It can happen to anybody. One minute a phone is safely grasped in your clammy hands, and the next it’s face-down on the concrete, screen shattered into a billion pieces. The thinner our phones get, the easier they are to accidentally drop; just ask my girlfriend. Not helping matters is that these expensive pocket computers are made of smooth aluminum, which can often be slippery.
While plenty of phones today are elegant slabs of glass and aluminum, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Active embraces the chaos of smartphone ownership with its hulking frame and rugged design. The Korean company knows you’re clumsy, so it made a device with you in mind. If you’re the type of person whose device is on the ground as often as it is in your pocket, the S7 Active should be on your radar. Just don’t submerge it in water.
Since a big part of the Galaxy S7 Active’s marketing is focused on its durability, we wanted to see just how durable the device is. Samsung says it comes equipped with a “shatter-resistant” display, IP68 water-resistance, and a design meant to withstand “life’s hard knocks.” We’ll see about that.
Instead of dropping the phone from 3 feet, 5 feet, 10 feet, we decided to up the ante. We performed four different drops tests: 50 feet, 100 feet, 200 feet, 400 feet, tying it to a drone and then dropping it over an empty dirt field near our office. You’d be surprised at how well the device held up. In fact, it’s still perfectly usable.
Sure, it’s very unlikely you’ll drop your phone from any height above 10 feet, but we couldn’t help ourselves. To see our very un-scientific tests, check out the video above. This is in no way meant to mimic real-world usage, but it was sure fun.