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Samsung's Galaxy S22 devices appear to be more prone to damage when dropped than Apple's iPhone 13 models, according to drop tests conducted by Allstate Protection Plans. With major new smartphone releases, Allstate does the same set of drop tests to determine the degree of front, back, and side damage when a device hits the ground, and the testing indicates the iPhone's design is more durable.

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When dropped face-down, the S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra displays shattered on the first six-foot drop onto the sidewalk, and two of the three were unusable due to the severity of the damage. The middle tier device, the S22, was usable, but had notable damage at the corners.


Comparatively, when Allstate Protection Plans drop tested the iPhone 13 models back in September, they fared better. In the face-down drop, the iPhone 13 survived a single drop with minor damage, cracking in the second drop test. The iPhone 13 Pro cracked along the bottom, but both phones were largely usable.


In the back-down test, the Galaxy S22 devices all had their back panel shattered, and while all three phones continued to work normally and the camera housing remained intact, it was not possible to safely handle the phones bare-handed because of the glass damage.

The comparable test on the iPhone 13 models saw the iPhone 13 survive two drops, ending up with minor cracks along the camera and the corner after the third drop, while the iPhone 13 Pro back glass shattered more similarly to the S22 devices.

Allstate did a side-down test for the S22 models that saw the S22 and S22+ survive with minor damage, while the curved glass S22 Ultra shattered at the corners and along the display. All of the smartphones remained functional.

A comparable test was not done for the iPhone 13, but back in 2020, the iPhone 12 models were dropped on their side in the same test and survived intact with minor scuffing because of the aluminum steel edges, similar to the S22 and S22+, which also use an "Armor Aluminum" frame.

The S22 Ultra has a curved display and thus takes more damage at the sides than Apple's iPhones. All in all, it seems the S22 may be more vulnerable to breakage than Apple's iPhone 13 models, which use Apple's "Ceramic Shield," purported to be more durable than traditional glass. Samsung's S22 devices are using Gorilla Glass Victus+, Corning's most durable glass.

In addition to being more prone to damage than the iPhone 13 models in Allstate's testing, the Galaxy S22 devices are also more vulnerable than the prior-generation Galaxy S21 smartphones, which used a plastic backing. Allstate Protection Plan vice president Jason Siciliano said that the design upgrades in the S22 and the S22 Ultra models have "resulted in durability downgrades when compared to their Galaxy S21 predecessors," increasing the need for smartphone cases and screen protectors.

As always, drop tests are variable and the results will depend on the angle that the smartphone happens to fall at. Allstate Protection Plans uses the same variables for all of its tests, but there's always an element of unpredictability, and even if the iPhone fares better controlled tests, that may not reflect real-world results.

With every all-glass smartphone like the Galaxy S22 and the iPhone 13, caution should be used to avoid drops and protective cases should be employed because neither Apple's Ceramic Shield and Samsung's Gorilla Glass Victus+ are reliable solutions against breakage.

Article Link: Samsung Galaxy S22 Devices Prove More Breakable Than iPhone 13 in Drop Test
 
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BugeyeSTI

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Last weekend my buddy knocked his iPhone 13 Pro Max off a breakfast bar onto a hardwood floor (way less than 6 feet) and it landed face down perfectly flat and shattered the screen. Unfortunately it had no case on but fortunately he has Applecare+ so not as bad as it could of been. Glass phones break especially when they land just right regardless who the manufacturer is.. I'd never use a $1000+ phone without a case even with accidental coverage.
 

Motionblurrr

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Are they more slippery than iPhones?

I’m using an iPhone XR since January 2019 - without a case and it is quite slippery TBH.

But you just have to put your mind to it when you handle it.

Cars are much more expensive and people drive them around without cases around them :)
To be fair, the aluminum sides (or aluminum iPhones in general) were SUPER slippery without a case. Especially in the winter.

I used my 6 Plus for years without any case and I dropped it a few times from it being slippery but it never shattered. Just some dings and dents.

The polished stainless steel sides of the iPhone X and onwards are super grippy though.
 

N1noodle

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Learnt my lesson the hard way ,always buy a case to phone and drope said phone in phone case pronto.

I hate screen protection but i always use phone cases that are extra protective in the corners which so far always keept them safe despite dropping them all over the place.

Playing fotboll with new phone is bad though.
 
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KaliYoni

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You know, that shattered glass pattern looks kind of cool...how 'bout it, case makers???
 

chr1s60

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When are we just going to accept that ever since phones became mini computers they are susceptible to breaking if dropped from decent height with or without a case? It seems ridiculous that this same routine needs repeated yearly.
 
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Shanghaichica

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I use a case and glass screen protector and I’ve never smashed any phones. I drop them quite regularly at home but the floor is carpeted. My kids have chucked my phone down the stairs a few times and it survived without any impact. Outside I’ve dropped it a few times and onto the hard wood floors at work multiple times. Never sustained any damage.

I’ve never kept a curved Samsung display for more than a few months so I don’t know if I would have ended up smashing it. My husband has smashed every phone he’s owned. He’s owned one iPhone (4) and smashed that. I think he’d manage to smash any of the latest iPhones too. I have him an old pixel that I was playing around with because he’d smashed up his Samsung galaxy note phone. That’s smashed now. He has insurance on his phones but most of the times refuses to get them replaced. I think he obviously likes the feel of a smashed phone.
 

anthogag

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Samsung could pre-drop it at the factory. Crack it, ? ,and coat it with some kind of sealant.

