With the recent reveal of the HTC One (M8) and the announcement and impending launch of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5, it was a only matter of time until they were given the drop test treatment alongside Apple’s iPhone 5s.
So, armed with the three best phones on the market, TechSmartt took to the streets to put the devices through their paces as glass meets concrete.
As you can see, each phone was dropped from pocket height and head height in order to assess each device’s durability in simulations of real-life accidents.
From pocket height, all three phones survive pretty much unscathed. This is reassuring as this might well be the height from which you’re most likely to drop a mobile device. The head height drop is simulating a device falling from your hand while on a call – not entirely likely, but not impossible by any means. The iPhone 5s fairs worst from this height, its screen shattering, with the HTC One (M8) and Galaxy S5 remaining in tact.
The M8 and S5 are then subjected to an additional drop from above head height – not exactly a real life scenario – with the screens facing down just to see the results (and the results were not pretty). The S5’s screen cracked and the device would not power on at all. In contrast, the M8 survived the drop with no damage to the screen and a normal functioning device remained. Given the M8’s excellent build quality and all aluminium construction, it’s no surprise it faired better than the plastic S5.
As the M8 seemed to be the most durable, an even higher test was in order. From around 10-feet, face-down, no phone would stand a chance and the M8 finally gave in – the screen completely shattered.
While drop tests are not scientific, as it is impossible to exact the same drop on each device and ensure the impact is the same, they can give a decent real-world indication as to how your devices might hold up if you do accidentally allow your smartphone to meet the pavement.
Source: TechSmartt (YouTube)