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The time has finally dawned upon us, once again. Samsung’s latest flagship handset, the 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge, has gone head to head with Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus in a drop test that effectively puts any trace of speculation to rest — by determining which, if any of the two devices, reigns supreme when it comes to resisting the forces and elements of nature.
So, perhaps you’re wondering, “what actually happens when you drop a glass-and-metal handset (such as the Galaxy S7 Edge), or an all-metal device (such as the iPhone 6s Plus) from the same relative height?” Great question, indeed … And to answer it, we’ve provided below a video presentation for your personal enjoyment — err, enlightenment, that just about puts the theories to rest. We won’t spoil all the fun that’s bound to ensue, of course, so why don’t you just go ahead and take a gander for yourself.
What We Can Tell, and What History Can Tell Us
With the exception of the iPhone 4, 4s, 5 and, to a lesser extent, the iPhone 5s, all of Apple’s most recent hardware has been constructed around a 100% aluminum chassis — whereas Samsung has traditionally relied on more cost efficient, weight reducing hard plastics and light aluminums across its Galaxy S and Note lines.
The Galaxy S7, however — the latest flagship in Samsung’s ever-evolving line of smartphones and phablets, is constructed from an entirely new glass and metal outer casing. In other words, both the front and back panel on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge feature a light aluminum design, boasting the additional outer layer of Gorilla Glass protection. However, as is clearly evident in the video above, perhaps glass — regardless of its strength and tenacity — wasn’t the best option for Samsung to employ?
The S7 Edge cracked and shattered on the backside when dropped from certain heights on a hard surface. And while the front screen remained relatively unblemished throughout the duration of the experiment, I’ll bet the results would have been far less desirable if the gentleman had dropped the device just a little bit differently.
Of course, Apple’s iPhone, on the other hand, is currently constructed around an outer shell made from extremely durable 7,000 series aluminum alloy and zinc. As you can see from the video above, that iPhone impressively — with just minor scuffs to show — withstood the drop test that easily shattered the back of the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Now, we all know, well enough, that aluminum is conceptually much stronger than glass; so perhaps this drop test had an inevitable winner from the get-go? And while both glass and aluminum, and even certain plastics, have evolved to become stronger and more shock absorbent over the years, there still appears to be some room for growth on that end.
Yet with devices like the “indestructible” Droid Turbo 2 from Motorola already on the market — which features glass so strong and so fundamentally immune to breaking, it’s only reasonable to assume that it won’t be too long until we start seeing more widespread availability of these super formidable devices, right?
And that’s simply wonderful news, because we all know there’s no worse feeling than dropping your phone, bending down, hesitantly, to pick it up, only to realize that you probably should have bought that wireless hardware insurance after all, right?