Another Samsung Galaxy S III vs Apple iPhone 4S drop test confirms the fragile nature of glass

Another Samsung Galaxy S III vs Apple iPhone 4S drop test confirms the fragile nature of glass
Looks like trashing a Samsung Galaxy S III and an iPhone 4S together is a favorite pastime these days, as after the redhead dropping them both on a concrete pavement earlier, we now have them sliding from a car and thrown around by kids as well, courtesy of the insurers from SquareTrade

Nevertheless, drop tests are the most entertaining benchmarks one could do with a gadget, and our inner destructive personalities always get the warm cozy feeling when something that costs north of $600 gets smashed for the first world's entertainment.

We are again not going to divulge the results of the Samsung Galaxy S III vs iPhone 4S drop test, and spoil the fun, so enjoy the man-made disasters in the video below. SquareTrade reminds you that it is not covering intentional damage like this in its insurance schemes, so consider yourself forewarned.

source: SquareTrade (YouTube)


Related phones

Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)
iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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98 Comments

1. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Well that is disappointing. Guess the GS3 will likely have as high a deductible as the iPhone then.

10. xenonn1

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I cant understand how gorila glass 1 its better than 2.I mean,they do it intentionally or what? -1 for Sammy on this one.

81. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

because gg2 is thinner than gg1 Samsung should should just go back to using their own glass built with their joint company with corning. Oddly enough, some of the current corning products such as lotus glass and gorilla glasses are removed from the products page at scp.samsung.com These glasses aren't shatter proof. I said this in the S2 vs iP4S video too. It also looks like samsung removed the slight plastic ring around the display that would prevent the glass from touching when laid on a flat surface face down

78. phoenixpr

Posts: 167; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

OK either I'm very luck, theirs a lot of dumb F@#ks who don't know how to hold and take care of their device. In the 20 years with a mobile device have never droped it. I an aware of what and how I am hold my belonging. So for those who drop phone, maybe consider a fisher price iPhone, if it breaks who cares, it was crap to begin with.

2. LostInTheRed

Posts: 85; Member since: May 03, 2012

Confirmed nothing to me. I want to see some scientifically backed tests for BOTH phones.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it all depends on the angle that its dropped on. the more vibration that goes through the phone, the more likely it is to smash the screen.

5. LostInTheRed

Posts: 85; Member since: May 03, 2012

Exactly. Which is why I'm not letting videos like this and the last drop test sway my opinions on quality. If it turns out to become a real issue, I have no doubt Samsung will do something about it.

52. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

I like the tests that are 1. Face down from waist height and 2. Face down from shoulder height. All this other stuff is useless.

56. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I don't know about that man... it's been seven hours since I woke up and my kids have already thrown my phone up in the air about five times. And I don't even have kids.

79. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

lol, at least now we can throw that "fragile iPhone" argument right out of the window.

87. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no its still fragile. it just has company.

99. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. I have dropped my Droid X1 numerous times on hard surfaces before I let my kids mother use it. Only a few scratches, nicks. She had it for a few months...and now it has a huuge crack in the corner of the screen. And folks need to understand....glass breaks. It isnt indestructible just because it has the name Gorilla in it...lol.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ha. first time an iphone won a drop test. wow. really need to be careful with the SGS3. Thats not something galaxy owners are used to. .lol hey trolls, does that make the SGS3 "premium" now since it breaks like a premium phone?? lol as always, get a case and be careful.

14. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

16 and treat my phone like i do my xbox, as in with care and not be like other 16 yr olds and toss it around like it didnt cost me $600

39. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Same. And I'm 12. My dumbass friend throws his AT&T S2 on the ground with no case. His screen is almost to the point of being unusable and mine is flawless. XD

45. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It's still made out of cheap plastic AND it's not durable. It's a lose lose.

50. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

cheap plastic? I hate that word. just because somthing is more expensive, it doesnt mean it has a better quality. palstic is the best material for phones. it is light weight, its durable, and you have less issue with radios. now if I sell you somthing for a million dollar a pound, would you use it for your phone? just to get the primiume feel? and btw, this time, its not cheap.

68. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Actually the S3 is made from premium plastic and the iPhone has cheap glass. So your choices are: S3 front = premium glass / rear = premium plastic iPhone front = cheap glass / rear = cheap glass

73. Ubi2447

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

The iPhone's glass is relatively cheap to replace though. I'm guessing that the screen for the SGS3 is going to be upwards of 150 bucks to replace. Not defending Apple... Just saying.

75. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

nothing is cheap when you take it to apple to replace. it depends. if the digitizer can be separated from the LCD, then it will be cheap. If it is all one piece, then it will be expensive. My guess though is that its all one piece.

84. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

I think you can almost double that $150.00 iFixIt just took a SIII apart and wrote the glass, digitizer + magnesium? frame are 1piece and can't be separated ;) http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Samsung-Galaxy-S-III-Teardown/9391/1#.T81Lk7D85LM

85. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

I'm not an Apple guy, but in all honesty, some of you look really stupid making excuses for the Galaxy. It's an overpriced piece of garbage. Get over your one-sidedness, admit it to yourself, by an LG or an HTC and get on with your lives.

80. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

wow remixfa, I love how you completely turned this around! For almost two years now, you and other android users have been talking smack about the iPhone and how easily it breaks. And now that it seems like the SG3 may be more fragile, its no biggie, all you need to do is be more careful. Really?!?! Isn't that what iPhone users have been saying all these years? lol, I (once again) smell a hypo. And you still somehow manage to find a way to make fun of iPhone users. Wow, I've never seen a hater so talented as you. One of a kind you are.

88. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

eeehh.. no ill tell you just like i told the other trolls. I've ALWAYS advocated for cases and screen protectors. The iphone breaks very easily. the SGS1 and SGS2 did not, but I still advocated screen protectors and cases. For whatever reason this SGS3 breaks easily. Like I said, which you probably didnt know how to read, is that my GUESS is that the gorilla glass v2 is not as strong as advertised.. or it may be the way the glass is seated in the frame somehow. Either way, I straight up said this phone is fragile. Should I stomp my feet... or pretend it didnt happen like Taco does whenever he loses an argument (nearly every hour)?? No. I give simple advice. Be smart, protect your phone, and be careful. The same advice Ive given countless times to iphone owners. Dont be an idiot. Your not generally as trollerific as taco, dont go that low.

91. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

No it is stronger, but the SGS has design problem because both the one X and Evo 4g lte can survive the drop test on it side. Keep trolling or back pedaling

95. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

u obviously dont know the meaning of either of those words. define trolling define backpedalling find out that your a fool that is trolling. realize that im not backpedaling because i havent CHANGED A SINGLE OPINION on previous devices. In order to backpedal I must have already stated something else about THIS device that is obviously false and am trying to cover it up. Just because one moron says I am, and another joins in a troll chorus, doesnt make it any more true.

6. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Test the nokia 3310 too! Love to see it break the floor...

7. 09wbd03516

Posts: 140; Member since: May 30, 2012

ugh!! Stop that PA!!

8. rogervn

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

I will have nightmares because of that video ... nokia 1100 can survive a nuclear explosion

13. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

Yeah haha

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