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Ooops! Drop test pits Apple iPhone 5 against Samsung Galaxy S4

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Ooops! Drop test pits Apple iPhone 5 against Samsung Galaxy S4
UPDATE: One of our loyal readers send us another drop test which pits the Samsung Galaxy S4 against the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Apple iPhone 5. We've added it below, for your viewing (and cringing) pleasure.

source: YouTube

No matter what precautions you take, one day, you are going to drop your handset. It's a sure thing and explains why manufacturers spend so much money on build quality and testing. With the Samsung Galaxy S4 now launching at  some locations, you might be curious to see how the new Android flagship holds up against the Apple iPhone 5.

Can the polycarbonate build of the Samsung Galaxy S4  take a beating as well as the aluminum clad Apple iPhone 5? Click on the video to find out-if you dare. With speculation that Samsung itself is tired of being picked on for its choice of build materials, there is some talk that the Samsung GALAXY Note III will be enclosed in a casing made of something other than plastic.

Watching both flagship models hit the ground just might be too much for you to take. Even closing your eyes won't let you escape the agony because of that sound that any smartphone fan can instantly identify as the sound of a new handset coming into contact with the ground. Last month, we told you that Apple has been awarded a patent on a process that detects if a device is free falling and if so, makes adjustments to move the center of mass to control how the device falls. For those butterfingers in the audience, this technology can't arrive quickly enough.

source: AndroidAuthority



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posted on 28 Apr 2013, 08:25 2

187. amats69 (Posts: 1477; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


HTC One with TFT? I think you should need to do some research

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 06:36 13

1. chistoefurpuffer (Posts: 140; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


While I must admit I was disappointed at the results, it's still faired better than the HTC One, fact it's screen can be fixed at home.
Another thing though, it was Gorilla Glass 3. Come on now!
While I still love the s4, that's just a bit disappointing.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 06:40 6

6. osmaankhaan (unregistered)


But keep in mind there's almost 20 grams deference in weight in both the phones

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 06:51 33

8. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


then try Lumia 920.. its heavy.... its tough

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 07:08 19

17. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


yes lol they bash its 180Grams and yet it never gets scratched look at this puny SGS4 weights like 130g or 140g meh broken in third drop

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 07:17 30

22. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


Samsung s4 sucks its very laggy i saw it in the store they need to fix touch-wiz and now the screen breaks great Samsung. it broke damn fast and people where talking about the htc one at least the htc one took many drops to break not like samsung s4 it was damn easy to break.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 07:29 12

26. AmitMajumder (Posts: 178; Member since: 21 May 2012)


My only question to you guys who are saying S4's crap and lumia tough: What are you going to use your smartphone for? Use it to build a building or something like that?
You buy a premium smartphone worth a lot then take good care of it and it will last long!!! Put it into some cases or anything like that if you are too scared!!!

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 07:40 16

34. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


once in a while every one drops their phone... no matter how good you take care of it....

So just assume ... I bought an GS 4 today and i dropped it accidentally.. and what if the result is like in the test .. then what ...? you want me to buy another one ... paying $800 ....

"better safe than sorry"

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 07:46 17

37. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)


Samsung makes everything cheap even parts. Samsung uses plastics for GS4 not b-c of its advantages over metal, they want to save money and make even more profits.Why GS4 is so much more expensive than One? B-c of extra SD slot?
I think people are foolish to pay more for GS4 than HTC One.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 07:53 19

40. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


You said premium ? Samsung ? ROFLOL.....

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 08:38 10

49. umadden (banned) (Posts: 90; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)


plastic > cheap recycled soda can aluminum

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 09:21 9

70. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


not all aluminium is the same they have different processes
for example HTC One S use not one but two advanced processes to create the metal shell of the One S. The micro arc oxidation uses 10,000V of electricity to turn the aluminum surface into ceramic, which is said to be five times stronger than aerospace aluminum or stainless steel. That creates the
black finish of the phone. The second option is a more traditional anodized aluminum.

