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GALAXY S 4 vs iPhone 5 drop test proves plastic isn’t always best

Posted In News - By AndroidPress on Monday, April 29th, 2013 With No Comments »

We all knew a few drop test videos would be appearing within days of Samsung’s GALAXY S 4 hitting the streets in the U.S. and across the globe. So lets take a peek and enjoy the carnage. Well, without spoiling all the fun lets just say our title was right. Plastic isn’t always best, and that is proven with multiple drop tests we’ve seen this weekend.

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To be completely honest, they do a great job thoroughly dropping both devices from similar angles and height, all while running the camera at the same time on the phones to give you another angle to enjoy. I was quite surprised by just how well the iPhone 5 handled the drops, and figured a few 10 foot falls would crack that screen, but they didn’t.

Drop tests are nothing new. They also aren’t anything scientific and sometimes one bad drop will kill your display, while 5 others won’t. It’s the luck of the draw – and the angle – that will cause that beautiful 5-inch 1080p HD display to bust. Here we see Samsung’s flagship wrapped in lightweight plastic going head-to-head with Apple’s durable aluminum wrapped iPhone 5. It’s safe to say plastic isn’t always best, and even with an aluminum ring around the entire GALAXY S 4, it still fails this test miserably.

The Galaxy S III didn’t do too well in these tests, and it looks like the S4 doesn’t do any better. You’d think Samsung would work on fixing this area of durability, but clearly they haven’t. The GALAXY S 4 has a thick aluminum ring around the entire side of the device but it didn’t help save the screen when it came down to it. We were hoping for a little more protection, but that didn’t work out. Maybe you’ll need to get that aluminum bumper case we mentioned this morning.

I’ve never done these tests myself, but wow, that iPhone 5 even handled an SUV running it over. That’s pretty impressive folks. Plastic surely couldn’t handle that type of abuse. There is some good news here however. A recent iFixit teardown gave the GS4 an 8/10 for repairability. So you’ll be able to replace that broken device rather easily should one of these terrible moments happen and you crack that screen.

All this drop test junk aside, the Samsung GALAXY S 4 is still an amazingly awesome and powerful smartphone that will make millions of customers happy. Hopefully next time around Samsung works a bit harder on the durability side of things and maybe, just maybe, decides to change their plastic ways. If you bought one this weekend or will this week, are you going to use a case?

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Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : Galaxy S 4 (Qualcomm)
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : AT&T T-Mobile
    Announced Date : March 14, 2013
    Release Date : April 24, 2013
    Also Known As :
  • Screen Size : 5 Inch
  • Resolution : 1080×1920
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.37 Inch
  • Width : 2.748 Inch
  • Depth : 0.31 Inch
  • Weight : 130 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2600 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
    Android OS:
  • 4.2.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM
    CPU : Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
    CPU Clock Speed : 1900 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 2000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 13 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • 720p Video Recording
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • 802.11ac
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

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