The Galaxy S23 Ultra outperforms the iPhone 14 Pro Max in a drop test
A new video shows how Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra, with its Armor Aluminium frame and Gorilla Glass Victus 2 on the front and back, stands up to Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro Max, which has a Ceramic Shield Glass and stainless steel frame. This is the strongest Samsung smartphone to date, so how do the two compare?
PhoneBuff, a popular YouTube channel, conducted a four-round drop test with the iPhone 14 Pro Max and the recently-released Galaxy S23 Ultra. In the first round, the phones were dropped flat on their backs. The rear glass on the iPhone shattered entirely, while a dent formed on its rear camera lens. The Galaxy S23 Ultra only had minor cracking near two of its corners.
For the second round of testing, the iPhone fared better than the Galaxy S23 Ultra, with its curved stainless steel frame only showing minor scratches. In comparison, the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s sharp aluminum corners suffered more damage. When the two phones were then dropped flat on their faces for the third round, the screens of both phones were similarly shattered, but the Face ID of the iPhone and the ultrasonic fingerprint reader of the Galaxy S23 Ultra still worked without issue.
In the fourth and final drop test, both phones were dropped face-down onto a metal surface. Although the screens of both phones appeared identical to the previous round, the back of the iPhone 14 Pro Max was significantly damaged. Pieces of the protective glass were missing and light flares were present in the front and rear cameras. After the four rounds of testing, the Galaxy S23 Ultra came out ahead with a score of 38 points, just two more than the iPhone, making it the winner of the drop test by a narrow margin.