The Galaxy S22s have just arrived in stores. To test the durability of the devices, Allstate Protection Plans, an American insurance company, carried out a series of drop tests of Samsung’s latest flagships.
First, it was the standard Galaxy S22 that passed through the hands of the experts. After a screen-down fall against a rough sidewalk from 1.8m, the smartphone survived with serious damage. The screen is covered with many cracks. Pieces of the glass protection have also come off the structure.
After the first fall, screen down, the S22+ suffers even more severe damage. The angles are very damaged, the screen is cracked and the glass has broken up. Following a similar drop test, the Galaxy S22 Ultra ends up the same as the standard S22.
The standard S22 was then dropped rear-side down. Again, it is the glass that covers the smartphone that is damaged. However, the camera is intact. With its glass back, the S22 is more susceptible to drops than its predecessor, the Galaxy S21, whose back was made of plastic. Same story on the side of the S22 + and the S22 Ultra. Despite the loss of many pieces of glass, the camera remains fully functional.
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For the record, this is not the first drop test to point out the fragility of Samsung’s latest smartphones. A few days ago, a test carried out by a YouTuber had already demonstrated the fragility of the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The high-end smartphone had completed the test completely out of service. As Allstate notes, the curved edges help accentuate the phone’s fragility.
The Galaxy S22 is more fragile than the S21 according to drop tests
In comparison, the Apple iPhone 13 series was also tested by Allstate back in September 2021 and performed better overall. In terms of the front-side drop test, the iPhone 13 survived the drop with minor damage and only cracked on the second drop on the front.
Also, in drop testing, the back panel of all Galaxy S22 models completely shattered, but everything else worked fine. Although it was difficult to use them with bare hands, as they contained shards of broken glass. On the other hand, the iPhone 13 models survived two drops with only minor cracks along the camera and corner.
Side-drop results have also been tested, which is important considering the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a curved display. In addition to being more durable overall, the iPhone 13 was also more prone to damage than the last generation Samsung Galaxy S21 series. According to Allstate Protection Plan Vice President Jason Siciliano, the design upgrades for the S22 and S22 Ultra have “resulted in a reduction in durability compared to their Galaxy S21 predecessors.”