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Here's the secret to avoid breaking your smartphone screen when it falls

enero 30, 2020

All these years, you were persuaded that it was a stroke of bad luck by noticing that your telephone always fell from the side of the screen, cracking and causing a costly repair. But the real culprits are simply the laws of physics. A study has revealed the real reasons why your screen always falls on the wrong side. It's up to you to read the conclusions to follow to deduce the foolproof method to avoid breaking the screen of your smartphone.

Let's start with the fun part. The physicist in charge of the study entitled why my slice of butter always falls on the butter side? (yes, this is a real study) Robert Matthews has focused his attention on smartphones.

Motorola was the sponsor of this study in 2015 for the communication of its new ShatterShield protective glass. The study seems serious, however, and shows us the physical forces at play when a smartphone falls.

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The real responsible for your broken notches is gravity. AndroidPIT

It's like throwing a knife. If you have already tried this activity in the past, you know that it sometimes feels like you get there 100% of the time, while other times it is complete. This is because the rotation of the knife remains largely stable each throw. The only thing that changes is the distance between you and the target at which you launch the object.

It's like throwing a knife

The same law of rotation is valid for smartphones. Measure the distance between the start of the fall of the smartphone and its point of arrival, you should be able to measure approximately the number of rotations that the object will perform. Unfortunately for smartphones as for toast, the average drop height of a mobile (or toast) guarantees that the object of your desire will fall almost systematically from the wrong side.

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I don't know about you, but I am convinced. Motorola

The good news is that this theory is not any proof. The formula is based on the fact that you are trying to catch your mobile when it falls, while a frictionless fall would be more likely to result in a notch up landing.

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Do not try to catch up with your mobile in the event of a fall, you are more likely to save your guts. AndroidPIT

The best way to preserve your screen in the event of a fall is therefore to drop it, as paradoxical as it may seem. I would not recommend you to experiment either, but one thing is certain: if your phone came to escape you, it is better to let things take their course.

The best way to preserve your screen in the event of a fall is to drop it.

Have you ever broken your smartphone by dropping it? Do you think you would have been able not to try to catch it?

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