Galaxy S5 vs One (M8) vs iPhone5s drop test pays a tribute to HTC's build quality (video)

Galaxy S5 vs One (M8) vs iPhone5s drop test pays a tribute to HTC's build quality (video)
The HTC One (M8) and the Galaxy S5 have barely been out, and they are already undergoing visits to the torture chamber - first with tests of their water resistance, and now with an impromptu drop test. The video below has gathered the current best of Samsung, Apple and HTC, and did some ardent dropping of the handsets to determine who's the most fragile.

With the risk to spoil the end results, we'll just say to be careful while carrying your Galaxy S5, as that flamboyant new AMOLED display it boasts won't come cheap to replace, given Samsung's monopolistic position on the panel's production. It's not that the screen of the plastic S5 got cracked more than the unibody metal M8 and 5s - quite the opposite - but its digitizer gave up the ghost very easily with the first higher drop. 

HTC's tightly-packaged creation, on the other hand, did remarkably well, going down in flames only when it landed face-down from no less than about ten feet (3m) height. Obviously HTC doen't want to have much claims to their Advantage program, which offers one cracked screen replacement in the first six months of ownership for free. Check out the full monty below.

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
    2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI
One (M8)
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Dual camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
    2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    HTC Sense UI
iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0 inches
    1136 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A7
    1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1570 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x

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