Tests show Moto X best and Samsung Galaxy S4 worst in durability

By Sameer Mitha | Published on 24 Sep 2013

In a series of durability tests conducted by SquareTrade, the Moto X shows that it is a better-built smartphone when compared to the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and the Galaxy S4.

Tests show Moto X best and Samsung Galaxy S4 worst in durability

If you are a clumsy person and are planning to pick up a flagship smartphone, you might want to pay close attention here. Square Trade has performed a series of tests to ascertain the durability of the current generation flagship smartphones.

The biggest surprise was that the most durable of all the phones tested was the Moto X. The test included the Moto X along with the recently launched iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and the Samsung Galaxy S4. A series of tests were performed on the smartphones, which includes dropping them from a height, sliding it across a table and dunking it in water for 10 seconds. After each test, the damage caused to each smartphone was checked and whether or not the device was in working condition. Here is a quick look at how the smartphones performed in each test.

Drop Test
With the drop test, the four smartphones were dropped from a height of 5-feet by a robotic arm. In this test, the Galaxy S4’s display nearly came off. After the drop test, the device didn’t come on. The display of the iPhone 5C was badly hit, the bottom half in particular, however the smartphone was still functional. The Moto X smartphone was fine after the drop test. There was a little damage on the corner and that’s about it. The display of the iPhone 5S was ok after the drop test. The body, especially the corners saw a bit of damage though.

Slide Test
The slide test helped in determining which smartphone is most likely to slide off to its doom. For this test, a spring based machine pushed the four smartphones across a table. In this test, the iPhone 5S slid right off the table. The Moto X slid a mere 3 feet, the iPhone 5C 3.5 feet and the Galaxy S4 four feet.

Water test
In this test, the four smartphones were submerged in water for 10 seconds. A video was playing on the devices as they were submerged. In this test, the S4 shut down and the other three smartphones continued to run.

Of the three tests, the Moto X emerged as the most durable smartphone followed by the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. The one that failed is the Samsung Galaxy S4.

"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. This is the first time we’ve tested the breakability on a Motorola phone, the only phone we’ve ever tested that’s made in the USA. We were pleased to find that it withstood our drop, slide and dunk test with only the slightest dent. It looks like Google is giving Apple and Samsung a run for their money." commented Ty Shay, SquareTrade marketing chief

You can take a look at the test being performed on the phones below.


Source: CNET

Sameer Mitha

Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.

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