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 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI
Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop



54. jay86

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Looks like the S5 has a very solid build quality!

51. Pinder4u

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

i cant believe it .. my s4 just broke and screen went blank just from a bench height ... was doing some paper work in a shop when it feel .. lucky i was insured by some third party warranty and got repaired for just 500 INR about 8$

47. .KRATOS.

Posts: 444; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Nice impressive

46. shakirmole

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

The Nokia 3310 gives a standing ovation to the S5

41. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Now imagine putting a good premium case on top of that..The S5 turns indestructible!

40. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Hate on that, losers

39. devonblue4u

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 12, 2011

I broke the camera on my S4 with a mini screwdriver in my pants pocket first. Then a month later it dropped out of my shirt pocket, right on the screen no more than 4 feet up. Cracked it. Both repaired with OEM salvaged parts from eBay. Every Galaxy phone I've owned I've replaced the screen on. S1, Notes N7000 & SGH-I717 and the S4. I'm getting really good at it, but I'd rather the screen didn't crack. Plus the S5 is water/dust resistant. And I hear the teardown isn't fun.

37. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

I Love these articles. The annoying thing is that haters wont comment here, i can't troll them :/ S5 FTW!

34. Tez31087

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

I would love to have one! My phone is almost down for the count =(

38. Tez31087

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Glad to see Samsung making quality products that can withstand inevitable situations. I would love to have a product that I spend my hard earn money on take a few beatings and still operate and screen not crack.. When conducting future experiments, you should use a device where both phone will be dropped with the same amount of release force.

48. water99211 unregistered

Yeah, I wasn't especially exited when the s5 just came out, however I really don't like wearing cases and love that they made the s5 more rugged (and waterproof!)

23. water99211 unregistered

Why don't they try the test multiple times with many Galaxy S4's and Galaxy S5's to see if the same thing would happen every time? On the other hand, they could just give them to me....

52. g2a5b0e unregistered

Do you have many S4s & S5s to try multiple drop tests with? Right. I doubt they do either.

53. water99211 unregistered

Ya, but one test still isn't enough to draw a complete conclusion but repeating the drop test and still getting the same results would be impressive. Besides, right now I don't have money to buy even one s5 lol.

20. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Wow, It's impressive, even shocking. Honestly, people complained about build quality, but the build quality of S5 is impressive regardless of the material.

19. koko1

Posts: 103; Member since: Dec 03, 2013


17. almostdone

Posts: 452; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

I wonder if this thing is bullet proof. lol

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This was the most idiotic test ever. Both of those phones are hella durable. Who the hell stands on a fence, extends their arm all the way up, and drops their phone? Drop tests are supposed to mimick real life situations. Guys make sure not to place your phone and we your car tire, it just might crack.

32. phljcnth

Posts: 567; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

You'll never know if you're gonna be hit by a bus one day and toss your phone 10 feet high. At least this test tells you that your phone should be working even though you're in the hospital.

42. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

I was thinking that first and second drop test were to mimmick real life - pocket high and ear high drop...the third one might be considered also a real life test as some basketball players have ear as high as his hand above :) - or 3rd and 4th one is just to make video more attractive. Nice to see how high the S5 can go...isnt it. Do it with your i....

45. pocketbook

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Yeah, those 10ft people really have a hard time with fragile phones!

50. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly. +1

49. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Fool, I didn't purchase my iPhone to go around dropping it from various heights. It has however survived un scratched, a thigh high drop to the ground, and I'm 6'5". "Do it with your i....", how about you get a life, if this is what you buy a phone for.

12. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Can't wait to buy it !

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

10. alan_1230

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

wow s5 can't wait !

9. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

8. uchihakurtz

Posts: 429; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

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