What’s with all the iPhone drop tests? Not a day goes by that I don’t see the results of such tests. Well, I guess they’re tests. There sure are plenty of iPhone owners walking around with busted screens.
With every new iPhone Apple touts how much strong Gorilla Glass is. This year’s iPhone 11 models have the strongest ever. They still break when dropped. You would think they would get better after a decade of millions of iPhone customers continually testing their iPhone’s durability.
Test A, Test B
So far, in less than a week after iPhone 11 models went on sale and units shipped to waiting customers, I’ve seen about a dozen stress tests; iPhones dropped from three feet, 10 feet; onto concrete, onto hard floors.
As always, the results are mixed. Some reviews show an iPhone shattered to smithereens, and other review shows no damage at all, but after a few more drops, things begin to change and crack appear.
Danny Zepeda chronicled a drop test by YouTuber JerryRigEverything.
Unsurprisingly, the iPhone 11 Pro is built like a tank.
That seems to be stretching the truth. How would a tank hold up after being dropped onto another tank from 10 feet? Something has to give, right?
Apple claims the new iPhones come with the strongest glass on a smartphone
That means that any other smartphone with the same glass could have the same results and Apple’s would still be the strongest glass.
The back matte glass panel was true winner. It survived razors, keys, coins and more without so much as a scratch.
I use a case.
Nathan and I work in a Chicago area private school with nearly a thousand students, most of whom seem to tote iPhones, and many of those have conducted their own drop stress tests. Mostly inadvertently.
The results are not as pretty.
Look, does anyone do a similar drop test of their new iPad Pro? Does it blend? How about the Mac? Hey, an iPhone 11 Pro can be priced well North of an entry-level MacBook Air, somewhere close to the price tag of a MacBook Pro, and you don’t see anyone drop testing those?
I have friends– and see students and teachers in our school– who do not have a case on their iPhones. So, I ask, “Why don’t you have a case?” Their answers are similar. “The iPhone is beautiful and I like the feel of holding it naked.”
Fair enough. And to each his own. Most of the time, those who love the beauty and the feel also have cracked corners and cracked screens and now that iPhones the past few years have a glass back, we get cracks on all sides.
Cracked glass is not beautiful.