Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 is mighty tempting with its gorgeous design.
However, with beauty comes compromise, at least when it comes to the Galaxy S8’s durability.
They found that the Galaxy S8 was fragile when it faced big impacts, but its screen stood up well against scratches. Square Trade also found some issues with the Galaxy S8’s water resistance.
Check out the results of their tests:
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The previous Galaxy phones, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, weren't much less fragile, either. Square Trade found that the S7 cracked on the first fall on its front, and the S7 Edge cracked on the second.
Still, the Galaxy S8 is the first phone that Square Trade tested that cracked on both sides during the first drop test.
Six feet is probably a taller-than-average height for people to drop their phones from, but the Galaxy S8 still fared poorly compared to other phones in Square Trade's previous tests. The more likely scenario would be between three to four feet, and it's unclear how well the Galaxy S8 fares in that scenario.
Square Trade also tested the Galaxy S8's rated water resistance, and found that the audio was muffled and distorted after the test.
That doesn't bode well for the Galaxy S8's water resistance. It's rated with IP68 water resistance, which means it should have withstood the 30-minute immersion in five feet of water, but that clearly wasn't the case in Square Trade's test. It's unclear if the audio problem was temporary or permanent.
He found that the Galaxy S8's screen had a hardness of '6,' which means it's pretty resilient to scratches, and could resist scratches from loose coins or keys in a pocket.
JerryRigEveything also found that the camera was resistant to scratches from a box cutter, which is impressive.
JerryRigEverything's test is a little extreme, as you're unlikely to subject your Galaxy S8 to a box cutter, but it's still likely to get some light scratching from daily use, and that's expected from any phone with metal sides.
Based on these tests, we'd suggest you buy a case for your Galaxy S8, but you don't necessarily need a screen protector.
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