The Samsung Galaxy S4 is bigger, lighter and faster than its predecessor. It's also easier to break, a phone-insurance firm has concluded.
The flagship phone by Samsung Electronics Co. also scored worse than Apple's iPhone 5 in tests in which the phone was dropped and dunked in water, SquareTrade said Monday. On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being worst, the S4 got a seven, compared with a 6.5 for its older cousin, the S3, and a five for the iPhone.
Samsung is counting on the S4 to help extend the Suwon, South Korea-based company's lead in smartphone sales. The phonemaker got one-third of the global smartphone market in the first quarter almost twice as big as Apple's share, research firm Strategy Analytics said last week.