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Samsung Galaxy S5 survives two story drop

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Samsung Galaxy S5 survives two story drop
If you purchased or are contemplating the purchase of the Samsung Galaxy S5, you might wonder how durable the device is. Earlier this month, we showed you the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 battling it out in a drop test that resulted in the new model getting run over by a car. Amazingly, the display on the Galaxy S5 remained intact.

Now, we have another extreme test. The Samsung Galaxy S5 was dropped two-stories. Would the phone survive? As you would expect, the display was shattered, the casing was bent and there were scratches in a few areas. But surprisingly, the phone still worked.

Even as smartphones become loaded up with more and more features, and the circuitry becomes more complex, the build quality is improving to the point where a two-story drop might not be enough to kill a handset.



Thanks for the tip, Richard!

source: GadgetGuruHD

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posted on 12 Apr 2014, 16:38 6

1. sip1995 (Posts: 810; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Still they can't catch Nokia in these things.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 17:14 37

10. MrKoles (Posts: 317; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Have you a Nokia fetish?
Is it funny to flood every single article connected with Samsung?

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 17:19 10

12. elitewolverine (Posts: 1569; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


sounds like every wp article swarming with droid fans.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 18:58 8

26. sprockkets (Posts: 1160; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Riiiight.

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 02:22 9

48. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


If i dig the past, when lumia 920 was announced, you nokia fanboys bloated all android articles with '920 the best', '920 will kill this' comments. Then this increased with 1020 and 1520 announcement. Lol dont pretend to be innocent. You were the guys who started all this sh*t. Before this no one cared, no one gave a damn to wp comic books. With such BS comments do you think droid fans are going to sit like a dumb. Lol.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 18:23 9

21. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6429; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Nokia can't survive like that nor the iP5S

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 18:38 2

24. akki20892 (Posts: 3438; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


http://assets.diylol.com/hfs/b30/859/a95/resized/nowra-meme-generator-and-on-this-day-god-dropped-his-nokia-and-nowra-was-formed-8e35ea.jpg?1354491991.jpg

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 19:32 10

30. Alan01 (Posts: 185; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


Not so fast

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Nokia-Lumia-800-survives-two-story-plunge_id24227

Alan F.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 21:05 3

32. akki20892 (Posts: 3438; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Epic..

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 04:28 1

51. Doakie (Posts: 1250; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I think this can be classified as "anecdotal evidence" I could easily say I dropped my Note 3 from a three story balcony it bounced and landed in a pool with zero harm and no one can prove me wrong. To take a forum post with no evidence as fact seems a little crazy to me. If forum posts were accurate news 4chan would have blown up the world a million times over by now.

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 05:36

54. 90ninjas (Posts: 91; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


To believe a forum post with no evidence... OK. Haha people these days!

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 22:50 2

38. techloverNYC (Posts: 401; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


when the phone is as thick as a nokia, I expect some protection. Nokia phones are bricks in todays time.

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 12:28

55. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Yeah the ones grandpa uses. no one cares about nokia .. sadly

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 16:39 18

2. JMartin22 (limited) (Posts: 973; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


I wonder what would happen to that cheap soda can tinfoil on that M8 phone if it had to endure that kind of impact.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 17:12 3

9. Finalflash (Posts: 1736; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


It would probably not survive, like 99% of S5s dropped from that height. No one in their right mind expects this to be the norm.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 17:26 6

15. maherk (Posts: 898; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I have the note 3, and I tested both the S5 and One m8 two days ago, and the m8 left the best impression at the end of the day. While the S5 looks much much better than the pictures, and has the better grip out of the 3, the HTC M8 rounded back with the sturdy aluminum built was very pleasant to hold, and I might end up breaking my number 1 rule when it comes to buying a phone, looks aren't one of my priorities. If the gear fit manager ended up being ported to the m8, I am selling my note 3 and getting it without even having a second thought about it (although I HATE the on screen buttons). Neither the S5 is made out of cheap plastic nor the m8 is made of a cheap tinfoil, these trolls are so old.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 18:33 5

23. akki20892 (Posts: 3438; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Drop your coke can for result.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 18:40

25. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


i believe the m8 is using more layers of aluminuim than the m7. if it does this means it wont bend or curve.

