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Galaxy S7 vs. iPhone 6s: Ultimate torture test covers water, concrete, bending and more

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:14PM EST
Galaxy S7 Vs iPhone 6s

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Samsung’s brand new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge flagship smartphones are certified to be water-resistant. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are not. The new Galaxy S models are also dust-resistant. Apple’s iPhones are not. Are certifications the whole story, though? And do water and dust resistance ratings mean that the new Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are inherently more durable than Apple’s smartphone lineup?

The ultimate torture test was recently conducted on all four smartphone models and while some of the results were exactly what we expected, there was definitely a surprise or two to be found.

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Third-party gadget warranty company SquareTrade recently took the four best high-end smartphones in the world into its labs in order to conduct a battery of brutal torture tests. The goal — apart from a likely effort to convince you to purchase a third-party warranty — was to see just how well Samsung’s new Galaxy S phones perform against Apple’s iPhone lineup in the series of tests.

Areas covered in the series of tests were water resistance, the ability to survive drops, and even a tumble test using SquareTrade’s new TumbleBot. How did the phones fare? About as well as you would expect, in most cases. Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 and S7 edge deliver on their promise of water resistance but they’re definitely not waterproof, and all that glass means you had better get a case to protect either phone from drops.

The biggest surprise, perhaps, was SquareTrade’s overall rankings. While the S7 and S7 edge have an official IP68 rating, it’s Apple’s iPhone 6 was awarded the best breakability score of the four phones.

Here’s a chart that lays out the scores in each category (lower numbers are better):

“Samsung’s new phones may hold up to an impressive amount of water, but we’ve found that they still struggle to keep up with the iPhone when it comes to screen durability,” SquareTrade’s Aileen Abaya said. “So while the S7 and S7 edge may be perfect for underwater adventurers, those of us who are clumsy or accident-prone should still be careful about drops and tumbles.”

SquareTrade’s full torture test video is embedded below.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.