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

0. phoneArena posted on 11 Oct 2013, 06:48

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…

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posted on 11 Oct 2013, 07:00 25

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 08:08 16

16. JDogg5281 (Posts: 74; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 10:33 6

31. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

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


posted on 11 Oct 2013, 08:29 16

18. Damitel (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Apr 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!!!

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 08:49 3

19. sniper1087 (Posts: 532; Member since: 31 Dec 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.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 10:34 10

32. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 15:03 1

41. DaHarder (Posts: 177; Member since: 10 Oct 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?

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 03:36

50. Doakie (Posts: 2227; Member since: 06 May 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.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 16:35

52. pham818 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jan 2014)

you can, i'm running APEX launcher right now

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 10:05 5

30. Tommy1960i (Posts: 119; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 10:35

33. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 13:49

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.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 14:38 5

39. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

I wanna c faces of iFans now hahahaha

Note 3 is a real Beast.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 15:56

42. timepilot84 (Posts: 113; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

Sweet! Send me to Heaven, here I come!

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 18:29

44. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 07:01 13

2. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)

The note is tougher than i thought.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 07:01 22

3. twens (Posts: 1061; Member since: 25 Feb 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

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 08:03 9

13. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 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.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 08:51

20. sniper1087 (Posts: 532; Member since: 31 Dec 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.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 08:10 4

17. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 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.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 09:27 2

23. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 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.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 10:38 5

34. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 13:00

37. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 16:26 1

43. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 07:02 11

4. aayupanday (Posts: 580; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 07:09 4

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

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 12:30 2

35. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)

and he said its his favorite phone!

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 07:11 6

6. Smokin (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)

That is one of a tank.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 07:16 4

7. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 07:19 4

8. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Definitely! Hail premium aluminium!

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