SquareTrade is an American firm that specializes in providing extended warranty services for consumer electronic products and appliances. Based in the city of San Francisco in California, SquareTrade routinely puts high profile smartphones through its Breakability tests, which aims to fully evaluate the durability of a mobile device currently out in the market.
The results of SquareTrade’s tests are interesting, to say the least, with the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge garnering points for its water resistance capabilities. But when it comes to display screen sturdiness, the iPhone 6s edges the Galaxy S7 devices, thanks to the glass it uses which is strengthened by ion.
In conducting its Breakability tests for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge, SquareTrade Labs made use of a couple of new robots -- the Deep Water DunkBot and the TumbleBot. The former dunks smartphones underwater at a depth of five feet for half an hour, while the latter’s job is to simulate drops by letting mobile devices fall in an enclosed chamber at a rotational speed of 50 revolutions per minute (rpm) for half a minute.
SquareTrade found that though the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge are water resistant, they are far from being water proof. The test results show that despite still functioning after being submerged underwater for 30 minutes, the audio was muffled and distorted for good. As for the iPhone 6s, it lost all audio and had water seep through under its display screen, while the iPhone 6s Plus started faltering after 10 minutes and practically was dead after 24 minutes.
Apple’s flagship devices fared better with the TumbleBot -- the iPhone 6s was the only device left relatively unscathed. The iPhone 6s Plus’ display screen was utterly destroyed, while both of Samsung’s devices sustained incredible damage to their rear sides, with their display screens only suffered minor cracking.
When dropped on their corners from a height of six feet, the Galaxy S7 cracked after four tries, while the Galaxy S7 Edge was left unusable after seven attempts. When dropped face down, the Galaxy S7 broke on the first attempt, while the Galaxy S7 Edge managed to survive until the second drop. In the bending test, the Galaxy S7 Edge was as good as last year’s Galaxy S6, while the Galaxy S7 was able to take 170 lbs of pressure the same way the iPhone 6s did.
Want to see the devices in action? Check out this clip.
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