The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the new company’s flagship that is about to take the hot of the market, but just this morning, the phone insurance firm SquareTrade discovered that the new Samsung device cannot stand the Apple iPhone 5 in terms of durability.
The phone insurance company set three major smartphone into durability test, two of Samsung’s hot, and one from Apple; the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and the Apple’s iPhone 5 were tortured to see the last man standing. The test is not to condemn or mock any smartphone maker, but to establish the perils smartphone usually face in the hands of every consumer.
To test the case strength, the smartphone were dropped from a height, they skidded them across tables to test slide ability, and submerged them in water to test how far they will survive if fell in a pool.
The three smartphone scored “Medium Risk” at the end of SquareTrade’s evaluation. The worst numerical result goes to Galaxy S4, and the iPhone 5 even beats the Galaxy S3. On the numerical scale of 1 to 10, as 10 being the worst score, the iPhone 5 scored 5, the Galaxy S3 got 6.5 while the new Galaxy S4 went up to 7.
A free fall of 4-foot was performed for the drop test, the screen on the Galaxy S4 and S3 showed cracking as their plastic casing tried enough to absorb the fall, in fact, those casing displayed a low friction coefficient, while in the slide test, they showed to go farther than the Apple’s iPhone aluminum uni-body.
During the submersion test, the Galaxy S4 and iPhone gallantly survived as they still perform their normal function after the baptism, played video and audio as normal even while still frog men. The galaxy S3 couldn’t survive, although it was showing video, but it speakers gave up the ghost.
SquareTrade also used the devices’ ergonomics in grading, they assumed that phones that are easy to grip won’t likely slip out of the user’s hand. The iPhone 5 got a good score in this measure, while the S3 and S4 were close to failing woefully. The three devices were rated neutral based on their weight, and based on the overall size, they got poor results.
According to SquareTrade’s data, one out of three smartphone owners breaks the device within one year, one out of five Americans will buy the new Samsung Galaxy S4 but one out of eight buyers will break it within a period of six month.
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Do you agree with SquareTrade’s argument in ‘Smartphone Torture Test’? Has your Galaxy S3 got spoilt because it fell in a spring and how has your iPhone 5 been fairing? Have you been saving money to buy the Galaxy S4? Share your mind in the comment box below!