Samsung Galaxy S4 and Apple iPhone 5 face off in ruthless destruction test

Samsung Galaxy S4 and Apple iPhone 5 face off in ruthless destruction test
For many, watching these cool gadgets get tortured is enough to make you wince. For others, it is good wholesome entertainment.

These two flagship devices are destined to face off in every way. The iPhone and Galaxy S4 are both outstanding smartphones which can meet the needs of just about everyone between the two.

Luke Westaway at CNET UK decided to test the durability of these devices in exponentially more difficult tests of endurance. In some ways, these things could happen in real life, but in actuality, some of us just like to see what it takes to make things break.

There are only three real tests throughout the whole production, but we have to say, the Samsung Galaxy S4 fares very well indeed. In both the dunk test and the high-drop test, the SGS4 outlasts the iPhone by notable margins. Of course, the drop test might also be attributed to the Galaxy’s Gorilla Glass 3 panel, which is a marked improvement over previous versions of the glass.

Even at the end, where both devices are rendered to their “final solution,” they both go out in style with the assistance of a Toyota Hilux (a relative of the Toyota Tacoma in the US).

source: CNET UK


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33 Comments

1. SleepingOz unregistered

Very impressive, taking into account that the GSIV is not even a waterproof phone.

5. SleepingOz unregistered

Also the drop test definitely shows the clear advantages of polycarbonate over aluminium.

8. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

In fairness, the both drop tests where the phones landed on their screens were catastrophic for both. They could have/should have had some sort of rig to make them land in certain positions, i.e. one on a corner, one flat to an edge, and the last with the screen down.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Drop tests are worthless, because you can never have both phones drop exactly the same. To have any validity, you'd need to drop hundreds of each and get average results.

18. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Actually in china most drop test are done by a robot/machine thing that can drop the phone exactly the same way every time.

27. BAUERPOWER

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

The drops were face-down. The S4 has a bit of a rim over the top of the glass, which allows it to survive a more face-first fall, whereas the iPhone does not. If it were back-first drops, the iPhone would've won for sure over numerous drops

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

the apple iphone wins the test.

3. SleepingOz unregistered

Definitely! LOL

4. almostdone

Posts: 438; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Plastic is fantastic!

6. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Nicely done, Samsung. That said, seems like a phone falling on its face is most prone to screen damage, other axes seem decently resistant. Now I want to see them do this with a Lumia 920/928 and a 925.

7. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Htc one ?????

19. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Its aluminum is the same quality as the iphone 5 so it would be similar results.

9. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Excellent performance by the GS4, showing off how a removable battery can come in handy, thanks to it's removable batt, it managed to come away from the water dunk test without a sweat. Must say I did a lot of cringing watching this vid, but what really impressed me was how the GS4 had to be dropped multiple times to get a cracked screen which the iPhone5 got 1st time round, lol. Overall a great test, the great thing here is that if you do want a GS4 that you can treat roughly then there's always the S4 Active variant. :)

10. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But, aluminum is premium and plastic is cheap.

12. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Ouch for the S4. Dont care on ip5

13. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Not really fair though because the iphone is usually dropped from around 3 feet. Or whatever is chest high on the average 6yr old.

21. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Lol!!!!

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Way to get around the obvious

14. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

i wanna see s4 active and xperia z underwater for over 30 min. hahah()_()

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

But will it blend?

17. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

That is the question.

20. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

The Galaxy S Blend, made of 100% plastic even the blade is plastcic!

16. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

That was a pretty epic torture test and for being made out of "cheap plastic" the S4 fared much better than the "premium" iPhone 5

22. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

I dont why but ill never see xperia Z drop test, is that means it survive on any drop?? well it survive on water, being on chocolate even in a boiling cooking

23. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

How about donating the money to charity instead of these stupid tests

25. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Please don't hurt the new icons in iOS7??

29. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

LOL! they are so adorable!

26. dynamo.one

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 14, 2013

This guy is nuts

28. renart

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 11, 2013

=> where both devices are rendered to their “final solution,” can anybody tell me the meaning of the “final solution,”?? kindly tell to me about that, plz

30. giri555

Posts: 111; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

For Xperia Z this would have been a cakewalk..

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