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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.

"We were expecting that at least one of the new iPhone models would up its game but surprisingly, it was the Moto X that proved most forgiving of accidents. This is the first time we’ve tested the breakability on a Motorola phone, the only phone we’ve ever tested that’s made in the USA. We were pleased to find that it withstood our drop, slide and dunk test with only the slightest dent. It looks like Google is giving Apple and Samsung a run for their money."- Ty Shay, SquareTrade marketing chief

source: AllThingsD

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posted on 23 Sep 2013, 01:39 4

1. BJRCollins (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Nov 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.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 02:37 2

2. rd_nest (Posts: 1656; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


posted on 23 Sep 2013, 02:43 1

3. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 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.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 02:46 2

4. JMartin22 (Posts: 2013; Member since: 30 Apr 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.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 02:56

5. C0rinne (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)

no.... just no....

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 06:31

7. pellegrini (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Jun 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!.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 04:57 1

6. justsayit (Posts: 256; Member since: 09 May 2013)

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

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 06:46 2

8. taikucing (unregistered)

iPhone = Chinese quality
Moto X = American quality

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:51 3

11. Kan_wha (Posts: 88; Member since: 25 Jun 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.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 07:01

9. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 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.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 07:39

10. jacko1977 (Posts: 428; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

3310 that is all

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 15:34 1

12. wrightwaw (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Apr 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

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 19:42

13. Brewski (Posts: 426; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)

I was wondering the exact same thing.

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