iPhone 5 Battery case Review: Protect Your Precious with the Best iPhone 5 Battery case

The iPhone battery cases are designed to keep your device protected from scratches and if possibly even more damaging risks.

Best iPhone 5 Battery Case

iPhone 5 Battery case is a solution that promises to double or triple the hours you are currently getting on a single charge..

Where To Buy iPhone 5 Battery Cases

So, how do you know which iPhone 5 Battery case to buy?

Top iPhone 5 Battery case Reviews

Getting the most out of your pricy iPhone 5 with a battery case is an investment that really pays off.

Meridian iPhone 5 Rechargeable Extended Battery Case

The iPhone 5 Battery case you’re planning to buy should also feature extensive battery life and give your smartphone some protection from scratches and scrapes.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Best External Battery Packs: The PhoneSuit Power Core Micro for iPhone 5 Review

Recent releases of power products for iPhone 5 showed there’s a clear trend towards devices that are leaner, sleeker and thinner. Portable and ultra-compact or micro have become all the more popular in product descriptions and for once the selling pitch meets the fact. PhoneSuit has several power accessories for iPhone 5 that caught our eye and today we’re presenting you with a review for one of the best external battery packs for your smartphone, the PhoneSuit Power Core Micro.

The first thing we checked for was the mAh capacity and price ratio, which is impressive. For $80 you get an ultra-compact external battery pack with a capacity of 3500 mAh, which take it from us, it is quite a good deal, particularly for those of you not that keen on battery cases. Like other power accessories produced by PhoneSuit, this one also features Quick Charge Technology, Automated Power Management and Pass-through charging. This allows you to charge both your Power Core Micro battery pack and iPhone 5.

“The PhoneSuit Power Core Micro provides a durable, mobile, power source for connected individuals” reads the company’s press release. “Phonesuit’s philosophy has been to provide products which incorporate the best in design, technology and style. With PhoneSuit, you can take your power with you”.

The powerful 3500 mAh power core can charge 2 smartphones or provide 200 percent more power to your iPhone 5. The LED status meter keeps track of the power level in your device, each accounting for 25 percent in energy. When all the 4 lights are lit, it is indication the external battery pack is fully charged.

iLounge tested the PhoneSuit Power Core Micro battery pack for iPhone 5 and concluded it delivered 166% charge to a smartphone fully drained, recharged and drained again, “a comparatively efficient use of the 3500mAh cell inside”. And it does all this in an ultra-compact form, which makes it easy to carry it around in a clutch or backpack. The flat rectangle device is almost the same width and depth as the iPhone 5, but shorter by almost two inches.

There are some caveats though. For instance, the output is 1A which works fine for the iPhone 5, but it will take it considerably longer to charge an iPad. The price might also feel a bit too much seeing as you’re not exactly getting the most slender and easy to carry around solution. But, all in all, the PhoneSuit Power Core Micro battery pack is one of the most impressive external batteries for iPhone 5 and could be the right accessory for you.


Phonesuit Flex Micro Battery Pack for iPhone 5 Review: Pocket-Size, Wireless Battery Pack and In-Built Lightning Connector

The main reason a lot of people are still holding back when it comes to buying an iPhone 5 battery case is the worry that the design will not match that of the sleek Apple lines, adding bulk and weight. For those of you interested in extending their iPhone 5’s battery life without actually getting a battery case, Phonesuit’s Flex Micro Battery Pack might just be the right power accessory. We’ve listed in the headline three very appealing features, although this pocket-size, wireless battery pack with in-built Lightning connector is a lot more than that.

At 7.3cm (L) x 2.1cm (W) x 2.1cm (H) the Flex Micro battery pack for iPhone 5 is no bigger than a thumb. Well, a large one, but even though quite a powerful tiny accessory and really easy to carry around in your pockets. In fact, it’s been advertised as being the pocket charger for iPhone 5, the first of its kind, “designed for daily use”.

For $69.95 you get quite a sturdy power accessory, made from “quality machined Aluminum and designed with no moving parts” and “built for maximum durability”. On the right side, the small battery pack features an Advanced Electrostatic Touch Button, a four point LED status meter and USB slot for the charging cable, which you can use to charge both devices at the same time.

