Apparently, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is more fragile than both its predecessor the Galaxy S3, and the Apple iPhone 5. This comes right at a time when many are questioning the build quality of Samsung's premium handsets.
SquareTrade rated the Galaxy S4 with a "breakability score" and during tests they identified that it would not be so difficult to break, after all.
Ty Shay, the Chief Marketing Officer at SquareTrade commented about his company and the tests performed.
"Our Breakability Score creates a new Richter Scale for accidental damage to help consumers assess when, where and how their phones are in danger. It's been two years since we created the first Drop Test video for the industry and we thought it was time to expand the concept."
SquareTrade bases their breakability score on a wide variety of tests including the always pertinent drop test. The higher a device scores on the breakability scale, the more likely it is to fall apart when misfortune falls upon it.
"Our research and experience shows that even the smallest device characteristics can dramatically affect its breakability: the weight balance of a device can affect the way it spins in free-fall, making it more likely to land on its screen; devices with rubber backs are less likely to slide, and device dimensions can effect how snugly smartphones fit in pant and jeans pockets. The likelihood of damage due to these common scenarios has never been higher."
According to what SquareTrade outlined in their recent press release, the Galaxy S4 "proved slightly more water resistant than its predecessor the S3, Samsung's new Galaxy phone actually performed worse in most other categories."
"Major strikes against the S4 include high breakability during SquareTrade Drop Tests, a slippery back panel, and a wider screen that reduces grip-ability, especially compared to the ultra-slim iPhone 5."
No matter what you think of Samsung and their devices there's no denying the fact that this doesn't bode well for future Galaxy S4 owners. The real question here though is whether or not information like this will keep people from purchasing Samsung's latest flagship. Clearly, the answer is no but we'll know soon enough when Samsung releases their financial results for the quarter.
If you already have a Galaxy S4 in your possession feel free to shed some light on the situation in the comments below. Is the Galaxy S4 really as fragile as SquareTrade says? Have you encountered any issues? Is your S4 nigh indestructible?