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iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III drop test is not for faint-hearted geeks

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III drop test is not for faint-hearted geeks
One thing that we don't really enjoy watching is pricey gadgets being tortured, but if that's the only way to test the durability of a high-end smartphone, then count us in. Today's contenders are the iPhone 5, which is now available for purchase in several countries, and the Samsung Galaxy S III, which is currently among the hottest Android smartphones in existence. Which one of the two will suffer less damage after being put to a real-life drop test?

We won't tell you, of course. In order to find the answer to that question, you'll have to watch the video, which we've embedded below. Just keep in mind that what you are about to see is not for the faint-hearted geeks. You've been warned!


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posted on 21 Sep 2012, 09:43 49

1. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


well look at that. an iphone that isnt a shatter magnet. Gotta give em props on that one.

I really hope samsung fixed whatever the design issue on the SGS3 was for the Note2. I do not want a shatter magnet. lol

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 09:53 4

14. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


just put a screen protector for that. It would help a lot to resist the shattering of the glass.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:27 6

31. wendygarett (unregistered)


I think is because of the weight mordecai...
Samsung's phone has gained weight while iphone has reduced...
this is just my opinion :)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:05 12

18. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Well it is a good thing. Remember the Samsung Galaxy S III is 4.8" screen VS the iPhone 5 4" inch screen. So a smaller screen will always fare better than a larger screen in a drop test because there is more real-estate to break. Another reason the iPhone 5 did well is because there is no glass on the back. The iPhone 4 & 4S would either break in the front or the back.

Hey this is good for apple though. lol

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:17 2

25. wendygarett (unregistered)


The weird part is that this drop test again from androidauthority...
Just different host lol

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:21 2

26. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


they could have build the S3 like their windows phone lineup.... it was gonna be their top dog, maybe they decide to go with better stuff on the S IV

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:25 4

30. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


this just proves android fanboys can be rational

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:30 4

33. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Yes, Samsung Galaxy S III is very fragile device, iPhone 5 looks build much stronger. In my opinion Samsung Galaxy S III is one, maybe even the most fragile smartphones of current generation. I think that Samsung Galaxy S II was build stronger than Galaxy S III.

Talking about such kind of tests, in this test is just to much accidental chances, as YouTube video it is good but as a serious test it is almost worthless.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:34 3

38. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


that's not completely true. Every iphone until now has been a shatter magnet and they are tiny. Every SGS phone and even the Note has been very resistant to breaking until the SGS3 and they have all been bigger than iphones. :)

Its a design issue with the SGS3. They need a bigger bezel or something around the edge, there is no vibration/pressure resistance on the corners from the looks of it.. Every time it drops on a corner it takes out a screen.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:35 5

39. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


find that from iOS nuts.

good luck... I'll wait. :)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:37 8

41. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Glass by nature is very brittle. So if you have more & longer pieces of glass it will always break faster than the less glass or shorter pieces of glass.

My example would be a glass shot glass & a glass standard drinking glass. The shot glass will always survive because there is less real-estate as supposed to the standard drinking glass.

Yeah I have dropped a shot glass from time to time during the college years. lol

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:39 10

44. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you know that's a party foul right?
You drop one shot, you have to drink 2. Get movin!! :)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:43 26

47. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


oh well, i confess, iPhone 5 did a better job in screen protection, thats the only thing iPhone's better than GS3, because when we start from the inside, iPhone should be ashamed :P

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:47

48. wendygarett (unregistered)


Actually I'm waiting for the 'will it blend' show from Dr. iNut :) remixfa

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 10:55 4

53. wendygarett (unregistered)


Ugh!!! It is not because of the size glass, both are gorilla glass dude!!!

I personally think because of the weight!!!

sorry for my stubborness >_

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:05 4

55. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)


I'm glad for your stubbornness because I agree. But I think the mounting also has a big impact of the shatter. The S3 has glass up to the edge on a plastic body which will flex more and the iPhone has the metal body. With enough pressure to bend the outside, the glass on the iPhone will take pressure but it will take a lot more and a greater weight will help with that.

My friend just cracked his Moto Atrix with a drop and that has gorilla glass. Just an unlucky drop which landed it right on a rock.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:19 11

58. Marcus_h (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Geekbench benchmarks so far show the iPhone 5 as much faster, so nothing to be ashamed of there

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:27 10

61. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Does iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III use the same OS? NO! Then about what benchmarks we can talk about?

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:27 6

62. theBankRobber (Posts: 682; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Yea but it was a ICS firmware, when up against JB firmware on the SGS 3 it beat the iPhone 5 with IOS 6.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:30 3

64. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


trust me on this, GS3 with jellybean on geekbench will be higher than iOS 6/iPhone 5 ;)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:31 6

65. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


We can't compare hardware performance since both devices uses different OS. Benchmarks can't directly test hardware because benchmarks runs on OS and Samsung Galaxy S III and iPhone 5 use not the same OS.

If we are comparing hardware + OS performance, then I agree, but if we want to compare only hardware performance, then this way doesn't work...

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:37 1

66. theBankRobber (Posts: 682; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Yea but you know how fan boys try so hard to prove which phone is better. I agree with you with both hardware differences and OS. But it still showed IOS's newest OS against Androids newest OS, and some just want to make them selves feel better about their purchase lol

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:39

67. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


It is a party foul. I only dropped it after I drank it. Some times I couldn't get the shot glass back on the table.

Wow I miss the binge drinking days! lol

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:55 2

69. pkiran1996 (Posts: 166; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


FYI the geekbench test was done with a Galaxy S3 running ICS. The Galaxy S3 in fact foes better when running Jelly Bean.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:57 3

70. Marcus_h (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Main point - nothing to be ashamed of, as per your asinine remark.
Sun Spider tests show it does Javascript faster. It does all this with exceptional battery life. Ergo, nothing to be ashamed of.

Compared to JB, well it hasn't happened yet. Maybe, maybe not. By then there will be iOS upgrades. Who knows.

So, even if/when JB is out, iPhone has nothing to be ashamed of. Stupid comment, really

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 11:57 4

71. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Ok let me put it to you this way. Both are Gorilla Glass. So the same principle applies. Short Gorilla Glass length will be tougher than long Gorilla Glass length.

Also the Apple iPhone 5 is only 21g lighter than the Samsung Galaxy S III. The Galaxy S III is a way bigger phone in terms of glass area so it will always break faster.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 12:07 1

72. wendygarett (unregistered)


You do realised that 21g is actually heavy when you holding it tho...
Try hold a 20gram of gold bar and see my friend :)

I understand your concept but it doesn't mean mine is wrong...

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 12:26 1

73. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You have held 21g gold bar?!?!? lol

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 12:46 1

74. wendygarett (unregistered)


20 gram actually :) just hold other metallic things and you will realise that lol...
Let just use the older example...
Can you explain why the older version galaxy s2 is sturdier than the iPhone4/4s?
I will definitely explain because of weight bro :)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 13:02 5

75. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ooh.. I love a good "Will it Blend" episode.

What I'm waiting for is for you to stop using pictures of well known asian models and put up a pic of your true male face.
Not that I mind the models, as she is attractive.. but dudes pretending to be chicks is just perverted.

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