Galaxy S21 Ultra can’t match iPhone 12 Pro Max durability in phone test, see why.
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The three Galaxy S21 phones are available in stores right now, more than a month earlier than supposed to. If you’ve already preordered the handset or will buy one after you try out all the Galaxy S21 versions in a retail store, you should be looking for protective equipment for it. We saw a first Galaxy S21 drop test earlier this week, and it was a big mess. The Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra were shattered on the first drop, showing that even Corning’s most durable glass won’t survive all drops. The S21+ and S21 Ultra have glass rear panels, which also cracked in those drop tests. The only things that survived were the camera module and the plastic back of the regular S21.
YouTube channel PhoneBuff put the two flagship handsets through the same drop test stages. The phones were dropped on their backs, corners, and screen, and the iPhone 12 was the clear winner.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra’s rear cracked on the first drop, even though it was just a hairline crack that appeared next to the camera module. The front glass also cracked in various places on the first drop, although the damage wasn’t as consistent as Allstate’s experiment. The screen was still usable, even if cracked.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra also scratches easily, which might be one other reason why buyers should consider a protective case.
The test also included several successive drops from an increased height, which showed the existing cracks would worsen after successive drops. That means you should consider having the phone repaired as soon as possible after the back or front glass cracks. Comparatively, the iPhone 12 Pro Max survived without any glass damage, although the metal frame was scratched throughout the process.