The Apple iPhone became the world's top-selling smartphone during the last quarter of 2013 which was once held by Samsung's Galaxy S3 the quarter before. A study from Fixya also made the iPhone device more reliable than Samsung, Nokia, or Motorola device. But will this superpower device survive the Torture Test?
Android Authority decided to put iPhone 5 a challenge that the gadget may not win at all. Many users are curious about the survival life of the iPhone just in case it is exposed to accidental hazards. The Torture Test has three levels: Coffee Test, Scratch Test, and the Submersion Test.
The iPhone 5 device they used was already dropped in Hong Kong four times but it was still working and functioning.
Level 1: Coffee Test - One of the most frequent accidents that can affect mobile devices, laptops, and tablets, and of course, can destroy those devices. Hot and sticky substance can sip inside the tiny holes of any gadget the coffee spill strikes. But the test from Android Authority is more than just a spill, it's a shower!
After one cup and a quick dry up from tissue paper, the iPhone 5 survived! Android Authority then moved the iPhone 5 to the next challenge.
Level 2: Scratch Me Up - Users can be clumsy and sloppy, dropping devices all the times, causing scratches and damage to the edges. Other users prefer putting their iPhone 5 in their jean pockets with coins and keys inside. So Android Authority used a different method of scratching the iPhone 5 - by placing it inside a plastic bag full of coins, keysh and lighters.
After around 10 seconds of violent shaking and some major rubdown, surprisingly the iPhone 5 survived without any screen cracks. The damages are mostly on the metal rear and edges of the device. The iPhone 5 continued to function perfectly.
Level 3: Aquarium Dive - The final test came with a special Android Authority aquarium full of water. Under this test, the iPhone 5 must stay inside the water tank for 15 seconds and it was expected to keep running after the submersion. Initially, the device was still running after a quick wipe, but five minutes later, something went wrong.
It boots and gets stuck for five minutes. It seems water has penetrated the top edge of the iPhone 5. The keys are still not functioning perfectly but swiping around the screen is relatively fine. Android Authority decided to put the iPhone 5 using a quick drying method by placing inside a container of dry rice.
After 24 hours covered with dry rice, the iPhone 5 lost the battle. The device has stopped from turning on again. Android Authority concluded that the device Failed in the Submersion Test.
Android Authority pointed out that Android makers must produce phones with better quality to win against iPhone 5's relative durability.