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 00:42 2

41. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 387; Member since: 24 May 2011)


The problem in India is, if the m8 and s5 suffered the same damage, it would take a day for the s5 to be repaired and a month for the htc. HTC service in India is horrible., and outside of big cities, its non existent. Thats the only reason i dont buy htc phones although i love them, the htc desire was the 1st smartphone i loved. But didnt buy it co of the pathetic support.

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 12:32

56. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


My old S3 had the same damage falling from 10 feet. even though it was thicker. I love how this has evolved now and it seems like Samsung just can't stop innovating.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 16:43 1

3. Physicist (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Not saying the S5 isn't durable, but the results to a drop like this would depend on the orientation of the device.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 23:44 2

40. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


Correctly.
A device will easily shatter regardless of build if it lands on one of its corners.
Physics anyone?

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 04:32

52. Doakie (Posts: 1250; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I don't know about that. I dropped my old HTC HD7 on one of its top corners right onto exposed aggregate concrete. The corner was all bashed out but the screen was just fine. I think the best way to blow out a screen is by dropping it on its face so the screen slaps the pavement.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 16:55 8

4. PressStart (Posts: 117; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


Drop tests are meaningless. Meaningless.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 17:03 1

7. lllIIIlllIIl (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Apr 2014)


To a certain extent I believe. I feel as if they were done (and recorded) over and over, there would be more accurate information.

There could be one unlucky drop fail based on an unlucky position fall, pebble, speed, etc that "showcases" the failed test to the audience. In this case, I believe they are pointless. But if done repeatedly in different scenarios many times each, they would be better than they are now. I feel like drop tests whore out the video for view counts on youtube right now also.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 17:17 2

11. PressStart (Posts: 117; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


More scenarios are needed to see how durable a phone really is. But there are a lot of variables here.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 18:24 1

22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6429; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


It's a WAST OF TIME/MONEY when those idiots spending tons of money just too see how strong a phone can survive a drop who gives a damn like that people drop their phones every day

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 19:17

28. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


"YouTube Partners Program". Channel owners get $7,000 or so for every 1,000,000 ad views from their videos.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 21:33 1

34. lllIIIlllIIl (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Apr 2014)


Lol c'mon bro…you really think they spend their own money? It's called sponsors, ad revenue, the youtube partnership, etc.

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 01:02

42. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


A lot more meaningful than hammer test, blend test, bullet test, SUV run over test and blah blah blah.

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 01:03 1

43. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


A lot more meaningful than hammer test, blend test, bullet test, SUV run over test and blah blah blah.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 16:58 3

5. lllIIIlllIIl (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Apr 2014)


OMG ITS ALAN F THE IPHONE FANBOY!

Said no-one-ever in these comments.

Whenever an author (particularly Alan) writes something good about Apple, a majority of this community gets butt hurt and sensitive that "iPhoneArena" is praising the iPhone. Get real guys. Respect your authors because without them: A) I doubt ANY of you people on here could write as well as they can, and B), there wouldn't as much any content on here (in the current situation of this awesome site looking for more authors).

/public service announcement rant over.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 17:11 4

8. Finalflash (Posts: 1736; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


lol that is nice and all, but this is just nonsense news. No one cares about this because it is a freak accident and no one attributing this survival to all S5s. So he can praise Apple devices for all sorts of retarded reasons all day and then one article about the S5 redeems him. No thanks guy, unlike the other authors on this site, Alan links straight from MacRumors like 90% of the time with a sprinkling of his own fanboy dust on it for good measure.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 17:21 2

13. lllIIIlllIIl (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Apr 2014)


I believe you are just against him because you do not like Apple. That doesn't give you reason to dislike and tarnish his articles and his character. Have some respect wont'cha? If you don't like the articles he writes, don't visit them. It even says on the front tile page which author wrote it. C'mon man...

