Several reputable tech publications tested the iPhone X’s durability by subjecting it to a series of brutal scratching and drop-off exams. The verdict across the board is that the front and rear glass panels on the $1,000 flagship telephone are highly easy to shatter, despite Apple’s claim that it’s “the most durable glass ever in a smartphone .”
The first exam comes from CNET, which plummeted the iPhone X onto a sidewalk from simply three feet, or about pocket height. The telephone suffered damage to three of its four corners on the very first plummet. The crackings on the screen spread deeper and wider on the second drop-off from the same distance. Because of those poor results, CNET dedicated the machine the questionable honor of “most breakable iPhone ever.”
A few weeks later, electronics warranty provider SquareTrade uploaded a short drop test to YouTube. The iPhone X’s OLED display shattered and malfunctioned after being fell onto its stainless steel side from six feet high.
The face-down drop was even worse. Cracks spread across the lower half of the screen, and again, the presentation malfunctioned, making the phone unusable. SquareTrade gave the iPhone X a breakability rating of 90, or “high risk.”
To make matters worse, the iPhone X is extremely expensive to repair. SquareTrade calculates the screen replacing would expense $279, while any further damage could bring mend expenses beyond the price of a new iPhone 7.
Our advice? Save another $20 and get yourself a good example and screen protector.
H/ T the Guardian