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Watch Gorilla Glass 2 Get Stress Tested Against Other Glass

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Gorilla Glass 2 could make your devices both thinner and stronger.

Having Gorilla Glass on a touch-device is a good bullet point to have. While the name may be marketing, the actual product is a huge plus for tablets and smartphones. In our experience, Gorilla Glass keeps touchscreens looking more pristine under harsh (or everyday use) conditions.

At CES 2012, Corning announced Gorilla Glass 2, which is just as tough as the original glass technology, but with an up-to-20 percent thinner profile. Corning says that thinner Gorilla Glass 2 will enable slimmer and sleeker devices, brighter images, and greater touch sensitivity.

We captured a strength test demo from the show floors of CES. Special thanks to Tom's Hardware reader Christopher Ly who volunteered to assist in the demo:

Gorilla Glass 2 Stress Test

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    AznCracker , January 14, 2012 6:27 PM
    Why don't they ever break the glass? I want to see how much force it can withstand
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    willard , January 14, 2012 6:22 PM
    chickenhoagieLooks pretty solid..Would've been nice to see a scratch resistant test though. My iphone 4 has still gotten scratches what looks like has been from my car keys

    I became borderline religious about which pockets I use for what items after my old iPhone 3G got a nasty gouge in the middle of the screen. Keys, change, ID badges, etc. go in the right pocket. Phone, paper and other items softer than the screen go in the left.
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    jurassic1024 , January 14, 2012 8:17 PM
    chickenhoagieLooks pretty solid..Would've been nice to see a scratch resistant test though. My iphone 4 has still gotten scratches what looks like has been from my car keys



    iPhone 4 and 4S do NOT use Gorilla Glass. Fact.
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    chickenhoagie , January 14, 2012 6:14 PM
    Looks pretty solid..Would've been nice to see a scratch resistant test though. My iphone 4 has still gotten scratches what looks like has been from my car keys:/
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    willard , January 14, 2012 6:22 PM
    chickenhoagieLooks pretty solid..Would've been nice to see a scratch resistant test though. My iphone 4 has still gotten scratches what looks like has been from my car keys

    I became borderline religious about which pockets I use for what items after my old iPhone 3G got a nasty gouge in the middle of the screen. Keys, change, ID badges, etc. go in the right pocket. Phone, paper and other items softer than the screen go in the left.
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    AznCracker , January 14, 2012 6:27 PM
    Why don't they ever break the glass? I want to see how much force it can withstand
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    Delengowski , January 14, 2012 6:28 PM
    Looks very solid, thats with the force being focused on one spot. So it could easily take a lot more weight spread over the whole glass.
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    ikyung , January 14, 2012 6:59 PM
    chickenhoagieLooks pretty solid..Would've been nice to see a scratch resistant test though. My iphone 4 has still gotten scratches what looks like has been from my car keys

    Yeah agreed. But my current phone uses Gorilla Glass 1 and it is pretty darn scratch proof. Not that I get my keys or coins and rub it across my screen. Just regular everyday use.
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    eddieroolz , January 14, 2012 7:17 PM
    They can make glass bend like that but our phones still shatter anyway, eh.
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    ikyung , January 14, 2012 7:40 PM
    eddieroolzThey can make glass bend like that but our phones still shatter anyway, eh.

    I think Samsung is suppose to come out with bending glass cellphones this year.
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    EDVINASM , January 14, 2012 7:53 PM
    azncrackerWhy don't they ever break the glass? I want to see how much force it can withstand


    agreed. nice to see what does not brake it but a test is nor relevant without showing how much force breaks gorilla glass version one and version two. ambiguous results.
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    freggo , January 14, 2012 7:59 PM
    How about a plexiglass screen. It will definitely not shatter.
    If, after a year of hard use, it is a bit scratched up you swap it for a new screen.
    Plexiglass is not that expensive to make so a replacement screen could be $9.95 without a problem.