The Phonesuit Flex Micro battery pack for iPhone 5 features quite an impressive mAh capacity, given its affordable price and size. The battery is 2600 mAh giving the user up to 18 hours of talk time, up to 22 hours video time and up to 90 hours music. It does charge your iPhone 5 in just 2 hours, the typical charging rate being at 1 percent per minute. Basically, it is the kind of accessory that really lives up to the expectations and being so easy to fit in your pocket, you can actually take it with you everywhere you go and have it at hand when you’re in need of a battery boost.

And I almost forgot the most appealing part of this wireless charger: it fits even though your iPhone 5 is wearing a skin or a slim case. Phonesuit explains it is the “unique connector step design (that) allows it to fit over many existing slim iPhone 5 cases”. It also doesn’t make it a hassle to use your phone with the battery pack. All in all, the Phonesuit Flex Micro battery pack for iPhone 5 is a great power device, quite affordable and capable.


Friday, May 17, 2013

Review and Price Analysis for the $129.99 Duracell Powermat TravelMat Wireless Charging Device for iPhone 5

A recent announcement by AT&T has laid the ground for the future of mobile chargers, requesting all of its device suppliers to deliver wireless charging solutions by 2014. Qi (pronounced “chee”) has become the standard for mobile wireless charging solutions and while Samsung and Apple are the only one of the most popular vendors to haven’t join the Wireless Power Consortium it is evident that power mats will soon be charging all of our portable devices. Duracell Powermat has already released a wireless charging mat for iPhone 5, called TravelMat.

Earlier this month, Duracell began selling three wireless charging accessories for iPhone 5 that can all work together or individually to power-boost your device. TravelMat is designed as “the essential travel companion”, featuring a “high-capacity battery and wireless charging pad” that works with their Duracell Powermat case for iPhone 5. It works without much hassle, because all you have to do is lay it down, place your iPhone over it and wait for it to deliver a full charge.

The Duracell TravelMat for iPhone 5 sells individually for $129.99 and since it works only with the Duracell Powermat case, this is one accessory purchase that can easily get expensive. Seeing as it is a first-time wireless charging solution for iPhone 5, the price isn’t exactly over the top, not to mention it features a 4200 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion prismatic battery that works both with your iPhone 5 and a Samsung Galaxy S3, not to mention all devices with an USB port.

In terms of aesthetics, the Duracell TravelMat isn’t all that bad looking, although it is considerably bulky for a wireless charging mat (5.26”H x 2.39”W x .73”D and 5.82 oz). On one of the sides it features a one-touch power button and a battery level indicator. The product is available in either black or white and features a copper detail, a reminder of the Duracell color scheme.

The second-generation TravelMat is already in the works. Duracell Powermat is preparing a TravelMat that will not only be able to wirelessly charge your iPhone, but also allow for data transfer thanks to a digital layer placed over the inductive surface. If you’re too eager to wait for other wireless charging devices to be released and you can spare the money, then buy the Duracell TravelMat and compatible case. Such solutions are already being put in place by companies such as Starbucks (in Boston), McDonald’s (Europe) and as of 2014 AT&T.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Will Apple Release an iPhone 5 With Built-in Wireless Charging?

Wireless charging devices, either via a magnetic induction pad or by using resonance charging, are going to become just as familiar as cases in the upcoming years. Some devices, like the Nokia Lumia 920, a Windows 8 smartphone, features built-in wireless charging which gets rid of all the wires. As a matter of fact, by now products from 120 companies have been certified as being compatible with wireless charging technology and the only questions remains is Apple going to release an iPhone 5 with built-in wireless charging?

It’s become obvious that Apple is either focusing on releasing a whole new and exciting mobile technology or it is just not able any longer to keep up with competition. It has missed a few first-time technologies, whereas competitors have become all the more visible in a market where just two years ago Apple was the standard. The wireless charging capacity is just the latest to make the list of missed opportunities.

Ken Dulaney, analyst with Gartner, told Computerworld.com that Apple is betting too much solely on brand popularity, and they risk doing the same with wireless charging as they did with micro USB connectivity. “Apple is not always first to technology. I am not therefore surprised. Google and Nokia/Microsoft have been shown to be far more aggressive” in terms of innovative technology releases. While differentiating a brand is a good way of drawing attention it’s also the kind of strategy that pushes consumers even further away.

As for wireless charging or the Qi technology, although there are today 8.5 million such devices sold worldwide, Apple doesn’t seem to be supportive of that. “This means that as Apple falls behind in a number of technical areas there will still be value propositions for the other platforms to offer. This is a good thing. It gives us choice and competition” the Gartner analyst concludes.

