Samsung s 2016 flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have now been launched in major markets across the globe. Both smartphones come with slightly improved front and back glass design, latest hardware on board and IP68 certification for water and dust resistance among others. SquareTrade, the extended warranty seller in the US has put both the smartphones through a series of torture tests to check their durability and water resistance capabilities. Also Read - Apple sets up website for claiming iPhone battery pay outAlso Read - Apple WWDC 2020: Check if your iPhone or iPad will get latest software update with new features
The IP68 certification on Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge means both smartphones can be submerged in five feet of water (one and a half meter) for 30 minutes. While the Galaxy S7-family was able to sustain water damage, the audio turned out to be a little distorted and muffled. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S7 update rolling out with January 2020 security patch
SquareTrade also put the Apple iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus through the same water resistance test. Although Apple doesn t market both phones as waterproof, we have come across videos shows their water resistance capabilities. Both the iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus suffered permanent speaker damage. In fact, the Apple iPhone 6s Plus got completely bricked in less than 30 minutes after submerging into water.
In the next test, a tumble box was used to check the durability of Galaxy S7-family s glass display compared to Apple s ION strengthened glass. While the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus survived with minor damages, the Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge cracked in the exact same way, with the shattered back taking most of the damage.
In the drop test from six feet high on the corners of the smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S7 cracked after four falls, whereas the Galaxy S7 edge cracked after seven falls. A fall with face down from the same height, the Galaxy S7 screen cracked after the first fall, whereas the Galaxy S7 edge cracked on the second fall. When the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus were dropped from six feet high for 10 times from the corners, both of them survived with cosmetic damage. However, when dropped on concrete floor with face down, the screens shattered in the very first fall.
The last test comprised of the bend test, where Galaxy S7 edge cracked at 110 pounds of pressure and reached disastrous failure under 170 pounds of pressure, and the Galaxy S7 reached catastrophic failure at around 250 pounds pressure. On the other hand, the iPhone 6s Plus didn t bend till 180 pounds of pressure, whereas the iPhone 6s withstood 170 pounds.
According to the breakability score of SquareTrade (image above higher the score, easier it is to break) the Apple iPhone 6s is the strongest of the lot. Recently, the iFixit crew also ripped apart the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge to reveal the internal components. Both smartphones scored poor on repairability scale, which also means they are difficult to repair.
You can watch the torture test video on YouTube (embedded below).