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Galaxy Vs. iPhone: Is Samsung Just Too Fragile?

A recent study by a smartphone insurer found that despite all of the upgrades, the durability of the Samsung Galaxy S4 may be an issue. As smartphones get bigger, lighter, and faster, durability remains an important concern.

In the video below, contributor Doug Ehrman discusses the relative rank of Samsung's newest addition to the Galaxy line and how it stacks up against both its predecessors and Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) flagship iPhone 5. Even with the appeal that Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) Android and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) have garnered, durability remains an important consideration, particularly as prices continue to rise.

There's a debate raging as to whether Apple remains a buy. The Motley Fool's senior technology analyst and managing bureau chief, Eric Bleeker, is prepared to fill you in on reasons to buy and reasons to sell Apple, and what opportunities are left for the company (and your portfolio) going forward. To get instant access to his latest thinking on Apple, simply click here now.

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  • Report this Comment On May 01, 2013, at 5:17 AM, H3D wrote:

    Samsung make short term products.

    Why would they worry about durability.

  • Report this Comment On May 01, 2013, at 12:02 PM, gskorich wrote:

    debate whether apple is a buy? when did this happen? apple is still a great company with great numbers and great profits, where are the galaxy 4 numbers?

  • Report this Comment On May 02, 2013, at 10:48 PM, Gaeseki wrote:

    Stop this misleading Krap. If Samsung Galaxy Smartphone was fragile PENTAGONE wouldn't have chosen Samsung Galaxy line over a flimsy iPhone !! Just in NEWS~

    Pentagon Approves Samsung Devices for Military Use--BloomBerg News 5/02/2013

    The U.S. Defense Department said it approved use on its networks of Samsung Electronics Co.’s devices running a secure version of Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android operating system.

    The approval allows Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung, the largest seller of smartphones for commercial use, to compete with Waterloo, Ontario-based Blackberry, the dominant mobile device provider to the military.

    The Pentagon also gave security approval to Blackberry 10 smartphones and PlayBook tablets, so they may also be used within military networks, according to a Defense Department statement.

    “This is a significant step toward establishing a multi- vendor environment that supports a variety of state-of-the-art devices and operating systems,” Lieutenant Colonel Damien Pickart, a Pentagon spokesman, said in the statement.

    While the military didn’t specifically mention Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s products in the statement, it said several mobile devices and operating systems are going through the military’s security review and approval process.

    The U.S. National Security Agency worked with Samsung to create “Secure-Enhanced Android,” a version of Google’s operating system with multiple layers of software and hardware protection, Tim Wagner, Samsung vice president and general manager of enterprise, has said.

    The system, called Knox, lets employers keep corporate and military applications and data in a secure place on a smartphone or tablet, and remotely erase them if necessary. If a worker leaves the company or loses a device, employers don’t need to worry about data being lost, Wagner has said.

    While the military has relied on BlackBerrys, which have consistently received federal certification for protecting sensitive data, it has been testing Android and Apple (AAP) alternatives as it seeks more options.

  • Report this Comment On May 02, 2013, at 10:59 PM, Gaeseki wrote:

    The reason US Pentagone chosen Samsung Galaxy line because every Galaxy Smartphones literally killed the flimsy iPhone in every Torture Tests.

    That outright misleading article was written by paid slanders ,Scared-Apple,3rd rated HTC are gang up against the new GalaxyS4 and continue to discredit a revolutionary GalaxyS4 by driveling nonsense bashing articles~~

    Do not duped by paid slanders and People should be allowed to make their choice not influence by Biased/Paid commentators.

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