We all have that fear of dropping our brand new phones when we get them. At first, we treat our new toys like a newborn baby; cautiously and gentle and heaven forbid we drop them!
However, dropping your phone is an inevitable scenario that will play out sooner or later.
With the spotlight firmly on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, it is only natural that testers around the world couldn’t wait to get their hands on them – purely to see how much of a beating Apple’s new devices can take.
The first is a drop test video by Android Authority (yes, it is strange that an Android channel will do an iPhone drop test) that tests the strength and resistance of the two new iPhones.
It’s important to remember that while the new iPhones are larger – 4.7 inches for the iPhone 6 and 5.5 inches for the iPhone 6 Plus – and they are much thinner, too. As for their weight, the iPhone 6 weighs in at 129 grams and the 6 Plus 172 grams. For comparison, the iPhone 5S weighs 112 grams.
The Android Authority video delivers some surprising results. While it is almost cringeworthy watching this young man dropping the phones (on purpose!), the results made us breathe a sigh of relief.
Surprisingly, both iPhones successfully pass the drop test with just a few minor scrapes and scuff marks.
The phones were first dropped on their back, which caused hardly any damage at all, then on their bottom (a vertical, straight down drop) which also did not cause a lot of damage save for a few scuff marks and finally, on their faces. Naturally, we were expecting the ‘shattered screen of death’ image, but, alas – both the iPhone 6 and the 6Plus emerged unscathed, with screens firmly in tact.
While the Android Authority video did make us feel a little more comfortable about dropping the new iPhone, we know that one drop test is not enough to prove the strength or resistance of the new devices.
The second drop test video we checked out was done by PhoneBuff.
Here, another young man attempts to expose the weaknesses of the new iPhones by dropping them painstakingly on hard pavement. He drops them in the same sequence as the guy from Android Authority – on the back, the side and the front.
The back drop in this video is concurrent with the previous video, resulting in no significant damage to either the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.
The side drop, however, is where the difference comes in. While the smaller iPhone 6 survives the drop with only a few scuff marks, the iPhone 6 Plus’ screen shatters a little. Upon further inspection, it looks as though the iPhone 6 Plus’ screen is coming apart from its body. Thus, the iPhone 6 Plus fails the drop test.
However, that is not the end, as their is still the dreaded front face drop to go. The iPhone 6 is up first and, unfortunately, fails the front face drop test with its screen shattering into a million small pieces. However, the phone is still operational after the drop, albeit shattered screen.
Next up is the bigger brother of the iPhone 6. Keeping in mind that the screen is already somewhat shattered from the precious drop, the young man then drops the phone face down on the cold, hard pavement.
It comes as no surprise then that the screen shatters even further, but still, the phone is fully operational.
No phone is immune to shattered screen or unsightly scuff marks when dropped. It all comes down to the luck of the draw really.
There is one guy that was not lucky. At all. This young, overly excited Australian man was the first to receive a new iPhone 6 in his country (after standing in line for what seems like centuries). The local news crew was also there to film the occasion and asked him to open his prized iPhone box on national television.
Well, a flurry of nerves and excitement seemed to get the better of him and, upon the reveal of the anticipated new device, he drops it. On live TV. For everyone to see.
Naturally, this video went viral – check it out below. Shame.