Don’t Buy Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 If You Have Butter Fingers

Don’t Buy Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 If You Have Butter Fingers
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 remains one of the most attractive and feature-packed phones on the market. With the Note 9 expected to launch sometime in August, you can expect its price to drop considerably in the months ahead. Hurrah!

However, bargain hunters should think twice about picking one up if they’re also likely to drop it. Put simply, the Note 8’s “survival rate” after suffering a fall isn’t that great.

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The tech blog Tom’s Guide recently tested the durability of 12 leading smartphone models by dropping them under a variety of test conditions. The phones – $US18,000’s worth! – were subjected to four- and six-feet drops onto both wood and concrete.

Each test actually consisted of two separate drops – once on the phone’s edge and once on its face. For the coup de grace, any surviving phones were tossed into a water-filled toilet.

The phones were then given a total ‘Toughness Rating’ based on how they fared in each test. Sadly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 proved to be one of the worst performers, with an overall rating of just 4.3 out of 10.

Here’s Tom’s Guide’s breakdown of what went wrong:

Samsung’s phablet took 4- and 6-foot drops on its face onto a wood surface with ease. A 4-foot fall on its edge onto concrete caused some minor scratches on the bottom edge, but a 4-foot drop on its face cracked the screen in a number of places, including in front of its front-facing camera, which gave selfies a very artistic look.

A 6-foot face drop onto concrete caused the Note 8’s screen to start flashing white, black and green, and the touch screen was completely unresponsive. The stylus was intact, though.

This was the second-worst result on record, with only Apple’s iPhone SE scoring lower (3.9.) By contrast, the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9 received Toughness Ratings of 6.2 and 6.0, respectively. The Motorola Moto Z2 Force came out on top with an overall score of 8.5.


It seems that Samsung is aware of this issue and is taking active steps to rectify it with its next phone. Leaked Note 9 specifications have revealed a slightly thicker chassis for improved durability.

Of course, none of this really matters if you’re willing to invest in a protective phone case (click here for some personal recommendations.) But clumsy cheapskates would be better off plumping for one of the other phones from the drop test. You can see how each model fared here.

[Via Tom’s Hardware]


  • I’ve noticed a huge decrease in the durability of Samsung Galaxy phones recently. I’ve had every even number Galaxy, never had a case or screen protector on them, and dropped them relatively often. Barring some very minor scratching, there’s never been an issue. I’ve now got a 4 month old Galaxy S8+ and it’s got two significant cracks and chips on the back, and a long crack running down the curve of one side of the screen on the front. All of these have come from drops or fumbles that I’m sure would never cracked one of the previous phones. The S8+ screen also seems much more susceptible to scratching of the front screen.

      • No, I don’t have a case on this phone (and I do understand that the cracks and chips may have been avoided if I did). But I also never had a case on any of the previous Galaxy phones, due to how durable they were – normal daily wear and tear and the occasional drop never caused any issue. If the durability of Galaxy phones has reduced to the level that normal use will require a case to avoid breaking the screen/back then I’m less likely to choose Samsung Galaxy in future.

        • Simple, aesthetics – we can’t expect thinner phones to be stronger unless manufacturers use better materials; but do they exist and is it feasible to produce such handsets?

          Glass housing, wireless charging, sub-6mm thickness, etc… this all comes at a cost. Granted, manufacturers know this but constantly pit each other over features, sales and realize the life expectancy of their handsets are two years on average.
          Tick for tat; consumers are left to choose what’s conducive or what they favor at the time.

          I generally keep mine for two years and at a minimum put a case on, though I don’t bother with screen protectors anymore.

          I also wait for a few months to see how new handsets wear amongst the early adopters for issues, ie: Note7 (battery), iPhone 6 (bendgate), etc… as such the reviews spoke for themselves and I avoided buying bad handsets.

  • Disingenuous when you look at the table to see the Note8 is the second-worst performer with a score of 4.3, ahead of the iPhone SE at 3.9, when there are three other (including more expensive, eg. Google Pixel 2XL) handsets also scoring 4.3… iPhone 8 was a 4.9, vs. the leading Motorola Moto Z2 Force at 8.5

  • the leading Motorola Moto Z2 Force at 8.5

    It’s amazing that Motorola scored this high – Lonovo has done well with the brand.
    The last Motorola I purchased was a V – circa of 2000 – it was junk like the StarTAC series before them. The only thing it had going for it was the wow factor it’s it’s aesthetics, lacked features and generally unreliable for an expensive handset.
    I traded that V for a Nokia 8210 and stuck with Nokia’s for years thereafter, then owned a string of iPhone’s and now a Samsung Galaxy.

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