No, the Nexus 5 isn't any better. The glass is the most brittle material encasing the phone. I don't see why you'd expect it to survive being dropped without any sort of shock absorption. Don't drop your phone and it won't shatter.Can confirm previous comments, a broken Nexus 4 from a friend in front of me. Small drop from half a meter, shattered back (covered in glass) and screen (Gorilla Glass, my a...), doubt the Nexus 5 is much better.