Square Trade: Motorola Moto X more durable than the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c

Square Trade: Motorola Moto X more durable than the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c
Phone insurer Square Trade ran some tests to see how hardy the new Apple iPhone 5c and Apple iPhone 5s are. After some testing, Square Trade says that  the new models are not quite as durable as the Apple iPhone 5. "The iPhone 5S fared worse than its predecessor, the iPhone 5, in our slide test and the iPhone 5C suffered from increased smash-ability in our drop test as well as reduced grip-ability."

Testing the durability of the two new iPhones along with the Motorola Moto X and the Samsung Galaxy S4, it is the Moto X that survived the insurer's tests the best. The Samsung Galaxy S4 finished dead last. SquareTrade marketing chief Ty Shay figured that one of the new Apple iPhone models would come out on top and was surprised to see how durable the Moto X turned out to be. But if you ever held the tank-like build of the Motorola DROID in your hand, perhaps you wouldn't be so surprised.

source: AllThingsD



1. BJRCollins

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 18, 2012

Could not be more correct about those who have experience with previous Moto products. I have had the Droid, D2G,3 and currently the 4. Drop the phone and it leaves a dent in the concrete sidewalk.

2. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010


3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

While Motorola's phones aren't invincible, the ones I've had have always been pretty tanklike. I deliberately dropped my Droid X multiple times on purpose just to show it wouldn't break when I worked for a Verizon indirect store. My Cliq, V195s and Atrix all took good hits with little visible damage. (I somehow dented the plastic on my Atrix's back, giving it a distinctive scar). About 20 minutes after I got my Droid Mini I dropped it onto linoleum from about four feet up-not a scratch. So yeah, while I would say I'm a little surprised the drop test didn't break the screen, I'm not totally in shock, and I would credit the Moto X's design with its survival.

4. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

These tests are so dumb and subjective; it's truly all about having fortune on your side in these circumstances. You never truly know what's going to happen to a phone when it impacts on concrete or a very rough and hard surface. Your phone might survive one drop, but it's never guaranteed to survive another.

5. C0rinne

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

no.... just no....

7. pellegrini

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Maybe, the Moto X and iPhone 5S clearly hit the floor with the back side of the corner. Anyway, I liked the way that they did these tests!.

6. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

my optimus one is better than these four! XD optimus one = ultra durable phone!!!

8. taikucing unregistered

iPhone = Chinese quality Moto X = American quality

11. Kan_wha

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

lol, location of assembly has nothing to do with the quality of the product, its all about the materials used and design of the device. On a side note, the Chinese have very high quality products, we as Americans just buy the cheap crap with abysmal quality and assume that Chinese stuff is bad.

9. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Slide the Nexus 4 off the table and you'll be repairing a hole in the wall. Good to see a real scientific testing process instead of guys randomly dropping phones. Results aren't surprising, except for the S4, it should have done better. Let's hope Samsung's Design 3 phase is better.

10. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

3310 that is all

12. wrightwaw

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

How are you gonna show tests that show the moto x as the best phone against the elements and then offer a drawing for an iPhone 5s? Lol

13. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I was wondering the exact same thing.

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