Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge put to the drop test against iPhone 6S Plus

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New flagship phones means it is time for a new batch of drop test videos to start hitting YouTube. The latest is a video posted yesterday that adds a little bit of a spin to the normal drop test video by comparing the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge against the Apple iPhone 6S Plus, meaning double the cringe-worthy drops. You may also notice a trend in the videos being generated as folks get their hands on Samsung’s latest devices as they do comparisons against Samsung’s biggest rival in the smartphone market, Apple. This drop test video follows another one we saw recently that pits the devices in a camera shootout.

For the drop test, the reviewer put the devices through a variety of drops from several different heights. Starting at about waist level to mimic a drop caused by pulling the device out of your pocket, both the Galaxy S7 Edge and the iPhone 6S Plus were dropped on their edge, their back and their front. Both devices basically survived with no problems. The iPhone did have a very small dent on the corner and the Galaxy S7 Edge had some very slight scratches on the back.

Unfortunately for Samsung, things start to get a little bit ugly when the devices were dropped from head height like what might happen if the phone slipped out of your hand while talking on a phone call. When dropped to land on its back, the glass rear of the Galaxy S7 Edge shattered. Although it looked ugly, the glass held together similar to safety glass so it was still smooth despite all the spiderweb cracks.

Moving up to a drop from 10 feet high, the headphone jack for the iPhone 6S Plus was damaged, likely rendering it unusable. Meanwhile, the already compromised Galaxy S7 Edge saw more damage on the back side and the front glass started to shatter as well. This only got worse as the height moved up to 20 feet.

Despite the cracks to the glass on the Galaxy S7 Edge, both devices continued to function. You can check out the video below.


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a chief financial officer and licensed CPA in Durham, North Carolina. Jeff has owned an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3 along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition and a Nexus 7 (2013). Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.