Moto X trumps the Galaxy S4, iPhone 5S and the 5C in a test for durability

September 23, 2013

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Cases have become a necessity with today’s smartphones, so it’s obvious as to why people flock to drop tests to see if a smartphone is durable enough to last without a case. So protection plan company SquareTrade has pitted four of the most popular smartphones on the market in a test to see which would come out as the most durable smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy S4, Moto X and Apple’s iPhone 5S and 5C were first pitted against each other in a 5 foot drop test onto their sides on concrete, where the Samsung Galaxy S4′s display did not shatter, but instead separated from the rest of the casing and was rendered unusable.

The Moto X only suffered a small dent on the corner and was still functional. The iPhone 5S also survived the drop test with minimal cosmetic damage while the iPhone 5C’s display shattered, but was still functional.

In the next test the four smartphones were slid across a wooden table to see how far they’d slide. The Moto X did very well in this test, sliding only 3 feet across the table.The iPhone 5C came in second, sliding 3.4 feet across the table, the Galaxy S4 came third, sliding 4 feet across the table and the iPhone 5S came in last, sliding right off of the table.

The Moto X passed the tests with flying colors.

The final test was the water resistance test where the four smartphones were dunked into the water for 10 seconds while playing a video. The Moto X again passed the test with flying colours proving to be fully functional after the water test. The iPhone 5S and 5C also remained fully functional while the S4 shut itself off.

Check out SquareTrade’s video testing the durability of the four smartphones and then check out our own drop tests of the Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5S and 5C.

Comments

  • kixofmyg0t

    I’m not one bit surprised. I’ve never had any Moto device break on me. Even after hoping out of a Bradley and the device flying out of my pocket, landing screen down and sliding across concrete.

    Moto builds tanks.

  • Ivan Budiutama

    I am expecting it to even overcome the others in term of battery durability as well. I see that the battery durability on some review is very good in fact it is nicely praised. I just hope the price can be a bit lower, oh well, they won’t release it in Asia (as far as I know). Just a wishful thinking though.

  • sk102704

    I have a Droid Bionic I bought over 2 years ago that has never had a case on and has been dropped many times but still looks practically brand new. Moto’s build is second to none.

  • lbaxter80

    This makes the Moto X even more likely to be my next device.

  • Andreas Polycarpou

    Only if the moto x was available worldwide… :((

    • Adam Koueider

      I feel your pain :(

  • Cristi13

    There was other test, where the s4 survived water dunking and also a drop test where it survived. This shows you how inconsistent are these test, i guess there is a matter of luck.

    • dfq

      or a matter of who’s testing them.

  • Ruz

    Why Sony Z1 and LG G2 was not part of this test? This is really unfair comparison

  • VasyaPupkin

    How many of each model have they dropped? If only one then this test shows NOTHING. Pure luck and nothing more!
    They should drop at least 10 of each model to make it worth considering.

  • keenmay

    These drop tests have huge margin of error. To make conclusion more credible is to drop 100 of each phone.

  • Erik Amador

    HTC One is currently the best phone out, why not test it too?

  • sounder

    Moto X and Apple’s iPhone 5S & 5C still doesn’t have a microSD or removable battery.

  • vosg

    The only bad thing about the Moto X is that it doesn’t come to Europe.