy S 4; with any new phone you pay a small fortune for: buy a case for it. You’ll be grateful when it’s just a graze on the case and not a $300 kick in the nuts.