Breakability test: Galaxy S4 gets ‘worst’ rating

NEW DELHI: South Korean giant Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone Galaxy S4 scores high on new features front. The device boasts of several new features vis-a-vis its rival smartphones. However, the gadget doesn’t score that high on durability front, reveals Square Trade. According to Square Trade — that tests smartphones, tablets and other gadgets for breakability – Samsung Galaxy S4 is highly prone to breaking as compared to rivals.

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The company assesses elements like front and back panel design, edge construction and materials, size, weight, friction quotient, water resistance and grip-ability of a device while assigning a Breakability Score between one and 10. The higher a gadget scores on the scale, the higher the risk of it breaking due to an accident.

In this test, Samsung Galaxy S4’s breakability was tested against that of Apple iPhone 5 and Galaxy SIII. The all-new Galaxy S4 delivered the worst results among the three due to slippery back panel, and a wider screen that reduces grip-ability, as well as in the drop tests. On the other hand, it did a little better in terms of water resistance than Galaxy SIII and scored a total of 7 points on the index.

Apple iPhone 5 secured the highest points out of the three phones due to features like excellent grip-ability and low friction coefficient. Samsung Galaxy SIII proved to be more durable than its successor due to its plastic back and lower grip-ability owing to its wide width. While iPhone 5 notched a score of 5 on the index, Galaxy SIII secured 6.5.

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