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iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S III Head to Head Drop Test



The folks with Android Authority put the Apple iPhone 5 and the most popular Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy S III, to a head to head drop test.

We already saw one iPhone drop test, but in this shows a comparison with the Galaxy S III and how it acquits itself at various heights. They dropped the phones from various heights to brick pavement and showed how the two phones held up with this kind of simulated punishment.

While these drop tests are not scientific comparisons, they do show what can happen if a user drops the iPhone 5 or Galaxy S III. They did a few different tests. First, they dropped each phone from hip height simulating what might happen when a person drops a phone as they remove it from a pocket.

iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S III Drop Test

The second test showed what might happen if a person let their phone slip out of their hands as they raised it to the ear. They dropped the phone from chest height. The final test showed what might happen if someone dropped their phone as they spoke to someone with the phone raised to the ear.

iphone 5 drop test

As we see from the video, both phones held up well in the first drop with minor scratches and dings. This shows how a person takes a real risk of damaging their phone if they don’t use a case. iPhone 5 users may want to invest in one of the cases from our recent iPhone 5 case round up.

In the second and third tests the Samsung Galaxy S III didn’t do as well as the iPhone 5. In both cases the screen cracked. The second drop caused a crack along the corner and the third from ear height exacerbated the crack.

galaxy s iii drop

It’s expensive to perform these tests, but I wish they would’ve tested by dropping the third time with a fresh phone that didn’t already have a cracked screen. A cracked screen will more easily crack again than a non-cracked screen.



  1. No

    09/22/2012 at 12:07 am

    I think this site should change its name to gottabeiphone5.

  2. Frank

    09/22/2012 at 5:46 am

    The gs3 dropped on and slid on screen iphone 5 did not how is that a fair test when iphone never landed on screen. If the phones don’t land the exact same it’s not a good test to go by.

  3. Janet

    09/22/2012 at 10:46 pm

    Well; I really don’t care about their stupid drop tests or anything else. I’m not an I-phone hater. I’m just a person that likes owning the Samsung Galaxy rather than owning an I-phone. I have friends that love their I-phones but they also really like my Samsung. And I like their I-phones. Both phones are very nice. It’s just according to what a person likes.


  4. Molan James

    11/10/2012 at 8:00 am

    I have them both to test them out and compare them, and I must say Samsung is better for its larger screen and its quad core.Before choosing between them I must say check their current value at

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