The iPhone 13 Pro Max is more fragile than the Galaxy S21 Ultra, this drop test proves it
The iPhone 13 Pro Max is not as drop resistant as the iPhone 12 Pro Max. As the drop test carried out by a YouTube channel shows, Apple’s smartphone is also less solid than its competitor, the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max looks a lot like its predecessor, the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Apple’s latest flagship, however, brings a handful of new features, such as bigger photo sensors and a bigger battery. These additions result in a slight weight gain.
According to information provided by Apple, the iPhone 13 Pro Max weighs 238 grams, compared to 228 grams for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This year’s smartphone is also thicker than its predecessor. This is especially the case of the photo block on the back side. The camera has never been so prominent. According to the drop test carried out by the YouTube channel PhoneBuff, this weight gain makes the iPhone 13 Pro Max more fragile than its predecessor.
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IPhone 13 Pro Max is less resistant to drops
PhoneBuff has also tested the resistance of the iPhone against the Galaxy S21 Ultra, one of the last high-end smartphones from Samsung. During the first drop, the two devices struck a stone surface on their glass backs. As expected, the glass backs of the two florets are completely cracked. Several pieces of glass were ejected. Note that the photo block covered with sapphire crystal was fragmented, unlike the block of the S21 Ultra which remained intact!
In the second test, the smartphones touched the ground through the lower right corner. No major damage is to be deplored on the two phones. We will notice that the stainless steel corner of the iPhone 13 Pro Max took the shock better than the corner of the S21 Ultra, which is slightly more damaged.
Finally, the two devices fall to the ground directly on the screen, the most fragile part of a smartphone. No terminal comes out unscathed. The screen of iPhone and Samsung Galaxy are cracked in several places. The two flagships are tied on this point. As PhoneBuff reminds us, the screen of the iPhone 12 Pro Max had nevertheless survived the drop test last year.
To decide between the iPhone 13 Pro Max and the Galaxy S21 Ultra, PhoneBuff is organizing a fourth drop test on a steel plate. After several drops, the iPhone begins to experience major malfunctions, unlike the S21 Ultra. After a few additional drops, the Apple smartphone lost several pieces of glass on the back side and the screen bugged completely. He is in a much worse condition than his rival.