Researchers Give iPhone X The Worst-Ever Score For Durability

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SquareTrade, an electronics insurance company, says that the newly-released iPhone X is the most fragile and thus likely to shatter out of other iPhones.

The firm made the ruling after conducting a series of drop tests. The experiments included letting the smartphone plunge face down, back first, and on its side, respectively.

SquareTrade apparently conducted the test because it questions Apple’s claim that it has “the most durable glass ever in a smartphone” and asks if “$549 for most repairs” is “worth the risk?”


The side drop was considered the most damaging internally, while the exterior of the phone remained mostly intact. The back drop resulted in significant shattering of the back panel, including shards of glass, according to 9to5Mac. The face-down test rendered the iPhone X useless due to a shattered screen and unresponsive inputs, including the facial recognition feature.

The durability examination also included a “Tumble Test,” a “Shot Test,” and a water-submerging experiment.

The “Shot Test,” intended to reproduce the smartphone falling off the roof of a car, seems like a somewhat arbitrary trial. Nevertheless, SquareTrade conducted it and found that there were some cracks, but most harm was done to some of the iPhone X’s operability.

The “Tumble Test” saw the iPhone X placed in a “Tumble Bot” for 60 seconds (imagine the inside of a washing machine), taking short, constant bumps. It caused a decent amount of damage, but not as much as other trials. For the water dunk test, in which the phone was placed somewhat deep under water for 30 minutes, the phone was somewhat unaffected aside from a little audio muffling.

After all was said and done, SquareTrade gave it a “Breakability Score” of 90 (presumably out of 100), meaning it’s a “High Risk” of shattering or breaking.

Along with being “the most breakable,” it was also ruled as the “highest-priced, most expensive to repair iPhone ever.” (RELATED: Apple’s Technology Is Reportedly Messing Up Yet Again)

“Technology comes at a price,” the video concludes. “Drop it, and you’ll pay.”

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