But just a few days ago, a report via the DigiTimes reads that Apple is actually considering the release of an iPhone 6 with built-in wireless conductive charging. Apparently, unnamed sources told the website “Apple is likely to adopt the wireless charging technology developed internally, but it remains unknown if the next-generation iPhone will come with built-in wireless charging capability or with other attached accessories”.

In the meanwhile, while you’re waiting for yet another of the numerous Apple rumors to be confirmed, you can put your iPhone 5 in a battery case that comes with a wireless charging mat. The product is called Duracell Powermat PowerSnap Kit and it costs $99. We’ve reviewed it too and we recommend you get the whole kit and not buy items individually to get the most of your buck’s worth.

The Future of Mobile Chargers Lays in Wireless Charging Solutions

The trouble with most power accessories is all the hassle with power cords and wires that whenever we need them most are nowhere to be found or tangled in a knot that gets on our nerves. Wireless charging for smartphones, tablets and whatever other USB-connected devices, aims to put an end to all that hassle. At the moment, there aren’t many products that can do that for your device, but given recent announcements and product releases it has become obvious that the future of mobile chargers lays in wireless charging solutions.

We have recently just reviewed a wireless charger from Duracell Powermat which intrigued us to search more about the subject. It turns out, in a few years we are all going to have a wireless charging mat around the house. AT&T has already made it clear that’s the future. “In an effort to move towards making this a reality for consumers worldwide and in direct support for the public ecosystem rollout led by Powermat, we have asked our device suppliers to provide integrated wireless charging solutions by 2014” reads a statement sent to CNET shortly after Duracell Powermat presented a prototype of a wireless charger mat for the company’s battery case as well as any other USB-capable device.

And by the way, even sooner than imagined, those wireless charging mats will be able to transfer data not just power-boost your device’s energy level. Duracell Powermat is already planning to release a second-generation mat that features a digital layer for data transfer. Things are obviously heading towards a bright future, and you will probably get to enjoy that kind of technology in Starbucks and McDonald’s sooner than expected.

Duracell Powert is part of the Power Matters Alliance, the standard in the wireless charging industry that has become widely popular among lots of popular companies, among which the Boston Starbucks coffee shops and the European McDonald’s restaurants. As Daniel Hays, PricewaterhouseCoopers analyst told CNET “wireless charging continues to be a niche category until there’s a common standard”. With that kind of names using the technology, it’s just a matter of time before wireless power mats will become just as common in our homes as today’s bothersome charging adapters and cables.

Duracell PowerSnap Kit Review: the iPhone 5 Battery Case That Uses Wireless Charging

When Jay-Z himself invests in a product, you just know you’ve got to buy it. There aren’t many companies that make such a big statement about their reputation and such a high endorsement easily makes a product stand out from the crowd. That is the case of the Duracell PowerSnap Kit, an iPhone 5 battery case designed by Duracell Powermat, whose celebrity spokesman is none other than Jay-Z. But the novelty isn’t the fact that Jay-Z is an investor and a spokesperson. It is innovation that convinced us that the Duracell Powermat PowerSnap Kit deserves a review.

Following the company’s presentation of the prototype, at the Pepcom MobileFocus Global in Barcelona, Spain, many have argued Duracell Powermat’s battery case is a lot similar to the company’s models for previous iPhones. But even if it might be so, the wireless charging ability and the 1950 mAh battery does set apart the iPhone 5 battery case. It is both price and functionality that convinced us the $99 battery case and its inductive charging solution that places the Duracell Powerkit at the top of our list.

The Duracell Powermat’s PowerSnap Kit includes several individual components that you can get them all for $99, or the battery case which will set you back $59. The AccessCases, SnapBattery, TravelMat and a power adapter are all put to work to effortlessly get your iPhone 5 instant backup power whenever you need it. The company’s website says the PowerSnap Kit gives you basically “the power of two phones without feeling like you’re carrying them”. To be honest, when we first read that, we thought that’s definitely not the case, , but then we looked at product dimensions (the AccessCase is 5.36”H x 2.41”W x .42”D; the SnapBattery is 5.28”H x 2.36”W x .736”D) and weight (1.05oz for the case and 3.02oz for the SnapBattery) and it’s not all that much different from other cases.

