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Samsung Galaxy S4 might feel ‘cheap,’ but stress tests suggest otherwise [video]

Samsung Galaxy S4 might feel 'cheap,' but stress tests suggest otherwise

Though some Samsung phones in recent years have been exceptions to the rule, handsets launched by the world’s top smartphone vendor often have a “cheap” feel to them. Despite their gorgeous premium displays, Samsung devices tend to utilize plastics that feel flimsy and fragile — a regular point of contention among reviewers, though consumers certainly don’t seem to care. As Galaxy S4 units begin to make their way into users’ hands, we’ve seen several hands-on videos pop up and the latest takes one aspect of the smartphone’s construction to task to see if it really is “cheap.”

As picked up by SamMobile, YouTube user Szabolcs Ignacz shared a video this past weekend that puts the Galaxy S4’s “Gorilla Glass 3” screen to the test. Ignacz shows us what happens when common items like keys and coins scratch the face of the phone. He also used some less than common items like knives to test the glass’ durability. The Galaxy S4 emerges without a scratch in the end, so prospective buyers can rest assured that the handset’s display is well protected.

While the Galaxy S4 might feel cheap, the glass covering the face of the phone most certainly is not. As for how the rest of the phone might stand up to similar abuse, we’ll have to wait to see if Ignacz has the courage to put Samsung’s thin plastic casing to the test.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 launches on seven U.S. carriers beginning on Wednesday. The Galaxy S4 stress test video follows below.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.