Ooops! Drop test pits Apple iPhone 5 against Samsung Galaxy S4

Ooops! Drop test pits Apple iPhone 5 against Samsung Galaxy S4
UPDATE: One of our loyal readers send us another drop test which pits the Samsung Galaxy S4 against the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Apple iPhone 5. We've added it below, for your viewing (and cringing) pleasure.

source: YouTube

No matter what precautions you take, one day, you are going to drop your handset. It's a sure thing and explains why manufacturers spend so much money on build quality and testing. With the Samsung Galaxy S4 now launching at  some locations, you might be curious to see how the new Android flagship holds up against the Apple iPhone 5.

Can the polycarbonate build of the Samsung Galaxy S4  take a beating as well as the aluminum clad Apple iPhone 5? Click on the video to find out-if you dare. With speculation that Samsung itself is tired of being picked on for its choice of build materials, there is some talk that the Samsung GALAXY Note III will be enclosed in a casing made of something other than plastic.

Watching both flagship models hit the ground just might be too much for you to take. Even closing your eyes won't let you escape the agony because of that sound that any smartphone fan can instantly identify as the sound of a new handset coming into contact with the ground. Last month, we told you that Apple has been awarded a patent on a process that detects if a device is free falling and if so, makes adjustments to move the center of mass to control how the device falls. For those butterfingers in the audience, this technology can't arrive quickly enough.

source: AndroidAuthority

Related phones

Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)
iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. chistoefurpuffer

Posts: 140; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

While I must admit I was disappointed at the results, it's still faired better than the HTC One, fact it's screen can be fixed at home. Another thing though, it was Gorilla Glass 3. Come on now! While I still love the s4, that's just a bit disappointing.

6. osmaankhaan unregistered

But keep in mind there's almost 20 grams deference in weight in both the phones

8. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

then try Lumia 920.. its heavy.... its tough

17. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

yes lol they bash its 180Grams and yet it never gets scratched look at this puny SGS4 weights like 130g or 140g meh broken in third drop

105. Emily1985

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 Drop Test Nokia Lumia 920 Destruction: What Does It Take?

144. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

hey men don't wake up that monster for this will break the floor.

85. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

LMAO! so where are the Durable cheap Plastic and the Gorilla glass 3?LMAO! eat that sammy fanboys!

122. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Any phone dropped face down will crack. Samsung is actually the only company fixing this by switching to flexible screens with plastic.

135. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Samsung is not the first and the only one who have flexible screen technology and maybe LG will be the first company who release flexible screen on the market. So please stop you stupidity once for all!!!

158. chistoefurpuffer

Posts: 140; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Oh god you really need to calm down, clearly something has brainwashed you. I mean, I'm the second video, of course the screen cracked, it was dropped on its face. Go take your crap HTC and go under your rock.

159. yudi.nemesis unregistered

are you talking about this video??? =bLW0HrVeoD8 If you do you are totaly wrong dude.. what i mean is the video from androidauthority (Iphone vs S3) drop test In that video you will see Iphone 5 fell on the front side with the same high (about 5 ft 6) just like S4 but Iphone still survived from that drop test Let me tell you my mobile phone history Nokia, Sony Ericsson(not Sony), LG, Motorola, blackberry, and Samsung, Until this day i never touch any HTC or Apple devices literally!! Open your mind, and stop become closed minded fanboy

175. Galax3

Posts: 19; Member since: May 04, 2012

There were 2 dents on the front and back of the iPhone and no iPhone photo details for this test. He almost said the back got hit first. Hmmmm.....

185. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Just pause or slow it down the video you will see that Iphone 5 got hit Front corner first

160. yudi.nemesis unregistered

162. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

who cares about test drops. i have seen plenty of broken screen iphones and sgs3 screens. flexible plastic should remedy that problem. also the sgs4 suffered a broken outter screen. the amoled is fine

171. yudi.nemesis unregistered

its premium device not some ''CHINESE PLASTIC TOY'' so people really care with build quality S3/S4 is not Premium and not Durable either but why it have premium price point. What happen with samsung fanboy you complain about Iphone and other metal phone get scratches and dents, Now you said is fine to have plastic toy (S4) with cracked screen. Its so funny hahahha.....

161. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

lg either stole or bought out the tech im sure. either way i dont care who comes out first. whoever it is will pioneer something great

173. yudi.nemesis unregistered

you sounds like closed minded fanboy who doesn't know anything before you talk a lot just do some reasearch. When you say something you must have prove

193. thelukewarm

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

it's made of plastic because of his huge octa-core processor, do you know how match is that? like 4 times bigger than the iP5, keep it in mind dude...

195. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

what is the connection of that "huge" octacore processor on this drop test?.ROFLOL..and does the "octa-core" processor of S4 helps the phone on this drop test?its not a valid excuse kid.go to your mommy and ask her to tell you a fairytale! Lol

22. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

Samsung s4 sucks its very laggy i saw it in the store they need to fix touch-wiz and now the screen breaks great Samsung. it broke damn fast and people where talking about the htc one at least the htc one took many drops to break not like samsung s4 it was damn easy to break.

163. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

There is zero... ZERO lag in the S4. I highly doubt you tried one out or " saw" it in the store. I activated 4 at my Sprint store today, no lag. Nice try Certainly not enough of an upgrade over an S3, but certainly if you have an S2

188. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

another idiot... everybody tries the S4 in stores,, they open apps and don't close it who knows how many apps are running in the background..that will obviously cause lag/ and i'm very surprised how many Samsung haters there are in PhoneArena

198. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

welcome to iphonearena

189. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

i ain't no sammy fanboy but boy you're exaggerating too much

26. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

My only question to you guys who are saying S4's crap and lumia tough: What are you going to use your smartphone for? Use it to build a building or something like that? You buy a premium smartphone worth a lot then take good care of it and it will last long!!! Put it into some cases or anything like that if you are too scared!!!

34. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

once in a while every one drops their phone... no matter how good you take care of it.... So just assume ... I bought an GS 4 today and i dropped it accidentally.. and what if the result is like in the test .. then what ...? you want me to buy another one ... paying $800 .... "better safe than sorry"

93. SoulEater1667

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

As AmitMajuder said if you give 800$ for a phone either if is s4 or one or g or iphone 5, you definetly should buy a case ora bumper.That way rhe riscs to broke your phone is much much lower. As the video show when s4 felt on it's edge the screen craked because the margins are not the strongest but if you have something soft like ruber it will absorb a part of damage and the phone will be safe.

199. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

So, what's your point? Will you spend "$800" and not buy a case? Or the fact that you paid $800 for your device means it is "breakproof"?

40. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

You said premium ? Samsung ? ROFLOL.....

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