Samsung Galaxy S10 Outperforms S10e And S10+ In SquareTrade Drop Tests

How resilient is your brand new Samsung Galaxy S10 to the rigors of daily use? SquareTrade recently conducted a drop “test” and noted that Samsung’s three new Galaxy S10 devices are all susceptible to cracking. Interestingly, SquareTrade concluded that Galaxy S10 performed better than the S10e and S10+.

SquareTrade dropped the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10+ from six feet both face down and face up. The camera lens and flash of the Galaxy S10e broke when it was dropped face up and the device was completely unusable when it fell face down. The Galaxy S10+ shattered after both drops but continued to remain somewhat functional. The S10 cracked after it was dropped, but it was still useable.

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Samsung Galaxy S10+

Jason Siciliano, vice president and global creative director at SquareTrade, warned, “Our tests found their new AMOLED screens are still prone to damage when dropped. One thing holds true—all-glass designs, no matter the cost of the phone orhowsleekits profile, are highly susceptible to damage.” He recommends that consumers use screen protectors and cases.

SquareTrade has conducted “breakability” tests for nearly six years. Their first tests pitted the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 against the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 was the clear winner in these first tests.


SquareTrade claims that they are particular eager to test out the Samsung Galaxy Fold. The Galaxy Fold incorporates a 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic OLED screen and a 4.6-inch HD Super AMOLED cover display. It also boasts six cameras, two batteries, and a new hinge mechanism. Some are rather concerned about the overall design of the Galaxy Fold. Two screens and a hinge mechanism could be especially prone to damage.

As much fun as it is to watch someone drop an expensive device from a ladder, it is unsurprising that devices with 5.8-6.7 inch glass screens would be prone to breaking. As devices adopt larger screens with less bezels, they will likely also become more fragile when dropped with enough power. We did not personally drop any Samsung devices from a ladder, but you can check out our review of the Galaxy S10+ here.
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