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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51 Comments

1. GMS85

Posts: 216; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

HTC!!!

16. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Not any smartphone going to survive like this....and still it's a gorilla glass 1. This is what i call true quality and durability. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=E3c8il_Q6SU

29. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I have to agree no one can make tougher phone than Nokia. Ever since the cell phones started to get more available 10-15 years ago, they always made the most durable phones.

47. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i used to have htc x8, all these polycarbonate bodies are strong as hell, now i got htc m8, aluminum leaves some dents, so i would choose any nokia if durability is most omportant.

2. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Interested to see z2 drop test. Wanna see effect on glass without shatterproof film.

35. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I would like to see that too... because (unpopular opinion puffin) I actually Love the ASF included in older devices... I have dropped my Xperia Acro S so many times I lost count... and the last time it fell from ear height and flat on the screen!!! but lucky me it did not crack! So I am still getting a Sony as next phone thanks to their durability, though I would be one of the few hoping for ASF... Maybe the Z2 Compact will keep that... If not I will settle for a Z1 C when bugs are ironed out

3. Sauce unregistered

What did he use to record the floor view?

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

looks like iphone to me. Pause at 1:03

30. Trex95

Posts: 2320; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

It's an IPhone 5s with slow Mo, 720p.

31. Sauce unregistered

very nice quality for 720p

37. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Fun fact, The apples 720p slowmo is just 480 upscaled :). But it looks really crisp and clear :p

39. Sauce unregistered

Could have fooled me. Great quality :)

5. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

So not only is the S5 Ugly its also fragile, way to go Sammy!

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Maybe you were so obsessed with trolling you missed this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFs0TVxzKaw&list=PLPCx-1KKqYKwp3XBvu9aeo_juifiS6NHB The drop-tests aren't a'ways scientific.

7. papss unregistered

I think his point once you sift thru the fanboyism is that all are susceptible to damage whether plastic or metal

9. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Ha ha ha, on the first drop test that appeared on the net all the sammy fanboys got wet and praised the phone of how durable it is. Now they are all saying these tests are not relevant =))) Again..it's just shows...

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Still trolling are we? Want to keep your phone from getting cracked? Buy a case.

12. papss unregistered

Na I just keep insurance on mine lol no case on my 1520 or M8

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Insurance deductables are over $175 now. A $25 case from Otterbox is better than paying $175. Looking cool < Protrction Just saying.

20. limporgyuk

Posts: 351; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

When it comes to the M7 and M8 you don't want to hide those beauties in a case and deny yourself the feel of the cold smooth aluminium.

24. papss unregistered

Not on my art account. I pay 10 a month for insurance and have yet to pay a deductible

43. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Asurion cost me $100. to replace next day brand new on VZW for regular smartphones, iPhone was more, $175. I believe.

33. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 883; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

+1 to you my frnd.. right answer to blind fanboyism.

45. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

If it was sapphire it would've not cracked.

42. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

The ugly IP5s have more scratches than the GSV or ONE M8 combine.

8. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

If Samsung change their conservative design on S5 with new distinctive and modern design, then it would be a perfect smartphone for me.

17. Jason2k13

Posts: 1445; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

there's nothing wrong with Samsung design, its the material they use that should be changed. I've been owning galaxy phones since the S1 - S4, and nobody ever said anything negative about the design. It only happens in blogs and websites.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Gate on what's popular now. I'll take functionality > design any day.

25. papss unregistered

Why can't we have both sir?

38. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Function over form is alway The best IMO. But sometimes its nice to have a little touch of form ;)

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