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I ordered a Nexus 4 today with the intention to sell my S3 once it arrives. After ordering it I started reading a bunch of stories about people who had the back of their phone crack after falling 1-2 feet onto carpet, and more stories about the glass breaking from rapid temperature change.

Can anyone confirm if the phone is actually overly fragile, or if people are just exaggerating, and are really dropping their phone on cement in the cold with no case, and expecting it to survive?

I also read that it might be a defect with earlier models, and that the new ones don't have problems?

I have 1 day to cancel the order (probably more since its on backorder anyways), so is the phone defective, or do I have nothing to worry about?
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Yeah it is. The back glass will break very easily if drooped. I dropped mine ~ 10cm on top of my glass desk and it broke. After getting a case it completely fine even after drops.
Edited by ZealotKi11er - 2/2/13 at 6:19pm
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a.. grass desk?
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a.. grass desk?

Glass fail grammar biggrin.gif
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a.. grass desk?

I'm interested in seeing this "Grass desk". Is it also made of tree branches for the legs?
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I ordered a Nexus 4 today with the intention to sell my S3 once it arrives. After ordering it I started reading a bunch of stories about people who had the back of their phone crack after falling 1-2 feet onto carpet, and more stories about the glass breaking from rapid temperature change.

Can anyone confirm if the phone is actually overly fragile, or if people are just exaggerating, and are really dropping their phone on cement in the cold with no case, and expecting it to survive?

I also read that it might be a defect with earlier models, and that the new ones don't have problems?

I have 1 day to cancel the order (probably more since its on backorder anyways), so is the phone defective, or do I have nothing to worry about?

Well its such a nice phone that ud want to put a case on it anyways. But i seriously am pretty mad LG made the Nexus 4's back out of glass -_-

If there is one thing apple can do well, its make something that has good build quality. I went here and there was a little youtube clip comparing all of the google devices in comparison to Apple devices. I wasnt all too surprised to find that the nexus 4 took so much more damage than the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 did have Corning Gorilla Glass where as the Nexus 4 had Corning Gorilla Glass 2 (if i recall correctly, Gorilla Glass 1 was thicker and therefore more durable) An easy comparison to that is the GSII and the GSIII. The GSII could take a tougher beating than the SIII could, at least the way i see it.
    
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Well its such a nice phone that ud want to put a case on it anyways. But i seriously am pretty mad LG made the Nexus 4's back out of glass -_-

If there is one thing apple can do well, its make something that has good build quality. I went here and there was a little youtube clip comparing all of the google devices in comparison to Apple devices. I wasnt all too surprised to find that the nexus 4 took so much more damage than the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 did have Corning Gorilla Glass where as the Nexus 4 had Corning Gorilla Glass 2 (if i recall correctly, Gorilla Glass 1 was thicker and therefore more durable) An easy comparison to that is the GSII and the GSIII. The GSII could take a tougher beating than the SIII could, at least the way i see it.

I really like the material that they use for the back of Black Berry's. It looks pretty good, feels pretty good, and is durable. Sure it doesn't glimmer, but all of these beautiful smartphones need a case anyways.

But, honestly is the Nexus 4 defective in any way, like these people are describing? Will the glass back break if I look at it funny?
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I really like the material that they use for the back of Black Berry's. It looks pretty good, feels pretty good, and is durable. Sure it doesn't glimmer, but all of these beautiful smartphones need a case anyways.

But, honestly is the Nexus 4 defective in any way, like these people are describing? Will the glass back break if I look at it funny?

Lol just treat the Nexus 4 like a baby and youtre fine biggrin.gif
    
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I have had my Nexus 4 for a few months now without so much as a scratch, but tbh i had it in a leather pouch from day 1. If you take care of your kit then you will be fine, just get a nice case to protect it.

On a side note you are gonna love the N4 it's simply awesome thumb.gif
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I've been using mine caseless. Haven't dropped it but it hasn't got any scratches on it just from normal use. Maybe I am missing it but it will come with the play store installed out of the box for normal android apps?
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