Samsung Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 7 Drop Test

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with an Infinity Display that is hardly surrounded by any bezels. The futuristic design of the handset makes the iPhone 7 looks very dated and old in comparison. 

However, many of our readers have raised concerns about the reliability of the Galaxy S8’s screen due to its lack of bezels during drops. The iPhone 7 should do much better during drops since its hefty top and bottom bezels provide ample room for the shocks to be absorbed. Plus, unlike the Galaxy S8, the iPhone 7 does not feature any glass at the back so there is one less panel to break.

Samsung does note that the rounded corners of the Galaxy S8’s display help it absorb shocks better and prevents it from cracking during drops. Now, a few videos of the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 have gone live on YouTube that pits them through a bunch of drop tests.

In the first video that you can see below, the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 were pitted against each other in a two different drop test scenarios. While both phones survived the first drop with only a few scratches and scuffs, the displays of both phones ended up shattering in the second test during which they were dropped on their front. The Galaxy S8 did do better than the iPhone 7 since despite being shattered, it was working while the iPhone 7 was completely non-functional.

In the second video in which the Galaxy S8 Plus and the iPhone 7 Plus are put through various drop tests, the larger Galaxy S8’s glass back broke in the first drop test from waist height itself. The display, however, held surprisingly well and did much better than the iPhone 7 in the eventual drop tests that followed. While the cover glass on the iPhone 7 did not shatter until the very last drop test, its display did stop working after being dropped from 12ft. As for the Galaxy S8, its cover glass did shatter after being dropped from 12ft, but the display did continue to work and the phone was usable unlike the iPhone 7.

The above drop tests do show that despite coming with a glass design, the Galaxy S8 is very durable and will not crack easily when dropped. The reliability of the rear glass can be a cause of concern, but that can be easily remedied by using a skin or a case.

Considering that the iPhone 8 is also expected to come with an all-glass design, the reliability of the Galaxy S8 in these drop tests should be taken positively as it bodes well for the upcoming iPhone’s reliability. What do you think?

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