Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S III vs iPhone 5 breakability and waterboarding score (video)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S III vs iPhone 5 breakability and waterboarding score (video)
The few drop tests that are already out and about for the Samsung Galaxy S4 don't paint a very clear picture of how the device fares when it plops on the ground. Granted, its screen cracked from shoulder height against the iPhone 5, but it all depends on how you land, of course.

Now SquareTrade came out with its durability testing, which, besides unbiased drops, includes submerging the phones in water, and evaluating them from all sides of the breakability perspective.

They pitted the S4 against the Galaxy S III, which is no durability champion in its own right, as well as against the steel and glass iPhone 5. Drop test was done with a holder that hangs the handsets from one and the same height before it smashes them to the ground, and the handsets were dipped in water all over to check what gives when you dunk them in a puddle on your tough exit out of a bar. Here's what they found:

SquareTrade rightfully concludes that: "Our research and experience shows that even the smallest device characteristics can dramatically affect its breakability: the weight balance of a device can affect the way it spins in free-fall, making it more likely to land on its screen; devices with rubber backs are less likely to slide, and device dimensions can effect how snugly smartphones fit in pant and jeans pockets. The likelihood of damage due to these common scenarios has never been higher." 

There is also our beloved drop test captured on video, sprinkled with some waterboarding for added entertainment this time.

source: SquareTrade



1. FlushGordon unregistered

Damn I just hope Corning should stop all these marketing "10x more durable than this blah blah blah" BS claim...clearly Gorillaglass hasn't changed that much since GG1 I bet my el cheapo Dragontrail glass phone is much more durable

2. Peter98

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

So who said plastic is more durable.

6. SleepingOz unregistered

Plastic is indeed more durable. The part that took a beating is the Gorilla glass.

18. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

very well said, the plastic is more durable, but the glass :/ even tho you say the truth, you will still get more dislikes because of the amount of Samsung haters (can't wait for Note III)

20. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

see :D

29. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

SAMSANG FAN BOYS claim plastic is x1000 more durable than anything else! but who cares.. covers gonna be covering up the whole phone anyway.

3. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S III has Gorilla Glass 2 = FAIL Samsung Galaxy S 4 has Gorilla Glass 3 = FAIL iPhone 5 has Gorilla Glass = best

15. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

buy a buff armor anti shock protection and shut up

22. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

If a phone falls display on, it will in most cases crack. HTC one, SGS4, iphone 5, no difference all of them crack when they fall head on. But I agree with that Gorilla Glass doesn´t seem to have improved much in durability, it is just thinner, wow :). Dragontrail Glass is way better, but I am still waiting for the safir glass.

4. thethird

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I think the GS4 basically had a higher risk for breakability because of its larger screen. The GS4 had a larger screen surface area than the GS3 and iP5

5. mydi.maus unregistered

iphone 5 wins, overall..this could've been xperia z

7. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I agree with you,they should also include the xperia z,it even might score1-3 since its water,shock and dust proof

8. SleepingOz unregistered

XZ is not shock proof. There are many cases reported on XDA where its glass panels shattered.

9. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Nokia 3310 breakabilty score: 0

10. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Lumia 920 should get 2-3 points

11. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

lands on back Galaxy S III - Back 10 oem can diy iphone - back 100 to 200 cant diy

19. Hemlocke unregistered

The iPhone 5 is extremely easy to DIY.

30. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Any sort of after market backing or glass brings it out of warranty though.

12. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

It really depends on how it lands, I've dropped my note 2 about a dozen times(no joke, I'm a noob at being responsible) including once from my bath robe holder into a pail of water on the floor underneath and nothing has happened(yet).

13. JMartin22

Posts: 2380; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Corning Gorilla Glass really is just a big marketing flop. Nothing but a lot of false advertising. The experiments that they often conduct in their labs, that benchmark the strength of their signature product, and comparison to the competitive glass; isn't a proper representation of the real world usage and ware we put on our devices when we drop and impact them on a hard surface; therefore, those tests aren't conducive to really being relevant to us, as consumers. As mentioned, the problem isn't in relation with the build material. The polycarbonate plastic will actually absorb damage better and leave less of a mark on the device's unibody than aluminum per se. The problem is, the front side of the phone is composed of over 93% glass, which covers nearly 50% of the whole device. Doesn't matter what Corning will call their next conception. Glass will always be glass; therefore, the same risk of fracture on any other phone will occur. iPhone just has a better chance because it's a smaller body and it's composed of considerably less glass on the front side >_>

25. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah morons still think i5 is better because of this score

14. N5110

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Defend your beloved samsung fanbois. lol

16. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

buy a buff armor anti shock protection and shut up

17. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I don't care what the phone is....they are all breakable....get a good case and you won't have a problem!

21. selena1000

Posts: 85; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

who the hell was saying iphone 5 is more prone to damage than galaxy s4???

23. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

What's the breakability score on the HTC One?

24. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Screen size has to do alot with the impact..get an icrap 5" and you will see same results. .and when taking out of the water why did the iphone slide and rest didn't hmmm...Gorilla Glass 3 has failed again

26. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Of you watch the video s4 get s a little more push

27. yudi.nemesis unregistered

I don't know why many people blaming Gorila Glass its ''DURABLE GLASS''not ''UNBREAKABLE GLASS''. And until this day there is no ''UNBREAKABLE MATERIAL'' with sufficient force, any material , can be crack, scratch, chip, split or even shatter. And Aluminums is not weaker than plastic with some advance process even Aluminums can be much more stronger than Stainless Steel and Scratch resistant too just like HTC One S. And this the comparison between Iphone 5 material vs S4/S3 material When other plastic and metal devices with weaker gorila galss, can be more durable than samsung devices. Thats mean the problem is Samsung design costruction.

28. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

not bad at all !!! one more reason to pamper this beauty (Galaxy S4) with

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