Samsung's Galaxy S8 is a stunning smartphone. Its 'Infinity Display' is more expansive than previous flagships and makes the phone look more like a tablet. But this beautiful new design is also incredibly fragile. In fact, it's the most breakable phone Samsung has ever made.
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are covered in Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and back, making them a bit more vulnerable than the metal-bodied smartphones of the past. But it's the bezel-less display that really takes the cake in terms of fragility. The new design is just too thin to hold together, and if you drop it once, that's probably it for your Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus.
In the early days of the Galaxy S8, repair shops were flooded with calls for broken screens on the new Samsung flagships. And according to SquareTrade, an extended warranty service provider, the S8 is the most fragile phone they've ever tested. The S8 cracks on all sides on the first drop, and that's a big deal given how expensive and popular the Galaxy S8 is.
The phone's all-glass design is actually good news for third party repair companies. Motherboard reports that screen replacements for the S8 are $50 to $100 cheaper than they were for last year's Galaxy S7. And of course, if you can't afford to shell out the cash for a brand new Galaxy S8, third-party screen repair services are a great way to save some money and get your phone working again.