Samsung Galaxy S5 survives two story drop

Samsung Galaxy S5 survives two story drop
If you purchased or are contemplating the purchase of the Samsung Galaxy S5, you might wonder how durable the device is. Earlier this month, we showed you the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 battling it out in a drop test that resulted in the new model getting run over by a car. Amazingly, the display on the Galaxy S5 remained intact.

Now, we have another extreme test. The Samsung Galaxy S5 was dropped two-stories. Would the phone survive? As you would expect, the display was shattered, the casing was bent and there were scratches in a few areas. But surprisingly, the phone still worked.

Even as smartphones become loaded up with more and more features, and the circuitry becomes more complex, the build quality is improving to the point where a two-story drop might not be enough to kill a handset.

Thanks for the tip, Richard!

source: GadgetGuruHD

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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)



1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Still they can't catch Nokia in these things.

10. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Have you a Nokia fetish? Is it funny to flood every single article connected with Samsung?

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

sounds like every wp article swarming with droid fans.

26. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012


48. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

If i dig the past, when lumia 920 was announced, you nokia fanboys bloated all android articles with '920 the best', '920 will kill this' comments. Then this increased with 1020 and 1520 announcement. Lol dont pretend to be innocent. You were the guys who started all this sh*t. Before this no one cared, no one gave a damn to wp comic books. With such BS comments do you think droid fans are going to sit like a dumb. Lol.

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Nokia can't survive like that nor the iP5S

30. Alan01

Posts: 616; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

32. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013


51. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I think this can be classified as "anecdotal evidence" I could easily say I dropped my Note 3 from a three story balcony it bounced and landed in a pool with zero harm and no one can prove me wrong. To take a forum post with no evidence as fact seems a little crazy to me. If forum posts were accurate news 4chan would have blown up the world a million times over by now.

54. 90ninjas unregistered

To believe a forum post with no evidence... OK. Haha people these days!

38. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

when the phone is as thick as a nokia, I expect some protection. Nokia phones are bricks in todays time.

55. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Yeah the ones grandpa uses. no one cares about nokia .. sadly

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I wonder what would happen to that cheap soda can tinfoil on that M8 phone if it had to endure that kind of impact.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It would probably not survive, like 99% of S5s dropped from that height. No one in their right mind expects this to be the norm.

15. maherk

Posts: 6878; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I have the note 3, and I tested both the S5 and One m8 two days ago, and the m8 left the best impression at the end of the day. While the S5 looks much much better than the pictures, and has the better grip out of the 3, the HTC M8 rounded back with the sturdy aluminum built was very pleasant to hold, and I might end up breaking my number 1 rule when it comes to buying a phone, looks aren't one of my priorities. If the gear fit manager ended up being ported to the m8, I am selling my note 3 and getting it without even having a second thought about it (although I HATE the on screen buttons). Neither the S5 is made out of cheap plastic nor the m8 is made of a cheap tinfoil, these trolls are so old.

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Drop your coke can for result.

25. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

i believe the m8 is using more layers of aluminuim than the m7. if it does this means it wont bend or curve.

41. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

The problem in India is, if the m8 and s5 suffered the same damage, it would take a day for the s5 to be repaired and a month for the htc. HTC service in India is horrible., and outside of big cities, its non existent. Thats the only reason i dont buy htc phones although i love them, the htc desire was the 1st smartphone i loved. But didnt buy it co of the pathetic support.

56. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

My old S3 had the same damage falling from 10 feet. even though it was thicker. I love how this has evolved now and it seems like Samsung just can't stop innovating.

3. Physicist

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Not saying the S5 isn't durable, but the results to a drop like this would depend on the orientation of the device.

40. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Correctly. A device will easily shatter regardless of build if it lands on one of its corners. Physics anyone?

52. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I don't know about that. I dropped my old HTC HD7 on one of its top corners right onto exposed aggregate concrete. The corner was all bashed out but the screen was just fine. I think the best way to blow out a screen is by dropping it on its face so the screen slaps the pavement.

4. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Drop tests are meaningless. Meaningless.

7. lllIIIlllIIl

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

To a certain extent I believe. I feel as if they were done (and recorded) over and over, there would be more accurate information. There could be one unlucky drop fail based on an unlucky position fall, pebble, speed, etc that "showcases" the failed test to the audience. In this case, I believe they are pointless. But if done repeatedly in different scenarios many times each, they would be better than they are now. I feel like drop tests whore out the video for view counts on youtube right now also.

11. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

More scenarios are needed to see how durable a phone really is. But there are a lot of variables here.

22. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

It's a WAST OF TIME/MONEY when those idiots spending tons of money just too see how strong a phone can survive a drop who gives a damn like that people drop their phones every day

28. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

"YouTube Partners Program". Channel owners get $7,000 or so for every 1,000,000 ad views from their videos.

34. lllIIIlllIIl

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

Lol c'mon bro…you really think they spend their own money? It's called sponsors, ad revenue, the youtube partnership, etc.

42. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

A lot more meaningful than hammer test, blend test, bullet test, SUV run over test and blah blah blah.

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