HTC One M9 drop and full water submersion tests make us cringe [VIDEOS]


HTC One M9 cracked display

We still have a few more days before you can officially mosey into a store and leave with a shiny new HTC One M9 in your pocket. After we saw the Samsung Galaxy S6’s durability put to the test, it’s now time for the the HTC One M9 to suffer the same fate.

Our latest double feature is brought to you by Phil Esposito and the twisted minds over at TechSmartt who wasted no time in taking up HTC on their new Uh Oh protection policy. We know most devices these days feature some level of water resistance, normally just enough to survive a few minutes out in the rain or a quick splash into a puddle.

HTC already told us, like last year’s One M8, the One M9 is rated for IPX3. This means it’s splash proof, but isn’t meant to be fully immersed in water. But what happens if (heaven forbid) your brand new HTC One M9 takes a dive into your toilet? Well, according to the video below, it might be salvageable even if swimming around for 20+ minutes (the Galaxy S6 hit a similar time before kicking the bucket). Check out the video down below to see for yourself.

Now, we know the HTC One M9 can survive a quick dip in water — but what about when it slips out of your hand and comes into contact with cold, hard concrete. Once again, we have another video showing you this worse case scenario, illustrating exactly what happens when you drop the HTC One M9 from a series of different heights. The result? A few dings, dents, chips, and eventually… a broken display. No surprise there.

But all in all, the HTC One M9 held up rather well. Because the glass is kind of floating towards the middle of the device (thank goodness for the boom sound speakers, right?), a big drop onto its corner wont actually crack the display. It will, however, leave a nasty dent in the body.

While situations like this are enough to make any smartphone lover cringe, there’s a certain peace of mind that comes with knowing that no matter what happens to your HTC One M9 — whether it’s dropped, doused, or set on fire — HTC’s Uh Oh protection has you covered.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. This phone just keeps getting more and more disappointing… I want to love HTC I really do but they’ve got a ton of things they need to straighten out first

    1. like? It’s simple physics. Aluminum is a soft metal. It will dent. Glass is glass, it will break. The S6 does seem to take a beating, but it’s all depends on the way its dropped. A more scientific approach needs to be done to determine which holds up better.

      1. https://youtu.be/p1Qu2JSj-lY

        Is this scientific enough

    2. Lol, what?! Did you expect something else to happen after putting a phone through all that?

  2. Finally a trademark review typical of Phandroid.

      1. The kind of dropping in water, shooting, dragging behind a car, slamming, etc. It’s strange but there are often this kind of “review” on Phandroid.

        1. Most sites do. It’s something some people want to know, your phone may not suffer the damage they do in these videos but it helps gives an idea of overall durability. Some people drop their phone more than others.

          Although I always have the case on when I’m out and about. Pretty much always unless I’m going to be stationary for a while at home and want to enjoy the phone without the bulkiness.

    1. My wats are wat right now

  3. Fantastic build quality and support. Still great reasons to love this phone.

  4. I wished a phone (could be this or any other device) would explode in the guy’s hand along with the camera. I hate these money-wasting morons!

      1. I’ve seen this one before, pretty awesome! I hope this one learned his lesson! If only there were a “drop/water/smash test detector” that did this to whoever tried anything dumb… (I know I’m dreaming, the reasons are pretty obvous)

      2. Jajajaja..they are morons.. And so stuped on doing these east of money and phone test.

      3. What a maroon!

        Yeah – batteries contain toxic stuff so let’s hit it real good.

  5. Then part that the said it still working after dropping it is not true. They didn’t show working at all. I believe this was the phone they submerge and damage with water. This is unacceptable as a review goes.

    1. I think you might be right.

  6. How many of you all like pretzels?

  7. I hate these videos, but I do find it funny that the S6 took no damage when being thrown to the floor in another video and worked after being in water for several minutes. I wouldn’t recommend it though.

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