Samsung Galaxy S6 proves itself most durable in a series of grueling durability tests

Samsung Galaxy S6 proves itself most durable in a series of grueling durability tests
You may be tired of flagship bending vids already, but you shouldn't miss this one, because it's well produced, features some wicked smartphone torture machinery, and the results are interesting. Extended warranty provider SquareTrader went on to compare the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus in a series of stress tests, which saw the flagships go through dunking, six feet drops, power slides, and the grand finale - 110 pounds of pressure! Obviously, no smartphone can come out of such dire straits unscathed, but there was a clear winner in the trial - the Galaxy S6!

Most notably, the GS6 got through the bend test almost unscathed and managed to bounce back to its natural shape. The same couldn't be said for its curved compadre - unfortunately, it cracked beyond repair! The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus left with the usual damage, with the 4.7-inch one staying bent, and the 5-5inch iPhone separating near its volume button - the proverbial weak spot.

In the drop test, all three Galaxy phones survive six drops from six feet high without breaking, but the GS5's removable back popped off repeatedly. The iPhone 6 Plus, though? It broke apart and was declared dead 30 minutes later. It looks like the combination of a metal frame and Gorilla Glass layers is proving successful for Samsung, while future iPhones could benefit from Apple rethinking their construction as to make them less fragile.
Due to their glass backs, however, the Galaxy S6 & S6 edge slid farther than any of the other phones in the powerslide test - no matter what you do with glass, it's slippery, and the stuff covers the smartphones' entire front and back panels! But at least all phones survived 10 second underwater dunks, which is fairly reassuring when you have to deal with unfortunate drops.

If you want to see this stuff for real, watch the video - but don't squirm!

source: SquareTrade via VentureBeat



1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Holy smokes!

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

As far as durability is concerned, Samsung has always proved itself.

9. Geek.T

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

don't know how many units they destroyed to get desired result :D

16. QWERTYslider unregistered

This is BS. I've WATCHED the S6 prove to be a fragile piece of crap with MY OWN EYES. Only an idiot buys a phone MADE OF GLASS with no removable battery and SD

17. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

then there are at-least more than 500 million idiot users are out there who have already bought a phone with "no removable battery and SD".......

3. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

good to know since im getting the s6 soon

12. engineer-1701d unregistered

i have my s6 and no problems here. even with sprint crap service i got a speed test of 45mb down and 13 upload great antenna

13. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Nice I'm on att so I should be good when it comes to service and speed.

4. Pinocchio

Posts: 141; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

Great job, Samsung! You're getting my business soon. s6edge, just come to me, baby :P

5. Saioofi

Posts: 344; Member since: May 23, 2014

Since when do the iPhones 6 and 6+ bend under the same pressure?

6. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Ha ha ha appleboys what #bendgate did you talk about ;D

7. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

i can't tell which one is the S6 when viewed from side.

8. mixedfish

Posts: 1562; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Then the Samsung designers did their job.

11. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

So what if the plastic back of the GS5 popped off? You can just snap it back on. I believe this helps to absorb energy and keep plastic phones from breaking. Glass looks nice, but I actually believe that plastic phones have more durability. That's why everyone is used to seeing so many people walking around with broken iPhones. I have nearly never seen people with broken plastic-body phones.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You do realize that the S6 is using the latest Gorilla Glass version 4.

15. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Yes, I know that, but I still don't believe that glass will withstand falling unto a hard surface, even if it's GG4.

18. richard_O

Posts: 1; Member since: May 12, 2015

My 5 day old Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge failed a 60cm drop onto an aluminum leg of a chair. Screen badly damaged. How can I post picture?

19. Hatchnet

Posts: 1; Member since: May 22, 2015

Ive had my S6 since april 30th. Went to take a picture today and noticed a black spot in the view. Can't wipe it off. Take off my otterbox defender case and see crackon the top left corner. I haven't dropped my phone once. Definitely not as durable as shown here. I even have an invisible shield on the front and the phone is cracked not the shield.

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