Video: Samsung shows how the Galaxy S4 survives an oven, water, electricity and drops in “stress test”

Ian Hardy

June 13, 2013 6:48 am

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To say Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is a success is an understatement. The company recently announced sales have surpassed the 10 million mark – which set a record for being the fastest selling Android smartphone ever. Compared to the GS III, the new flagship device is thinner, lighter, larger, more powerful, but still mostly made of plastic.

When you hold the GS4 in your hand it feels like a quality device and Samsung has made sure your precious smartphone can handle a few bumps and bruises. A video has been uploaded to YouTube that shows how Samsung stress tests the GS4 in several scenarios: standard drop tests on metal floor and a ‘free fall test,’ a tumble, impact, strength and water tests, and finally capping it off by baking it in an oven and giving it an electric shock.

Of course, every test the GS 4 was put through was successful and unscathed. Would be respectable to see a pile of broken or melted devices, too. Samsung notes some fine print that the video “was made to demonstrate how strictly reliability is tested at Samsung facilities. DO NOT try this at home.”

Source: YouTube
Via: Engadget

  • MaXiM

    I remember seeing the same kind of videos with the previous “flagship”, S3. it was one of the resons I got the phone. However – a drop from the chair seat level, in a bus, and I have a crackline on the screen that the same company tried to assure me it will withstand worse abuse than that. And, unrelated to this video and post, after aprox 1 year of usage – the battery is at 55% at 7:46 am, after I took the phone out of the Samsung charger, with the Samsung wire at 5 am.

    • KAPT Kipper

      Check to make to see what is using the Battery. I had an issue on my S4 with Google Services eating 66% of the battery, 3 hrs of light use used 40 % of the battery. I had to get a new build of the Google Play Store 4.1.10 to fix the issue, now I can go 2 days on a charge. Also I bought a Casemate case, I’ve dropped it twice and it just rolled and bounced on the edge. No chips, scratches or cracks.

    • MXH070

      2 days?….. You must work for Samsung because in the real world the battery life sucks in the S4 your lucky if you get 3 hours. The S3 S4 and note 1 and 2 are the only phones one can see the power fall as soon as you unplug the device from a power source.

    • Stephen

      I get 2 days on S4 no problem [1 with heavy use], you must work for garbage HTC

    • Henry

      No need to call HTC garbage, I love my One. Speaking of battery though my s3 often last 40 hours without gaming. I never thought it felt like cheap plastic either, only dropped on the sidewalk once and it was fine.

    • MXH070

      Well it’s good to see the S4 can function in room temperature where ice melts and margarine turns to liquid.. propaganda video plan and simple.

      As for the battery life do tell how many of those features you have turned off I’m guessing ALL of them. A true test of a battery is turn on all the features that are advertised then tell me how long that battery last.

    • KID ANDROID

      I get 2 days regular use or 10-14 non stop continuous hours of game play (which takes a ton of battery) on my Note 2. My S4 lasts the entire day easy with regular use or 6-8 hours while gaming non stop from full charge to dead. The battery life in Samsung’s products are the best. I have the HTC ONE and the battery can’t even make it through theday and I get only 3-4hrs of non stop gaming, to top it off it takes the HTC ONE as long to charge as it lasts it’s ridiculous. I can’t believe all the ppl drawn in by the metal build like it’s the most important thing with a phone. There’s other issues I found with the HTC ONE as well but I won’t get intoit here.

    • OwenW

      my s3 holds a great charge. dunno what your issue is but you might want to look into it.

    • umadddd

      And you must be a buttmad htc employee

    • PT

      My Note 2 last easily for 2 days long.,no problems there. Grow up with you!

