Tests: New iPhones less durable than iPhone 5

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
The iPhone 5S, left, and iPhone 5c are displayed Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in New York.  The 5S offers a fingerprint sensor, a better camera and a faster processor, while the iPhone 5C is largely last yearís iPhone 5 with a plastic back and a choice of five colors. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The iPhone 5S, left, and iPhone 5c are displayed Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in New York. The 5S offers a fingerprint sensor, a better camera and a faster processor, while the iPhone 5C is largely last yearís iPhone 5 with a plastic back and a choice of five colors. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

As Apple Inc. pitches its newest smartphones, users may find something lacking compared with last year's model: They could break more easily.

SquareTrade, a provider of protection plans for gadgets, tested five smartphones, including Apple's new iPhones, to see if they could withstand drops, dunks and other common hazards. Its finding: The latest models aren't as durable as last year's iPhone 5.

SquareTrade says the biggest loser, however, was Samsung's Galaxy S4, which failed to work after being submerged in water and being dropped 5 feet off the ground.

The phone that withstood SquareTrade's torture test best was Google Inc.'s Moto X.

Officials from Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. and Google Inc. didn't immediately return email messages for comment.

Apple started selling two new iPhones on Friday.


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