Back when Samsung introduced the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, it seemed as though we'd finally seen the end to Samsung devices launching with flimsy plastic frames and less than impressive builds. With the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 line of devices, Samsung did away with the flimsy battery covers and introduced us to a brand new design language that also made for a much more durable build that could stand up to more punishment. Now, with the Galaxy S7 arriving on doorsteps all over the place, it's no surprise that we've seen it go through the ringer of torturous tests out there.
The video below comes to us from JerryRigEverything, a YouTuber that's carved a niche for himself from putting high-end smartphones through a battery of different torture tests, providing sick entertainment to thousands of us. In this latest test, a white Galaxy S7 Edge is put through a number of scratch tests, including a fairly-scientific test involving picks to see how hard the Galaxy S7 Edge's display is and of course, the now-ubiquitous bend test. Where glass is concerned, it seems as though the Galaxy S7 Edge is fairly tough, the front panel doesn't take any big hits until a 7H hardness pick is used, and the rear cover shows us a glass camera lens – a big improvement on most manufacturers out there. The burn test didn't seem to show too many issues with a naked flame running against the glass of the display, but the bend test was the interesting one. After devices like the iPhone 6 Plus became notorious for bending with just hand-force, it's good to see the Galaxy S7 holding its own. Jerry put all of his force into the phone and was unable to fully bend it, however the rear panel did eventually separate from the rest of the phone.
This is a mostly unscientific set of tests, but it is impressive to see that the Galaxy S7 is a solid phone right from the get-go, and with IP65 water and dust-resistance now making a return – after being absent in the Galaxy S6 line – it sure looks as though the Galaxy S7 is adequately-protected for the majority of everyday life's dangers.