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 19:33

31. Gaurav008 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Plot Twist: You are writing and talking to Alan's second account!

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 16:59 5

6. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


some guy had done his own water resistant test. he has the s5 submerged in 3.3 feet of water for and HOUR! twice as long as Samsung says it will remain water resistant!

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 17:21

14. PressStart (Posts: 117; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


That's ballsy considering I couldn't take that risk myself. I'm your average American barely getting by. I don't have the money to play around like that.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 17:30

16. maherk (Posts: 898; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


you do know that those guys who torture their phones manage to cover their loses and make money from the views they get from those videos?

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 17:37

18. PressStart (Posts: 117; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


Duh...

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 22:54

39. techloverNYC (Posts: 401; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Do they really make enough for that? I know youtube paid like $5 for every 1000 views, and some of these review videos barely has 50000+ views. So thats 50x5= $250, which is barely enough for half a phone.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 16:53

60. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


it also depends on how many subscribers you have as well. there is a guy in my english class who does youtube videos and has just over 50 subscribers and hes made a whopping $1.20.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 17:36

17. tskies (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Ok everyone here seems to be taking this as too much of fallacy right, but put it this way :if the S5 had ths test repeated over and over again ,don't you think the physical structure will be weakened attributing to its demise and again not 100% of the manufactured phones give the same result but most of them will perform as said if not better. Its pretty impressive what Samsung did though I don't know whether my favourite brand's new flagship (m8) will b able to survive.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 17:47

19. Imaxxacre (Posts: 55; Member since: 23 Aug 2009)


Extreme brand loyalty is the height of ignorance.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 19:06 1

27. Liveitup (Posts: 1206; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Nokia Lumias lol'd upon hearing such news.

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 01:09 3

44. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Dont you have anything to talk other than BS about your brick comic book. Seriously i've never seen you wp fanboys talking something meaningful related to article.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 19:20

29. antonioli (Posts: 174; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


I think that is the most good thing that Samsung is showing.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 21:19

33. ROLZARN (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Apr 2014)


dahh.. it breaks and dahh.. my BB9790 fell from the 2nd floor of our cement house, only the metal frame has been damage, not even the screen have scratches .. well, if you need a strong plastic phone, better buy Nokia...

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 21:34 1

35. theo14461 (Posts: 160; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


So stupid! If you climb ladders for a living, and have your $600.00 phone on your belt, put it in an Otterbox defender case. It may help protect whatever type of phone yoy own.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 21:57

36. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Kim Jong Uns said that his North Korean android phone can survive a 30 storey drop.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 22:29

37. babyboy14622 (Posts: 28; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


this phone doesn't out beat my Htc one (m8) for drop test. Samsung s5 is all plastic...

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 01:12 3

45. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Lol Plastic is more durable and shock resistant than metal.

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 01:19

46. hurrycanger (Posts: 1100; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Those 2 statements don't even relate to each other.
And look. It's a front drop test, and what got destroyed was the glass, not plastic. ;)

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 16:50

59. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


try throwing your phone is water... lets see how durable it is then.

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 02:21

47. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


If i dig the past, when lumia 920 was announced, you nokia fanboys bloated all android articles with '920 the best', '920 will kill this' comments. Then this increased with 1020 and 1520 announcement. Lol dont pretend to be innocent. You were the guys who started all this sh*t. Before this no one cared, no one gave a damn to wp comic books. With such BS comments do you think droid fans are going to sit like a dumb. Lol.

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 02:24

49. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Fck this comment system, this comment was meant to reply #12

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 02:57

50. loveHEAVYMETAL (unregistered)


my old Optimus One is much durable than this flagships

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 04:39

53. amats69 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


If Samsung s5 didn't survive this kind of test..im pretty sure this fanboys will say drop test is nonsence and irrelevant..lol

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 12:50

57. pureviewuser (Posts: 136; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


Haha don't believe it s5 surviving a drop from a height of two storybooks!!!

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 11:07

58. pureviewuser (Posts: 136; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


So it's the samsung galaxy Humpty Dumpty lol!!!!!!

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