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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 27 Apr 2013, 06:36 13

1. chistoefurpuffer (Posts: 139; 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: 1810; 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, 11:06 6

105. Emily1985 (Posts: 123; 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, 16:04 9

144. akki20892 (Posts: 3276; 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, 09:44 20

85. amats69 (Posts: 981; 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, 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, 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, 18:31 4

158. chistoefurpuffer (Posts: 139; 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, 19:20 1

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


are you talking about this video???

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

If you do you are totaly wrong dude.. what i mean is the video from androidauthority (Iphone vs S3) drop test

In that video you will see Iphone 5 fell on the front side with the same high (about 5 ft 6) just like S4
but Iphone still survived from that drop test

Let me tell you my mobile phone history Nokia, Sony Ericsson(not Sony), LG, Motorola, blackberry, and Samsung,
Until this day i never touch any HTC or Apple devices literally!!

Open your mind, and stop become closed minded fanboy

posted on 28 Apr 2013, 01:00

175. Galax3 (Posts: 19; Member since: 04 May 2012)


There were 2 dents on the front and back of the iPhone and no iPhone photo details for this test. He almost said the back got hit first. Hmmmm.....

posted on 28 Apr 2013, 04:52

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


Just pause or slow it down the video you will see that Iphone 5 got hit Front corner first

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 19:33 1

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


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

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 22:21 3

162. belovedson (Posts: 830; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


who cares about test drops. i have seen plenty of broken screen iphones and sgs3 screens.

flexible plastic should remedy that problem.

also the sgs4 suffered a broken outter screen. the amoled is fine

posted on 28 Apr 2013, 00:29 2

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


its premium device not some ''CHINESE PLASTIC TOY'' so people really care with build quality

S3/S4 is not Premium and not Durable either but why it have premium price point.

What happen with samsung fanboy you complain about Iphone and other metal phone get scratches and dents,
Now you said is fine to have plastic toy (S4) with cracked screen.
Its so funny hahahha.....

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 22:19 1

161. belovedson (Posts: 830; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


lg either stole or bought out the tech im sure. either way i dont care who comes out first. whoever it is will pioneer something great

posted on 28 Apr 2013, 00:42 2

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


you sounds like closed minded fanboy who doesn't know anything before you talk a lot just do some reasearch.

When you say something you must have prove

posted on 28 Apr 2013, 15:56

193. thelukewarm (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


it's made of plastic because of his huge octa-core processor, do you know how match is that? like 4 times bigger than the iP5, keep it in mind dude...

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 04:29

195. amats69 (Posts: 981; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


what is the connection of that "huge" octacore processor on this drop test?.ROFLOL..and does the "octa-core" processor of S4 helps the phone on this drop test?its not a valid excuse kid.go to your mommy and ask her to tell you a fairytale! Lol

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, 22:31 6

163. wumberpeb (Posts: 414; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


There is zero... ZERO lag in the S4. I highly doubt you tried one out or " saw" it in the store. I activated 4 at my Sprint store today, no lag. Nice try

Certainly not enough of an upgrade over an S3, but certainly if you have an S2

posted on 28 Apr 2013, 09:53 3

188. ebubekir26 (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


another idiot...
everybody tries the S4 in stores,, they open apps and don't close it
who knows how many apps are running in the background..that will obviously cause lag/
and i'm very surprised how many Samsung haters there are in PhoneArena

posted on 29 Apr 2013, 14:53

198. donfem (Posts: 519; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


welcome to iphonearena

posted on 28 Apr 2013, 09:58 1

189. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 881; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


i ain't no sammy fanboy but boy you're exaggerating too much

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 07:29 12

26. AmitMajumder (Posts: 79; 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, 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 29 Apr 2013, 14:59

199. donfem (Posts: 519; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


So, what's your point? Will you spend "$800" and not buy a case? Or the fact that you paid $800 for your device means it is "breakproof"?

