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iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II in a Drop Test

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Gives a new meaning to "dropped calls"

Dropping mobile electronics is a fact of life. If it's something that you carry around with you and handle regularly, it's going to get dropped. You never mean to drop it, but sometimes those fingers of yours are mysteriously and momentarily greased with butter and gravity takes over.

The iPhone 4S shares the same glass front and back design as its predecessor. While this makes for shiny, glossy and relatively scratch proof (compared to plastic) surfaces that are quite radio transparent, they're prone to shattering. Even with the antenna problem fixed in the new phone, owners of the iPhone 4S will be much safer with a case – or the new AppleCare+ plan, which covers accidental damage.

Check out this drop test from third-party warranty provider SquareTrade, which compares the drop survival of an iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S II.

iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II Drop Test

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    Marco925 , October 23, 2011 5:13 PM
    Proves that Apple is THE BEST!!!!!....at Breaking!!!
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    neonneophyte , October 23, 2011 5:09 PM
    "They should have shown the condition of the device before the drops. "

    not shattered.
  • 29 Hide
    bak0n , October 23, 2011 5:00 PM
    Apples are designed to make you buy more. Why would you expect it to last a drop from even 2 feet?
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  • 19 Hide
    Xatos , October 23, 2011 4:59 PM
    Well DUH!
  • 29 Hide
    bak0n , October 23, 2011 5:00 PM
    Apples are designed to make you buy more. Why would you expect it to last a drop from even 2 feet?
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    Anonymous , October 23, 2011 5:00 PM
    ahh, it would take so little to make these terminals break-proof, yet they have its screen right up to the edge of the device... which makes more then 80% chance its gonna get broken upon impact on a hard surface....i bet somebody at apple wondering how to increase that to 90+ ...
  • 29 Hide
    neonneophyte , October 23, 2011 5:09 PM
    "They should have shown the condition of the device before the drops. "

    not shattered.
  • 33 Hide
    Marco925 , October 23, 2011 5:13 PM
    Proves that Apple is THE BEST!!!!!....at Breaking!!!
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    Anonymous , October 23, 2011 5:24 PM
    Thats like buying a $1000 couch and not covering it in plastic to protect it.
  • 23 Hide
    cameronjpu , October 23, 2011 5:27 PM
    Do you cover that Corvette in bubble wrap too?
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    legacy7955 , October 23, 2011 5:27 PM
    iDrop, iBreak[, therefore iBuy More iPhones. (-;b]
  • 27 Hide
    mcvf , October 23, 2011 5:46 PM
    Now this was real breaking news!
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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 23, 2011 5:49 PM
    Hey, I posted that video on Tom's first - give me some credit! :D  Otherwise, I'm glad this is in the news.... superior build quality? :kaola: 
  • 22 Hide
    xerroz , October 23, 2011 5:52 PM
    Now I'm convinced the Samsung Galaxy S II is superior in EVERY single way
  • 24 Hide
    chumly , October 23, 2011 6:01 PM
    I want to see the "What happens when you get pissed off and throw it at the wall" test.
  • 7 Hide
    nbelote , October 23, 2011 6:01 PM
    Fanbois love glass phone enclosures...
  • 8 Hide
    de5_Roy , October 23, 2011 6:07 PM
    aww i wanted to drop the iphone...harder.
  • 16 Hide
    digiex , October 23, 2011 6:14 PM
    Apple Fanbois never ever drop their stuff...

    really...
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    tat2demon , October 23, 2011 6:16 PM
    Ive dropped my 3s in parking lots about half a dozen times and it has nothing more than a few scratches. Still cant wait to get a S2.
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    ikyung , October 23, 2011 6:22 PM
    chumlyI want to see the "What happens when you get pissed off and throw it at the wall" test.

    I will sign your petition.
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    AbdullahG , October 23, 2011 6:35 PM
    tat2demonIve dropped my 3s in parking lots about half a dozen times and it has nothing more than a few scratches. Still cant wait to get a S2.

    Same thing. I once dropped my friends iPhone 3 "on accident" at a mall and all the thing got was a scratch on the damn paint. WTF?
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