Samsung Galaxy S III vs Apple iPhone 4S drop test is for real (video)

Samsung Galaxy S III vs Apple iPhone 4S drop test is for real (video)
Sure enough any "drop test" mention is just enough to catch our attention, but when it involves two expensive flagship phones, representing the two most talked about mobile operating systems, we double down on curiosity.

In a non-scientific (these are the best) drop test, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Apple iPhone 4S, both in white, were pitted against each other, but with one common enemy - the ground, covered in concrete pavement.

The phones were dropped from roughly the same height on their backs, sides and fronts with various degrees of external and internal damage, but we are not going to spoil the end result for you, so watch a redhead smash your favorite handset in the name of science for some great start-of-the-week entertainment.

Related phones

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 III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. OuterHeaven1987

Posts: 5; Member since: May 10, 2012

You know what...we in the "first world" sure do have some silly habits as in destroying almost 1500 dollars of value for what exactly?

12. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

they got s**t loads of money and time!!!

28. SherlockHolmes

Posts: 125; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is destroyed because it is inspired by nature and you know what Concrete is not included in Nature !! :P

63. thusalhax

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

Lol... xD

82. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Where I work, people know that Samsung makes trash. This phone is overhyped.

90. anjaleenarobert

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

it all depends on the angle that its dropped on. the more vibration that goes through the phone, the more likely it is to smash the screen. Check Samsung Galaxy S III current value according to this survey report

2. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

So much for that Gorilla Glass 2 protection. I watched Corning's demo video of GG2 and they do worse things to it than this drop test and it was fine. But dropping it from 4 ft kills the screen? Someone should make sure Corning sees this.

15. mohsinakbarkhan

Posts: 5; Member since: May 28, 2012

my new s3 suffered the same fate

64. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

First, sorry about your phone. So much for the iPhone being so fragile.

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

well, it took a phone nearly double the size of the iphone to become just as fragile. lol ok kids, do not throw your phones around. k? lol

45. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

wow you worst tjen the apple people. The one x and the iphone did better then the SGS3 In the drop test. The SGS3 crack on the side test, so it is more fragile

48. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

where did i say it wasnt fragile? before you go trollin me, make sure you read the comment. I just said it was as fragile as the iphone. the iphone breaks when you "hold it wrong" or sneeze on it.

50. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

You are defending it by saying the size made a different so down playing. you keeptrolling. You also keep saying how plastics make the phone less fragile, and the metal make the phone more fragile, but here is a contradiction.

52. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no you troll. the SGS1 and SGS2 both pounce through the bounce test. the SGS3 does not. Heck, the Note bounced through it as well. The ONLY difference besides screen sizes is the fact that the SGS3 uses gorilla glass 2, while the other 3 use GG1. Im actually saying that i dont thing GG2 might not be as strong as they thought it was. GG2 uses a thinner screen than GG1 because its supposed to be "stronger". However, these tests are showing that the thinner GG2 screen + large screen = cracks all over the place. there is no contradiction. only idiot trolls that try to pick apart my every statement obsessively looking for contradictions even think that.

59. SleepingOz unregistered

Right. I'd prefer Gorilla Glass 1 on the GSIII, although it's a lil thicker.

73. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Then why both the one x and one S survive side test?

76. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

proving once again that you and taco both ate paint chips together.

78. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

stop being a troll remixfa. The galaxy sIII is fragile, and that should be the end. We don't know 100% exactly what makes it more fragile, all we know is that it is. So stop always trying to give Android/Samsung the leg up in everything. I'm sure you're still going to buy the phone regardless, which is totally fine. But it would have been nice if you and other Android users had done the same and not be a troll when people were buying their oober fragile iPhones.

83. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Remix, my brother, I hate to admit it, but these cats got you cornered on this one...

88. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

judging by the video, the iPhone is stronger than e GS3. i mean, look at it. cracks all over and still works fine. GS3? less cracked but dead

84. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

"so watch a redhead smash" ^That part of the sentence had me thinking dirty thoughts.

3. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

That's why we need a case, and it's enough. Then who cares about the ugly back? In fact HTC needs a back cover than GS3. Without it, the glass screen of the camera will be scratched soon.

4. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Need shock absorbers on phone?

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Weird that the drop from the back didn't wipe the iPhone out as well. Gravity and pavement do not play nice with phones, lol.

6. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

good job apple now your iPhone isn't the worst in durability

7. mrochester unregistered

This just goes to show that it's *how* a device is dropped that effects whether you'll break it or not, not that it's simply dropped. I've dropped my 4S loads of times and the glass remains completely intact and shatter free (I do however have a little ding on the border around the glass from one fall).

16. rhen84

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

All GG test is performed with force perpendicular to the GG surface. GG doesn't as strange against parallel force as perpendicular. The SGS3's glass is an edge to edge glass so it can be broken with a side drop. Lumia phones' screen is more protected against this force since it has a border around the screen.

79. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

The samsung galaxy siii's screen is not an edge to edge screened phone. Take a look at some pictures. Stop making excuses guys. The SGIII is fragile, plain and simple.

8. baldilocks

Posts: 1547; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

That's why we need flexible and/or polycarbonate displays.

9. 09wbd03516

Posts: 140; Member since: May 30, 2012

this gorilla glas arguement is stupid Whether its breakable is depend on how thickness it pack The reason that lumia 900 survive is because it pack the thickest glas (11mm thick phone prove that) whereas iphone pack the least thick (9mm thick phone prove that)

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