iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Drop Test, Guess Who Wins? [VIDEO]


The iPhone 5’s anodized aluminum edges may be slightly more prone to daily wear but the real test of time would be how well the device’s chassis holds up against every day drops, in comparison to its biggest market competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S3. Looks like the folks over at Android Authority already have the answer to that as they’ve carried out the first ever iPhone 5 drop test, opposite to the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Even though the guys who’ve done the iPhone 5 drop test are Android fans, they are calling it a “rock solid” device, a claim they wouldn’t make that often for an iOS device. They’ve admitted that iPhone 5 did amazingly well in their drop test, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 came out in pretty bad shape.

This morning in Hong Kong, Darcy dropped the Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 a total of four times, each time from an increasing height. To make our drop test more realistic, we tried to recreate the accidents that happen most often in real life. We ruthlessly let the two devices fall to the hard pavement, just to see what happens. Needless to say, it wasn’t pretty. Dayum!

The hard aluminum shell of the iPhone 5 withstood the impact pretty well, and the glass protecting the display remained intact. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S3 predictably lost its back cover and suffered damage to the casing and the front glass.

See it for yourselves in the following video:


  • RaphaelNinjaTurtle


  • Matt

    That guy is annoying.

  • Koffini

    quote: “the case, who cares about, which is cheap plastic anyways”
    Now I understand, “don’t settle for cheap plastics”

  • djepsilon

    I’d like to see a drop test with this guy off of a building.

  • FragilityG4

    You beat me to that quote! Hahaha

  • Guest

    i love the part where he says “it’s just cheap plastic anyway”

  • Yep. Straight from an Android site too. BOOM!

    I found the video was well made.

  • iPhone5preferred

    Good to know the iPhone 5 survives drops. In the 2 years I’ve had an iPhone 4, I’ve dropped it more times than I care to remember … on the sidewalk, down wood stairs, on the street and so on. The only damages are to the frame; nothing major. I did, however, scratch the screen on the sand when I took it on my Caribbean vacation a few months ago. I contemplated getting a Samsung Galaxy III instead of an iPhone 5 but now I know that I’ll stick with Apple.


    baaaah baaaah samsheeps are you jealous of my phone? Yes Sir, Yes Sir, I feel so alone.

  • Kirk


  • bradg17

    Wow I totally thought the gs3 was coming out on top, good job apple! iPhone 5 kicked ass lol thought the plastic would have done better.

  • bradg17

    You guys gotta remember they rather the cheap plastic for some reason. I guess maybe so when it does break they don’t feel as bad or something 😛

  • All the more reason to not settle for cheap plastic. Of course, that’s not the only reason why consumers shouldn’t get the S3. This is just merely one of ’em.