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Gorilla Glass 2 doubts after Samsung Galaxy S3 drop test

Many consumers in the US are still waiting patiently to get their hands on the shiny new Samsung Galaxy S III. The device is a thing of beauty and possibly the nicest smartphone that Samsung has built to date, but how would you feel knowing that the device is also the latest victim to various damage tests against the iPhone 4S?

That is unfortunately what we have to show you now, as Samsung’s latest flagship handset has been subject to the latest damage tests to see how well it holds up from being dropped from various heights.

What better handset to compare with than Apple’s latest effort and if damage durability is one of the key areas that you look for before purchasing a device, then this video may actually be very useful to you. The tests have been performed by the guys over at SquareTrade, who are actually mobile phone insurance sellers by trade.

In the first drop test, we see both the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S3 subjected to a drop to concrete from the distance of a user’s ear. We see that the iPhone 4S escapes with some slight plastic tearing off one of the sides, but the first drop to the Galaxy S3 already results in a large crack to the display screen.

The other two tests are a bit irrelevant since they are dropped from a big height by children, followed by both phones being launched to the ground from a moving car, which are not really realistic situations for your smartphone to occur damage. The ending result though sees SquareTrade state that the ‘Galaxy S3 took a beating in two out of three tests’. The iPhone 4S apparently held up better according to the company, but a few of you may be worried that the new Gorilla Glass 2 display materials doesn’t appear to hold up too well.

That first test there is the key one for us, as you can see that the iPhone 4S manages to keep its display screen in tact, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 is already busted after one drop. Watch the ‘painful’ video below and let us know your thoughts on it. Did you expect the Samsung Galaxy S3 to be a lot more durable?

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