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iPhone XS phones are beer-resistant, but the glass can still shatter on drops

September 24th, 2018 at 6:50 AM
iPhone XS vs. iPhone XS Max

A drop test video on Friday showed us that the news iPhone XS and XS Max are indeed more durable than the iPhone X, surviving drops from various heights. But the phones aren’t indestructible. More rigorous testing from SquareTrade shows that the screen will crack on both handsets when dropped against concrete from a certain height. But both phones are beer-resistant, just as Apple said on stage during the announcement event a few days ago.

SquareTrade’s testing shows that both the iPhone XS and XS Max were damaged after drops from around 6 feet. But while the iPhone XS shattered, the iPhone XS Max cracked and was still usable.

Image source: SquareTrade

The steel frame prevented damage during side drops:

Image source: SquareTrade

But back drops broke the rear glass on both devices.

Image source: SquareTrade

They didn’t fare any better in tumble tests either.

Image source: SquareTrade

Here’s the full video:

Unlike other drop tests on YouTube, SquareTrade only dropped the new iPhones from 6 feet. Obviously, the bigger the height, the direr the consequences. Last week’s video showed that dropping the phone from 3-feet (pocket level) would not crack the screen.

Like I said last week, regardless of what these drop tests reveal, your mileage might vary, so you should consider using accessories to protect the screen and rear-facing glass. Replacing the screen costs $399, while the shattered back will set you back $599.

The two iPhones did survive the beer test if that matters to you. “After being submerged in 138 cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon for 30 minutes, both functioned normally and proved they would not leave consumers with a hangover,” SquareTrade noted.

Overall, the iPhone XS received a much lower repairability score than the iPhone XS Max, as seen in the following image:

Image source: SquareTrade

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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