Study: Samsung phone durable, but iPhone has edge

NEW YORK (AP) - A study finds that Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone is more durable than last year's model and other leading Android phones, but the iPhone 5s outperforms all of them in part because of its smaller size.

The S5 scores well given its water resistance and a sturdy back panel made of plastic. But SquareTrade, a provider of extended protection plans, gives the iPhone points for being just 4 inches diagonally, compared with about 5 inches for the Android phones. That makes the iPhone easier to grip and thus less likely to slip out of one's hands.

Nonetheless, all the smartphones tested have a medium risk of breakage, and differences between the various phones aren't major.

SquareTrade provided The Associated Press with the results ahead of Monday afternoon's announcement.


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