HTC One M8 drop tested

If you're planning to upgrade to the HTC's One M8 that was officially revealed yesterday, it's always a good idea to look around for some reviews and info for durability tests performed on the device, and that's exactly what we have here.

David Rahimi of phonebuff has uploaded a video on YouTube in which the device is dropped three times at different angles. The first drop is a back plate landing, second is a side landing and the last is a screen facing drop, after each time the device is checked for damage and if it's even still working, you can view the results in the video below.


So has this put you off getting it, or helped in your decision to upgrade? Let us know in the comments below.

Specs & details of the HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 features a 5-inch display with 440 ppi, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, either 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage, and a MicroSD card slot with support for up to 64GB of extra space. The case of the M8 is over 90 percent aluminum, compared to 70 percent for the original HTC One.

The phone comes with Sense 6, the newest version of HTC's user interface. It will support things like customizable color themes and news feeds. Battery life is supposed to be 40 percent better on the M8 and it will soon have what HTC calls "extreme power saver mode" which will give it up to two weeks of standby time. Even the sound has been improved, according to the company, with 25 percent more powerful speaker chambers compared to the original HTC One.

The HTC One M8 will have two cameras in the rear, which the company claims will offer photo heavy users more depth in their images, along with support for some extra effects.

UK-based retailer Carphone Warehouse has begun selling the HTC One M8 immediately in some of its London stores. All four major U.S. carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile) will sell their own versions of the phone, with AT&T and Verizon pricing their devices at $199.99 with a two year contract. HTC will sell a Developer edition directly for $650 and Google will offer a Play edition of its own for $699.

Source: phonebuff on YouTube | Image via HTC

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Most phones claim Gorilla Class 3 but i doubt its true.
Anyway if you drop it, it breaks so be careful (Nokia excluded)

Riva said,
Anyway if you drop it, it breaks so be careful (Nokia excluded)

My Lumia 920 would disagree.
It did a double back-flip down my basement stairs and landed face first on bare concrete.
The phone assembly split and the screen cracked and now it won't power on.

Really happy I paid for reseller's insurance, which gives equivalent trade if it cannot be repaired.

The moral of the story is that just about anything will end up scuffed and scratched if you drop it on asphalt. Asphalt is very unforgiving.

Even in a phone case, it is random luck as to whether or not the screen will shatter. My son has had a Lumia 920 for a year. It is in an Otterbox Defender case, so it is padded to the hilt. He has dropped it on asphalt, concrete, hardwoods, and more...no problems. Last week he tripped over the dog who blended in with the floor at night and the screen cracked when it hit the floor. Just bad luck on the drop is all. Every drop is unique and will hit that stress point on the phone in a different way.

I have never understood these "drop tests". Any moron with a brain would know that if you drop a device, unless it has a parachute or made entirely of RUBBER, it's going to have scratches, and the GLASS will break. Gorilla glass isn't SHATTER resistant, it's SCRATCH resistant.

Drop a phone on the face, 9 times out of ten the screen will shatter. Alimunium...you will have dents in the casing when it is dropped. Just the nature of things. And scratches can happen. Gorilla glass is not perfect and is just there to help limit the damage if something were to happen. If you dont take care of your device or put your phone in the same pocket as keys or anything else that could damage it, cant blame anyone but yourself.

I have not had a case/screen protector on any of my phones for years. Not one crack, dent, or scratch in the screen at all.

Steven P. said,
My mate has an M7 and isn't planning to upgrade to the M8.

Same here - sticking with my M7. No OIS for the camera is a step backwards.

watkinsx2 said,

Same here - sticking with my M7. No OIS for the camera is a step backwards.

I got the 2013 model like a week before this one came out. Sorta glad I did.

so, the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 didn't do its job.
or maybe I had over expectation from Corning Gorilla Glass !

Xahid said,
so, the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 didn't do its job.
or maybe I had over expectation from Corning Gorilla Glass !

Gorilla Glass is ########. I'm on my second phone with so-called gorilla glass.

Scratches etc galore.

Looks impressive during demoes. But in real life; not so much.

Jarrichvdv said,

Gorilla Glass is ########. I'm on my second phone with so-called gorilla glass.

It's not supposed to take a beating, it's scratch resistant to a certain extent (like water resistance is too). If you purposely have coins and keys in the same pocket all the time, eventually scratches will happen :p