As Apple 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.
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, according to San Francisco-based SquareTrade.
The phone that withstood SquareTrade’s torture test best was Google Inc.’s Moto X. The Moto X is the first phone designed with the Internet company as Motorola’s new owner. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.