Apple boasts that the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have the most durable glass ever used in a smartphone. We’re now seeing the results.
Although results might vary, the iPhone XS survived a drop of 11 feet in a daring test conducted by Tom’s Guide. A drop test video shows that it landed safely, despite being thrown face-first onto concrete.
iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS Max were also able to withstand drops of three, four, and five feet. They were dropped in various ways, including face-down, on the bottom edge, and back. These are the usual heights at which phones can be dropped by clumsy people (not me or you).
To smash the iPhone XS Max glass during the final drop test, it took a 20-foot fall. The smartphone was rendered inoperable by the two-story fall. It appeared to have more cracks than pixels, and went from Super Retina state to super ruined.
The case for iPhone XS Cases
The drop test today revealed two things. First, the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS are likely using Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 6 (Apple doesn’t say for sure). This is supposedly twice as strong as Gorilla Glass 5. The Samsung Galaxy S10 might get the same protection.
If you are buying an iPhone that costs $999 / PS999 / AU$1,629., then you will want to consider investing in an iPhone XS Case. AppleCare+ may also be worth considering.
Apple’s claim of using the “most durable glass ever used on a smartphone” does indeed hold true, at least in this test. Tom’s Guide wisely states that “your mileage may vary.” In our personal iPhone drop tests, we have found this to be true often. However, it is not always true.