Who will survive? The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 takes on the Apple iPhone 6s in a drop test
A new drop test has the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 taking on the Apple iPhone 6s. Back in May, the iPhone 6s took on the Samsung Galaxy S7 in the exact same series of tests. The iOS powered handset was the lone survivor of that contest. But the Galaxy Note 7 is packing something that the Galaxy S7 wasn't. That would be Gorilla Glass 5, which supposedly will be effective against drops as high as 1.6 meters (5.25 feet) 8 out of 10 times. Each drop in this test is from 1 meter (3.3 feet) high, and a professional drop machine is employed.
The first test dropped both phones on their back. The metal build of the iPhone 6s left it with some minor scratches. But the glass back on the Galaxy Note 7 was damaged on the bottom corners. Both models managed to hold up well during the bottom drop, although it did exacerbate the previous damage on the Samsung handset as lines could be seen extending upward on the back panel. Both units held up well with the side drop.
That brought up the dreaded face drop. Many a phone has nervously sat on the platform, awaiting the fall. And this time, it appears that Gorilla Glass 5 might have made the difference. The Galaxy Note 7 suffered a small crack on the lower left of the phone, away from the screen. The iPhone 6s had a few random cracks, but these were right on the display which gave the edge to Samsung's device.
Both phones were still functioning, making them eligible for the Bonus Round. That means that both handsets were dropped on their face continuously until the screen no longer worked. After five additional drops, the Apple iPhone 6s stopped working. As for the Galaxy Note 7, the edges were taking a hit, but the glass continued to hold up. After the relentless pounding of 50 face drops, the glass on the Galaxy Note 7 had some scratches and cracks, but was still working.
What we can take away from this drop test is that Gorilla Glass 5 offers incredible protection for those with butterfingers, who are prone to dropping their phone. You can watch this fierce battle by clicking on the video at the top of this story.