Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 battle it out in drop test

Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 battle it out in drop test
A new video shows both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 taking a drop test. At pocket height, both suffered slight marks on the side of each unit. Both screens were unscathed. Next was a drop from "head height," simulating the phone falling while the user is on a call. From that height, there were some scratch marks. Overall, both models were still in pretty good shape with no cracks.

The next drop was from head height, screen side down. Did you cringe just reading those words? That test still could not damage the screen on either model, as both displays remained in perfect condition. The back glass of the Samsung Galaxy S4 did crack. And while the Galaxy S5 landed squarely on the glass, the only thing that happened to that phone was that the back popped off, which is no big deal.

Next drop was from 10 feet. Even though it landed on a corner, the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S4 finally gave in with this test. The Galaxy S5? The screen was still undamaged.

Considering that the Samsung Galaxy S5 screen could not be damaged by a fall as high as 10 feet, what test could actually crack the screen? How about running the phone over with a car. After getting run over, the front glass was amazingly intact, although the glass on the back was shattered.

Overall, we'd say that considering the chances of you dropping your phone from 10 feet are rather small, and the chance of your phone getting run over are even smaller, you're in pretty good shape if you own either phone.

source: techsmartt via BGR

Related phones

Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
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)



1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

What do they mean by the "back glass"? The Galaxies don't have glass on the back of them...

3. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

I think the mean the lens of the camera.

13. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Oh I see its a dust and waterproof so build quality is different, that's why it didn't crack.

14. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

If it had a glass build it couldn't have withstood an SUV. I want to see a Z2 drop test.

26. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

My guess was that they meant the plastic backcover.

27. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

But, it looks like it was actually the camera! That's be pretty annoying in use. The durability is phenomenal though.

28. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

just PA doing more marketing for sammy's new flagship. same thing every year, all year.

30. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

You need to grow up and think like a mature person..

33. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Sadly this can be said to alot of people on PA.

35. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

It hurts that samsung makes wonderful devices and websites talk about it? They should talk about how great nokia is :( get a life.

43. pocketbook

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

He literally says, "...the back glass on the camera has cracked..."

2. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014


4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

So sick and tired of people wasting their money and showing off. what a waste.

22. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

that's not showing off. that's helping people see what everybody else don't want to see in their devices. it's a warning on how far a device can go when dropped. why can't you see the point of drop tests? it's a test. it's not about bragging. if you want a braggy stupid person, go to youtube and find that adr*n*s*hit*** whatever guy there who keeps destroying phones for no good reason. his drop tests are so stupid and unrealistic. vent your anger on that fa*ggggooot who can't even speak proper english.

44. pocketbook

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Yep, braggy people break phones, do reviews on their durability and give some out as contests. Honestly, you've never heard of a promotion?

5. TheChukwu

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

Well there you have it! Can bet you anything a metal, aluminum phone everyone is so in love with would have bitten the dust with a quickness had it been dropped from 10 feet. And lets not even talk about the front and rear tire of an SUV. That sealed it for me. S5 it is.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How many of the millions of people that buy phones, base their purchase off of a drop test? "A certain metal and aluminum phone" c'mon man get real. All these phones are gonna sell good, including a certain metal and aluminum phone regardless man.


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Where have you been?

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

At work, the gym, and at home with my family.

25. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

31. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

aluminum or plastic i couldcare less about that, while aluminum might have fancy look and premium feelings if it's not durable then it meaningless. I've seen some xperia drop test, the phone looks fine even unscratched but the screen won't wake up after 2-3 times drop.

6. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Plastic beats car. It's like paper beating rock lol.

7. azntigz

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

I need a new phone because my S3 doesn't charge anymore.....i have been switching batteries....

29. milos

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

same with my S3 :-) Ten more days of switching batteries for me though. S5 is comming. at least we can switch them. Othervise, it would be garbage!

8. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Damn, I did not expect that. That actually makes want the S5.

9. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

OMG IT CRACKED! Not the S5, my heart for these devices. Pretty damn impressive.

10. alan_1230

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

wow s5 can't wait !

11. TheChukwu

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

But wait! The M8 survived a run over by 1 tire so actually stand corrected. So it really comes down to being water/dust resistant. I still take the S5

15. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

The M8 also survived 1 hour under water!!

36. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

But it's not certified, so you can't take the risk

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