The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with larger screen size and a number of innovative technologies have proved themselves more durable than last year’s iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5, a study says.
According to SquareTrade, iPhone 6 with 4.7 inch display comes out as the most durable smartphone as did the best across a variety of tests that measures how prone smartphones are to break due to everyday accidents.
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On the other hand the iPhone 6 Plus with 5.5 inch display wasn’t far behind but due its large but slim design users may have a hard time gripping it.
The previous 4 inch model, iPhone 5S which was launched last year got better marks than Samsung’s Galaxy S5 with 5.1 inch display. Galaxy S5 received poor remarks on several tests including the slide test.
“The phones are getting more and more durable, Manufacturers are paying more attention.” says Ty Shay, chief marketing officer at SquareTrade.
SquareTrade tested these smartphones based on eight factors, including size, weight, grip and the quality of the front and back panels.
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These Smartphones also go through a slide test which measures how far the phone slide when pushed across a table on their backs and how well they withstand drops from 4 feet and being dunked in water for 10 seconds.
SquareTrade that provides extended protection plans, claims to use robots to do the testing to ensure consistency, and rates the phones on a 10-point durability scale, with 10 signifying the highest risk.
Based on the study, iPhone 6 scored scored the best at 4; the iPhone 6 Plus scored a 5; the iPhone 5s a 6; and Samsung Galaxy S5 a 6.5.
Both the new iPhones passed the slide test whereas the iPhone 5S and Galaxy S5 got poor marks.
iPhone 6 Plus was the only device that got poor marks in the 4 inch drop test. Its glass screen survived, but the case separated from the glass. All four phones fared well in the water resistance test.