As for the battery capacity, the Duracell SnapBattery packs a similar capacity as most similarly priced iPhone 5 battery cases, although there are cases that for less money will triple your smartphone’s standard battery life. But remember you’re basically getting two charges for the price one. The SnapBattery gives one full charge to your iPhone 5 and when even that is not enough you can just place the battery case on the TravelMat and wait for it to recharge wirelessly.

The TravelMat is a 5.26”H x 2.39”W x .73”D universal charger for all USB-enabled devices with a 4200 mAh Rechargeable lithium-ion prismatic battery. All you have to do is place your device on top of the mat to charge it wirelessly or connect it via USB. If you only want the TravelMat, it will set you back $129.99, a price that is bound to drop in the upcoming months, following an AT&T announcement to device suppliers to come up with integrated wireless charging solutions by the end of the year.

MOTA Extended Battery Case for iPhone 5 Review: 2000 mAh for 10 Extra Hours of Web Browsing

As soon as you start the research for that iPhone 5 battery case purchase that will extend your usage time, you’ll notice the huge variety of product available is a bit confusing. We’ve been reviewing battery cases and external batteries and chargers for iPhone 5 for quite some time now and even we are overwhelmed by how many power accessories for this iPhone have been released in just a few months. We’ve recently stumbled upon an iPhone 5 battery case that has been selling quite impressively, although it’s not at the top of the list when it comes to popular and best advertised brands.

MOTA is an extended iPhone 5 battery case that aims to double the life of your iPhone 5 thanks to a 2000 mAh built-in battery. A full charge of your iPhone 5 gives you an extra 8 hours of talk time, 10 hours of web browsing time or 225 hours of standby time. It is 5 x 2.3 x 0.5 inches in dimensions and weights 2.1 ounces. The Mota battery case is priced at $89.95, and whereas it is $10 more than your average iPhone 5 battery case it does offer a better mAh capacity than most.

It comes with an USB micro port and cable, as well as a screen protector. The case doesn’t offer full protection, as it leaves the sides unprotected and although the case feels solid and looks durable it might not be a good idea to subject it to high impact drops. There’s also no protection offered for the front, that’s where the screen protector steps in. the case is also easy to remove and it will pop off when the iPhone is dropped.

For our MOTA Extended iPhone 5 battery case review, we’ve put together all the information we could find, including all consumer reviews we found via Amazon. Most people agree the Mota iPhone5 battery case is a solid product that charged their phones just as promised in the selling pitch. In terms of thickness, consumers concluded the Mota is about as thin as any other battery case, adding 7mm to the phone’s thickness. Overall aesthetics were rated as nice looking, the battery case being available in two color themes (black and silver) and buyers also noted that the case doesn’t reflect light into the camera lens. Some also noted that the on/off button placed on the case’s back is “very well designed”.

We recommend the Mota Extended iPhone5 battery case only when you're not planning to use your smartphone in situations where high impact falls could occur.


Friday, May 10, 2013

Best iPhone 5 External Chargers Reviews: The MyCharge Jolt 2000D

When a battery case isn’t enough or it’s not exactly your cup of tea, an external charger might be just the right product accessory for your iPhone 5. In fact, with MyCharge’s Jolt 2000D you can recharge both yours and hers at the same time, provided it’s a Micro-USB compatible device. Many have said it before and we tend to agree, MyCharge has some of the best and finest-looking external chargers for iPhone 5 we’ve seen so far. So let’s check out the review, shall we?

MyCharge Jolt 2000D is an external charger for iPhone 5 and other devices too, using two extensions, an Apple Lightning connector and a Micro-USB cable. The device packs a 2000 mAh Lithium Polymer battery that adds up to 9 hours of talk time and up to 14 days of standby time. In terms of size, it is just as big as an iPhone. It is 7 ½ (h) x 4 3/8 (w) x 1 (d) and 5.6 ounces in weight so it’s not at all difficult to carry around. There’s also an integrated carabiner that makes it all the more easily to take this external charger with you everywhere you go.

For $80, most iPhone 5 battery cases are able to charge only one device at a time. For $74.99, the Jolt 2000D can charge up to 2 devices at once. One of which it is must-definitely an iPhone 5, thanks to the Lightning connector on the one side and the other one is whichever micro-USB port device on the other side. When both devices have depleted batteries, the Apple Lightning connector gets priority. The micro-USB connector is compatible with many mobile devices, not just smartphones, but also Bluetooth headsets, Mp3 devices, portable navigation devices and more.

