The release cycle of new iPhones would not be complete of course without the famous drop tests (drop tests). And this time, we have several to show you!
Remember that these tests do not necessarily simulate real everyday situations, but serve to give us a good idea of how fragile (or not) are the new devices. If you think this is bullshit, wasteful or simply bullshit, stop here and go to the next post.
It's interesting this year that Apple is really promising strong resistance from iPhones 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Maxby stating that their glasses have been treated in a special way and even showing them at risk in promotional and commercial videos. Well, let's see how they got well.
To make the tests more accurate, they used a kind of trip with a 90-foot vacuum-based stand and, even loosening the nearly 3.5-meter-high iPhones, could not break their front or rear windows.
A few defective pixels were identified here and there, and in the case of the iPhone 11 their cameras stopped working after the 2m drop test, but overall they gave Apple's promises.
In a far less scientific test with both iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, the guys kind of corroborate the result of the CNET and only managed to destroy the glass of the devices with falls above 3m and when they hit each other on the floor. Not bad.
In this other video, they compared an iPhone 11 with an XR, and this time the new one didn't resist so much showing that, depending on how the device hits the ground, the drop doesn't necessarily have to be from a very high height.
Here, a far less scientific test, dropping the iPhone 11 Pro out of hand without a right angle and directly into the concrete opposite renewed Apple Fifth Avenue in New York, it is said. This time the test quickly showed that glass, as good as it is treated, is still glass.
The iPhone 11 Pro's screen shattered in the first drop, with the screen facing down from waist height. The rear endured this test, but could not stand a second drop in shoulder height.
Not only is this a fairer / more scientific test, as after each fall 15 items are checked on all devices not only if the glass has cracked or not. In addition, they decided to put an iPhone 11 Pro Max in front of the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Note 10+.
The Note10 + outperformed the benchmark, withstanding a little more drops and becoming more functional after the “round bonus ”with ten drops followed by screen down. In this case, the iPhone 11 Pro Max was almost fully functional except for its rear cameras.
That iPhones 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are the toughest yet, there is no doubt. Still, if you do not want to take too much risk, it is always best to use them in a case and preferably buy AppleCare +.
Update 9/23/2019 11:16 AM
And another test came out:
The insurance company not only tested the three new devices against falls, but also for their water resistance and put them in a crate that keeps spinning nonstop for a minute.
All were rated medium / high risk of breakage, but the iPhone 11 Pro was voted not only the best of three, as the best iPhone ever created by Apple in terms of strength.
Update II 9/23/2019 2:10 PM
And we have one more test of resistance! This one, however, is quite different from all the others.
In an already traditional video style, Zack Nelson does an extensive test involving scratch resistance, fire resistance, and outside hand warping. And it brings good compliments to the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
An interesting observation raised by him is that Apple rated the iPhone 11 Pro as sturdy submerged in water at up to 4m for 30 minutes (IP68) longer than any other smartphone on the market.