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Video: iPhone 5s easily survives drop test – iPhone 5c, not so much

Published Sep 20th, 2013 10:40AM EDT
iPhone 5s 5c Drop Test

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The new iPhones have been out for less than a day but we already have our first drop test video. This particular video comes to us from the team at Android Authority, which bought both the iPhone 5s and 5c in Hong Kong early Friday morning and gave each device chest-high drop tests on a concrete sidewalk. The iPhone 5s fared remarkably well in the drop test and its aluminum body barely registered a scuffle when dropped on its back, side and front. The iPhone 5c, on the other hand, fared less well.

The plastic iPhone’s casing survived the back-end and side drops easily enough but its display cracked in multiple places when dropped flat on its face. The good news, however, is that the 5c still worked even with multiple cracks in its screen of course — though it’s advisable to get cracked screens repaired as quickly as possible despite the fact that you see people using iPhones with broken screens everywhere you go.

The full video follows below.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.