iPhone 5s reigns supreme in smartphone durability test

The iPhone 5s is the smartphone least likely to be broken during everyday use, leading gadget breakability testers SquareTrade has found, with the Samsung Galaxy S5 coming a close second.


On a scale of one to 10, where one is the best score and means a phone is less likely to break, the iPhone 5s scored 5.5, while the Galaxy S5 scored six. The HTC One (M8) scored 6.5 and the Google Nexus 5 scored seven.


SquareTrade’s Phone Terminator was designed by a UC Berkeley PHD in mechanical engineering to test the durability of mobile phone handsets by simulating the everyday hazards.


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During the test, devices are dropped onto the pavement, submerged in water, and pushed across a smooth surface to simulate the wear and tear of everyday life.


All but the Nexus 5 scored well in SquareTrade’s drop test, despite their glass screens, and the S5 scored extra points for being water resistant to a metre for up to 30 minutes. Despite it’s attractive aluminium design, the HTC One (M8) scored less well than its year-old predecessor.

The iPhone was the only phone on test which scored highly in the size and ‘gripability’ rounds, thanks to its screen measuring a full inch smaller than much of the competition. However, Apple is widely expected to be announcing two new iPhones, both with larger screens, later this year.


According to research conducted by SqureTrade, 21% of smartphones purchased today will be damaged within a year.

Data collected by the company reveal phone damage has cost Brits £1.2 billion since the first iPhone arrived in 2007. One in five owners admit to using phones with cracked screens and 17% have resorted to taping up their phone after it has been damaged.

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