The parade of destructive endurance tests for Apple’s new smartphones continues. Naturally, a comparison with a fierce Android competitor was bound to happen, and that time has come. The YouTube channel PhoneBuff, which has been running similar tests for years has published a new video in which the iPhone 15 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra “compete” with a large piece of concrete.
The comparison traditionally includes drops on different parts of the case with a detailed examination of the damage to each smartphone. Both contestants crash three times on a concrete block, and the last round, the “bonus round,” is performed with a steel plate.
For example, the iPhone 15 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra were able to withstand all falls with full functionality. However, each of them received considerable external damage.
As expected, the glass on each of the smartphones can be broken when dropped. No matter what manufacturers say at presentations, the glass parts of smartphones are still not strong enough to withstand a fall on a hard surface without damage. But the difference in chassis does make a difference. Aluminum is much softer than steel and titanium, so a fall on the side leaves less damage on devices that use similar materials.
If you recall this video of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which had a steel frame, the titanium on the iPhone 15 Pro Max can withstand contact with concrete just as well. But the difference here is that the steel frame was polished to a high shine and practically did not “mask” the scratches from the fall, while on matte titanium such “scars” remain less noticeable.
But in PhoneBuff’s comparison, the new iPhone scored slightly lower than the S23 Ultra, whose glass coped better with potential real-life troubles. Nevertheless, to keep both devices in good condition, protective cases are still a recommended accessory, as repairing each of them will cost much more.