The iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3 are Put to the Test!

Category : Surviving in Korea
Nov 26, 2014

Experiment: What happens to a Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 when they are put to the 'torture' test?

The US IT Media cannel, CNET, did a little experiment on the latest smart phones to hit the market.

CNET uploaded 2 videos on youtube. In the videos host, Molly Wood, tests the durability of both smart phones using CNET’s own “torture test”.

The iPhone 5 test video was uploaded by CNET on October 3 (local time) and there are currently 126,000 views, and the Galaxy S3 test video was uploaded in July and has 402,500 views.

Wood performed 5 tests on each phone: the freeze test, the heat test, the drop test, the water test, and a miscellaneous test that differed for each phone. In the freeze test, the phones were placed in the freezer for 2 hours. Both phones passed. Although there was some condensation and ice on both phones, they turned on easily and functioned as before. Wood gave each phone a “PASS”.


In the heat test, each phone was wrapped in a towel and placed in a hot environment for 1 hour. In both tests the temperature reached 200 degrees Celsius. Wood let the phones cool down for about 10 minutes and then she tried to use them. iPhone 5 displayed an alert message “the temperature is high, so cool down before use”. Wood waited and tried again. Amazingly each phone functioned normally. In fact, she thought that the Galaxy S3 was performing faster than prior to the test. She ‘passed’ both phones.


Next each phone was given a random test. The Galaxy 3 went through the ‘key’ test. This was to simulate what can happen when keys come into contact with a phone, perhaps in a pocket or handbag. Wood rubbed her keys over the front of the Galaxy 3 for about 1 minute. After the test, she noticed a few barely visible scratches on the screen. She ‘passed’ the phone because she thought it would take multiple encounters with keys to significantly damage the phone. It was not clear in the video that scratches had even been made. They were very small.


The ’shuffle puck’ test was performed on the iPhone 5. Wood slid the phone across the cement sidewalk 2 times. The iPhone 5 failed the test. The iPhone 5 had large visible scratches on the back and a small crack. The phone still functioned normally but the case was visibly damaged.


Next she did the drop test on the Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5. She dropped each phone 3 times from. The last drop was slightly more aggressive than the previous 2. The Galaxy S3 did not incur any scratches or physical damage. The phone also performed normally. Wood passed the Galaxy S3. The iPhone 5 had a bit more difficulty with the drop test. After each drop, the back of the phone was scratched and chipped. The glass was broken; however the phone remained intact and functioned as it had before. Wood mentioned that a case would be needed for the iPhone 5 to protect the outside of the phone. At first she failed the phone, but later changed her mind and awarded it a ‘pass’ too.


Finally the experiment concluded with the water test. The test simulated situations such as dropping the phone in toilet, a common cell phone accident. Both products were placed in a fish tank for about 15 seconds. Wood then moved the phones, dried them off, and put each into a bag of rice for a few days. The phones worked! Wood was amazed and happily passed both phones.


After CNET’s 5-part ‘Torture' Test, each phone worked well and had minimal physical damage. Wood did think a case would be needed for the iPhone5 to prevent scratches and chips. Overall Wood was very impressed and surprised that both phones were so durable. She recommended buying either phone.

Tags : Technology.

Lindsey lived and worked in Seoul, South Korea for over 5 years. While there, she dabbled in different areas of work and explored the culture. She spent time teaching elementary students, business English to adults and high school students about college preparation. She also studied Korean, wrote blogs and tasted as many foods as she possibly could including fermented skate fish. Over the years, Lindsey developed a love for Korea and the culture. She is keen to share her knowledge of Korea with others and she will always consider Korea a second home.