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I acci­den­tal­ly ran over the Sam­sung Galaxy S9 with my car – and it’s still as good as new

I was using a case, thankfully…but no screen pro­tec­tor.
Any blem­ish you see on the screen is dust, or the effects of the glar­ing sun on the dis­play. There was no scratch on the screen oth­er­wise.  (Anto­nio Vil­las-Boas/Busi­ness Insid­er).

In case you were won­der­ing, the Galaxy S9 Plus housed inside the $30 Inci­pio Dual­pro case, can sur­vive the weight of a Sub­aru Out­back.
You don’t need to know how it hap­pened. It was a sim­ple exam­ple of human error. All you need to know is that I acci­den­tal­ly ran over the Busi­ness Insid­er office’s Galaxy S9 review unit with a front tire – and then a rear tire – and it suf­fered absolute­ly no dam­age what­so­ev­er.
There was so lit­tle dam­age, that when I was using it lat­er, I actu­al­ly man­aged to tem­porar­i­ly for­get that it was run over by a car. Twice, tech­ni­cal­ly, if you count each tire.
I don’t know if the Galaxy S9 on its own – with­out a case – could have sur­vived its unex­pect­ed dura­bil­i­ty tri­al. That seems unlike­ly con­sid­er­ing the drop tests con­duct­ed by Square­Trade, where the S9’s screen cracks pret­ty eas­i­ly from a six-foot drop.
And I don’t know whether oth­er cas­es from Inci­pio or oth­er case mak­ers could pro­tect the Galaxy S9 as well. All I know is that the Galaxy S9 dis­play is made of strong glass, and the Inci­pio Dual­pro is a good case.
Actu­al­ly, there was one thing that hap­pened when I ran over the phone with my car. The music I was play­ing to a Blue­tooth speak­er was paused. I pressed the play but­ton after wip­ing the screen from the dusty tire marks and the music resumed.
Check out what a Galaxy S9 looks like after being run over by a car:

I found the phone with the screen fac­ing up. This means I ran straight over the Galaxy S9’s screen and it did­n’t crack.
I found the phone with the screen fac­ing up. This means I ran straight over the Galaxy S9’s screen and it did­n’t crack.  (Anto­nio Vil­las-Boas/Busi­ness Insid­er)
I’m actu­al­ly not that sur­prised that the Galaxy S9’s screen did­n’t crack. A phone’s screen is most prone to crack­ing when there’s a lot of shock all in one spot — like when you drop it. How­ev­er, my car’s tire would have applied the pres­sure most­ly even­ly, and so it sur­vived.
What was sur­pris­ing is that the screen did­n’t scratch at all.
What was sur­pris­ing is that the screen did­n’t scratch at all.  (Anto­nio Vil­las-Boas/Busi­ness Insid­er)
I did­n’t use a screen pro­tec­tor of the Galaxy S9, and yet it did­n’t suf­fer any scratch­es. Any blem­ish you see on the screen is dust, or a reflec­tion of the sun.
The Galaxy S9’s dis­play uses Goril­la Glass 5, which is tough and scratch-resis­tant glass. Goril­la Glass 5 is also used in oth­er high-end smart­phones from Google, LG, HTC, and even less expen­sive phones from One­Plus. With that in mind, you could say that oth­er phones with Goril­la Glass 5 would escape the car treat­ment with­out a scratch. But I was­n’t will­ing to place more phones under my car’s tires to test the the­o­ry.
Apple’s lat­est iPhones – includ­ing the iPhone 8 and iPhone X – could also poten­tial­ly fare just as well as the Galaxy S9, if not bet­ter. Accord­ing to 9to5Mac, Apple worked with Goril­la Glass to make its own tough glass that’s even tougher than Goril­la Glass 5.
The glass on the back and the cam­era were unscathed.
The glass on the back and the cam­era were unscathed.  (Anto­nio Vil­las-Boas/Busi­ness Insid­er)
I was wor­ried that the glass on the back of the Galaxy S9 could have cracked while inside the case, but I was relieved to find that noth­ing hap­pened to BI’s Galaxy S9 review unit — it prob­a­bly would have meant answer­ing some awk­ward ques­tions.
The Inci­pio case itself had a few minor scuffs, but noth­ing too bad.
The Inci­pio case itself had a few minor scuffs, but noth­ing too bad.  (Anto­nio Vil­las-Boas/Busi­ness Insid­er)
And it’s still 100% func­tion­al.
And it’s still 100% func­tion­al.  (Anto­nio Vil­las-Boas/Busi­ness Insid­er)
Use a case, peo­ple. You nev­er know what could hap­pen to your expen­sive smart­phone. I cer­tain­ly was­n’t expect­ing to run this one over.

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