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Plastic Samsung Galaxy S II fares better than glass Apple iPhone 4S in drop test

Plastic Samsung Galaxy S II fares better than glass Apple iPhone 4S in drop test
It seems such a waste of a perfectly good smartphone to perform a drop test. Fans of the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Apple iPhone 4S will cringe when they view this video, but consider it a public service by those who performed the test. And while the results come out more or less as expected, it might be worth it to watch the video if it scares you into purchasing a case that might save your phone from damage next time it falls from your hand.

First up is the Apple iPhone 4S, and before the device was dropped, Siri was asked if it was afraid of falling. "I'm afraid I can't answer that." was the response. But perhaps Apple's new voice recognition system should have been afraid because the first waist high drop of the phone onto the pavement resulted in some cracked glass on the back of the phone. After the third drop, which was a face down fall from shoulder height, the Apple iPhone 4S front screen was shattered beyond use. The Samsung Galaxy S II was put through the same exact three tests an ended up with just a few scratches and no damage to the screen.

The result of the tests, performed by third party warranty company Squaretrade, really should not surprise anyone who knows that glass is easier to break than plastic. Regardless of which phone you use, if you have a propensity to drop the handset often, you should certainly invest in a case and possibly spend the extra dollars for insurance.

source: YouTube via AndroidCentral

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posted on 17 Oct 2011, 15:46 14

1. sorcio46 (Posts: 395; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Design pays :D

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 17:04 1

23. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Especially when you use cheap materials to cut down cost/.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 17:14 7

29. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


The tests tell otherwise.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:24 15

53. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


glass is the "cheap" material. Samsung uses Corning Gorrilla Glass, not cheap ass glass that has been around for thousands of years.

Plastic is flexible and thus reduces vibration damage which reduces internal damage when compared to metals. Anyone that thinks regular glass is somehow "premium" is an idiot. Gorilla glass destroys regular glass.. literally. :)

GO SAMMY GO

Ill definately take the superphone with a side of durability. :)

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 01:22 1

85. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Remix being wrong as usual. iPhone uses gorilla glass

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 03:22 3

88. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


If the iphone uses gorilla glass, why did it shatter like a piece of fragile and useless normal glass?

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 04:17 1

89. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Apple iPhone? CORNING® GORILLA® GLASS? Prove it. Maybe you mean aluminosilicate glass, which is probably the same material used in CORNING® GORILLA® GLASS, but is certainly not equal to CORNING® GORILLA® GLASS. IIRC, Apple did not want to pay CORNING® GORILLA® GLASS a cent, so they copied CORNING® GORILLA® GLASS. In no ways is it equal to CORNING® GORILLA® GLASS. CMIIW.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 06:50 2

91. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol, taco, your funny.

can you prove that please? :)

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 19:49

100. saiki4116 (Posts: 351; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


then why do u think it shattered like a hell............

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 17:33 9

36. andro. (Posts: 1951; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Pays the price big time in breakages,working in a phone shop i see iphone breaking continually over and over.

Other news is to google how the iphone 4s is reported to be having terrible battery life problems,complaints emerging continually online of battery dropping at a rate of 20% per hour.

ios 5 it seems is a big factor as iphone 4 owners complaining also but it seems the year old tech the likes of siri is making the battery life suffer even further

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 17:59 2

41. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I updated my iPhone 4 and the battery life has been better

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:03 3

42. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Dude that iPhone got JACKED UP. lol. Prime example why you put a case on a 500.- phone immediately when you buy it. :p

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:06 6

44. andro. (Posts: 1951; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


course apple charges you extra for that vunerable glass design then your forced to cover it up entirely with a case to stop the inevitable breakage

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:10 3

46. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I think the design is beautiful, just too vulnerable lol.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:32 5

60. iShepherd (Posts: 38; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


No point in having a beautiful design if you have to keep in a case all the time. Would it have killed Apple to take a small hit in profits to have better glass?

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 21:04 4

72. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Yeah no s**t man what's the point in owning a phone you would have to wrap up in a bulky ass case just to keep it safe when you could own an wonderful phone like the Galaxy S2 which is made with gorilla glass. :) iTards just get sucked into that damn marketing. Lol

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:05 2

43. andro. (Posts: 1951; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Complaints are coming in online on forums so looks like your a lucky one.
Ios 5 in particular and iphone 4s have been shown up many times now as causing major battery headaches

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:09

45. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


My EpicTouch just lasted me 8hours today. 2.5 hours of the screen being on. I am sick of this bulls**t. Even with underclocking.

