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Another Samsung Galaxy S III vs Apple iPhone 4S drop test confirms the fragile nature of glass

0. phoneArena 04 Jun 2012, 09:25 posted on

Looks like trashing a Samsung Galaxy S III and an iPhone 4S together is a favorite pastime these days, as after the redhead dropping them both on a concrete pavement earlier, we now have them dropped from a car and thrown around by kids as well, courtesy of the insurers from SquareTrade...

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posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:45 3

9. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


The S3 is huge. May as well have a tablet.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 15:46 3

71. Ubi2447 (Posts: 131; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


A. Because a tablet can make phone calls :P

B. Have fun with buying a cell phone from here on out because 4.3"+ size phones are here to stay.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:02 2

11. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 597; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


GORILLA GLASS is indestructible right? in Corning's video about the Gorilla Glass, they even demonstrated bending it. In this test, the Gorilla Glass is cracked. big ??? for me.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:14 3

21. simplyj (Posts: 406; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


Gorilla Glass has never been indestructible. All Gorilla Glass is, is scratch resistant. It still shatters and breaks just like any other piece of glass.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 15:10 1

69. Synack (Posts: 681; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


its a bit tougher but yes, its mainly meant for scratch resistance, i had an iPhone4 for a month and that thing was all scratched up really quick. I'm on my 3rd Samsung with Gorilla glass and I've had 2 scratches between all 3 phones.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 15:53

100. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Please repeat this...for those that missed it....

All it ever was is scratch resistant. Like how ppl think the RAZR, Maxx is water proof.

Its water resistant, repellant.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:03 10

12. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Lol cheap plastic + easily breakable gs3.. Fail Samsung and those ignorant consumers buying a stolen product.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:01 5

36. SleepingOz (unregistered)


If it's such a bad device, why are you so obsessed with it?

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:07 5

37. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Isn't it obvious? Look at yourself.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:29 8

42. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Yeah, it's clearly obvious that you're jealous of Android and Samsung 's success.
Should've been Nokia, innit:?
hahahaha! Instead of wasting your time, trolling on every Android and Samsung articles, learn how to control your jealousy, man.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:10 10

16. PaNiq (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


So random, first test S3 landed facing front, and yet iphone 4s didnt, so its a game of luck, if it lands on front mean the glass breaks, if it lands on the back its all ok but have loads of scratches and some minor dmg

so this test basically proves nothing, what i would like see maybe throw a rock into the screen and see what happens, but if you throw it into air or if it falls, its matter of luck

if you throw S3 3times in air and S4 3times in air probably the result is unkown and maybe S3 wins it depending how it lands.

S3 also have bigger screen so its obvious if it lands on front it breaks faster cause it has bigger surface area.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:16 3

23. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


It doesn't matter what side the 4s lands on, Its all glass. But I agree with you on one part. They should have performed each test several times to see how likely it is for each phone to break and how.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:11 2

17. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


who needs to worry about durability if you actually take care of your device?

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:11

18. phljcnth (Posts: 496; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Oh God, why?

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 12:33 4

51. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Hey, they crash test hundreds of Ferrariā€™s before every model hits the streets.....

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:15 1

22. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


It is your responsibility to protect your valuable products same way as Car Crash Test.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:18 1

24. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)


I honestly think this may be the result of bigger screens. Larger surface area is bound to get damaged easier. Thoughts?

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:22 3

26. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


You are correct, however, the 4s has more glass than the s3 due to having it on both sides.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:24 2

27. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Seeing the giant pretty screen crack was heartbreaking. my heart stopped with every drop. I guess I love gadgets too much. Though I did laugh when the back and battery popped off. "hey its just like mine!"

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:45 1

34. strikercho (banned) (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


''giant pretty screen''?! All I see is a coffee tray with a ''smarphone'' label on it, and one stupenduosly large, oversatturated pen-tile screen and a pathetic cheap immitation of Siri...

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 12:38 3

53. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


go away twerp let the adults talk

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 22:17

101. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Some ppl just have nothing else better to do than try to get a rise out of ppl.

Dont feed him. Trolls, fanboys are like a plot of a horror movie. Ignore em and they go away....

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 12:52 2

55. tedkord (Posts: 13527; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


You forget a few adjectives. Fastest selling ever, most preordered ever, from the #1 smartphone manufacturer...

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:33 3

30. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


I will wait the galaxy note 2

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:36 2

31. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Even thou these "test" do give you a real life expectation of what could happen if you drop your phone. There are to many different random variable that are taken into account, to really try to name one phone tougher then the other. They would have to set up a device to drop the same amount of force on the same spots of each phone to give a better read on which device is built tougher. But again, these are device built out of glass and plastic...how tough do you guys think they are going be?

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:43 2

32. mikeyhuh89 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


Does it blend?

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:25 1

40. WhyNotRadioShack (Posts: 13; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)


And if your careful with your phone like a responsible adult and put a damn case on it then you for the most part will be okay in most situations!

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:26 2

41. skymitch89 (Posts: 1354; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


This with the fact that the US variant of the GS3 is coming with the S4 is making me want it even less. I thought that Gorilla Glass 2 was supposed to be even stronger than the original? I've dropped my Evo Shift and even tossed it against a wall a few times and nothing has happened to it except for some scratches on the side/metal and the back and battery coming off/out.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:37 1

43. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


"confirms the fragile nature of glass!" oReallllly?!!! lol

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 11:51 7

44. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)


the result I got form this test. is that every phone regardless of maker.. will brake.. if the are small made of glass. of course it would brake,.. a phone with a 4+ screen size.. guess what it will brake.. don't need dumb drop test to tell me what common sense will tell me..

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