To recharge the Jolt 2000d you can use the included USB to Micro-USB cable or an USB AC power adapter. It takes about three hours to recharge from a USB AC power adapter or five hours from a standard notebook USB port. Like the rest of MyCharge devices there’s a battery icon indicator that illuminates accordingly to the power level (Green, Yellow, Red and Flashing Red).

To sum it up, the “myCharge Jolt’s compact design and built-in carabiner make it the ultimate portable power solution – whether you’re clipping it to your backpack, throwing it into your pocket or bag, or keeping one in your car for those ‘just in case’ moments”.



Thursday, May 9, 2013

MyCharge Freedom Series 2000 PowerCase Review: Sleek Silver Design and 9 Hours of Extra Talk Time

There are many battery cases for iPhone 5 that don’t stand out when it comes to design, but MyCharge Freedom Series 2000 PowerCase isn’t one of them. In fact, that silver-themed battery panel is so sleek it makes up for the $99.99 price alone, although there’s a lot more to this iPhone 5 battery case that catches the eye.

The Freedom Series 2000 was first showcased at CES 2013 and it immediately became a must-have for the fashion-forward iPhone 5 owner. It is one of the three models available in the Freedom series, along with a 1500 mAh battery pack that sells for $80 and a Samsung Galaxy S3 power product with a 2500 mAh battery that’s priced at $100. 

“Experience the highest level of innovation in portable charging cases – the perfect balance between protection, function and fashion” reads MyCharge’s product info on their website. And at least for once, we’re happy to see an iPhone 5 battery case with an in-built Apple Lightning Connector, 2000 mAh Lithium Polymer battery (that makes for 9 extra hours of talk) and elegant design.

The Freedom 2000 for iPhone 5 charges via an included USB to Micro-USB cable. The charging tether makes the connection between the Freedom PowerCase and your iPhone 5’s battery via one of the finest-looking designs we’ve seen so far.  When it’s fully charged all you have to do is press fit your iPhone 5 into the battery case and then press and hold the power button for 3 seconds to begin charging. There’s also a battery level check button. You’ll see the LED color change according to the energy level. Solid green means the device is fully charged, a flashing green indicates the power level is 71-99%, a flashing yellow stands for 41-70%, whereas a flashing red is 0-40%.

Later this month, MyCharge is expected to make available all of its Freedom Series power products and release the interchangeable outer shells too. For now, the Freedom Series 2000 mAh iPhone 5 battery case is available in two colors, black and silver, but we’re waiting impatiently for the multitude of colorful and decorated shells MyCharge has presented at CES 2013.

The Freedom 2000 will set you back $99.99, but just look at that silver battery case and tell me you don’t love it to death?!

The MyCharge Freedom Series Could Be the Best iPhone 5 Battery Cases for You

Accessory producers had so many new iPhone 5 battery cases released at CES 2013 that months later we’re still not done with their reviews. For the next few reviews we’ll be looking at the MyCharge Freedom Series for iPhone 5 as well as some of the best external charges for iPhone 5 MyCharge has produced, both with in-built Apple Lightning connector and USB ports.

MyCharge Freedom Series are designed to double your iPhone 5’s battery life, although the price – power ratio might feel a bit too much. One battery case is 1500 mAh and sells for $79.99, whereas the other one is 2000 mAh and will set you back $99.99. There’s also a third battery case but it is designed particularly for Samsung Galaxy S III and packs a 2500 mAh battery which sells for $99.99.

The 2000 Freedom Series battery case for iPhone 5 will add up to 9 hours of talk time and since it has a built-in Apple Lightning connector you can rest assured you won’t have to bother yourself with additional cables. But the iPhone 5 MyCharge Freedom Series is well worth the price if design and increased protection are what you’re interested in. There’s a bunch of decorative cases that catch the eye and although the only available color theme for now is jet black, the producer has quite the variety planned for release.

The Freedom Series cases for iPhone 5 are robust, made of twice-injected rubber and are durable enough to keep your iPhone 5 protected even when dropped from 4 to 5 feet. The Freedom 2000 iPhone 5 case is the only one available in the series, selling for $99.99. There are two colors available, silver and black, but the silver one is definitely our favorite one.

If the Freedom Series isn’t right your alley, just check out the rest of Freedom’s power products for iPhone 5. We’ve got the reviews for AMP 2000, AMP 3000XT, AMP 4000, AMP 6000, AMP 6000XT, HUB 3000, HUB 6000, HUB 9000, JOLT 2000D, PEAK 6000 and SUMMIT 3000.


