Galaxy S4 beats iPhone 5 in our brutal destruction test video

See Samsung's smart phone make a miraculous recovery after minutes underwater -- and get subsequently destroyed.


The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5 -- two smart phones at the top of their game. But which is tougher? That's what our in-depth and brutal destruction video aims to discover. Hit play to see the world's two greatest mobiles drowned, scratched, dropped and crushed -- with surprising results.

In the video you'll see both phones -- kindly donated by gadget insurance company Protect your bubble -- dunked underwater, with Samsung's mobile making a truly miraculous recovery that puts Apple's aluminium smart phone to shame.

You'll also discover the unsuspecting object in your pocket or handbag that's most likely to destroy your precious smart phone's screen, and see how it lays waste to both mobiles' toughened displays.

After that, both phones have an appointment with a slab of concrete, and a ladder. But which mobile takes more damage before shattering? Click play to find out.

Finally, we run both phones over with XCAR's enormous truck. I won't spoil the results for you, but let's just say that if you happen to enjoy super-slow-motion shots of phones exploding beneath the immense tread of a huge tyre, you'll probably like the video we've prepared for you.

Which of these two phones is your favourite? Do you think about durability when buying a smart phone, or are there other features you care more about? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.

About the author

Luke Westaway is a senior editor at CNET and writer/ presenter of Adventures in Tech, a thrilling gadget show produced in our London office. Luke's focus is on keeping you in the loop with a mix of video, features, expert opinion and analysis.


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