We bashed smartphones: the surprising abuse they can handle now

We dropped them face first on a hard floor. We dropped a block of wood on their screens and finally smacked one with a hammer.

Along with a couple of metro Atlanta consumers, I was invited to test the resilience of new and recent models of the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and other brands. The session was organized by Protect Your Bubble, an Atlanta-based provider of protection plans for electronic devices.

Oct. 27, 2015 - Atlanta - AJC reporter Matt Kempner tries a number of ways break a smart phone -- in the end it took hammering a nail into it to break it. Patrons tried to break their phones during a test lab at the Protect Your Bubble office in Atlanta. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

We tried a number of ways break a smartphone, which are becoming more durable as we give them greater control of our lives. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

The durability of smartphones will become even more crucial as we use them for increasingly important tasks.

It’s harder than I thought to kill these things (which Protect Your Bubble and its PR firm supplied). Though screens cracked or shattered, the devices kept working through multiple bashings. Even after I took a hammer to the screen of a Galaxy S4. Even after I grabbed nails and jabbed them down on the screen.

But the smartphones we tested eventually did give out.

For video of what eventually stopped one and more on our love/hate relationship with smartphones, check out the latest Unofficial Business column on myAJC.com.

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