Which phone will survive this drop test, the Motorola Moto Z Force or the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active?

A drop test between the Motorola Moto Z Force and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is a bit unusual. Both models have some protection from drops. The Moto Z Force features a shatterproof screen, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is a rugged handset designed to withstand drops from up to 5-feet onto a flat service.

The first test was the back drop from 1 meter (3.3-feet) high. While this would seem to be a breeze for the Galaxy S7 Active, it was the Moto Z Force that held up the best between the two. Thanks to the placement of the connectors for the Moto Mods right on the back of the Moto Z Force, that area of the handset has to be able to take a licking and keep on ticking. This is exactly what happened with round one of the drop test.

Round two was the bottom drop from a meter high. This time it was the Galaxy S7 Active that held up the best thanks to the durable plastic build of the phone. The Moto Z Force's metal build sustained some minor damage. If you heard the sound of both handsets hitting the concrete slab, you probably expected things to look even worse. The side drop was next, and once again the Moto Z Force got scuffed up a little more than the Galaxy S7 Active.

Then came the scariest test of them all, the face drop. The Moto Z Force was the favorite here because of its shatterproof screen. The Galaxy S7 Active is no slouch either as that phone's display features Gorilla Glass 4. And sure enough, both devices completed the face drop with their displays' intact.

Since neither phone was disabled, both were eligible for the Bonus Round. This means that both keep getting dropped until they are no longer functional. The Galaxy S7 Active, which took part in a drop test against the regular Galaxy S7 earlier this year, went through 50 bonus rounds during that test without one little crack appearing on the screen (although it did suffer some scuff marks). Could the Motorola Moto Z Force match the 50 bonus drops? If not, the Galaxy S7 Active would be declared the winner.

Instead of being a spoiler and giving away the result, you can check for yourself whether or not the shatterproof display on the Moto Z Force lived up to its name. Simply click on the video at the top of this story.

source: Ava360

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  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
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  • Battery 4000 mAh
Moto Z Force
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Being one phone is meant to be dropped hmmm

7. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Out of the two, the S7 Active is more "meant to be dropped" because of the casing and higher IP rating. In the end, no phones are meant to be intentionally dropped.

17. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Someone get all women in the world these phones.

25. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

What? Sorry but I don't get what you say.

2. iDing-Dong unregistered

What happenned Moto-Fckr?

9. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Obviously the MIL standards achieved are meant for dropping the phone around, but if we look at the construction of both these phones the S7 Active has shock-absorbers on all sides while the Moto Z Force is naked. However if you drop either of these on a sharp edged surface the Z has a higher probability of surviving due to the Shattershield.

3. Subie

Posts: 2414; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Both phones are impressive in the tests.

4. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

That surprised me.

5. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Droid Turbo 2 should win.

6. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Before watching, I would assume s7 active would fare better because it has a built in bumper case of sort already.

8. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

As an owner of the Moto Z Force I would hope the Galaxy S7 Active fares better considering the heavier reinforcement of the phone all around. Now I would love to see the plain old Moto Z vs Moto Z Force to see if ShatterShield is really worth it over GG4 w/ tempered glass screen protector. I know brightness took a hit on the Moto Z Force over the Moto Z.

10. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I just want to point out how retarded some reviewers are (mostly on Android dedicated sites) on whining about the force being thicker, acknowledging the larger battery yet omit that Shattershield also requires more layers adding to the thickness. It's also funny to see the same reviewers complain about the thickness of battery mods yet show portable battery cases making other phones just as thick or even thicker.

18. MedLEB

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Maybe because there is no perfect phone.

26. tomn1ce

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Just like the ones complaining about the lack of headphone jack on the Moto Z even though Motorola is including an adapter for headphones. Not everyone owns a bunch of headphone sets like some have claim they do. I know that I don't speak for everyone but the only time I use wired headphones is when I'm using a computer. With my phone I use bluetooth headphones, I do see many people walking around with wired headphones. Those same people can just attached the adapter to those same headphones.

11. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

Wait, this is not fair. S7 active buttons are higher than the screen ALSO that LINE ON THE SIDE OF THE PHONE THAT GOES AREOUND ALSO IR 1-2MM HIGHER THAN THE SCREEN, so on this test it is safer, it helps.

12. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Yes exactly, to achieve the MIL standards. At the end of the clip when we see ranks, see how the DROID Turbo 2 is absent? Because obviously it'll be as good as the active due to the extruded speaker grills and it dies after a 50 feet fall not anywhere near 5 feet. I was actually surprised by HTC 10 which was the 3rd most durable phone according to this site and that is a very good rating since the only two phones above it are Shattershield and S-Bumper.

32. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

It's kind of dumb they go about dropping the phones at 1 meter dozes of times when they should start at 1 meter and slowly increase the height with the drop tests until they get damaged.

34. LeonVonKaiser

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 03, 2016

Unless you have a birth defect and end up with a pocket at the side of your face where you'd put your phone and drop it, there's no need. The only time a phone would probably fall to the ground higher than pants pocket height or chest level (typical height while using a phone) is if you drop it while making a phone call where it's ear level. Other than the above sample, 1.0-1.5 meter pretty much is the average height where a phone will drop from a realistic scenario.

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