The parade of crash tests of Apple’s new smartphone continues. This time, Allstate Protection Plans, a company that insures gadgets against various troubles, has released a short video in which iPhone 15 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy Fold5, Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, and Google Pixel Fold “met” the asphalt.
The video was drew attention by MacRumors.
This is probably one of the most expensive videos in this category, as the iPhone 15 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra start at $1,200, while the foldable Samsung Galaxy Fold5 and Google Pixel Fold cost $1,800 each. At the same time, most of the cases of each of the competitors are made of glass.
So, quite expectedly, each of them sustained considerable damage. Glass displays were broken and even lost a few small pieces, while the internal displays of foldable smartphones, which are protected by a plastic coating, remained intact (but, of course, had noticeable damage to the bezels). At the same time, glass displays broke on the first attempt, while the internal screens of foldable versions withstood two rounds of drops.
The iPhone 15 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra were also dropped on their backs. The iPhone coped with the fall worse, as it had more significant damage and even broken camera lenses, while the S23 Ultra, despite the broken back, looked intact, and the cameras only received scratches on the frames.
Of course, such comparisons are unlikely to correspond to real-life random drop tests by users, each of which will affect the device in its own way. However, such videos clearly demonstrate that despite any claims made by manufacturers regarding the strength and durability of updated cases, they can still be critically damaged quite easily.