Drop test puts tough against tougher: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs iPhone 5s

Drop test puts tough against tougher: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs iPhone 5s
After surviving two out of three drops in its first drop test, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 stars in another extreme phone survival video where it gets compared against Apple’s latest and greatest, the iPhone 5s.

We won’t spoil the results, we’ll just say that the two phones were dropped first on their back, then on their side and finally the worst of them all - falling straight on their front where the fragile screen is.

Now, actually both the Samsung and Apple flagships feature the toughest glass available at the moment - Gorilla Glass 3, so they should fare pretty well in those tests. Still, where there’s glass there are shatters and we hope you really keep your devices safe in your pocket and not flying off of it.

So which one is toughest: the Galaxy Note 3 or the iPhone 5s? Take a look at the video right below to find out.


Drop Test: Galaxy Note 3 vs iPhone 5s - GizmoSlip by gizmoslip

source: GizmoSlip

Related phones

Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)

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52 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I think we have just found the new Nokia 3310. Note 3 is a TANK!

16. JDogg5281

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Those old nokia phones couldnt be killed. A friend of mine use to play heads or tails with his nokia phone

31. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's got to be the funniest thing I've read all morning. +1

18. Damitel

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Enough said, in note 3 we trust! Strong, beautiful, durable, functional, feature-packed, fun, more than a companion, affordable and above all, the hope to smart phone evolution especially the note series. All hail the king!!!

19. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

Wait what affordable? Is over 750 unlocked, that is not affordable, and the design is interesting too big for my taste and I still dont like touchwiz, needs a refresh on that.

32. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's your opinion. I agree with him. Note 3 is simply flawless across the board.

41. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

I finally received my Galaxy Note 3 + Galaxy Gear combo yesterday and am very, very impressed. The Note 3 improves upon everything when compared to my (former) Note 2, with the new display being truly something to behold, and the Galaxy Gear is simply a brilliantly engineered/built device that only needs a more robust app selection/software tweak or two to be a true game-changer. The only issue that I'm having with my Note 3 is that it appears that it no longer allows user 'Home Screen' replacements (e.g. SPB Shell, 3D) to be set as the default... Anyone else having this issue?

50. Doakie

Posts: 2465; Member since: May 06, 2009

Wait. I'm confused. It won't allow you to run custom launchers? So no Nova Launcher? LAME, that's totally a deal breaker.

52. pham818

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 12, 2014

you can, i'm running APEX launcher right now

30. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

We played soccer with those nokia phones. They are very tough.

33. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

If only phones were able to talk and describe the abuse they've been through lol...

38. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Interesting results because I thought a bigger screen is more susceptible to damage. But there is one thing that is not alright with the test. They obviously tested the phones on two different days (look at the weather and clothes of the testers). Even though I don't deny the test results, I'd like to see them testing the devices together.

39. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

I wanna c faces of iFans now hahahaha Note 3 is a real Beast.

42. timepilot84

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Sweet! Send me to Heaven, here I come!

44. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i guess, note 3 is speaking nokia 3310's language.

2. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

The note is tougher than i thought.

3. twens

Posts: 1155; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Premium materials my foot. Americans nug too much. Plastic will be and will always be durable than glass and metal.Mtcheewwwww.....Loving my note 3

13. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

I agree with this one. I personally dislike Aluminium. It gets heated pretty easily and is not scratch resistant. I like glass like apple has on 4, 4S and Sony on Z1 (not durable though, but good to hold). HTC blindly followed the trend and most reviewers went crazy about aluminium giving premium feel. And suddenly, experience aspect of the material was ignored in those reviews in favor of "feel". I tried using friend's iPhone 5. But after small duration of heavy usage, I could barely hold the phone. Same is the case with my flat mate's iPhone. Nokia in this regard has done a great job of making a durable phone, without compromising on aesthetics (in terms of material) and comfortable to use. I am glad Samsung, Moto, Nokia, Google (Nexus) and Sony are not accepting Aluminium as a material to build their phone. It just doesn't work.

20. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

The Z1 got dropped and while after 3 drops didnt work because of the insides, the glass front, and back glass never shattered, and not because of a lip, all because of dragontrail glass.

17. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It's funny that you use two different terms, then equate them. Premium does not always mean durable. The 5s is pretty durable, but it uses premium materials. The Note 3 is durable, but it does not use premium materials. The first, second, and third functions of these phones are not to be dropped.

23. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

You know it's funny because I said the same thing about the 5. Because we all know coming out the box with dents,scratches, and getting bent out of shape is soooo premium and durable. Don't let me bring up the iPhone 4 and the about of money apple made on just repairs alone on that phone. I can't find the article but it was on this site and it featured the amount of repair cost apple made on I phones. The amount is staggering.

34. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Aluminum is cheaper than polycarbonate lol. Please use a Note 3 in person before making irrational judgments on it.

37. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

You didn't correct my grammar mistakes in my comment smurf.....you sleep bro?

43. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I found a total of seven errors in your post. I'm feeling nice today, so I'll let it slide.

4. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Android Authority do drop tests better portraying real life scenarios...

5. nestea unregistered

hmm that guy does know nothing about note 3. Back cover isnt leather, it is plastic. And note 3 sides are made from plastic, he cant even say is it metal or plastic….lol

35. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

and he said its his favorite phone!

6. Smokin

Posts: 120; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

That is one of a tank.

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

plastic is cheap....specifically the one samsung uses...that vid proved it all....

8. SleepingOz unregistered

Definitely! Hail premium aluminium!

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