Why Smartphone Screens Break so Easily


by Damon Burton September 17, 2018

Screen breakage is the leading type of phone damage that smartphone owners complain about. Since smartphone screens can crack so easily and are expensive to replace, it’s not uncommon to see people using screens that are damaged. For the time being, smartphone manufacturers are torn between making phones that are both durable and appealing to customers’ aesthetic preferences.

Designers create phones that meet their customers’ needs and desires, and today’s customers want big screens but sleek designs. As a result, cell phones have gradually gotten larger, while at the same time getting skinnier. This design requires the glass used for the screens to be both thin and durable, a hard combination to produce.

When you drop your phone, elastic energy stored in the phone’s glass is converted into surface energy, which is why your glass cracks. A scratch will not shatter the screen of your phone. But when you drop your phone, the force of impact will overcome the surface compression, resulting in small stresses that could lead to the shattering of your screen.

Even though smartphone screens break, there are many instances where people drop their phones and the phone makes it through unscathed. This shows that cell phone screens are improving and are stronger than we give them credit for. Cell phone companies are continuously working to develop stronger glass to help prevent their products’ screens from cracking. However, it may be some time before they create a glass that is strong enough to withstand the day-to-day abuse that smartphones endure.

For now, phone makers are doing all they can to make sure other parts of the phone are capable of absorbing the impact of a potential drop. Most phone manufacturers use high-grade materials for the body of the phone, mixing zinc into aluminum for maximum strength. The durable frames protect the phone from bending and, in the event of an accidental drop, will absorb most of the shock that would have compromised the glass. But this may not prevent your screen from cracking, depending on exactly how your phone lands.

In response to these issues, screen protector companies have emerged. A variety of screen protectors are available for every phone on the market as well as phone cases that can show off phone owners’ style while safeguarding their devices. In spite of all this, there are many people who like to live dangerously by not putting any protection on their phone.

Even though smartphones aren’t as durable as we might like them to be, there are many options for fortifying them. As consumers, it’s our responsibility to invest in products to safeguard our phones from inevitable fumbles and drops.




Damon Burton
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