My iPhone 13 Pro Max is in the clear Apple case with the circular magnet. I dropped it a few times. So far minor scratches on case and screen remains good.
 
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When dropped face-down, the S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra displays shattered on the first six-foot drop onto the sidewalk, and two of the three were unusable due to the severity of the damage. The middle tier device, the S22, was usable, but had notable damage at the corners.
Guess they need to ship with free protective cases. :D
 
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Samsung's Galaxy S22 devices appear to be more prone to damage when dropped than Apple's iPhone 13 models, according to drop tests conducted by Allstate Protection Plans. With major new smartphone releases, Allstate does the same set of drop tests to determine the degree of front, back, and side damage when a device hits the ground, and the testing indicates the iPhone's design is more durable.

samsung-s22-drop-test.jpg

When dropped face-down, the S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra displays shattered on the first six-foot drop onto the sidewalk, and two of the three were unusable due to the severity of the damage. The middle tier device, the S22, was usable, but had notable damage at the corners.


Comparatively, when Allstate Protection Plans drop tested the iPhone 13 models back in September, they fared better. In the face-down drop, the iPhone 13 survived a single drop with minor damage, cracking in the second drop test. The iPhone 13 Pro cracked along the bottom, but both phones were largely usable.


In the back-down test, the Galaxy S22 devices all had their back panel shattered, and while all three phones continued to work normally and the camera housing remained intact, it was not possible to safely handle the phones bare-handed because of the glass damage.

The comparable test on the iPhone 13 models saw the iPhone 13 survive two drops, ending up with minor cracks along the camera and the corner after the third drop, while the iPhone 13 Pro back glass shattered more similarly to the S22 devices.

Allstate did a side-down test for the S22 models that saw the S22 and S22+ survive with minor damage, while the curved glass S22 Ultra shattered at the corners and along the display. All of the smartphones remained functional.

A comparable test was not done for the iPhone 13, but back in 2020, the iPhone 12 models were dropped on their side in the same test and survived intact with minor scuffing because of the aluminum steel edges, similar to the S22 and S22+, which also use an "Armor Aluminum" frame.

The S22 Ultra has a curved display and thus takes more damage at the sides than Apple's iPhones. All in all, it seems the S22 may be more vulnerable to breakage than Apple's iPhone 13 models, which use Apple's "Ceramic Shield," purported to be more durable than traditional glass. Samsung's S22 devices are using Gorilla Glass Victus+, Corning's most durable glass.

In addition to being more prone to damage than the iPhone 13 models in Allstate's testing, the Galaxy S22 devices are also more vulnerable than the prior-generation Galaxy S21 smartphones, which used a plastic backing. Allstate Protection Plan vice president Jason Siciliano said that the design upgrades in the S22 and the S22 Ultra models have "resulted in durability downgrades when compared to their Galaxy S21 predecessors," increasing the need for smartphone cases and screen protectors.

As always, drop tests are variable and the results will depend on the angle that the smartphone happens to fall at. Allstate Protection Plans uses the same variables for all of its tests, but there's always an element of unpredictability, and even if the iPhone fares better controlled tests, that may not reflect real-world results.

With every all-glass smartphone like the Galaxy S22 and the iPhone 13, caution should be used to avoid drops and protective cases should be employed because neither Apple's Ceramic Shield and Samsung's Gorilla Glass Victus+ are reliable solutions against breakage.

Article Link: Samsung Galaxy S22 Devices Prove More Breakable Than iPhone 13 in Drop Test
Bought an iPhone 12 (moving up from trusty 5SE) in June. Did the migration carrier etc. right there in helpful Apple store. Immediately ordered a case online thee and exited then dropped the phone right in front on the sidewalk! A few tiny dings on the upper lens ring but otherwise no problemo. Ever. In 8 years various iPhones Get a case. Only samsung experience is with my son. Twice I have bought screen repair kits showed him first time how to do the repair. And I am a rough user (abuser) always carry in front trousers pocket with keys, maybe a pen. It’s not oretty but super durable.
 

DailySlow

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I use a case and glass screen protector and I’ve never smashed any phones. I drop them quite regularly at home but the floor is carpeted. My kids have chucked my phone down the stairs a few times and it survived without any impact. Outside I’ve dropped it a few times and onto the hard wood floors at work multiple times. Never sustained any damage.

I’ve never kept a curved Samsung display for more than a few months so I don’t know if I would have ended up smashing it. My husband has smashed every phone he’s owned. He’s owned one iPhone (4) and smashed that. I think he’d manage to smash any of the latest iPhones too. I have him an old pixel that I was playing around with because he’d smashed up his Samsung galaxy note phone. That’s smashed now. He has insurance on his phones but most of the times refuses to get them replaced. I think he obviously likes the feel of a smashed phone.
?
 

MysticCow

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You know I used to ask myself WHY they drop them on the face to test breakability. My thoughts were along the lines of, "Well, how often does it hit that way???"

Fast forward to today and whenever my phone drops (not often tbh), it's ALWAYS face down. These phones are like cats with respect to how they land. ;)
 
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