Does the Samsung Galaxy S22 need a case?

Samsung’s Galaxy S22 is scratch-resistant and has an IP68 rating, offering protection against dust and water, but can it handle drops? And from what height?

Samsung Galaxy S22 uses Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ to protect both the front and back of the smartphone, so is a case necessary? Until recently, mobile electronics were considered somewhat delicate and needed to be kept away from dust and water that might get inside. It was even more difficult to avoid scratches and cracks on these slippery mobile devices, since screens were once quite prone to damage.

Samsung’s Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra have a lot in common, although the most expensive model has strayed further from the pack this year. While the Galaxy S22 and S22+ have the same rounded edges as other S-series phones, the Galaxy S22 Ultra now looks like it belongs in the Note series. With flat ends and rounded edges, the S22 Ultra now also houses an S Pen, further emphasizing the merging of the two Samsung smartphone lines.


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Samsung’s Galaxy S22 has been tested for scratch resistance and outperformed all other smartphones on the market, even Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro Max by withstanding a Mohs pick at level 7 without scratches. While this is very impressive, there were concerns that the super tough Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ would no longer be brittle as a result. In one of the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s first drop tests, the PBK Reviews The YouTube channel revealed a potential issue. Although only one phone was tested and individual results vary, this is one of the worst performances in recent history for a flagship smartphone. The glass on Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra cracked on the first drop, and it was waist high.

A case is probably a good idea

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Despite the impressive scratch test results, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra drop test revealed that Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus+ can be broken far too easily. It’s a remarkably scratch-resistant smartphone with an IP68 rating, which means water and dust pose little threat, but drops seem to be its weakness. Most concerning is that the very first crack occurred on the rear glass above one of the cameras, an area that some manufacturers protect with sapphire crystal due to its extreme durability. Apparently, Samsung believed that Gorilla Glass Victus+ would be strong enough.

Each successive drop from waist height caused damage on multiple sides, before dropping to head height, making matters worse. The Galaxy S22 and S22+ weren’t tested in this video, but they use the same type of glass, which makes using a case a good idea. As the video shows, it’s probably worth it Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra owner purchasing a case that protects both the front and back of the phone.

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Source: PBKreviews/YouTube

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