Aug, 10 2012

Ah yes, the drop test. It’s something that causes a bit of controversy in the tech world when performed (even if only in the form of YouTube comments) but we can’t get enough of them anyway. The latest test technically isn’t a drop test, but it does test the screen durability of the Samsung Galaxy S3 up against the iPhone 4S in a rather unique way.

It’s no secret by now that the iPhone 4S has some pretty fragile glass draping the chassis, but does Samsung’s Galaxy S3 with Gorilla Glass pose better protection for these $600-$800 investments?

YouTube user “aperfectgalaxy” went completely insane and decided to figure that out with a drag race scratch test. That’s right, a freakin’ drag race scratch test. Well, the name is cool but it isn’t really a drag race. Instead, he attached the Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 4S to the trunk of the car with long string.

Gorilla tape (I didn’t even know such a thing existed) is used to hold the phones securely in place on the other end of the string. The phones are placed flat down onto the pavement and off they go!

The crazy tester hops into the back of the trunk and asks his friend to take off. They weren’t going the the upwards 140MPH like you’d see in a drag race but it was pretty violent speed for being nestled into the back of a small, unsafe trunk.

A couple of bounces and a lot of cringing later, the car is stopped and the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes out unscathed. I have to be honest — I was completely uninterested in the result knowing what would happen. I just wanted to see if that guy would fall out of the back of that track. Exhilarating. [APerfectGalaxyThanks Mel!]

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