Note 10+ beats the iPhone XS Max in machine drop test

Clad entirely in the latest and toughest Gorilla Glass 6 edition, the new Galaxy Note 10+ should be able to withstand the most honest drops from pocket heights even on rough surface but is that indeed the case?

We'll spare you the suspense - when the Note 10+ gets machine-dropped next to the iPhone XS Max which also uses a similar form of toughened glass for its back and front, it survived with flying colors and continued working afterwards. That much couldn't be said for the S10+, for instance, whose finger scanner refused to work and it got beat by the same XS Max after the drops, so there is progress.

In defense of the S10+ (but not of Samsung), the phone has Gorilla Glass 6 protection only at the front, and not the rear housing, so the Note 10+ now has a definitive advantage in that regard. 

While the Note 10+ still cracked more than the XS Max when dropped on its back, the weight balance prevents it from plopping face down in other tests, and it retained its frontal look and display functionality better than the iPhone, so it won the overall machine drop test rounds. 

Lets' not forget that the Note 10+ has a pre-installed factory screen protector, as flimsy as it might seem, but it has been removed beforehand and the screen still held up better than the iPhone. Samsung has apparently defended the display better than Apple from the get-go and still we wouldn't advise carrying without a case on, as these puppies' prices are not for the faint of heart.

Related phones

Galaxy Note 10+
  • Display 6.8" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4300 mAh
iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3179 mAh(25h talk time)



1. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

what a s**tty test

2. MEeee

Posts: 438; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

They were the 1st poeple to drop the Note 10+ with no cracks on front or back if you understand Vietnamese.

3. Rellaghs

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 19, 2019

What does the screen protector has to do with the drop test? The Note was dropped without the screen protector, so the title of this article is wrong.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Even more so considering the s10 series had a screen protector preinstalled as well.

8. srgonu

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

thats just PA's intelligent interpretation since its not iphone

4. mariosraptor

Posts: 180; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

What screen protector? I believe it was removed in test. Glass getting in his finger???

5. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

This is ridiculous! People who bought flagships always buys a case and protector. Samsung should opt making curve displays, there’s no benefit at all. Just make a flat screen phones and all good. This curve screen makes the phone vulnerable to cracks.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It performed better than a flat screen phone though...

11. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I stopped buying cases and screen protectors because I stopped buying glass flagships. These designers are either stupid or don't have the green light from higher ups to pursue better materials.

6. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

This confirms what I thought all along. Glass is fragile and cracks when you drop it.

10. nikhil23

Posts: 469; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Didn't they remove the screen protector before dropping?

12. Cyberchum

Posts: 1093; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I can't get mad at PA's mostly s**tty articles. They're simply not worth it. I wouldn't hesitate to trash-talk them whenever I felt like it, though. If only GSMA's comment section wasn't so bad.

13. wickedwilly

Posts: 723; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

It is getting embarrassing comparing iPhones to the Note 10, The latter is so far ahead. Speed tests, battery drain, charging, specs, cameras and network tests are all embarrassing the iPhone, showing how overrated and overpriced it really is. Apple needs to serious upgrade IOS and iPhones and reduce the price to get anywhere near the top of the smartphone world.

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