New Review: The USB i-Blason PowerGlider Slim Fit External Battery Case for iPhone 5

There are so many iPhone 5 battery cases out there that finding the one that fits your requirements might prove to be a bit of a hassle. Seeing as most are priced just about the same, you might start your search with those most advertised, but based on buyers’ reviews some of the best external battery cases don’t necessarily have a fashionable label on them. The i-Blason PowerGlider Slim Fit External Battery Case for iPhone 5 is quite definitely one of the best external power cases for your device. 

To begin with, the i-Blason PowerGlider battery case for iPhone 5 caught our eye thanks to the five-star ratings buyers have left for this power product. Consumer reviews read that the i-Blason PowerGlider is “a solid battery case for iPhone 5 with a handy kickstand”, “with good battery life and a handy kickstand”. Some of the buyers were so impressed they even ordered a second on. What’s interesting is that these people bought and highly recommended the product, although there aren’t many reviews available for the i-Blason PowerGlider battery case.

In terms of power, the i-Blason PowerGlider for iPhone packs a 2200 mAh battery that gives you another 10 to 12 hours without recharge. You don’t need any additional cable to recharge the case, so you can use the same cable for your phone and the case to recharge. It connects with your iPhone 5 via an 8-pin Apple Lightning connector and a micro 5-pin USB charging port.  Just like the other iBlason battery cases, this one also features a LED power indicator for battery power level and an on-off power button.

As for bulkiness and overall weight, i-Blason is a two-piece case with slider design that boosts protection thanks to top and side bumpers. Easy to use and simple to put together and apart, the case offers full access to camera and the flash, but like all the other battery cases, carrying one of them in your shirt’s pocket might rip out the stitches. According to consumer reviews, the bulkiness or size might vary from user to user. “I find it solid but I do have large hands so your experience might vary. However, I would not advise carrying your iPhone 5 with ANY battery attached in your back pants’ pocket” reads one consumer review.

The i-Blason PowerGlider with USB for iPhone 5 is a sleek looking product, available in two color themes (black and white). “The i-Blason case looks good. I’ve got a black iPhone 5 (AT&T) and this case matches the color perfectly” writes a buyer on Amazon. As for the grip, the case has a rubberized finish that keeps everything secure in your hand. By the way, it also features a kickstand that is quite handy.

The iPhone 5 USB PowerGlider is quite reasonably priced. On the producer’s website it sells for $69.95 but on Amazon you can get it as cheap as $49.95 (with free shipping).


Monday, May 6, 2013

Tests Show Samsung Galaxy S4 Breaks Easier than iPhone 5

Breakability tests are great when it comes to smartphone reviews and price comparisons, but don’t just throw away your protective case just because our headline reads tests have shown Samsung Galaxy S4 breaks easier than iPhone 5. The truth is that today’s top smartphones are resilient little-bastards and will put up with a lot of wear and tear, but when it comes to owners that have a history of sloppiness or have daily activities that boost the risk of dropping a phone, knowing how much damage your expensive smartphone can withstand is a great perk.

Recent breakability tests by extended warranty firm SquareTrade have compared the resilience of Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5 when being dropped. Tests were varied, as the company tested from the handsets’ condition after a drop-test, a grip-ability test and a water resistance test. So whereas tests where varied, results were similar: Samsung Galaxy S4 breaks easier than iPhone 5 and even than Galaxy S3.

“Our Breakability Score creates a new Richter Scale for accidental damage to help consumers assess when, where and how their phones are in danger” explains Ty Shay, CMO at SquareTrade. “It’s been two years since we created the first Drop Test video for the industry and we thought it was time to expand the concept” Shay says about the water resistance and grip-ability testes.

Although S4 was more water-resistant than S3, it got a Breakability Score of 7, which means it is most at risk of breaking due to an accident, whereas iPhone 5 came out as a “clear winner”. All three devices (S4, S3 and iPhone 5) were dropped from pocket and chest height, 7 and 10 feet above the ground, and all the drops were recorded using three different cameras. After the 10-foot drop, it became obvious the S4 was not more durable than iPhone 5, which even after all the accidental drops it had survived with minor damage, some scuffs and a small notch on the screen. The S4 on the other hand, had a shattered screen and broken camera and broke down completely after the 10-foot fall.