Apple iPhone 7 takes on the Apple iPhone 6s in a drop test

The Apple iPhone 7 recently scored a record setting 178,000+ on the AnTuTu benchmark test. In theory, that means that the Apple iPhone 7 is more powerful than the Apple iPhone 6s. While the AnTuTu test helps us make comparisons like that, we can even measure the build quality of the iPhone 7 against the iPhone 6s by conducting a drop test. To make it a fair test, both phones were dropped from exactly 3.2 feet up using a professional machine employed by manufacturers and companies that do that sort of testing.

Both handsets would be dropped three times. The first test was the back drop. After the impact, the finish on the back of both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s showed signs of minor scuffing. Both phones also held up well during the bottom drop, with only some minor marks visible in direct light. The story was the same with the side drop as neither phone was seriously damaged after that test.

The face drop did some serious damage to the screens of both phones, although both could still make a phone call. That meant that the iPhone 7 would be dropped on its face until it could no longer work. If it held on for longer than the five bonus drops that the iPhone 6s survived when it took on the Samsung Galaxy S7 in a previous drop test, it would be declared the winner.

Sure enough, the iPhone 7 survived eight drops, giving it the win over last year's iPhone 6s. You can catch the entire test by clicking on the video at the beginning of the story. Besides holding up to drops better than the iPhone 6s, the Apple iPhone 7 (and the iPhone 7 Plus) both have an IP67 certification rating against dust and water. Again in theory, the 2016 iPhone models can be submerged in up to 3.2 feet of water for as long as 30-minutes, and emerge unscathed.  Despite being marketed as being IP67 certified, neither the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus are covered in the warranty for water damage.

source: PhoneBuff

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1. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

They need to add an exploding test. Till now, Samsung is the leader of course.

2. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You mad bro?

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

He's all the way mad. You can actually feel the anger leaping off of him.

19. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOL sounds like you are mad, he joke was funny. Also why would he have reason to be mad? Samsung phone haves been exploding, if anyone would be mad it's Samsung fans. Good job trying to brush it away, gotta hurt seeing the biggest failure of the mobile industry belong to Samsung Hahaha!

27. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

So have iphones. How many iphones have forced airplanes down vs samsung phones?

48. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's furious, because even with the Note 7 issue, Samsung flagships are still the best in the market. Kills him.

16. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I know the iPhone battery are SDI brand, but your idea was stupid.

17. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOLOLOL hahahaha nice.

36. Unordinary unregistered

If iPhones started exploding left and right, Samsung users would say "we had that first!"

7. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

What a best of a well made phone. its the new king of durability. Weird Apple did not market or mention how durable and almost impossible is to break the screen.

31. Gatorsrule52

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

HTC 10 survives over 30 drops...

39. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Sounds like you turned blind eye to the Note 7:

15. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Poor Samsung lovers, they are spending all the time searching a rumor here a rumor there about iPhone 7. What is happened with Note 7 is very very big and impossible to beat Samsung in this. Samsung wants an iPhone killer and they end up with a people killer!!!!!!!!

20. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

No one cares your mock on Samsung.

50. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And despite that, it's still the best phone available. People are refusing to turn it in until they get the exact same model. Heck, darkkjedii on this very site, because he thought the replacement was going to take a while, had decided to get a full refund and buy an iPhone 7 Plus. First in line at his local AT&T store, he got word the Note 7 replacements were arriving this Wednesday, and promptly got out of line and went home. Why? In his own words, the iPhone 7 Plus is a great device, but it doesn't touch the Note 7.

51. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Exactly! Note 7 is the bomb! It has a lot of killer features that's to die for. Very hot device for sure.

52. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Those jokes were slightly more original than the iPhone 7.

18. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

But say seriously, iPhone only survived on 7 times bonus drop test and Note 7 survived on 50+ bonus drop test. Why can the iPhone 7 ranking be higher?

28. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

And the winner is the iPhone lol

30. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Drop tests, speed tests, great. Let's have a features test, and the Note will beat everything.

33. lyndon420

Posts: 6789; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Did you get yours replaced yet?

38. Unordinary unregistered

To someone who could care less about those feature, itll lose. To someone who wants as little features/bloat as possible, itll lose. To someone who wants more features, iPhone will lose. Etc etc etc etc etc. A feature test is nothing more than a subjective dick measuring contest, just like drop tests.

40. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

To someone who could care less about how fast a phone opens and closes apps, the iPhone will lose badly in everything else, including durability ( ), build quality (no one in their right mind wants them fugly bezels and below 70% screen to body ratio), camera quality ( ), portability, expansion ports, connectivity, versatility, bang for buck, etc, etc...

41. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Drop test the note is the winner. But the note has already proven to be seriously laggy. The edge and regular s7 are much faster. As for speed and fluidity, nothing comes close to an iPhone other than a nexus.

42. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nothing seriously laggy about the Exynos variant ( ), seems fast and fluid for most use cases. The SD820, wouldn't doubt that, it's the reason I cancelled my Note 7 pre-order here in Canada (came with the SD820 instead of Exynos like the S7 Edge). Gonna get the international variant later in 2017, if the S8 isn't very compelling. As for uses/versatility, nothing comes close to the Note 7, besides previous Note devices.

47. Unordinary unregistered

The butthurt is sensed from hundreds of miles away lol

54. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Neh, you're probably just sensing #iFartgate on your face...

37. enzotarece

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Chupz 3.2 feet who holds their phone at 3 feet 5 ft should be the real test

53. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Drop test aside. The plastic screen on the N7 is terrible. Please stop saying the screen is glass. It isn't. As one website call it a "plastic substrate". Having both the Note 4, 5 and then the 6sP... Apple builds a more quality product overall. Not even getting into the software mess that's Android. Built on top of freeware for years.

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