In the consumer technology business, the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is currently the big news. Following months of eager anticipation, the handset was finally launched last week, and is fully expected to become the biggest selling smartphone of 2013.
Obviously, a number of people will be wondering whether the Galaxy S4 is better than the Apple iPhone 5. Personal preference will of course be one of the deciding factors which will answer this question, but in order to find out which handset is most durable, Apple Insider has recently reported on a test carried out between the two devices, along with Samsung’s 2012 flagship, the Galaxy S3.
Such tests are now commonplace, but many are rather unscientific in their approach. The majority are simply drop tests, but these are somewhat unfair in the majority of cases as they are simply dropped onto a hard surface, meaning that the devices may not hit the ground at the same angle. Visit our website for the latest iPhone 5 updates and cheap iPhone 5 contracts.
In this test though, carried out by Square Trade a specially designed device is used to ensure that all the phones hit the ground at the same time and the same angle. The test also saw the phones submerged in water and slid down an angles surface to see which phone’s casing had the most friction.
In the drop part of the test, the Apple iPhone 5 sustained the least damage. Unfortunately for the Galaxy S4, the screen was smashed, and the Galaxy S3 sustained similar damage to its display. The phones were also submerged in water, and the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5 appear not to sustain any damage, but the audio completely stopped working on the Galaxy S3.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is no doubt the most technologically advanced handset of the three, but it has faced some criticism due to the fact that Samsung uses a plastic casing, unlike the aluminium materials used on phones like the HTC One and of course the Apple iPhone 5.
The results of this test suggest that the Apple iPhone 5 is the most hardwearing device of the three, so would probably make a better choice if this is a concern to when choosing your next smartphone. There is of course much more to take into consideration when choosing, but the results of this test show the iPhone 5 is probably the most reliable.