Thanks Meter 169
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Pacific Grove, CA
I, too, have read about easily damaged screens, and since I used my S2 very roughly, I was (am) worried about my S4. However, I have been (a bit) more careful and still my S4 (i337) has taken about four falls -I held my breath for each, but no damage for any:
#1 off the dresser in my bedroom on to the wood floor: about 32" no damage. (the most risky!)
#2 in the bathroom from the sink counter onto the floor: landed on the bathoom rug/mat about 31" no damage.
#3 from the dining room table onto the dining room rug: 32" fall no damage.
#4. from my dashboard in my car to the footwell on my side (bounced down off the center panel) total drop ~ 30" no damage.
I have the Samsung S-View cover (flip case) with the small window and replacement back. It actually seems pretty effective. No pixels bad -no cracks so I am happy. I do need to be more careful where I put it down while puttering around the house, however. (I have insurance, but don't want an MF3 --I am happily rooted /rom'd all is working well right now!)
Oh, I agree with graydiggy
that these types of falls are sort of beyond the normal expectations for wear and tear.
I think I had read about folks who had the S4 in the jeans pockets, and when pulled the phone out the screeen had been cracked from twisting or bending or stresses like that.
I actually do keep the S4 in my pockets and have mistakenly sat on it more than once ("hmm..that's my wallet right? Oh no!"). But so far walking with it in the back pocket and sitting with it in the front pocket I have not had any problems --so perhaps it is only the internationals that have that issue, not sure, but I don't!)