I just talked with a family member who just upgraded to iOS5 with the iPhone 4, and they said they never kill their battery once throughout the day. If I am pushing my Android for awhile, the temp gets to it and I am dead before I can say: "get the charger, NOOOOOOO!".

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:13 1

48. andro. (Posts: 1951; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


read this so of IOS 5 misery!

http://gdgt.com/discuss/bad-battery-life-in-ios-5-gpn/

Iphones going dead in matter of hours

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:19 1

49. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I have also heard people with the Sprint iPhones are getting very poor 3g signals/downloads. And other friend of mine took theirs in the store and there were other people in there because of the screen flickering on and off. Seems to be a worldwide problem for Sprint. I might be better off waiting next year for the new iPhone. :/

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:24 4

54. andro. (Posts: 1951; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


it seems we are only hearing the start of a new drama for apple here,battery gate

https://discussions.apple.com/message/16411999#16411999

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:33 2

61. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


awww cute you want Apple to fail so bad.

4 million opening weekend

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:36 3

62. andro. (Posts: 1951; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


we won't get into taking about those 4 millions poor saps but there are many more millions of drones now watching their battery die by the minute with the masterpiece that is ios 5!

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:43 1

63. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


We will see I guess. Like I said my battery life is better than ever.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 19:16

67. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


One of my best friends has the iPhone 4. He loves the iOS 5 update, and hasn't had any problems with it at all. I'm looking forward to him coming back in town next week so that I can play with it a bit.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:56

65. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


4 million poor saps? Everyone that gets a new phone, regardless of what OS it is, will like it. Even if you need a replacement. There are bad phones in every batch that are dispersed among the carriers. I had to replace my Android phone twice last year because of a faulty OS issue while updating to Gingerbread. My Epic4g also kept over heating and required me to turn off the phone because the internals were too hot. It happens to everyone. Not just iOS.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 20:03

71. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I get 6-8 hours of actual usage with the screen being on on my Iphone 4.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 22:30

79. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


That's garbage. And I am sure you're not slowing down either. I am about to get an iPhone. Currently, as we speak, my phone won't even charge. CHARGE. I am sick of this crap. Seriously, if I have to spend 600 up front, and pay 200 in the end, f**k it, because I know I will be happy.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 01:29

86. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g217/taco5000/aa23f8a7.jpg

Here I am 5 hours usage and 13 hours of stand by. Still have 28% battery.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:22

97. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I am usually getting around the same, suprisingly. I just switched a ROM and had a problem with drainage. But my stock is usually around that. Do you have all of your notifications syncing constantly? I have mine syncing in intervals of 3-6 hours (weather, email, etc.)

I mean, you might be getting about a half an hour to an hour tops more than me. Guess I need to do some more tweaking lol.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 15:47 19

2. Shangri-La (Posts: 49; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


Once again, Samsung shattered Apple.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 15:58 6

3. Alantef (Posts: 284; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


not sure if anyone didn't already know this but okay....side note always always buy squaretrade

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 16:04 10

4. tomast (Posts: 50; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


Not even sure why this is news, every one knows the iphone 4 & 4s sucks when it comes to durability but still #1 in build quality

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 17:17 6

32. Dr.Phil (Posts: 907; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Everyone knows? Who says they are "#1 in build quality"? Either present sources or it's not true.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:26 2

55. tomast (Posts: 50; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


sorry the "every one knows" was only supposed to be for the durability part.
And as for the build quality that's my opinion. plus i had the evo 3d, sensation, and the amaze (you can tell im somewhat an htc fanboy) and all this phone are considered the top android phones in term of build quality but they still fall short when compered to the iphone 4 & 4s. The only phone that i can think off that could give the iphone a run for its money is probably the Nokia N9. Also i would like to clarify when i toke about build quality im toking about-
A, build material
B, craftsmanship
C, look and feel of the device
Also this is MY OPINION!!

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:30

59. tomast (Posts: 50; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


*talk, talking

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 20:11

101. saiki4116 (Posts: 351; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


i thought of giving another like........except for stupid nokia strategies,it would be awesome device...i just dont want such a device to fail..

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 16:05 8

5. mio15 (Posts: 27; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


Every time the crowd goes wild like "oooh" and "wooow" xD

Nice vid, but in case of falling it depends on to many factors. (angle, height, impact spot...)
so you could call it "luck" (if something gets broken or nothing)

i´ve seen iPhone 4(´s) going down stairs etc with almost no damage. other 4 (´s) falling from a desk totally wrecked. same goes to smartphones of other brands.

in fact the glass/stainless steel construction is very nice (times better than 3G(s)).
i´m no apple lover nor hater but i´ll give build quality rather to apple. in fact there are others on the market which are almost even when compared.

greetz

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 16:18 1

9. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


finally, someone competent replies, couldnt have said it better myself...

