Apple iPhone 6s squares off against the Samsung Galaxy S7 in a new drop test (VIDEO)

Apple iPhone 6s squares off against the Samsung Galaxy S7 in a new drop test (VIDEO)
It's glass against metal as the Samsung Galaxy S7 takes on the Apple iPhone 6s in the latest drop test produced by PhoneBuff and its professional drop testing machine. Each phone will be dropped from a meter high (3.3 feet) on its side, back, bottom and front. Any phone that can still technically make a phone call after the four rounds, advances to the bonus round where it has a chance to win a brand new automobile!.

The back test showed the strength of the metal build over glass as the iPhone 6s received some minor scuff marks. The Galaxy S7 on the other hand, was hit with some serious damage as the back glass cracked. Ironically, Apple is reportedly looking at using front and back glass for the 2017 iPhone. If Jony Ive reads this story, he might have second thoughts.

Both the iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7 survived the bottom drop like bosses with no damage seen by the naked eye. Both handsets sustained damage on the side drop, but nothing that would interfere with the operation of each phone. But it was the front drop, as usual, that did some major damage. The iPhone 6s screen was cracked, and the Galaxy S7 screen not only was spider webbed, it also went down for the count.

Since only the iPhone 6s was usable between the two devices, it had the privilege of participating in the bonus round. That means the phone was continuously dropped front first until it could no longer be used. You might recall that it took 32 front-facing falls for the HTC 10 to stop working. After five drops, the iPhone 6s sailed into the sunset. Still, the iPhone 6s is declared the winner here as once again metal trumps glass.

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source: PhoneBuff

Related phones

iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)



1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't like how the S7 is built. It's too slippery like a bar of soap. I wished they would stick to the Note 4 design.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31283; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As long time iphone ussr, the sealed glass metal design is something I'm accustomed to. It's slippery, but I'd case it up, just like my current devices are.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't mind glass and metal design. I just prefer it to be more angular than the curved look. It's why I love the design of the SE.

6. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Makes a case for getting a c--- (guess).

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31283; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The S7 is sexy as hell.

5. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

She's a looker alright :-D.

7. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

glass vs metal .. what did you expect ? comparing phones with different materials in a drop test is pointless

9. AlikMalix unregistered

But that's not the point, the phone stopped functioning after first drop on its front, 6s kept working drop after drop. Glass shuttered, but one worked the other didn't.

37. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Still pointless and just for clicks IMHO. Who'd keep their phones for long after they shatter the darn thing?

43. AlikMalix unregistered

Those that can't afford a repair... or a new phone... I see plenty of people still carrying cracked screens with a screen protector to keep all glass from falling out.

40. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Yes its a problem .. one of the differences is when you have a metal back you have a bigger more stable area to mount the internals and keep them well protected

8. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Newsflash: metal less fragile than glass. That aside, the GS7 is one fine piece of tech.

10. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

meh drop test are boring...

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Let Samsung takes these disgraces as a lesson and use stronger glass on the Note 6 and future S models. The Oppo Finder is a great example for them to follow:

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How is it a disgrace? Glass breaks! The test is stupid because no one is going to be dropping their phone on purpose Most people.use cases and screen protectors which those phone don't have. The only proves that this guy is a fool. IPHONES have a 25% failure rate, which has nothing to do with being dropped. All these tests prove is people will do stupid things to get likes and votes to get paid. The tests don't prove which phone is more durable. Some people can drop any phone once and have it break. I've dropped my Note 5, but it hasn't cracked. Yes I have a case on it. Yes I have a glass screen protector on it If you drop any phone it stands to break. As a fact, is you set out to break your phone, you can and you will. Why waste time dropping it. I mean just take a hammer and get it done in one swoop. This video only proves idiots have to much money, to much time and no common sense.

13. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

"This video only proves idiots have to much money, to much time and no common sense." Your comments as well.

16. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

I stopped reading his comments a long time ago. I just post clever remarks afterwards. Maybe he'll eventually leave.