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, 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, 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, 22:38 2

164. belovedson (Posts: 830; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


you one owners are halarious.

the tech behind samsung is superior to one.

amoled > tft.. nuff said most of the money goes to the screen and amoled owns tft and i think it owns lcd in terms of deep blacks.

oh if your not a fan of amoled
samsung pls or lg ips totally owns anything short of modern plasma

samsung can build quality outter shells like your precious one. however i dont consider aluminum quality material so i hope samsung uses another material

posted on 28 Apr 2013, 01:05 3

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


wow samsung fanboy is always off topic

hah Superior Iphone uses Ips (TFT)the colour is more natural than amoled, and more power efficient too.
don't believe me just check displaymate detail comparisson
between iphone 5 vs S4.
Even Compare to low resolution and low ppi Iphone screen Amoled not superior they are on par at best
eat that !!!

Aluminium that five times stronger than aerospace aluminum or about 3 times stronger than stainless steel And also scratch resistant too,
Its high quality and premium material.

Clueless fanboy like you will never accept the truth.
That samsung quality is sucks

posted on 28 Apr 2013, 06:10 2

186. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 735; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


You are indeed narrow minded, HTC also uses IPS on their phones, plus an actual zero gap display which on my One X is much closer to the surface than any other phone i have seen and that includes the iPhone 5. HTC and Apple are both considered the best when it comes to display calibration.

posted on 28 Apr 2013, 08:25 2

187. amats69 (Posts: 981; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


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

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 09:24 9

71. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 137; 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, 10:39 7

102. jaymulli (Posts: 19; 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, 10:34 5

99. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3884; 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, 16:19 3

148. akki20892 (Posts: 3276; 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, 10:35 4

100. ama3654 (Posts: 249; 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, 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, 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, 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, 16:36 2

150. MEeee (Posts: 213; 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, 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

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 22:46

165. belovedson (Posts: 830; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


yudi you sure sound familiar. however, it's easier to make out what your trying to say.

we can gather you read up on the headlines that litter tech sites as much as we do. we understand nano-coating is awesome. but nano coating helps the surfaces of devices, when ports are exposed no nano coating can prevent water from gathering in those areas.

sony is pretty much done and so they are resorting to having to listen to people who give a dang.

all those years sony resisted to listening to its buying audience....when we said no to minidisks, weird rams, weird apps, weird and stupid charging and closed devices.

sony please go away. focus on the ps4. pleaseeee

posted on 28 Apr 2013, 00:03 2

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


you are totally blind dude....
You friend ''samsung fanboy'' showing me a vidoe of Iphone vs S3.

In that video you will see water drop test Iphone survived while S3 died.

And I'm telling him (your beloved samsung fanboy), i'm not believing that Iphone have water resistant feature.

Because if Iphone is water proof the Apple it self will showing it to us.
Not someone on youtube.

Sooo Stupid gooo away or just closed your mouth..... Okay!!

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 29 Apr 2013, 07:40

196. Leo_MC (Posts: 479; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


You must have a laboratory at home...
Dexter, it's you?

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 06:36 15

2. osmaankhaan (unregistered)


Blame gorilla glass 3 for that...

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 08:13 12

44. dickwyn (Posts: 570; Member since: 07 May 2012)


i think its the problem with the overall build because gorilla glass 3 is proven to be very durable. take the lumia 920 for example its using gorilla glass 2 but its one of the toughest displays out there

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 16:07 2

145. akki20892 (Posts: 3276; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


not it's not because gorilla glass 2 is on s3 and others smartphone but it's break, but on NL920 never break.....because anything is with Nokia it become tougher.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 06:38 9

3. wendygarett (unregistered)


This guy need to be fired :(
btw, excellent galaxy s4

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 07:00 25

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


how come GS 4 is excellent?

it shattered that's why ? LOL

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 07:04 11

15. wendygarett (unregistered)


Of course, that guy is paid by Apple for sure...

science proof that plastic is durable than metal and that's a fact... You guy just brainwashed by this manipulated drop test video...

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 07:09 4

18. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


Cmon wendy the plastc ddnt cracked its d gorilla glass 3.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 07:09 16

19. haseebzahid (Posts: 1810; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


lol "Android Authority" he said. and he droped Apple all three times on edges and SGS4 once on edge and it didnt survvied once so much for Samsung crap as always and L920 wins again

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 07:15 19

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


oh really?... that guy was from "AndroidAuthority" not from Appleinsider ... stop this nonsense... Accept the fact...

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