We all knew a few drop test videos would be appearing within days of Samsung's GALAXY S 4 hitting the streets in the U.S. and across the globe. So lets take a peek and enjoy the carnage. Well, without spoiling all the fun lets just say our title was right. Plastic isn't always best, and that is proven with multiple drop tests we've seen this weekend.
To be completely honest, they do a great job thoroughly dropping both devices from similar angles and height, all while running the camera at the same time on the phones to give you another angle to enjoy. I was quite surprised by just how well the iPhone 5 handled the drops, and figured a few 10 foot falls would crack that screen, but they didn't.
Drop tests are nothing new. They also aren't anything scientific and sometimes one bad drop will kill your display, while 5 others won't. It's the luck of the draw - and the angle - that will cause that beautiful 5-inch 1080p HD display to bust. Here we see Samsung's flagship wrapped in lightweight plastic going head-to-head with Apple's durable aluminum wrapped iPhone 5. It's safe to say plastic isn't always best, and even with an aluminum ring around the entire GALAXY S 4, it still fails this test miserably.
The Galaxy S III didn't do too well in these tests, and it looks like the S4 doesn't do any better. You'd think Samsung would work on fixing this area of durability, but clearly they haven't. The GALAXY S 4 has a thick aluminum ring around the entire side of the device but it didn't help save the screen when it came down to it. We were hoping for a little more protection, but that didn't work out. Maybe you'll need to get that aluminum bumper case we mentioned this morning.
I've never done these tests myself, but wow, that iPhone 5 even handled an SUV running it over. That's pretty impressive folks. Plastic surely couldn't handle that type of abuse. There is some good news here however. A recent iFixit teardown gave the GS4 an 8/10 for repairability. So you'll be able to replace that broken device rather easily should one of these terrible moments happen and you crack that screen.
All this drop test junk aside, the Samsung GALAXY S 4 is still an amazingly awesome and powerful smartphone that will make millions of customers happy. Hopefully next time around Samsung works a bit harder on the durability side of things and maybe, just maybe, decides to change their plastic ways. If you bought one this weekend or will this week, are you going to use a case?