First iPhone 6 Drop Tests Show Mixed Results
Apple’s two new iPhones went on sale Friday, so naturally the Internet responded by seeing how quickly they could destroy them.
The new smartphones have been on sale less than 24 hours and the first wave of drop test videos are already making the rounds. The results are somewhat varied, but there are predictably tragic endings for some displays.
First up is a TechSmartt tester, who compared how the iPhone 6 fared when it was drooped while housed in Apple’s leather and silicone iPhone cases, respectively. The iPhone 5S in Apple’s leather case was also tested for comparison purposes.
The phones held up well in the initial drops, which were completed from pocket height, head height and 10 feet above ground. But it was the final drop— from 10 feet high with the screen face down— that did in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5S, both of which were housed in Apple’s leather case. Interestingly, the iPhone 6 in the silicon case made it through the same fall relatively unscathed. Though, as the tester notes in the video, this could be more of a coincidence than testament to the cases’ relative protective abilities.
The next test was conducted by PhoneBuff, who drop-tested both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from varying heights and angles. Though both handsets survived drops onto their back side from chest height, the iPhone 6 Plus’ screen shattered when it was dropped on its side edge and the iPhone 6’s screen eventually succumbed to a drop on its front display.
Android Authority’s test seems to have been the most successful of all, with both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus emerging from all three drops, including one directly onto the front display, with only a few scuffs.
While the tests were far from scientific and the results varied, it seems both iPhones will hold up reasonably well against minor bumps and drops, provided you don’t drop them directly on the display. But, just to be safe, you may want to invest in an iPhone case in the meantime— at least, until those long-rumored sapphire glass screens make an appearance.
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