By Stephen Schenck | April 30, 2013 4:27 PM
While phones with a lot of metal like the iPhone 5 or HTC One may look nice, they have a reputation for taking on dings and scratches pretty easily; for as cheap as plastic may feel, it can also be a whole lot less likely to receive minor damage. We’ve heard Samsung sing the praises of plastic as a smartphone material not just due to its resilience, but also because of how it makes the manufacturing process quicker and easier. That’s why we’re a bit surprised to learn of the Galaxy S 4′s breakability report, where warranty provider SquareTrade ranks the GS4 as more damage-prone than both the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S III.
So, what’s the problem with the Galaxy S 4? Well, SquareTrade blames things like a slippery rear panel that make the GS4 more vulnerable to drops, and when it does fall, the GS4 seems to be more prone to taking damage than the GS3.
It’s not all bad news, though, as even if the GS4 may be more susceptible to drop damage, it gets better marks than the GS3 when it comes to water resistance. Ultimately, the GS4 gets a 7 out of 10 for breakability, with 10 being the most damage-prone.
While this is all very interesting, we’re still a little unsure of some of SquareTrade’s methodology behind its assessments. For instance, the company complains that the GS4 has “a wider screen that reduces grip-ability” compared to the GS3, yet we know that the GS4′s body is actually slightly less wide than its predecessor’s. Maybe they’re factoring-in how screen size affects our hand-hold on a phone, but something still seems a little off.