Which Android model held up better in a drop test, the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the HTC 10? (VIDEO)

Which Android model held up better in a drop test, the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the HTC 10? (VIDEO)
Considering the metallic build of the HTC 10 and the heavy use of glass on the Samsung Galaxy S7, it would seem to be a snap to determine which of the two would be in a better position to survive a drop test. Using what Phone Buffs describes as a professional drop test machine, both Android models were dropped from a meter (3.3 feet) high on their back, side, bottom and front. Any handset that survived that beating would be subject to further testing until it could no longer make a phone call.

As we expected, despite the harder landing on the back drop for the HTC 10, the metal-clad model held up much better than the Galaxy S7 in terms of damage. The bottom drop saw both phones respond similarly to the fall; this time it was the HTC 10 that was slightly worse off after the fall. Both phones took on some damage on the right side of the bottom. The pair once again suffered evenly on the side drop. Both the HTC 10 and Galaxy S7 had scuffing all the way down the side that took the impact.

Next came potentially the scariest test of all, the front drop. When it was completed, it turned out that neither front screen survived as both models ended up with a cracked display. The HTC 10 actually did better than its rival since the handset was still usable despite the damaged display. The Galaxy S7 screen, however, was no longer working after that one hit.

Since it could still make phone calls, the HTC 10 went to the bonus round where it would continue getting dropped until the screen was no longer functional. It took an amazing 32 additional front facing falls for that to happen.



source: PhoneBuff

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70 Comments

1. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The 10 is a solid phone, and doesn't have a major flaw. I'm enjoying mine. I hope it sees more uptake so more accessory makers jump on board.

11. engineer-1701d unregistered

i hate glass back shattered the back of my s7 from 1 1/2 foot drop out of pocket when getting out of the car at gas station problems are always little chips of rock

15. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I always worry about that because I wear basketball shorts a lot when I'm not at work, and the height of my car plus the shorts pockets ends up dumping my phone if I'm not careful.

17. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Why not simply use a slim case?

26. Rafishant

Posts: 393; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Putting a case to your lovely phone is just like having sex with your girlfriend wearing a condom.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I always wear a condom while I'm having sex with your girlfriend.

31. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

Why was the need of that post?. Going off topic. If you don't like him, no need to bring his girlfriend. You should attack him. That's childish.

47. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It was an asinine reply to an asinine comment. I'm not attacking anybody, I don't know him. I was just illustrating how silly what he said was.

48. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Yes it was stupid, but your joke is more stupid.

50. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ok. So? I said it was stupid.

69. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

There is a problem with that. You have to know that fighting stupidity is not with a worse stupidity. Anyways, it's fine for some jokes but for a vulgar joke on a Phone forum, it's quite stupid, don't you notice? It's probably funny for some people but, it's definitely vulgar.

32. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

But it will save the phone from scratches and dents and also shattered screen. I really hate when my phone has those mentioned. That's like you're car having scratch and dents. Big turn off and butthurt.

58. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I always take my note 5 out of my pocket in the car just so that doesn't happen. But most of the time it's in my purse and it can't fall out of it.

65. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I take my 10 out of my pocket in the car because it's like a bar of soap slick. I also do it because it's the only phone I plug into my AUX connection so I get optimal music quality. That's the one area where no other 2016 flagship is comparable.

78. kumaran555

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

S7 completely dead after 3 drops???? PhoneBuff is an apple-biased tube channel (Samsung hater). Check out Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs iPhone 6S Plus Drop Test - youtube.com/watch?v=GU8S_BjByKU this site and its writers are apple-biased (Samsung hater site).

14. ava51

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Hi @NAPALM_3nema You can enjoy more by speeding up you HTC 10 http://goo.gl/AZaz1O by changing some basic setting. PA could you do some of the speed and drop tests with some Sony phones pls ?

30. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'd love to see HTC make a strong comeback. Hopefully, this time they don't sabotage themselves with silly RDJ/Gary Oldman type advertising. Those were painful.

73. xocomaox

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

Biggest flaw is small screen and large bezels.

2. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

HTC 10 wiped the floor with Galaxy S7 in this test lol I love mine

40. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

*clap clap clap*

60. tss2009

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 24, 2016

Lol. Lucky the HTC wasn't dropped in water. It would have died quickly.

61. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I tried to laugh, I failed.

3. talon95

Posts: 984; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I checked it out at Verizon. I really liked it, but I'm not sure I'll actually make the switch. Still really like the freestyle themes.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Damn! Very well done HTC, rock solid build!!

33. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

Like the HTC Evo and DNA.

5. perfectnine

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Where is my RichardYarell D: i think we should file a missing persons report

38. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

RIP RichardYarell, BobbyBuster, TyronTheWise, gaming64..

49. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Oh how I miss bobbybuster

52. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

What, did they all get banned? I haven't been on here much lately.

53. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Idk....Tyron has been MIA lately....I'm sure the others were banned....but who knows.....maybe they got bored trolling

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