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 16:40 5

18. Penny (Posts: 1154; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


While point of impact is definitely the most telling factor, the issue still remains that both the front and back of the iPhone 4/4S is covered in [non-gorilla] glass. While the fit and finish of the phone is great, this usage of glass has proven to be a poor choice of material when it comes to durability. I don't think the idea to use glass on both sides should have made it out of the conceptual stage at Apple.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 16:07 1

6. boostedIS_300 (Posts: 16; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


thats was one of the most painful thing to watch i was looking away and closing my eyes every time. they could have just given me the two phones and i could have told the he was gonna come out on top. Gooossshhhh!!!! Napoleon dynamite

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 16:15 9

7. bucky (Posts: 1411; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I have been saying it for a while, samsung did well with their build quality. yes they use all plastic but honestly its great quality plastics. I find that soft coating on htc phones to be much more prone to a beating, like my nexus 1 and desire z.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 22:16

76. E.N. (Posts: 2294; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


premium quality plastics, never heard that before

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 22:54 1

80. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


you obviously do not read....think about a big object with 4 wheels. think man

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 20:14

102. saiki4116 (Posts: 351; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


ya it is plastic reinforced with metal at the core....

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 16:17 9

8. Heatfan316 (Posts: 416; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Everyone talks about the build quality of the iPhone 4s, does that look like quality it looks weak to me, the glass is not gorilla glass like the sgs2 has, it's cheap ass glass. Where's the durability apple? I guess sgs2 has superior build quality,get mad at that Apple fans. Hahaha!!!:)

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 16:20

10. joseg81 (Posts: 165; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


lol poor iphone. i dropped countless phones, most HTCs. worst was my mytouch3g slide. i dropped it from shoulder height out of the car it slid through the street n i chased it through traffic and it only got a few scratches n dents :) the screen was untouched and it worked perfect n it's still alive. also it had no case.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 16:54

20. Stuntman (Posts: 715; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I'm glad you're OK after chasing down your phone through traffic. That sounds dangerous.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 16:55 7

21. G-Reg (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Should they start with you? With your post being the first one that has nothing to do with this article or previous post..


Side note. This register only for comments is BS. I have no care,need,want to have yet another internet profile just to bash the ocasional nit wit and toss in some input.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 17:04

25. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


2. Shangri-La posted on 1 hour ago 8 4
Once again, Samsung shattered Apple.



8. Heatfan316 posted on 41 min ago 3 2
Everyone talks about the build quality of the iPhone 4s, does that look like quality it looks weak to me, the glass is not gorilla glass like the sgs2 has, it's cheap ass glass. Where's the durability apple? I guess sgs2 has superior build quality,get mad at that Apple fans. Hahaha!!!:)


Here you go pertaining to the comments in this article.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 17:15 3

30. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


It's more of a figurative speech which is entirely related to the article. Learn your English language a**hole.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 17:48 1

38. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Oh you're right it's not trolling because they're bashing Apple. It's only trolling if you bash android.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 17:53 4

40. Heatfan316 (Posts: 416; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


I guess you didn't watch the video taco.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:26 7

56. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


taco thinks anyone is trolling unless they completely agree with him.. just ignore him. he's one of the biggest trolls on the site.. lol

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 22:08 2

75. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


Bashing is not synonymous to trolling. For the second time, learn your English language.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 17:17

33. G-Reg (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


he said get mad, not waste more space with your bs

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:23

52. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I think it is funny, simply because the build quality has nothing to do with the OS itself. If the GSII and the iPhone 4S switched designs, would people still be talking s**t? I know I wouldn't lol.

People buy the OS for the features, if you are worried about your phone, buy protection for it. Simple.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 18:45

64. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


they wouldn't it gets bashed because it's Apple and this is PA.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 19:07

66. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I know I was a d**k before (hating on Apple), but iOS is a good, stable phone. If it sucked so bad, it wouldn't set records like it did with Sprint. I, myself, am seriously debating on whether I want to sell my EpicTouch for the new iPhone. I like Android, but I should have waited and tried something new. The iPhone 4S is fast, no lag, and the battery life crumples my EpicTouch. If I have to pay a couple extra bucks for a few apps, so be it. I will get regular updates, and never have to worry about it again.

Downside, I would have to sell my phone for 400-450, then, buy an iPhone from Ebay (or Sprint, depending on the deal) and burn 200 in my wallet. This blows lol.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 19:41 2

69. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


have you actually looked at battery stats? The SGS2 has as good if not better battery than the i4s. That whole "iphone's superior battery life" thing has gone out the window.

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