iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II ... The drop test

iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II ... The drop test

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How does Apple's iPhone 4S and Samsung's Galaxy S II compare in drop tests?

Warranties firm SquareTrade carried out drop tests of the two handsets from both waist and shoulder height onto concrete. How do the two handsets compare? Well, I'll let you watch the video, but let me tell you in advance that the iPhone 4S looks really ugly by the end of the testing.

Siri might want to look away ...

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Topics: iPhone, Hardware, Mobility, Samsung, Smartphones

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  • RE: iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II ... The drop test

    The Iphone 4/4S wouldn't have survived what my ancient HTC Legend has with only minor scratching. True to the Apple way, it's form over function.
    Jayton
    • It is not form, it is materials; Apple did not want to go with creaky ...

      @Jayton: ... plastic, so they have to go with glass. They would love to use metal, but it tampers with cellular signals quite badly once you have faster connection than 2G (hence starting from iPhone 3G Apple did not use metal back for iPhone).
      DDERSSS
      • Apple could have gone with non creaky plastic

        @DeRSSS <br>They did with the iPod.

        And the Apple TV.

        And the Airport.
        toddybottom
  • I cannot comprehend

    Owning a phone that I would have to be paranoid of dropping. My Droid2 Global was a tank & my Bionic is built just as well. I have tile floors in my house, an iPhone would have been destroyed long ago. My teen drops his phone almost daily. I would like to see how many iPhone 4/4S's get replaced because of this, I bet it is one of the highest in the industry.
    tgschmidt
    • iPhones do get replaced a lot

      @tgschmidt
      A friend of mine and his wife are each on their 3rd iPhone.

      Using a case with an iPhone is a requirement.
      toddybottom
      • RE: iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II ... The drop test

        @toddybottom
        Yet, you claim that the iphone is better than competitors for all users irrespective of their needs/personality.
        anono
      • It is

        .
        toddybottom
      • Do not pay attention, he is trolling; he is a long-time ZDNet poster

        @anono: ... who changes nicknames like twice a year.
        DDERSSS
  • The glass front on the iPhone is nice

    It takes a special kind of stupid to put glass on the back of a phone though.

    I just put mine in a case so it doesn't matter to me but Apple should warn people in the store that these phones are fragile and require extra protection that they haven't needed up until this point on their other cell phones.
    toddybottom
    • RE: iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II ... The drop test

      @toddybottom Its not stupid to put the glass on the back of the phone though, its stupid it ain't use gorilla glass for it.
      Lghost
  • On number 3

    I've dropped my iPhone(s) three times and two of those three I had to replace because the glass broke. It' frickin glass, so yeah it's going to break if you drop it. I broke my second one a day after I got the first one replaced. My advise is that if you are clumsy , get a sturdy case. A MUST is to have the square trade warranty!!!! both times replaced with very little hassle.
    pcampagna
    • That isn't an excuse

      @pcampagna
      "It' frickin glass, so yeah it's going to break if you drop it"

      It would be like selling a bullet proof vest made out of paper and then saying "It's frickin paper so yeah it won't stop bullets."

      The glass front is nice.

      The glass back is just stupid.
      toddybottom
      • RE: iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II ... The drop test

        @toddybottom
        Yet, you claim that the iphone is better than competitors for all users irrespective of their needs/personality.
        anono
      • It is

        ,
        toddybottom
  • RE: iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II ... The drop test

    So. Maybe my iRunningBaton app would be better targeted to Android?<br><br>My sincere sympathies to the folks above who have had iPhone damage. I've had a few fumbles, but fortunately not onto any thing that left a mark. Seems to me that buying a phone for how it survives drops is like buying a computer os for its current security profile: you're thinking too much about the negatives. Had that Galaxy done more poorly, but it had the apps and the experience you prefer or need, you get the Galaxy and be careful. All of these devices seem more rugged than they are.
    DannyO_0x98
    • RE: iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II ... The drop test

      @DannyO_0x98
      "Seems to me that buying a phone for how it survives drops is like buying a computer os for its current security profile: you're thinking too much about the negatives." - Umm, no, it is nothing like buying based on security profile <- that can change, the glass on your phone isn't going to. Thinking about how your phone may survive a fall is called reasoning, so you can make a responsible choice... rather than being a sheep, and just buying something because it's the next hyped big thing.

      Seriously, your argument there was more than weak. It's like comparing a car's ability to withstand an accident versus comparing its ability to be broken into... one of those two things ought to be more important than the other to most people.
      NetAdmin1178
  • RE: iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II ... The drop test

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    dyityibg
  • Its not all bad for the iPhone

    I kind of disagree with this type of test because the only people who are dropping a 500 pound phone from shoulder height need to take a little more care.<br><br>I have an iPhone 4 and the real world falls its taken have not left a mark!(Sliding off a sofa onto carpet, being knocked off work top onto tiled floor and fallen off my bed to hit wooden flooring)
    Parassassin
    • RE: iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II ... The drop test

      @Parassassin
      "the only people who are dropping a... phone from shoulder height need to take a little more care" - Never had a phone knocked out of your hand while your on a call? Never had a phone slip when you tried talking on the phone while having your hands full (phone propped between ear and shoulder)? Perhaps you haven't, but people do have these things happen in the real world.

      BTW, of your examples, only the tile is surprising... both carpet and wood have "give" to them, so they do provide some cushioning to the fall. I think you got lucky with the tile (assuming you were referring to ceramic, and not vinyl) - it probably took a flat fall to the face or back, rather than at an angle or landing on an edge or side; a flat fall will diffuse the impact across a larger area, and make breakage less likely.
      NetAdmin1178
  • Where is the rebuttal?

    I keep waiting for AppleInsider or MacRumors to put out a video in which the iphone does not crack, but the galaxy does. Surely there are crafty enough videographers out there.
    bstringy