From what I have been hearing about Gorilla Glass Screens, I assumed they were supposed to be close to indestructible, I felt the eras of screens cracking from drops and falls are past us. Of course I was wrong, in my case anyway.
I read up about the component and the technology behind it and it was said to be an impact resistant, sheet toughened glass manufactured by U.S. glassmaker Corning Inc. Engineered for a combination of thinness, lightness, and damage-resistance.
I own a Lumia 630 and it uses Gorilla Glass 3 as a screen component, which means I am promised a screen that doesn’t need a screen protector and will do just fine after suffering a fall. It was with surprise that I saw what I saw when the sleek phone slid from my hands yesterday and dropped to the floor.
The cover went this way and battery went that way, all good. All I need is to couple them back and it will work as good as before, or so I thought. Then I picked up my phone and I felt scratches, in denial I was still thinking maybe the phone has stuck to some sand residue on the floor.
I picked up my battery and cover, tried to couple it and alas, screen has cracked in a thousand places. I rubbed it, and rubbed it again, and wiped it with the seam of my shirt to make sure I wasn’t seeing double. My phone screen is truly badly cracked.
I thought this was supposed to be Gorilla Glass 3, the head honcho of touchscreen screens, the screen the high end Samsung Galaxy devices and the iPhones use. To be fair the phone was as naked as it was the day it was made, no screen protector. It was practically begging to break, but still, Gorilla Glass!
To be fair to the Corning product, the phone still works fine and is very much usable with the crack, if you don’t mind seeing a million little cobwebs on your UI. Well, lessons have been well learned, things are usually not as good as the maker will claim they are.
From this moment on I plan to use a case and screen protector at all times, the nonsense about cases covering the beauty of the phone will only work if there is something to left worth covering.
By the way, does anyone know how much it will cost to fix this in a Nokia shop, or how is it compared to taking for repairs with a cheaper third party?