Check this it the comparison between Iphone 5 material ''Aluminium'' and Samung S4 material ''polycarbonate'' :
www.makeitfrom.com/compare-materials/?A=Aluminum-Magnesium-Silicon-Wrought-Alloy-6000-Series&B=polycarbonate-pc

so yes aluminium looks and feels more premium than polycarbonate on S4 and the problem is not on the display but on samsung bad construction because other plastic device will survive when they droped on the side first even without GG3 display

premium and durability is 2 different things.
S4 is premium device but its not looks and feels premium, and absolutly not durable anough

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 09:24 9

71. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 184; Member since: 03 May 2012)


It actually hit on the screen which is why it cracked. Of course the iphone wont break if it hit on the back. Stupid test
they should do test where they drop it flat on the screen
THat would be a fair test

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 09:44 20

85. amats69 (Posts: 1477; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


LMAO! so where are the Durable cheap Plastic and the Gorilla glass 3?LMAO! eat that sammy fanboys!

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 10:00 4

93. SoulEater1667 (Posts: 23; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


As AmitMajuder said if you give 800$ for a phone either if is s4 or one or g or iphone 5, you definetly should buy a case ora bumper.That way rhe riscs to broke your phone is much much lower.

As the video show when s4 felt on it's edge the screen craked because the margins are not the strongest but if you have something soft like ruber it will absorb a part of damage and the phone will be safe.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 10:34 5

99. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


https://plus.google.com/116988351660148062102/posts/R7EWuTeEbqr

Turns out there is very little difference between GG2 and GG3.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 10:35 4

100. ama3654 (Posts: 295; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


Here is a better test

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNIn0BAUjv4&feature=youtu.be

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 10:39 7

102. jaymulli (Posts: 20; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)


But it didnt land on the screen it landed on the side of the phone on the corner, just like the iPhone did 3 times, the s4 landed on its back the first 2 tests which means i could have possibly cracked way before it did.

Plastic may be durable but when it isnt used correctly like the s4 it isnt good enough there is too much flex leaving the glass exposed, this is what happend when you want tiny bezels

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 11:06 6

105. Emily1985 (Posts: 127; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


Nokia Lumia 920 Drop Test
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH4xYN9I5Kw

Nokia Lumia 920 Destruction: What Does It Take?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3c8il_Q6SU

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 12:16 5

122. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Any phone dropped face down will crack. Samsung is actually the only company fixing this by switching to flexible screens with plastic.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 12:30 2

125. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Hey a non biased test that actually drops them fair! Gorrila Glass is a scam, if the manufacturer cared they would use sapphire glass.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 14:31 5

135. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Samsung is not the first and the only one who have flexible screen technology and maybe LG will be the first company who release flexible screen on the market.

So please stop you stupidity once for all!!!

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 14:43 6

136. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


S4 pretty good disappointed me..
One is much better in build quality ..
I prefer one over s4 every moment..
Plastic always looser and I so hope next galaxy will have aluminium. Body with much btter design.
good luck.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 14:56

138. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


better in what to show GG3 is not strong anough???
The drop test only from 4 ft high.

Androidauthority test is legit to know how durable S4 compare to Iphone 5 because this day android (open) and apple (closed) are arc enemy.
And if you complain about the way S4 fell just check Iphone 5 vs S3 drop test video even Iphone survive from 5 ft 9 drop test

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 15:01 2

139. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


don't blame GG3 because corning never said GG is unbreakable
they just said its durable.
Just blame Samsung for bad quality product

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 16:04 9

144. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


hey men don't wake up that monster for this test........it will break the floor.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 16:19 3

148. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


one thing i have notice is that, anything with Nokia become tougher and stronger.

Example: Gorilla Glass 2 on others smartphones break easily, but with NL920 it's tougher and stronger.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 16:36 2

150. MEeee (Posts: 354; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


You mean the video below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLW0HrVeoD8

You are too deep into Apple. Pull out of it.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 18:31 4

158. chistoefurpuffer (Posts: 140; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


Oh god you really need to calm down, clearly something has brainwashed you. I mean, I'm the second video, of course the screen cracked, it was dropped on its face. Go take your crap HTC and go under your rock.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 17:56

157. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


i think you the one who too deep into Samsung but i can understand that maybe samsung paid you or you just closed minded fanboy

the video that i mean is from Androidauthority not appleauthority

and about those water damage test i think its so funny, with nanocoating every devices will survive from water damage, its invisible to the naked eye so for people who doesn't know about nanocoating they will be easy to believe

if Iphone really water resistant Apple will showing it off, just like sony with XPZ.
Not showing on youtube by someone paid by apple or just another die hard fanboys

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