Sapphire Screen Drop Test- The Kyocera Brigadier


[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_video link=”“][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1”][vc_column_text]The Kyocera Brigadier was released last week! Okay, unless you’re an outdoor enthusiasts, or adventure junky, you probably haven’t heard of it. So, why should you care? Good question!
The Brigadier is packed full of features to make it dust proof, water proof, and drop proof. One of it’s more notable features is a Sapphire display. With the tech bloggosphere erupting with iPhone 6 sapphire screen speculation, the Brigadier is a good way to get a hands on look at sapphire, on a production smartphone. Since we fix it, of course, we had to break it.
Sapphire is incredibly hard, it’s second only to diamond on the hardness spectrum. Using sapphire in a screen means incredible scratch resistance. But, sapphire is also pretty stiff, about 5 times stiffer than glass. This usually implies brittleness. So, how does is sapphire display fair in actual impact tests? We drop tested it to find out.
One stand-out feature of the Brigadier is a raised bezel that surrounds the display. This means that a face down impact , which in our experience is most likely to shatter a screen, won’t contact the glass directly. This feature alone significantly improves the phones impact durability.
Our tests started with a 3ft face down drop. Then climbed to 4.5ft, 6ft, and finally 8ft. As expected, the phone fared well. Other than a beat up bezel, the sapphire display remained completely intact.
This had us wondering, is the durability due to the sapphire material, or other factors, like the raised bezel? To find out, we removed the display from the phone and dropped that face down on its own. The results may surprise you. The sapphire display cracked on the first drop attempt, from a height of just 3 feet.
We suspect that though sapphire is a great material for scratch resistance, it is not the indestructible super-material that is has been proclaimed to be. Though Kyocera has built an impressively tough phone, we believe the elevated bezel and other factors do more to increase its impact durability than its sapphire screen.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

  • Fasterfood

    Great test, one concern though.

    It seems like most of the bent phones out there are bending near the volume button. Why did you choose to not apply pressure to that area? If that is a structural weak area, as it seems it might be, isn’t it worth testing?

    Maybe you tested it independently and didn’t think it was worth putting in the video? If so I’d love to know the results.

  • sarstube

    can we see pics of all the phones lying a flat surface out of the machine? and at what weight did you start to notice a deformation?

  • DasithWijesiriwardena

    The note 3 bends back into flat in the tests. Can you show after photos?

  • Tim

    The question is, can you bend it back?!

  • Sledgy

    It might also make a difference where the pressure is applied. The iPhone6 seems to bend just below the volume buttons. Applying pressure there might bend it under less pressure.

  • Charlie

    Can you place the load on the iPhone 6 Plus near the volume buttons where this video found it to be the weakest?

  • Ashish

    Test is not done in the right way. the two support points at the bottom should be as far away as possible. here you are doing bend test on only 80% of the phones height. I am sure Iphone 6 will deform to a great extent. check this link, iphone deformed just by hand —

  • drnemmo

    The problem here is not flexibility, it’s resilience. iPhones aren’t resilient, they don’t go back to their original shape. Plastic, on the other hand, is inherently resilient.

  • david

    100lb of force applied over an inch wide portion of the phone does not seem to be quite real world conditions. I will be curious to see just how many phones are effected by this in everyday use. However, thanks for the testing, as I have been reminded to be careful, just as I was with other phones, not to subject my iphone to extreme abuse.

  • Gentleman Gamer

    I’m sure this makes the dudes with bent phones feel MUCH better…

    • babushnik

      you mean all 5 of them…. out of ten million…

  • georjamdak

    I honestly am shocked.. no wait I’m not shocked over the iPhone bend controversy because i know how irresponsible people are. I mean seriously when we were kids we had fisher price stuff that was made tough for us because we were children who didn’t know responsibility yet but we are now adults with $700 phones that aren’t made to be sit on!! Do people need a company to just make tough ugly electronics that are nearly unbreakable because of the lack of being a responsible adult? If you are that bad then there is outterbox… i myself have not used a case on any of my phones since 2007 including all the iPhones. Never had a problem or drop and i am extremely happy with my iPhone 6 plus, best phone out there right now and all the professional reviews and tech sites are posting similar rave reviews as well

  • Bre

    Here is the point everyone, this only proves one thing, all phones will bend break etc. Even if we did the same test in the machine on the new Samsung coming out that is made with more metal as advertised then you are going to see the same or worse with the Samsung. The ones that get hurt the worst from all this Bendgate crap is the consumer reason is the companies instead of loosing money on returns because we as adults sit on our phone in our pocket the companies will stop making skinny phones and make them more thicker and stronger. This is all stupid dumb and retarded this even started, but now that it has started Samsung should get the same test done on their new released phones as well. Curious how they will turn out in the bend test??????

  • babushnik

    one test is nice… but… that’s it… it just one test…. maybe the iPhone does slightly worse on this test…. but slightly better in another…
    overall… i tend to like the iPhones because of the operating system and the eco system…
    but… i buy the extra applecare cuz i know that over 2 years i don’t want to have to worry about dropping it or accidentally wearing the tightest jeans possible and doing calisthenics with the 6+ in the pocket…lol

  • philiptomlins

    I would really like to see the same test done after the iPhone has been playing a Device intensive game while chargeing so it is nice and hot and then she how much pressure it can take as if you was playing in you phone on charge then put it in your back pocket and went in car would it be softer then when cold


    Where is the Voltage Regulator Module on an LG G Flex located?


    Please anyone! Is it possibly on the charger port dock board?

  • Dom

    If i remove the Toshiba THGBMBG8D4KBAIR 32 GB on-board NAND flash memory can i install it to another mother board to be able to retrieve pictures?

  • Angel Andujar

    Thanks for share this. Now I know for sure what’s going on with the static using my Rode VideoMe Mic in the LG G3. The transceiver are very close to the microphone. Anyone know any other LG built with those transceivers far from the 3.5 jack?