    • MaXiM

      I’m an industrial designer – and I always find awkward that you need a case for a phone. I don’t mind the scratches (although I can show my phone, which BTW sits in a Samsung genuine case, it’s in pristine condition, can barely see any sign of usage) – but I think that in cases like this they should be responsible to replace the screen. I’m weird, I know :-)
      As for the battery usage – teach me, master! I can barely get through 10 hours of moderate usage – let’s not even mention watching a whole movie while commuting. Thank you for your feedback!

  • gun26

    “When you hold the GS4 in your hand it feels like a quality device …”

    Really??? This flies in the face of almost everything else I’ve read about the Galaxy S4.

    • OwenW

      “I’ve read about the Galaxy S4.” exactly.

    • umadddd

      Thats because htc paid them to write that

  • Mikie

    I vouch for the toilet test! dropped mine mere weeks after getting it and works just fine.. WITHOUT RICE! just a can of air

  • MXH070

    What a load of CRAP! Companies only release CRAP videos like this to try and pull a fast one over the consumer with fixed infomercial to show the product in a better light because the product is a LEMON….. Samsung must have consulted with Kim Jon UN on how to make this B.S infomercial.

  • phatboy66

    GS4 still has that cheap plastic feel and doesn’t feel like a high end phone at all

    • umadddd

      Sorry to break it to you htc employee, but plastic is better than cheap soda can aluminum

    • Zed

      So, the plastic on the s4 is high quality plastic, unlike that of cheap plastic bottles, but somehow the al. on HTC ‘has’ to be cheap…cause you own both, right?

    • RoboBonobo

      It actually is different plastic than the soda bottles. It’s called polycarbonate. It’s the stuff bulletproof windows are made out of.
      Aluminum, on the other hand, is just aluminum; same as a can.

    • Zed

      Willing to hold the s4 against a gun shot? It’s bulletproof if it’s thick enough – look it up! 2cm of that to stop a 9 mm bullet, so not even 2 S4s would not help you since they’re not all polycarbonate. Whereas it takes about 1.5cm thick Al plating for an ACV to stop most bullets. Of course that Al is treated with something else.

      Of course the Al there is not can Aluminum, just like polycarbonate exists in many forms. You want to impress me? Do some reading. Many materials are used beyond their pure form to give you compounds for different uses. So unless you have both Samsung’s and HTC’s industrial design blueprints, don’t come about all knowing.

      Oh fun fact, ask any motorist and see what they choose between polycarbonate or kevlar for protection, even though both are available for purchase, you’d be surprised. So, if the argument would’ve been made between Kevlar and Al, I might have given it to you.

    • RoboBonobo

      Chill; nobody said the GS4 is bulletproof.
      The point is that polycarbonate is what bulletproof windows are made out of; it’s better than the cheap aluminum on the HTC One.

    • Zed

      you keep mentioning that the plastic is bulletproof and I tried to prove you that it’s not necessarily, because polycarbonate is not just one type of plastic, it’s a family of plastics. Also, you keep calling the Al cheap, when in fact its anodized Al, which has a resistance only inferior to diamond. Please inform yourself. Don’t be a sheep

    • RoboBonobo

      1. I never said that the GS4 is bulletproof. All I’ve said is that bulletproof windows are made out of polycarbonate.
      2. Maybe on the very thinnest layer of the surface, this aluminum is ‘almost as hard as a diamond’, however, it dents and scratches very easily. It looks terrible. It feels cheap and that’s because it is. By the end of a contract it will look nothing like a high end phone.

  • Stephen

    Amazing! I put a flip case on mine and have dropped it a lot, no damage yet.

  • Sam

    Dropped S3 on the driveway from waist level. Had full Zagg invisible shield on both sides. Screen cracked in multiple places but the digitizer worked perfectly. Repair estimate from Samsung was $275 and a local repair place quoted $150 glass only. Neither party would guarantee their work. Sold it off as is for $175 to a phone techie. These videos are marketing gimmicks.

    • Henry

      Shouldn’t do that

    • Stephen

      Don’t drop your phone then

  • PT

    Try this with an iphone! LMAOTF!