iPhone 5S, 5C More Fragile Than iPhone 5, Tests Find

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  1. hakr100 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    East Coast

    iPhone 5S, 5C More Fragile Than iPhone 5, Tests Find

    NEW YORK -- As Apple pitches its newest smartphones, users may find something lacking compared with last year's model: They could break more easily.

    SquareTrade, a provider of protection plans for gadgets, tested five smartphones, including Apple's new iPhones, to see if they could withstand drops, dunks and other common hazards. Its finding: The latest models aren't as durable as last year's iPhone 5.

    The biggest loser, however, was Samsung's Galaxy S4, which failed to work after being submerged in water and being dropped 5 feet off the ground, according to San Francisco-based SquareTrade.

    The phone that withstood SquareTrade's torture test best was Google Inc.'s Moto X. The Moto X is the first phone designed with the Internet company as Motorola's new owner. Released in August, the Moto X is also the first smartphone assembled in the U.S.

    "We were expecting that at least one of the new iPhone models would up its game, but surprisingly, it was the Moto X that proved most forgiving of accidents," said Ty Shay, chief marketing officer at SquareTrade.

    Officials from Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. and Google Inc. didn't immediately return email messages for comment.

    Apple started selling two new iPhones on Friday. The iPhone 5S sports a fingerprint sensor, a better camera and a faster processor. A less expensive version, the iPhone 5C, offers consumers a wider choice of colors and has a better front-facing camera than the iPhone 5.

    With every upgrade Apple has made, the latest model has usually been more durable than the previous one, based on drop tests SquareTrade has done over the past few years, Shay said. But that wasn't the case this time.

  2. nbuubu macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    I don't understand how the 5S is somehow less durable than the 5.

    They are the same weight, dimensions, and use the same materials.

    The only real difference is that the home button is no longer plastic on the 5S.

    So how can it score lower than the 5?

    The articles really don't go into enough detail.
  3. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    This is a Four Square test, you have to go into their website for the details.

    BUT, it doesn't matter. People on this forum never complaint about sturdiness, all they care is that their phones won't scratch, don't leak light, no loose buttons, not overly warm lcd, all cosmetic considerations.

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