As Apple pitches its newest smartphones, users may find something lacking compared with last year’s model: They could break more easily.
SquareTrade, a provider of protection plans for gadgets, tested five smartphones, including Apple’s new iPhones, to see if they could withstand drops, dunks and other common hazards. Its finding: The latest models aren’t as durable as last year’s iPhone 5.
The biggest loser, however, was Samsung’s Galaxy S4, which failed to work after being submerged in water and being dropped 5 feet off the ground, according to San Francisco-based SquareTrade.
Video pits every Apple handset against each other and discovers OLDER models perform BETTER than some newer ones
Apple has released a total of eight iPhone handsets since 2007 and each one has been released with the promise of faster speeds and improved performance.
But how different is the original model to the current 5S?
Fan site EverythingAppleProhas created a video test of all eight handsets, from the original to the new model, plus the 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5 and 5C.
Each of the handsets were ‘freshly restored and not jailbroken’ meaning they each had the same default settings and all applications were force closed beforehand.
The iPhone 5s is the most advanced iPhone yet, but it isn’t going to knock your socks off.
The 2013 version of Apple’s insanely popular smartphone has everything most consumers could want, but the improvements from last year’s model are slight and hardly noticeable to regular users.
Just like the iPhone 5, the new iPhone 5s features a sleek design, beautiful screen and is ultralight. The main differences are in three key areas: The iPhone 5s has an improved processor, a better camera and a new fingerprint scanner, called Touch ID.
Those new features are all very nice, but if you already have an iPhone 5, there’s no reason to upgrade. And if you have an iPhone 4s, you might also want to just wait it out for the iPhone 6, or whatever Apple calls next year’s model.
But let’s talk about what’s new.