Users looking for the power and capability of the Samsung Galaxy S7 in a package that is extremely durable can now purchase the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active through AT&T. Although it is not the slimmest or sleekest looking device, the military grade case should help it survive a lot of abuse that would destroy most smartphones. Over the weekend PhoneBuff conducted a drop test of the Galaxy S7 Active, pitting it against the Galaxy S7 as well as against their own testing protocol to see just how tough the new device is.
In the video that was released, the testers dropped the devices in several different ways to simulate drops on the back, edges and face of the device. The “landing zone” appears to be a piece of smooth stone, so that is about as hard a surface as one will run across.
From the beginning, the Galaxy S7 does not fare well with the back effectively shattering on the very first drop. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S7 Active had no problem with the back drop or either of the following side drops. Interestingly, the Galaxy S7 did not do too bad on the side drops either, suffering only moderately more scratching of the metal frame than the bumper clad Active version of the smartphone.
Moving to a drop on the face of the phone, things get very interesting. The Galaxy S7 had an extremely rough go of it, shattering badly, perhaps beyond the point of repair. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S7 Active had absolutely no problem. In fact, PhoneBuff decided to subject the Galaxy S7 Active to a bonus round in which they repeatedly dropped it face first in an effort to find out how many drops it could take before it could no longer make a phone call.
The Galaxy S7 Active ended up defeating PhoneBuff in this bonus round after it survived, with only a few minor scratches, fifty drops. This landed the device a spot as the new reigning champion of drop tests.
You can check out the video below to see just how well the Galaxy S7 Active holds up to the drop test.