Updated from 12:13 p.m. to include further clarification on audio distortion in the sixth paragraph.

Samsung (SSNLF) has received rave reviews for its latest smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. However, the iPhone 6s still dominates Samsung's latest when it comes to one major area.


SquareTrade, which allows users to buy protection for their electronics from mishaps, accidental drops and the like, has performed a test on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and put it through rigorous testing.

In a series of tests, SquareTrade found that the Apple (AAPL - Get Report) iPhone 6s is still sturdier when it comes to surviving drops (SquareTrade previously found that the 6s was less breakable than the Galaxy Note5 when the 6s was first released). Both the S7 and S7 Edge suffered "significant damage" to the back panel of the phone when dropped from a height of 6 feet, while the front screen had what SquareTrade deemed as "minor cracks."

Interestingly enough, SquareTrade found that the screen on the iPhone 6s Plus completely shattered, so it may be the ion-strengthened glass in the 6s that helped the phone survive the fall, something the iPhone 6s Plus doesn't have.

Samsung has touted the fact that its new phones can go under water, but SquareTrade found that after being submerged for 30 minutes, the phones' playback speaker functionality was "permanently muffled and distorted." By comparison, the 6s lost all audio and had water damage after 30 minutes, while the 6s Plus started to malfunction at 10 minutes and completely died after 24 minutes.

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"Samsung's new phones may hold up to an impressive amount of water, but we've found that they still struggle to keep up with the iPhone when it comes to screen durability," SquareTrade's director of communications Aileen Abaya said. "So while the S7 and S7 Edge may be perfect for underwater adventurers, those of us who are clumsy or accident-prone should still be careful about drops and tumbles."

The tests also noted that both the S7 and S7 Edge continue to have some bending concerns, with the S7 Edge cracking at 110 pounds of pressure and had what it deems "catastrophic failure" at less than 170 pounds. On the other hand, the S7 and the iPhone 6s both withstood 170 pounds of pressure, while the iPhone 6S Plus resisted 180 pounds of pressure.

Apple is slated to hold an event next week where it's expected to show off a new iPhone, dubbed the iPhone SE.

You can watch the video of the full test below: