Plastic Samsung Galaxy S II fares better than glass Apple iPhone 4S in drop test

Plastic Samsung Galaxy S II fares better than glass Apple iPhone 4S in drop test
It seems such a waste of a perfectly good smartphone to perform a drop test. Fans of the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Apple iPhone 4S will cringe when they view this video, but consider it a public service by those who performed the test. And while the results come out more or less as expected, it might be worth it to watch the video if it scares you into purchasing a case that might save your phone from damage next time it falls from your hand.

First up is the Apple iPhone 4S, and before the device was dropped, Siri was asked if it was afraid of falling. "I'm afraid I can't answer that." was the response. But perhaps Apple's new voice recognition system should have been afraid because the first waist high drop of the phone onto the pavement resulted in some cracked glass on the back of the phone. After the third drop, which was a face down fall from shoulder height, the Apple iPhone 4S front screen was shattered beyond use. The Samsung Galaxy S II was put through the same exact three tests an ended up with just a few scratches and no damage to the screen.

The result of the tests, performed by third party warranty company Squaretrade, really should not surprise anyone who knows that glass is easier to break than plastic. Regardless of which phone you use, if you have a propensity to drop the handset often, you should certainly invest in a case and possibly spend the extra dollars for insurance.

source: YouTube via AndroidCentral

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iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
Galaxy S II
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1650 mAh(9.00h 3G talk time)

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101 Comments

1. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Design pays :D

23. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Especially when you use cheap materials to cut down cost/.

29. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 2011

The tests tell otherwise.

53. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

glass is the "cheap" material. Samsung uses Corning Gorrilla Glass, not cheap ass glass that has been around for thousands of years. Plastic is flexible and thus reduces vibration damage which reduces internal damage when compared to metals. Anyone that thinks regular glass is somehow "premium" is an idiot. Gorilla glass destroys regular glass.. literally. :) GO SAMMY GO Ill definately take the superphone with a side of durability. :)

85. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Remix being wrong as usual. iPhone uses gorilla glass

88. AKm007

Posts: 108; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

If the iphone uses gorilla glass, why did it shatter like a piece of fragile and useless normal glass?

89. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

Apple iPhone? CORNING® GORILLA® GLASS? Prove it. Maybe you mean aluminosilicate glass, which is probably the same material used in CORNING® GORILLA® GLASS, but is certainly not equal to CORNING® GORILLA® GLASS. IIRC, Apple did not want to pay CORNING® GORILLA® GLASS a cent, so they copied CORNING® GORILLA® GLASS. In no ways is it equal to CORNING® GORILLA® GLASS. CMIIW.

91. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, taco, your funny. can you prove that please? :)

100. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

then why do u think it shattered like a hell............

36. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Pays the price big time in breakages,working in a phone shop i see iphone breaking continually over and over. Other news is to google how the iphone 4s is reported to be having terrible battery life problems,complaints emerging continually online of battery dropping at a rate of 20% per hour. ios 5 it seems is a big factor as iphone 4 owners complaining also but it seems the year old tech the likes of siri is making the battery life suffer even further

41. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I updated my iPhone 4 and the battery life has been better

42. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

Dude that iPhone got JACKED UP. lol. Prime example why you put a case on a 500.- phone immediately when you buy it. :p

44. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

course apple charges you extra for that vunerable glass design then your forced to cover it up entirely with a case to stop the inevitable breakage

46. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

I think the design is beautiful, just too vulnerable lol.

60. iShepherd

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

No point in having a beautiful design if you have to keep in a case all the time. Would it have killed Apple to take a small hit in profits to have better glass?

72. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yeah no s**t man what's the point in owning a phone you would have to wrap up in a bulky ass case just to keep it safe when you could own an wonderful phone like the Galaxy S2 which is made with gorilla glass. :) iTards just get sucked into that damn marketing. Lol

43. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Complaints are coming in online on forums so looks like your a lucky one. Ios 5 in particular and iphone 4s have been shown up many times now as causing major battery headaches

45. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

My EpicTouch just lasted me 8hours today. 2.5 hours of the screen being on. I am sick of this bulls**t. Even with underclocking. I just talked with a family member who just upgraded to iOS5 with the iPhone 4, and they said they never kill their battery once throughout the day. If I am pushing my Android for awhile, the temp gets to it and I am dead before I can say: "get the charger, NOOOOOOO!".

48. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

read this so of IOS 5 misery! http://gdgt.com/discuss/bad-battery-life-in-ios-5-gpn/ Iphones going dead in matter of hours

49. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

I have also heard people with the Sprint iPhones are getting very poor 3g signals/downloads. And other friend of mine took theirs in the store and there were other people in there because of the screen flickering on and off. Seems to be a worldwide problem for Sprint. I might be better off waiting next year for the new iPhone. :/

54. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

it seems we are only hearing the start of a new drama for apple here,battery gate https://discussions.apple.com/message/16411999#16411999

61. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

awww cute you want Apple to fail so bad. 4 million opening weekend

62. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

we won't get into taking about those 4 millions poor saps but there are many more millions of drones now watching their battery die by the minute with the masterpiece that is ios 5!

63. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

We will see I guess. Like I said my battery life is better than ever.

67. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

One of my best friends has the iPhone 4. He loves the iOS 5 update, and hasn't had any problems with it at all. I'm looking forward to him coming back in town next week so that I can play with it a bit.

65. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

4 million poor saps? Everyone that gets a new phone, regardless of what OS it is, will like it. Even if you need a replacement. There are bad phones in every batch that are dispersed among the carriers. I had to replace my Android phone twice last year because of a faulty OS issue while updating to Gingerbread. My Epic4g also kept over heating and required me to turn off the phone because the internals were too hot. It happens to everyone. Not just iOS.

71. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I get 6-8 hours of actual usage with the screen being on on my Iphone 4.

79. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

That's garbage. And I am sure you're not slowing down either. I am about to get an iPhone. Currently, as we speak, my phone won't even charge. CHARGE. I am sick of this crap. Seriously, if I have to spend 600 up front, and pay 200 in the end, f**k it, because I know I will be happy.

86. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g217/taco5000/aa23f8a7.jpg Here I am 5 hours usage and 13 hours of stand by. Still have 28% battery.

97. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

I am usually getting around the same, suprisingly. I just switched a ROM and had a problem with drainage. But my stock is usually around that. Do you have all of your notifications syncing constantly? I have mine syncing in intervals of 3-6 hours (weather, email, etc.) I mean, you might be getting about a half an hour to an hour tops more than me. Guess I need to do some more tweaking lol.

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