The release of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra means that it’s that time of the year again: that’s right, it’s when durability tests are being conducted by different people to assess the sturdiness of newly-released devices. JerryRigEverything, PhoneBuff, and even SquareTrade are examples of those examining the S20 Ultra.
Zack Nelson aka JerryRigEverything covered two of these evaluations. One by scratching the glass, and the other by bending. He comments that the Gorilla Glass 6 screen feature of the phone doesn’t receive scratches until it’s on level 6 on the Mohs scale (which is used for testing the resistance of materials towards scratching). When it comes to the bend test, he concludes that it was unquestionably resistant to bends.
On the other hand, PhoneBuff performed a drop test. According to their examination, the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s front and back glass survived numerous falls, maintaining its functionality despite the pressure it undergoes.
PhoneBuff does a comparative analysis between the S20 Ultra and Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro Max whereas the latter could survive impacts better mainly because it is made from stainless steel material. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is made with aluminum. Nevertheless, it could stomach the abuses done to it.
Finally, we have SquareTrade conducting a more comprehensive test which—other than JRE and PhoneBuff’s tests—also covered dunking the phone in water.
Take note that along with the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the S20 and S20+ were released as well. This calls for SquareTrade to do parallel analysis on these devices. Although the S20 Ultra fares better than its companions, all three phones took serious damage with the water dunk test.
For those who already owns a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, remember that these tests do not mean you are free to do whatever you want with it. Take note that you still need to treat your phone with care as damage may not reflect physically, but internally (through malwares and/or viruses within applications). It’s really about exercising patience and cautiousness when handling your expensive gadgets.