The iPhone 14 Pro Max, like many smartphones, is prone to breaking easily. But how long-lasting is Apple’s latest top-of-the-line smartphone? YouTuber PhoneBuff(opens in new tab) wanted to know, so they put the iPhone 14 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra through a drop test.
You can’t expect two gadgets with dual-glass faceplates to survive a drop test unscathed. Especially when both gadgets are dropped upon concrete from nearly 5 feet in the air. What remains to be seen is whether or not Apple’s distinctively sturdy materials will prevail in a drop test pitting the iPhone 14 Pro Max against the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Galaxy S22 Ultra
According to the numbers, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is superior to the S22 Ultra. Unlike Samsung’s ‘Armor Aluminum,’ it’s made of stainless steel, and its display is flat rather than having rounded corners like on the latter’s devices.
Drop Test 1: Back-facing drop
The first test, a drop onto its back, did not bode well for the iPhone 14 Pro Max. As a replacement for the Ceramic Shield on the rear, Apple has been utilising dual-ion glass, which isn’t nearly as durable. The S22 Ultra wasn’t spared, although its back suffered significantly more damage than the S22 Ultra did.
The sapphire glass protecting the back camera was broken in the fall, but the quality of the photos taken was unaffected. According to PhoneBuff’s speculation, this is because the camera on the 14 Pro Max sticks out a little further than it did on the 13 Pro Max.
Drop Test 2: Corner drop
The corner test comes in Apple’s favor. While both phones suffered damage to the corners, the S22 Ultra appeared to have much deeper dents and chips on its corner. However, the corner drop didn’t do the iPhone’s back glass any more favors, with glass cracking and coming away on the affected corner.
Drop Test 3: Face drop
In this case, Ceramic Shield benefited from the face drop. The screens of the 14 Pro Max and the S22 Ultra both broke. In contrast to the iPhone, whose only affected area was the top right corner, Samsung’s screen suffered widespread damage and was in a far worse state after the drop.
Galaxy S22 Ultra
Meanwhile, FaceID kept functioning as usual, and the S22 Ultra’s in-screen fingerprint reader stopped recognising PhoneBuff’s thumbprint. Nothing here will prevent you from eventually needing a costly screen replacement, but at least your iPhone looks to be in somewhat better shape for the time being.
Final drop: Front on steel
The last plunge, which landed hard on metal, was particularly gruesome. Both screens have been severely damaged, but the S22 Ultra’s dead pixels and numerous cracks are most noticeable. All of the 14 Pro Max’s cracks are clustered in one place, although there are more of them.
The camera’s sapphire glass and the back window were both broken. The selfie cam on the front suffered the most flare as a result.
Galaxy S22 Ultra vs iPhone 14 Pro Max: Which is tougher?
Despite the obvious superiority of the Ceramic Shield over the Gorilla Glass Victus Plus, PhoneBuff declared a draw. In the larger scheme of things, it won’t mean much.
Notably, PhoneBuff also tested a second iPhone 14 Pro Max, this time with a protective cover. None of the phone’s internals were damaged, and the case showed just very light wear. The takeaway here is that a case is essential for the protection of your phone, no matter how sturdy it is.
If you’re concerned about the security of your smartphone, you should look at the best covers for the iPhone 14 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultras. It stands to reason that anyone who spends more than a thousand dollars on a piece of technology would like to have that investment protected. There is a limit to what can be covered by AppleCare Plus and insurance.
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