Samsung's new Galaxy S5 is more durable than its predecessor and other popular Android handsets, but can't withstand accidents as well as Apple's iPhone 5s, according to a new report from mobile insurance provider SquareTrade.
SquareTrade evaluated the phones using criteria such as size, weight, water resistance, grip-ability, front and back panel design, and edge construction to determine how prone they are to break due to accidents. The company tested how well the handsets could sustain drops from four feet, being dunked in water for ten seconds, and how far they slide when pushed across a table. SquareTrade then ranked the phones on a sale of one to ten, with ten being the most susceptible to accidental breakage.
The Galaxy S5 "takes a big step forward in durability, performing well in drop and dunk tests," SquareTrade said. It earned a breakability score of six, outperforming last year's model, the Galaxy S4 , which had a higher breakability score of seven.
"According to our research, 28 percent of smartphone owners, or about 44 million Americans, are considering buying the Samsung Galaxy S5," Ty Shay, CMO of SquareTrade, said in a statement. "It's good to see a major player like Samsung designing phones with accidental water damage in mind. We were also surprised to see how well the new S5 did in the drop test — as previous models suffered significant damage."
As for other Android phones, the larger HTC One M8 "took a step backward" earning a 6.5 after performing poorly in SquareTrade's dunk and slide tests. Its predecessor, the HTC One , is "very durable" with a score of 4.5. The LG Nexus 5 performed worst of all, earning a seven after completely failing the dunk and drop tests.
The iPhone 5s was crowned the king of durability, taking the lead over all the new Android handsets tested with a breakability score of 5.5. For more on SquareTrade's breakability test, check out the infographic below.
Meanwhile, market research firm IHS yesterday released the results of its Galaxy S5 teardown, indicating the new Samsung flagship costs $256 (£152) to build. "This is more expensive than other high-end smartphones, such as the 32GB iPhone 5s, which carried a $207 (£122) [bill of materials] based on an IHS pricing estimate in September," IHS said.