From 9to5Google:

We’ve enjoyed seeing the new iPhones get smashed to pieces in the inevitable drop tests that followed the launch of Apple’s two new smartphones this month, but what we really want to know is how it holds up against some of its Android competition. SquareTrade has just completed a durability test (via AllThingsD), and found that not only are the new iPhones not performing as well as last year’s models, the new 5s and plastic-backed 5c were both beat by Motorola’s new flagship Moto X:

“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,” SquareTrade marketing chief Ty Shay said in a statement. “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.”

The new iPhones did, however, beat out Samsung’s Galaxy S4, which was also included in the durability test.

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3 Responses to “One area that Moto X beats out new iPhones: Durability”

  1. Can it beat HTC One and One mini though? Samsung phones are all cheaply made and this is no surprise. What I really want to see is the comparison between two highly-made unibody phones.
    Is it in the video? I can’t really watch the video right now so I don’t know what’s in there.


  2. PMZanetti says:

    “It looks like Google is giving Apple and Samsung a run for their money.”

    Riiiiiiiight. That’s what people consider most when buying a phone. If I drop it.


    • dynereardon says:

      How does the fact that the iphone slide further on a table have any impact whatsoever on durability? I do not see a clear winner in this test and would see this as a very clear tie. To truly test which is more durable keep dropping the damn phones until one breaks, keep them submerged until one breaks, drop a set weight on the phone and increase this till one breaks. This “durability test” is only really testing is that the iphone generates less friction when you slide it across a table, probably because it’s 0.5 oz lighter than the motoX. Please in the future actually test the durability prior to crowning one device a winner over the other.