Most involve someone dropping a phone by hand, and the distance is often as imprecisely measured as ‘waist height’ or ‘head height,’ making it hard to be sure both phones experienced exactly the same force. Dropping a phone from a hand can result in differences in initial angles, and releasing one side of the phone a fraction of a second before the other can impart a rotation to the device. In short, most drop-tests are more entertainment than science.
But the latest drop-test competition between the iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S7 is done properly, using professional equipment designed to ensure that both phones are released in exactly the same way from exactly the same height.
Sure, you’d still ideally want to do it a few hundred times and average the results, but that could get a little expensive.
The test also goes a little further than most in that it’s a ‘to the death’ fight: both phones are dropped repeatedly until they are not only cosmetically destroyed, but cease working altogether. I won’t spoil all the fun, but there’s a clear winner …