Apple and Samsung, the long standing rivals launched their flagship smartphones this year. Apple launched the next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus while Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 7. Apple was under much scrutiny this time as it made some big changes to its next generation iPhones like the removal of the 3.5mm audio jack, base variant starting at 32GB storage and also the invention of the AirPods. Exploding batteries aside, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 too is considered to be one of the company’s best devices developed till date. Now, Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 face each other in another test — a drop test. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy F12 budget phone gets discounted, now available under Rs 10,000Also Read - Apple adds UPI, RuPay, net banking on App Store: How to add new payment methods
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The drop test was conducted by YouTube user Phone Buff with the help of Tech 21. The iPhone 7 Plus and the Galaxy Note 7 were put through five rounds of drop tests. The first one being the back drop, followed by bottom drop, side drop, front drop and a bonus round which we will get to later. Both the smartphones were dropped using a customized machine from a height of around three to four feet and landed on a hard cemented slab. The iPhone 7 Plus sports an aluminum body while the Galaxy Note 7’s body is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, which Corning claims can survive drops from up to five feet.
In the first test, the iPhone 7 Plus suffered a few scuffs on its aluminum back while the Galaxy Note 7 s bottom edges suffered cracks making the iPhone 7 the clear winner. The second test (bottom drop) saw the iPhone 7 Plus suffering the same few scuffs, but not much damage. The Galaxy Note 7 also suffered a few scuffs but this led to more cracks on the back panel. The side drop for both the smartphones did not do much damage and only a few scuffs were noticeable. The front drop, one of the most important, put both the smartphones to a gruesome test. The display of the iPhone 7 Plus suffered bad cracks all over the screen. As for the Galaxy Note 7, the curved edges suffered cracks but overall the display seemed fine with a few scratches here and there.
As for the bonus round, the team at Phone Buff put both the smartphones to a continuous face drop until the display stopped working. The Galaxy Note 7 was dropped 50 times and its display was still working fine. The iPhone 7 Plus’ display could survive only 10 drops, after which a little bit of the top part came off and the touch was unresponsive. The home button still worked fine though. The Galaxy Note 7 s glass body did not prove to be of much worth but its Corning Gorilla Glass 5 display was a clear winner. As for the iPhone 7 Plus, its aluminum body stood strong throughout the entire process. ALSO READ: Here s how easily the Apple iPhone 7 Jet Black variant can scratch