Some people like to torture expensive smartphones to see what kind of damage is done. We've reviewed the latest Samsung Galaxy S III and iPhone 4S damaging videos to see how they fared in a series of test from different people all over the globe(videos follow).
Just Married Style Test
In the we'll do anything to get YouTube video views department, an iPhone 4S and a Samsung Galaxy S III are dragged behind a car like "Just Married cans." The total cost of the experiment has full retail value of approximate $1200 for the Tumbler blog "A Perfect Galaxy." The unidentified British gent tied an iPhone 4S and a Samsung Galaxy S III to the back of the car with Gorilla Tape.
Jeff drives the car for 22 seconds. Totalling over 200,000 video views in two days, the video could prove that the Samsung Galaxy S III is a superior phone or that the guy is rich or nuts. In the test the Samsung Galaxy S 3 is proven "Superior" raves the excited narrator while the iPhone 4S showed damaged.
Kid, Car n' Kaboodle Test
SquareTrade created a similar test with over one million views of a Samsung Galaxy S III and iPhone 4S dropped from an ear, falling off a car and thrown to the cement ground by kids. In that test the Samsung Galaxy S III cracked with an ear drop from an adult onto cement. The kids ruined the iPhone while Samsung Galaxy S3 lost the battery. In the car drop test, where the phones are placed on the top a car that drives off, the iPhone sustained a little damage while the Samsung Galaxy S III was completely cracked
Key to the Winning Tests: Key
Samsung Mobiler from Romania, Victoria Giorgiana tried to scratch the Samsung Galaxy S III with different kinds of key hits and scrataches to no avail then tries a razor knife with no damage and 340,000 views.
The Ultimate Hot/Cold H20 Drop & Scratch Torture
CNET subjected the Samsung Galaxy S III to a "Torture Test" cold, heat, dropping and water. After a chill in the freezer for two hours, it turned own but was sluggish and functional. For the heat test of one hour at 190 degrees Farenheit, it was too hot to touch. Then, Molly Wood turned it on and it worked.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is dropped three times from standing position on a tile floor times without damage. In the key scratch test, there were no scratches. After a drop in water and placement in a drying bag the Samsung Galaxy S III survived
When Molly Wood in Always On tortures the iPhone 4S in the freezer for two hours, it worked but the battery died. When baked at 150 degrees, it worked fine. The iPhone 4S didn't fare well in the drop test of three times on a textured floor. The screen showed a purple line. When thrown down the stairs there were a few chips but it had a purple line on the screen. After dropping it in water the iPhone 4S survived. The extreme torture was to put it through the wash cycle. After going through the wash cycle it did not come on. She put it in the dry bag filled with gel packs and it still did not work
3 Times is the Killer
Meanwhile with 2.5 million views, Android Authority dropped on iPhone 4s and Samsung Galaxy S III three times on the pavement(cement), back, side and front. Th iPhone 4S, by the third drop was totally cracked but still worked. The Samsung Galaxy S III by the second drop had a little cracking on the front drop smashed the screen. The verdict both were cracked after three times. The iPhone still worked while the S3 didn't come back.
So what is the verdict and bottom line after reviewing all the tests?
- Don't torture your Samsung Galaxy S III because it may break.
- Don't put any smarpthone in the washing machine with your clothes
- Don't do any of these tests at home.
- Dropping on pavement/cement is more damaging than indoor flooring.
- Don't worry about damage from keys touching the Samsung Galaxy S III in your pocket or purse.
- Don't watch too many drop torture test videos or you'll never take your smartphone anywhere.
Extreme cold/heat, water damage and dropping or dragging from a car too are not covered by your warranty. The best bet is to buy insurance that covers those problems or not throw your S3 or iPhone around.
Another problem you should watch out for is small dogs. In 2008, we showed how a toy Yorkie killed a BlackBerry Bold. On the other hand, I ran over a cheap prepaid phone while it was in my purse with a car and it still worked.
What kinds of tests would you like to see?