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

79. Ebif_GSM

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

HTC 10 beautiful ... amazing

74. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

Nobody has this winner here in Ireland lol

56. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Samsung really needs to go with a metal back for their flagship. Glass is the absolute worst material to use. S6 series, S7, Note 5....all do horrible in drop tests on the back.

68. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

No it's not: http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fbit%2Ely%2F1KVu465 Samsung simply needs to learn a lesson from this disgrace and get inspired by the Oppo Finder: http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fbit%2Ely%2F1ypGduE Glass isn't the problem here, weak glass is.

51. Rocket

Posts: 747; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Nice htc, now tht they switched to physical buttons as a note 5 user im just waiting for a version with at least 5.5" screen.

46. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

given that glass back of the s7 will shatter compared to the metal back of the 10. but man! that non- functional screen after the 1st drop is not acceptable for a $700+ phone..im expecting that the 10 will got more damage than the s7 due to it has more weight.. good job htc on that!

39. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I'd chose build quality over looks in any day.

35. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I would compromise metal body for Glass body, Glass body is more beautiful.

37. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

Forget about glass. I'd be happy if the S7 or the M10 was made all out of sapphire glass. The finest will only do.

59. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Sapphire is actually easier to break, but more difficult to scratch.

22. Kumar123 unregistered

LOL, Even "Higher" quality glass can't save poorly build S7 from simple drop test. One drop is all it takes to F-up the S7. Glass is the worst material to be used in the back of the phone. Metal or soft-touch plastic is better material than glass.

41. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

Plastic. Omg. That's disgusting. Total rubbish. Come on who would want to drop anything made from glass. You need to make sure you never drop anything made from glass. But then again you can always have the option to repair it. You're life style suits you with rugged materials or you must like cheap junk? You must hate glass? Seems like you are not cautios?

72. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

"Plastic. Omg. That's disgusting. Total rubbish"- Im just curious if you said the same statement that time when Samsung released the galaxy S2,S3,S4,S5.

42. BobLawblaw unregistered

Stop talking bollox. I've got an s7 and I've dropped it a few times. No cracks whatsoever. And I work in the construction industry so my phone goes through a bit of punishment.

57. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Either you're incredibly lucky, or your not telling the truth. It's no secret that the glass backed Samsung's shatter very quickly. Every single drop test proves that.

67. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

71. BobLawblaw unregistered

I've no reason to lie. Just telling people about my experience with the phone. I don't get all this fanboyism over an slab of electronics. It works the way it should and I'm happy with that..

63. mitchytan92

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Metal- Easily scratch Plastic- Feels cheap Glass- Broken easily Use case- Ugly Every material has its pros and cons. What is the point of debating which is the better material?

21. hiseshu

Posts: 38; Member since: May 09, 2016

None of the phones are compilation to " moto x force ". " moto x force " is supreme in the segment.

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

glass vs metal.. the outcome is kinda obvious why didnt bring the plastic (moto turbo 2) in this showdown, lol

24. hiseshu

Posts: 38; Member since: May 09, 2016

Yes " moto x force " is just supreme in the segment.

36. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

Plastic falls in the low budget cheap sections. A highend phone made with plastic. That's a rubbish.

66. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Not always obvious: http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fbit%2Ely%2F1KVu465 This is just a lesson to Samsung to use stronger glass.

13. Jairus24

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

The fact that the HTC 10 is all metal from side to the back actually helps with the shock absorption. The S7 looks better but the HTC10 is definitely sturdier, the trade-off you pay for having a premium glass.

12. Alter

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

This is why I use a respectable case on my smartphones. I've dropped them all many times on hard surfaces from a lot higher than 3 feet and the phones have never been damaged. Too bad cases aren't as attractive as a naked phone.

10. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Well I don't see anything special here. Glass back vs metal. Only an idiot would not see the outcome. And on the fronts, well who gives a s**t if the screen works or not if it is broken?.....

16. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

A lot of people actually, I've seen a lot use their phones while the screen is broken...

27. ishaqthkr

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

hahahaha exactly what ideas thinking, any phone, as soon as your screen cracks there is no swagger about using it, you can't show anyone, you're heart is broken. It'sall broken

7. launernoon

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Of course the s7 is better. The htc 10 is nothing but a copy of samsung phones and apple. Shame on htc.

8. torr310

Posts: 1737; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Your mind isn't better though...

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