The iPhone X looks like it wants to break.
After all, the common perception is that the prettier the device, the more fragile it is.
Indeed, the iPhone X is a gorgeous device clad in glass. But the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are also clad in glass. With that logic, the iPhone X’s durability should be pretty similar to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, right?
Check it out:
Both the front and the back of the iPhone X survived three drop tests from waist-height in the EverythingApplePro YouTube channel's drop test.
And even from head height, the iPhone X's front and back survived three falls from three different angles.
Filip of EverythingApplePro had some pretty great things to say about the iPhone X's durability based off his drop tests.
During the drop-test video, Filip seemed pretty amazed by the iPhone X's durability, saying the 'iPhone X seems to be one of the most durable phones I have ever tested on a drop, it's incredible.' He believes the stainless steel frame on the iPhone X has something to do with its surprising durability.
And, of course, the glass on the iPhone X's front and back sustained no damage from a total of six drop tests from different angles; three from waist height, and three from head-height.
In PhoneBuff's drop tests, the iPhone X didn't fare quite so well as EverythingApplePro's drop test. It showed a small crack on the back from a single waist-height drop, but the screen was fine.
Dropped from waist-height on its bottom edge, it seems that the iPhone X's stainless steel frame is more durable than the iPhone 8's aluminium frame.
It took three drops from about shoulder-height until the iPhone X's screen was totally shattered, and the bottom portion stopped responding to touch on the fifth drop. It meant that the iPhone X couldn't unlock with the 'swipe up to unlock' gesture.
Zack from JerryRigEverythin dropped the iPhone X from knee-height, or about three feet, and it was 'totally fine.'
The iPhone X survived two of Zack's knee-height drops, whereas the iPhone 8 Plus' back shattered on the second drop.
Zack dropped the iPhone X twice from about waist-height, and it got a nick in the glass on the second drop.
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Several people have lamented that they have broken their new iPhone X within days, sometimes within hours, of using them. It may have caused the impression that the iPhone X is more fragile than any previous iPhones, but it's more likely that breaking the iPhone X causes a greater emotional effect due to its gorgeous design and high price tag.
While the iPhone X may appear to be more durable than the iPhone 8 phones, it's still the most expensive to repair to date. With that in mind, you'd still do well to buy a good protective case if you're an iPhone X owner.