Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S23 Ultra, is one of the best phones of the year. It features the powerful and purpose-built new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chip, a 200MP main camera, and Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus 2 on the front and back of the device (this which means high durability).
But there’s another question – how does Gorilla Glass Victus 2 stand up to Apple’s “Ceramic Shield” on the iPhone 14 Pro Max? YouTuber PhoneBuff did a drop test to find this answer.
Galaxy S23 Ultra drop test against iPhone 14 Pro Max!
In the video, PhoneBuff notes that the iPhone 14 Pro Max has some durability advantages due to its stainless steel frame and flat edges. The S23 Ultra, on the other hand, has rounded edges with an aluminum frame.
But again, the S23 Ultra has the latest and greatest from Corning in the form of Gorilla Glass Victus 2, both on the front and back of the device. The iPhone 14 Pro Max’s ceramic shield is only on the front glass, while the back glass uses double ion-exchange glass, which isn’t as durable.
In the video, the Galaxy S23 Ultra wins the first heat. However, the iPhone seemed to fare better in the second and third tests. But the S23 Ultra found itself in better shape on the fourth and final lap. By the end of the video, both phones were mostly fully functional, but the Galaxy S23 Ultra was the winner, as the Gorilla Glass Victus 2 had less overall damage than the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Honestly, I’m the type of person who would never use a bare phone because I’m clumsy, and I know I’m going to drop it because I have buttery fingers. The only way to ensure your S23 Ultra or iPhone 14 Pro Max doesn’t get cracked or damaged is to put it in a good case. Luckily for you, there are plenty of Galaxy S23 Ultra and iPhone 14 Pro Max cases out there.