iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III drop test is not for faint-hearted geeks

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III drop test is not for faint-hearted geeks
One thing that we don't really enjoy watching is pricey gadgets being tortured, but if that's the only way to test the durability of a high-end smartphone, then count us in. Today's contenders are the iPhone 5, which is now available for purchase in several countries, and the Samsung Galaxy S III, which is currently among the hottest Android smartphones in existence. Which one of the two will suffer less damage after being put to a real-life drop test?

We won't tell you, of course. In order to find the answer to that question, you'll have to watch the video, which we've embedded below. Just keep in mind that what you are about to see is not for the faint-hearted geeks. You've been warned!


Related phones

iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)

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104 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

well look at that. an iphone that isnt a shatter magnet. Gotta give em props on that one. I really hope samsung fixed whatever the design issue on the SGS3 was for the Note2. I do not want a shatter magnet. lol

14. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

just put a screen protector for that. It would help a lot to resist the shattering of the glass.

47. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

oh well, i confess, iPhone 5 did a better job in screen protection, thats the only thing iPhone's better than GS3, because when we start from the inside, iPhone should be ashamed :P

58. Marcus_h

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Geekbench benchmarks so far show the iPhone 5 as much faster, so nothing to be ashamed of there

61. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Does iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III use the same OS? NO! Then about what benchmarks we can talk about?

70. Marcus_h

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Main point - nothing to be ashamed of, as per your asinine remark. Sun Spider tests show it does Javascript faster. It does all this with exceptional battery life. Ergo, nothing to be ashamed of. Compared to JB, well it hasn't happened yet. Maybe, maybe not. By then there will be iOS upgrades. Who knows. So, even if/when JB is out, iPhone has nothing to be ashamed of. Stupid comment, really

84. structureman116

Posts: 142; Member since: Sep 14, 2010

There is plenty for Apple to be ashamed of. They have a fast phone...but its AMAZING, REVOLUTIONARY and INNOVATIVE features have been around for over 2 years now on Android phones.

102. bhsolace

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Apple never completely invented computers or mp3 players, but they made them better. In this case, yes android had it first but apple made it better, these arguments are pointless.

62. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Yea but it was a ICS firmware, when up against JB firmware on the SGS 3 it beat the iPhone 5 with IOS 6.

65. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

We can't compare hardware performance since both devices uses different OS. Benchmarks can't directly test hardware because benchmarks runs on OS and Samsung Galaxy S III and iPhone 5 use not the same OS. If we are comparing hardware + OS performance, then I agree, but if we want to compare only hardware performance, then this way doesn't work...

66. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Yea but you know how fan boys try so hard to prove which phone is better. I agree with you with both hardware differences and OS. But it still showed IOS's newest OS against Androids newest OS, and some just want to make them selves feel better about their purchase lol

80. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

how is which hardware is better relevant? if you make a phone that can perform a function with a processor from three years ago faster than the latest quad-core processor i'm going to buy the one that works the best not the one with the "best" specs the gs3 has a faster processor and more ram but i'm using the operating system, not just raw hardware i care about how it works, not what's in it okay, put 8 gigs of ram in, big whoop if it doesn't matter and btw, i'm not commenting on jb and project butter and all that, which i am very excited about i just think these stupid competitions about raw hardware are stupid its like the megapixel war its over, what matters now is features and performance (which arguably android or even wp8 may win, that is subjective)

87. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Yes, I agree, important general result not separately OS or hardware. But we were talking exclusively about benchmark results and it is the fact that you can't benchmark hardware and compare results if devices are using different OS.

93. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

that makes sense neutral question: is there no real way to scientifically compare real world performance accross devices? it just makes sense to me that if you have a test that times how long it takes to load a web page or how fast it takes to crunch some data set, wouldn't that be a pretty good indicator of real world performance, regardless of what operating system/hardware is there? is this more of an issue of people not being able to program equally well across all platforms, resulting in test programs that perform better because they were programed better?

95. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"is this more of an issue of people not being able to program equally well across all platforms, resulting in test programs that perform better because they were programed better?" OS A isn't equal to OS B because they are wrote differently in other words there is differences between iOS and Android "architectures". In programing world you can make same thing but in different ways and that's makes difference, one function may work faster than another written differently. Example from mathematics: 1 + 2 + 3 = 6 3 x 2 = 6 Result he same but calculation is different. ;)

64. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

trust me on this, GS3 with jellybean on geekbench will be higher than iOS 6/iPhone 5 ;)

99. estreito

Posts: 15; Member since: May 11, 2012

If you go now to the geekbench result browser, you'll see the the SGS3 is already faster, even with ICS. The SGS3's are in the 1700's - 1800's and the iphone 5 is in the 1600's. BTW, my SGS2 (Exynos), scores 1445 (OC'ed). :)

69. pkiran1996

Posts: 166; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

FYI the geekbench test was done with a Galaxy S3 running ICS. The Galaxy S3 in fact foes better when running Jelly Bean.

97. prakesh

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

gs3 is under ICS gsmarena/PA says that it can run faster than ip5, when it upgrade to JB. so ur comment sounds apple fan boy

96. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

A screen protector aid in scratch reduction and does not the reinforce the structural integrity of the glass display. One should always pay for insurance to cover damages. It is pitiful to see the cracks on peoples smartphones. If you can't afford insurance then you, should not own a smartphone. Either that or cut your starbucks or mcdonalds out.

18. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Well it is a good thing. Remember the Samsung Galaxy S III is 4.8" screen VS the iPhone 5 4" inch screen. So a smaller screen will always fare better than a larger screen in a drop test because there is more real-estate to break. Another reason the iPhone 5 did well is because there is no glass on the back. The iPhone 4 & 4S would either break in the front or the back. Hey this is good for apple though. lol

31. wendygarett unregistered

I think is because of the weight mordecai... Samsung's phone has gained weight while iphone has reduced... this is just my opinion :)

41. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Glass by nature is very brittle. So if you have more & longer pieces of glass it will always break faster than the less glass or shorter pieces of glass. My example would be a glass shot glass & a glass standard drinking glass. The shot glass will always survive because there is less real-estate as supposed to the standard drinking glass. Yeah I have dropped a shot glass from time to time during the college years. lol

44. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you know that's a party foul right? You drop one shot, you have to drink 2. Get movin!! :)

67. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

It is a party foul. I only dropped it after I drank it. Some times I couldn't get the shot glass back on the table. Wow I miss the binge drinking days! lol

53. wendygarett unregistered

Ugh!!! It is not because of the size glass, both are gorilla glass dude!!! I personally think because of the weight!!! sorry for my stubborness >_

55. Contreramanjaro

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 04, 2011

I'm glad for your stubbornness because I agree. But I think the mounting also has a big impact of the shatter. The S3 has glass up to the edge on a plastic body which will flex more and the iPhone has the metal body. With enough pressure to bend the outside, the glass on the iPhone will take pressure but it will take a lot more and a greater weight will help with that. My friend just cracked his Moto Atrix with a drop and that has gorilla glass. Just an unlucky drop which landed it right on a rock.

71. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Ok let me put it to you this way. Both are Gorilla Glass. So the same principle applies. Short Gorilla Glass length will be tougher than long Gorilla Glass length. Also the Apple iPhone 5 is only 21g lighter than the Samsung Galaxy S III. The Galaxy S III is a way bigger phone in terms of glass area so it will always break faster.

72. wendygarett unregistered

You do realised that 21g is actually heavy when you holding it tho... Try hold a 20gram of gold bar and see my friend :) I understand your concept but it doesn't mean mine is wrong...

73. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You have held 21g gold bar?!?!? lol

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