WATCH: Which Smartphone Is Tougher? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Apple iPhone 5s
Can your smartphone survive a tumble onto the asphalt or a swim in the toilet? That’s the question posed by SquareTrade’s Breakability Face-Off, the results of which were announced today.
In the latest round of testing, the aftermarket warranty specialists pitted three expensive smartphones — the Apple iPhone 5s, the HTC One (M8), and the LG Nexus — against the just-released challenger, Samsung’s Galaxy S5.
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being best (strong like bull), and 10 worst (fragile as a newborn kitten), the winner by a nose was the iPhone 5s, which earned a breakability score of 5.5. It just edged out the Galaxy S5’s score of 6.0.
The biggest reason for the iPhone’s top score, says SquareTrade, is that the iPhone is slightly smaller and easier to hold onto.
SquareTrade evaluated each unit on its size, design, and gripability, and then put them all through torture testing:
But so much for the numbers. Let’s go to the video, shall we?
Round 1: The Big Drop
In the first round, SquareTrade dropped each of the phones simultaneously from a height of four feet onto the concrete roof of the company’s San Francisco headquarters.
As SquareTrade biz dev manager Chris Trewin explains, the Samsung Galaxy S5 survived nearly unscathed, save for a few nicks on the back cover. The HTC and iPhone did as well if not better.