15. AlikMalix unregistered

Techie, I'm beginning to suspect that you're just an Apple fan who's trying to make Android Samsung fans look stupid. Look at your post, it's contradictive to itself: You fully understand that these people make videos to make money, but you finish off with "This video only proves idiots have to much money, to much time and no common sense." --- How do you think these people make money? By doing comparison tests just like this. Everyone who read my posts, know that I carry my phones without cases - I loath cases - it's a trend that started with my iphone 5s - because hiding such a beauty was a sin (lol).. Now I hate cases, and even though I dislike the look of my 6S - it feels absolutely solid in my hands and I carry it without a case (even though the back of it deserves to be hidden away). So you can imagine that I drop my phone many times - just like everyone else... guess what, my 5S survived it's 2 years of use without a crack (just dings and scratches) and so far 6s since it's launch also hasnt had anything crack or break off - and it has landed in every side possible and any surface possible. Yes there's a way to drop it and it wont break, and there's a way to drop it that it will. But these tests are extra special, because they do drop them EXACTLY alike (watch how they both bounce off to the left when dropped on it's bottom side). THIS DOES MAKE THEM MONEY, AND I BET WE'RE BOTH JEALOUS THAT WE DIDNT DO IT FIRST... They're no fools or idiots - they're opportunist - doesnt matter if the iphone or the samsung breaks... Trust me, they get the check regardless who wins!!!

17. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

I don't generally drop my phone, but I know the metal on the iPhone is pretty soft so I did buy a case just to make sure I preserved the re-sale value of the phone itself. I bought the Black leather Apple case and it forms to the phone much better than any other case that I've used. I have the 6S+.

18. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I hate cases to :D. They make your phone look bulky, and I don't drop my phone often enough for an Ottobox. And your right, it really doesn't matter who wins these tests, the comment section is going to go ball out crazy either way!!!! Easiest pay check for any techtubers/sites lol :-).

24. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yup, people say (as with the iPhone 4) that the S7 just looks so good, and then in the same breath say these tests don't matter because you put the phone in a (bulky, ugly) case anyway. It's contradictory. I remember having an iPhone 4 and getting all these comments in reverse from the Samsung fans... In truth I never needed a case until the iPhone 6 because the form is crappy, too thin, awkward and slippery in the hand...

22. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Suddenly it isn't a disgrace to use glass? Lol. Thought it was you swearing that you'd never get the 2017 iphone if they used glass? Saying it was a bad design choice and all of a sudden u accept that using glass is okay and that breaks/cracks are normal? Loooool. *facepalm*

25. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Techie, as much as you like to come off as some kind of all-knowing tech intellectual you just can't help try to distort facts to suit your (Samsung) agenda can you? iPhone 25% failure rate? Sure, but let's use the full report for that - that's after 2 years, even then that's only 7.5% failure due to malfunction, 18% is due to accident damage. After 2 years a 7.5% failure rate for a constantly used, mobile electronic device is very good indeed - and you can bet that Apple replace many of that 7.5% for free, they did when I had just two dead pixels on an iPad. Here are some real-life figures for failure rates from 2015: "According to a recently published study from the Blancco Technology Group, 85% of all mobile device failures during the fourth quarter of 2015 came from Android handsets compared to just 15% of issues which originated on iOS. Breaking down the figures by manufacturer, Samsung devices accounted for 27% of device failures, followed closely by Lenovo at 21%, Motorola at 18% and Xiaomi at 11%"

26. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Damn you totally beat me to it lol. I was just about to post this same report. I can't wait to see his essay on why BTG is wrong. Should be interesting ;-).

28. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

:D Of course the report will be wrong, no-one knows as much (or writes as much) as Techie... ;)

27. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Oh, and the summary to that report: "According to the report, the failure rate for Android devices was 44 percent , compared to only 25 percent for iOS devices."

30. tedkord

Posts: 17409; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What's the Smoking Gun here? Android has 85% off the market, so it would make sense they have 85% of the failure rate.

33. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Well to use the same criteria as Techie did, as said in my post above - iOS devices = 25% failure rate after 2 years. Android devices = 44% failure rate after 2 years.

46. AlikMalix unregistered

Ted, I thought so too, but it's compared against it's own platform... So it does mean that for every 100 android phones and every 100 iPhones - android breaks down more often and iPhones less often.

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