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Drop Test Shows Galaxy SII Beats iPhone

David Gilbert


Drop Test Shows Galaxy SII Beats iPhone

When it comes to the premium smartphones, we can talk all day about MHz, amount of RAM, software and looks, but if the phone disintegrates when dropped, it will mean nothing.

Out in the real world, dropping your phone is a real worry and one slip could mean your prized possession is lying in pieces on the ground. And so, in a bid to test which smartphone is better at handling drops from a variety of heights, a company which specialises in warranties for smartphones has carried out a pretty comprehensive drop test.

SquareTrade, a US company which is about to set up in the UK, has carried out a drop test comparing the current kings of the smartphone market, the Samsung Galaxy S II and the iPhone 4S.

As you can see in the video posted above, the Apple handset comes out of the tests in a lot worse condition that the Samsung phone, which is mostly down to the materials which go into constructing the iPhone – especially the glass back and front.

While the result of the test may not be a deciding factor in your choice of smartphone, if you are prone to dropping your phone then it should be something to consider.

SquareTrade will officially launch in the UK in the next few weeks, initially offering warranties for iPhones and iPads.

Well Spoken Waffle

October 19, 2011, 9:56 pm

The iphone 4s's at our display where i work seem to have thinner glass than the iphone 4 it was replacing - i could press hardish on the screen and the lcd beneath would ripple. this didn't happen at all with the iphone 4 (or my galaxy s2, for that matter).

if you guys are reviewing the iphone 4, could you confirm if this is true?

Tim Sutton

October 20, 2011, 2:51 am

Uhoh. A competitors product being better in some small way? Apple will no doubt sue Samsung instantly for being affected by gravity in the same way the iPhone is.


October 20, 2011, 4:34 am

That's all very well, but if you do break one or the other, which one is more expensive to repair? The answer may surprise you.

@Well Spoken Waffle
I have both right in front of me and they're absolutely the same. No rippling of any kind when I press hard.

But don't suggest you keep doing that to your display phones, your employer might not like it.


October 20, 2011, 11:35 am

You are right, the 4S does give a slight ripple when pressed hard but this could just as well be that the LCD is closer to the glass layer, rather than the glass layer being thinner. Without ripping it apart it's very difficult to confirm either way, especially as the difference could be fractions of a millimetre.


October 20, 2011, 2:16 pm

>> The answer may surprise you.

Yes, spares for iPhones are really easy to get hold off, and very reasonably priced. Even older models like the 3G. I suppose it's more tricky to get spares for others phones as they appear to be changing every other week. For those interested, a replacement digitiser for the S2 is about £130, for the iPhone4 about £30. But replacing the digitiser in a IP4 doesn't look like something for the faint hearted.


October 20, 2011, 5:45 pm

@Well Spoken Waffle - Don't know about the rigidity of the iPhone 4S versus 4 (though I'd be surprised if they've changed the glass, given the shells are effectively identical), but the Galaxy SII has an OLED screen which doesn't work in the same way as LCD so won't ripple when deformed.


October 20, 2011, 6:25 pm

I wonder if either of them would survive this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcfvRfJeLPQ

David Gilbert

October 20, 2011, 6:53 pm

Impressive indeed, but surely more of a washing machine test than a drop test ;-)

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