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SquareTrade Torture Tests the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III

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Squaretrade squares off the iPhone 5 vs the Samsung Galaxy S III with a new drop test.

Shortly after Apple unveiled its iPhone 5, Samsung went ahead and launched an aggressive ad campaign with a bold statement saying, "The next big thing is already here." Since the launch of the iPhone, Samsung's Galaxy S III has widely been considered its biggest rival. Now, the company that brought you the famous Samsung Galaxy S II vs iPhone 4S drop test is back.

iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3

Electronics warranty company Squaretrade has decided to torture test the Galaxy S III and iPhone 5 to determine which is the sturdier of the two. Overall, it appears the iPhone 5 came out on top in terms of durability, but that may have something to do with the fact that the tests were executed without a high degree of precision. The very first test, a simple drop from shoulder height, wasn't exactly a fair fight. The company dropped the Samsung phone on its face, while dropping the iPhone on its edge. Not surprisingly, the Samsung took more damage.

The company did it again with its final test, dropping a beer bottle directly onto the Samsung screen, while only hitting the edges of the iPhone. As you can see in the screenshot, the Samsung obviously suffered a more direct hit.

Regardless of make, given the cost and fragility of phones these days, it's not surprising to see many people toting their devices around in cases these days.

 

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    ohim , September 27, 2012 4:46 PM
    Seriously ? they they drop the S3 face on the ground and the iphone on it`s side ...
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    Antimatter79 , September 27, 2012 4:53 PM
    Ok, if the tests weren't even done fairly, what was the point of even posting the article?
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    ELMO_2006 , September 27, 2012 4:49 PM
    WTF! Let's try to be consistent with the tests please.
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  • 31 Hide
    ohim , September 27, 2012 4:46 PM
    Seriously ? they they drop the S3 face on the ground and the iphone on it`s side ...
  • 28 Hide
    ELMO_2006 , September 27, 2012 4:49 PM
    WTF! Let's try to be consistent with the tests please.
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    mavroxur , September 27, 2012 4:49 PM
    What a bullsh*it test. The iPhone took a bunch of indirect hits, while the SIII took direct hits. Drop on face versus back? Beer bottle flat across face, versus a corner directly on the screen? Really?
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    Antimatter79 , September 27, 2012 4:53 PM
    Ok, if the tests weren't even done fairly, what was the point of even posting the article?
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    yarmock , September 27, 2012 4:58 PM
    I never take much stock in these tests. They are not professionally done, nor do they even attempt to make the testing fair. Drop iPhone 5 on pillow, run GS3 over with car, omg the GS3 screen is destroyed!
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    ikyung , September 27, 2012 5:00 PM
    What would hurt more? A punch to the nose or a punch to the side of your face?
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    Pinhedd , September 27, 2012 5:01 PM
    I wonder which one will take a .308 the best?
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    Benihana , September 27, 2012 5:04 PM
    Antimatter79Ok, if the tests weren't even done fairly, what was the point of even posting the article?

    Agreed, if there's too much lack of control on the testing, then accurate conclusions that mean something cannot be drawn.

    So why even mention it?
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    Dangi , September 27, 2012 5:08 PM
    Really ?? How can Tom's post this blatantly viased test
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    Dangi , September 27, 2012 5:09 PM
    PinheddI wonder which one will take a .308 the best?

    That's easy, NOKIA !!!!
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    cscott_it , September 27, 2012 5:14 PM
    robochumpiPhone will stand up better to drops/hits. I hear its the scratching of the casing thats the problem. Of course Samsung fan boys will deny any claims that SIII is not perfect...lol. Yes bash any Apple fan boys for praising their products. Interesting isn't it? lol


    I'm not particularly a fan of any phone camp (come on guys, it's a phone... not your child, the crowning jewel of your life achievements... it's a fashion statement, not a way of life =-p). However, the whole point of calling something a "test" and publishing results is to do it in a controlled environment with all tests being equal.

    It's like the "Ubuntu is faster than Windows, because it takes longer to load Windows in my Virtual Box than Ubuntu" article from years ago - Where Ubuntu was the host loading the VM.
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    azathoth , September 27, 2012 5:17 PM
    DangiThat's easy, NOKIA !!!!

    The worst that would happen here would be a dropped call!
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    busuan , September 27, 2012 5:17 PM
    Let me ask a few questions:
    1) Did Squaretrade intentionally dropped iP5 and GS3 in the particular manner, i.e. iP5 on edge while GS3 on face?
    2) Is it possible to intentionally do so?
    3) What does it mean if Squaretrade did so on purpose? Obvious answer, IMO.
    4) But, what does it mean if Squaretrade did not do so on purpose? The answer would not be so obvious, but much more interesting, right?
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    nukemaster , September 27, 2012 5:18 PM
    Even the image clearly shows that the phones are not taking the same hits.

    Beer bottle hitting and having the sides to take the impact vs cornering the screen. I think both phones would have been damaged by that one.

    The same can be said for the drop test smack on the screen vs smack on the edge?

    Either do the tests right, or don't do then at all.
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    back_by_demand , September 27, 2012 5:18 PM
    Stupid tests, pointless article, if it was balanced it would have credibility - but it doesn't
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , September 27, 2012 5:19 PM
    I think Mythbusters would have done a better job lol
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    drapacioli , September 27, 2012 5:27 PM
    There's an easier way to test this, just build a test chamber with a guide to hold the phone steady. It will cost maybe a hundred dollars, but you can reuse the chamber on future tests. Or you can get the mythbusters to sponsor you :p 
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    valkain , September 27, 2012 5:41 PM
    Shouldn't a more realistic test for water damage be a spill? I mean, I don't know about those dumbasses at Square Trade, but I don't go scuba diving with my phone and other electronics on me.
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    kewlmunky , September 27, 2012 5:48 PM
    Beer drop test was also unfair. The edge of the bottle landed perfectly on the screen, while with the iphone it landed across it so it was spread across more surface area. So sad that people can do clearly unfair testing and people will claim it as proof. This is about as bad as Cnet's face off of the iphone 5 and the S3.
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