The iPhone 15 Pro Max has undergone a drop test against the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, and the results show that the Samsung device fared better in terms of durability. The test, conducted by PhoneBuff, involved four rounds of drops, including back, corner, and face drops, as well as a bonus round with the phones dropping onto steel. Although both smartphones remained fully operational after the test, the iPhone 15 Pro Max sustained more damage, with cracks appearing on the back and front glass. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra scored higher, with 39 points out of 40, compared to the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s score of 37.
Despite the durability differences observed in the drop test, both devices were able to function properly, including their cameras. It is worth noting, however, that the iPhone 15 Pro Max seemed to sustain more damage than previous models with steel frames. The drop test was conducted in a controlled environment, with machines set at consistent distances and the same materials used for the drops, providing a fair comparison between the two flagship smartphones. The results suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra may have a slight advantage in terms of durability when compared to the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Overall, this drop test raises questions about the durability of the iPhone 15 Pro Max and highlights the superior performance of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. While both devices remained functional, the iPhone 15 Pro Max showed more vulnerability in terms of cracked glass. As consumers may prioritize durability when choosing a new smartphone, these findings could play a role in their decision-making process. It remains to be seen how Apple will address these durability concerns in future iterations of their flagship devices.