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    qhoa1385 , January 14, 2012 8:00 PM
    azncrackerWhy don't they ever break the glass? I want to see how much force it can withstand

    Because they can't :/ 
    they tried though! LOL
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    jurassic1024 , January 14, 2012 8:17 PM
    chickenhoagieLooks pretty solid..Would've been nice to see a scratch resistant test though. My iphone 4 has still gotten scratches what looks like has been from my car keys



    iPhone 4 and 4S do NOT use Gorilla Glass. Fact.
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    JOSHSKORN , January 14, 2012 8:21 PM
    So does this mean I can now safely play my Wii without putting on the stupid safety strap, and if I happen to launch the controller at the TV, it won't break if it has Gorilla Glass 2? Just curious. Someone should do that test. :) 
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    chrisb2e9 , January 14, 2012 8:23 PM
    Not even 130lbs from someone who might weight up to 170lbs. He wasn't even trying!
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    Anonymous , January 14, 2012 9:14 PM
    The reason they don't break it, simple: Look better.
    Simply showing the glass breaking can have a bad impact on the vision of the product.

    Or maybe the glass will shatter dangerously is it break this way...
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    Camikazi , January 14, 2012 9:24 PM
    chickenhoagieLooks pretty solid..Would've been nice to see a scratch resistant test though. My iphone 4 has still gotten scratches what looks like has been from my car keys

    That is probably because the iPhone 4 and 4S don't have Gorilla Glass, they use a different material which isn't as scratch resistant as Gorilla Glass.
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    nebun , January 14, 2012 9:38 PM
    it's strong but i will still get scratches....why don't they do some drop tests and see how it gets shattered, drop it on a corner
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    therabiddeer , January 14, 2012 10:13 PM
    freggoHow about a plexiglass screen. It will definitely not shatter.If, after a year of hard use, it is a bit scratched up you swap it for a new screen.Plexiglass is not that expensive to make so a replacement screen could be $9.95 without a problem.

    Can you make touch sensitive screens using plexiglass though? I imagine not...
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    dark_knight33 , January 14, 2012 11:01 PM
    freggoHow about a plexiglass screen. It will definitely not shatter.If, after a year of hard use, it is a bit scratched up you swap it for a new screen.Plexiglass is not that expensive to make so a replacement screen could be $9.95 without a problem.


    Yeah, as if we weren't past coke bottle glasses, now we can 'go retro' with brick sized phones with coke bottle screens.

    I would rather have a $100+ screen that doesn't scratch, than have a $10 one that scratches the first time I drop my keys in the wrong pocket. Even getting a cheap screen replaced takes time, is inconvenient, and costs in labor.

    My iPhone 3g is over 3 years old, been treated well, but have had accidents. Not one scratch on the glass itself, despite scratches on the back. The phone has been dropped 2-3 times, and I have slipped my keys in with it at least once.

    My HTC Thunderbolt, just a week old at the time, got a single scratch on the digitizer large enough to catch your finger nail in it due to accidentally putting my keys in the same pocket. FAIL. Estimate for replacement of the digitizer is up to 3 weeks & $160.
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    raven2510 , January 14, 2012 11:03 PM
    I wish Apple would use GG2. They still say that their screens are scratch proof.
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    enzo matrix , January 14, 2012 11:07 PM
    freggoHow about a plexiglass screen. It will definitely not shatter.If, after a year of hard use, it is a bit scratched up you swap it for a new screen.Plexiglass is not that expensive to make so a replacement screen could be $9.95 without a problem.

    Plexiglass has no scratch resistance at all. I don't want to be spending $10 a week to replace my phone's screen.
    Not to mention the texture of plexiglass is NOT smooth like glass and would feel terrible under my fingers with a touchscreen.

    ON another note, why does everyone keep talking about the iphone as if it has gorilla glass? It doesn't use gorilla glass. That is why your iphones are "scratching" and "gouging."
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