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.

source:  PhoneBluff

Related phones

Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh
iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. Kumar123 unregistered


23. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yep, gorilla glass 5 is the s**t.

34. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Just bear in mind that GG5 while being more shatter resistant has lost a bit in the scratch resistance category. Either way I can see people going out to buy the ZAGG glass protectors for these phones anyhow.

51. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I always use screen protects no matter what glass in being used.

58. Ampo2412

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

Not according to Corning who replied to that scratch test video today. They said that either the methods used for the test were flawed or the scratches were actually residue left behind from the tools used. For Cornings part they said that their extensive testing has GG5 and GG4 with the same 6 on the Mohs scale for scratch resistance while drop protection is improved by 80%.

49. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Agreed. See the youtube video below that clearly shows GG5 is worse than GG4 in scratch resistance. GG5 is rated at an abysmal 3 on Mohs scale, while GG4 is a 6. In fact, GG5 is only slightly better than clear plastic. FAIL. What was Samsung thinking? Galaxy Note 7 - Gorilla Glass 5 Scratch Testhttps://youtu.be/571pu66vEBc. Skip to 1:00.

52. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That is awful but I think breaks and cracks are what people are most worried about not scratches, light scratches can't even be seen when the display is on. I would rather have a shatter resistant display than scratch resistant any day.

54. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Scratches may also hamper input performance as below he surface cracking so either way I'd rather not want to deal with both. The fingerprint scanner spazzing out after being scratched is more of a concern for long term usage unless someone makes a protector for that as well (or fabs one of thei own using the universal protectors and cutting it).

55. Ampo2412

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

Corning replied to that video today. They said that their new Gorilla Glass 5 does indeed match the 6 Mohs rating of GG4 as per their extensive testing. They surmised that the pressure used in the video was either inconsistent with the proper testing methods or that the scratches were just residue from the tools used. I thought something was strange about this test. Why would Corning make their glass 80% more resistant to damage from drops but worse for scratches?

32. dimas

Posts: 3395; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I think we should install gorilla glass 5 for the guys below. They sure need some tech anger restraints.

33. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

well very impressive its still crack but never die.

71. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

The glass breaks relatively easily, the only reason it was still functional was because it is technically a flexible display under the glass. These are made with a plastic and will not crack upon impact. Any glass this thin (especially with a curve) can be compromised with an impact. It makes me think they should develop an extremely hard plastic resin for over the screen & do a factory install of a glass screen protector... that way it can be replaced easily & cost effectively while leaving the core phone undamaged (or at least much less damaged, lol).

2. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

5 vs 50, 10 times. You know what I meaning about.

25. dimas

Posts: 3395; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

And it's not even an active series or have a tempered glass protector. I only dropped my s7 edge front twice and no damage at all. Note 7 back shatter is expected since it's just a glass. This video test just told me that I don't need a full spigen case for note 7 and just some rhino shield bumper case will be fine. The quality is definitely a worth buy for me. I've been a sony xperia user and I am hoping sony could show something impressive like the s and note 7 on IFA 2016.

35. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Maybe ZAGG should come out with dual glass protectors for both front and back of the Galaxy S7/ S7 Edge and Note 7 line for those that may not want to case the phone (Note 7 is comfortable to hold without one).

56. Ampo2412

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

Full body protection has been available for phones for some time.

3. Quduz

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

The most impressive drop test have ever watch.Iphans are like '"why compare a 6month's old phone to a new phone, ignoring the fact that note 7 is all glass

8. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

And if the iPhone won the Fandroids would be saying the test is irrelevant for a dozen reasons... Fact is the NEWER Note 7 has NEWER Gorilla Glass 5 so the age of the device is relevant in this case.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Drop tests are stupid because how easy or hard a phone breaks behinds on so many factors. Surface type and height are the main ones. To take a perfectly working phone and just dropping it over and over until it gives, is honestly the mostbstupidestbth I ng an idiot can do to get clicks for cash. This guy in the video is a cheat too. When he does speed tests he purpose chooses at least one app he knows will fail on a Samsung device. He's PA'system favorite stooge.

18. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Agreed, far too many variables anyway - different devices will be stronger or weaker in different ways, from different angles, even variance in manufacture will have an effect. It's purely something that's arisen from a craze of trying to destroy devices for no reason other than bragging rights.

31. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yeah, take if its coarse rubble, so the impact point is just one point rather then along a surface, that's what my experience tells me breaks more or less any mobile screen, even high chance with additional protection.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

You don't think a cement brick surface drop is hard enough.....really. Maybe he should have used would....hey!

65. lyndon420

Posts: 6866; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Did the iPhone win? No. Is apple employing GG5 on their next iPhone? We'll see...but I'm willing to bet no.

9. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

and the iPhone is almost a year old not 6 months old, it came out September last year.

24. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

New glass mate.

27. dimas

Posts: 3395; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Add protective case on note 7 and we have a nokia 3310 successor.

4. SmartFix

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 05, 2016

Really PA you left win note 7? Can't believe.. Ar you sure? You didn't want to let iphone win?

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

(PA didn't make this vid...)

11. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Don't blow his high bro......

15. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

iSheep detected.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.