Samsung Galaxy S4 and Apple iPhone 5 face off in ruthless destruction test
These two flagship devices are destined to face off in every way. The iPhone and Galaxy S4 are both outstanding smartphones which can meet the needs of just about everyone between the two.
Luke Westaway at CNET UK decided to test the durability of these devices in exponentially more difficult tests of endurance. In some ways, these things could happen in real life, but in actuality, some of us just like to see what it takes to make things break.
There are only three real tests throughout the whole production, but we have to say, the Samsung Galaxy S4 fares very well indeed. In both the dunk test and the high-drop test, the SGS4 outlasts the iPhone by notable margins. Of course, the drop test might also be attributed to the Galaxy’s Gorilla Glass 3 panel, which is a marked improvement over previous versions of the glass.
Even at the end, where both devices are rendered to their “final solution,” they both go out in style with the assistance of a Toyota Hilux (a relative of the Toyota Tacoma in the US).
source: CNET UK
1. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Very impressive, taking into account that the GSIV is not even a waterproof phone.
5. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Also the drop test definitely shows the clear advantages of polycarbonate over aluminium.
8. -box- (Posts: 3789; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
In fairness, the both drop tests where the phones landed on their screens were catastrophic for both. They could have/should have had some sort of rig to make them land in certain positions, i.e. one on a corner, one flat to an edge, and the last with the screen down.
11. tedkord (Posts: 4739; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Drop tests are worthless, because you can never have both phones drop exactly the same. To have any validity, you'd need to drop hundreds of each and get average results.
18. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Actually in china most drop test are done by a robot/machine thing that can drop the phone exactly the same way every time.
27. BAUERPOWER (Posts: 6; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)
The drops were face-down. The S4 has a bit of a rim over the top of the glass, which allows it to survive a more face-first fall, whereas the iPhone does not. If it were back-first drops, the iPhone would've won for sure over numerous drops
3. SleepingOz (unregistered)
6. -box- (Posts: 3789; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Nicely done, Samsung.
That said, seems like a phone falling on its face is most prone to screen damage, other axes seem decently resistant.
Now I want to see them do this with a Lumia 920/928 and a 925.
19. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Its aluminum is the same quality as the iphone 5 so it would be similar results.
9. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 819; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Excellent performance by the GS4, showing off how a removable battery can come in handy, thanks to it's removable batt, it managed to come away from the water dunk test without a sweat.
Must say I did a lot of cringing watching this vid, but what really impressed me was how the GS4 had to be dropped multiple times to get a cracked screen which the iPhone5 got 1st time round, lol.
Overall a great test, the great thing here is that if you do want a GS4 that you can treat roughly then there's always the S4 Active variant. :)
10. tedkord (Posts: 4739; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
But, aluminum is premium and plastic is cheap.
13. GoBears (Posts: 350; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Not really fair though because the iphone is usually dropped from around 3 feet. Or whatever is chest high on the average 6yr old.
14. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1008; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
i wanna see s4 active and xperia z underwater for over 30 min. hahah()_()
20. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)
The Galaxy S Blend, made of 100% plastic even the blade is plastcic!
16. mas11 (Posts: 1029; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
That was a pretty epic torture test and for being made out of "cheap plastic" the S4 fared much better than the "premium" iPhone 5
22. pyradark (Posts: 769; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
I dont why but ill never see xperia Z drop test, is that means it survive on any drop??
well it survive on water, being on chocolate even in a boiling cooking
23. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
How about donating the money to charity instead of these stupid tests
25. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Please don't hurt the new icons in iOS7??
28. renart (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Jun 2013)
=> where both devices are rendered to their “final solution,”
can anybody tell me the meaning of the “final solution,”??
kindly tell to me about that, plz
30. giri555 (Posts: 95; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)
For Xperia Z this would have been a cakewalk..