That phone not only survived drops but we have dropped one while in a cold run, watching it bounce as it hit the ground and drag a few feet before it came to a stop. That's why many will require some additional time to figure out just how everything works on the new one.
Apple's newest phone, the thousand-dollar iPhone X, finally hit store shelves Friday.
How many drops does it take to crack an iPhone X? According to SquareTrade, which sells smartphone protection plans, iPhone X is Apple's most breakable iPhone to date.
Side and Back Drop Tests: Remarkably, the side drop did the most internal damage to the phone.
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Face Down Drop Test: On its first drop, SquareTrade saw the iPhone X shatter, its screen become unresponsive and its widely touted facial recognition feature fail completely. When the phone was dropped from the same height from the back panel, it caused complete damage to the back glass panel. Particularly when it lands upside down, the wary anticipation of checking the screen for cracks is enough to make you wish you and your expensive technology had never been born. Although the screen was able to recognize touch through cracks suffered during the test, the "home" swipe command failed, stranding users in the app that happened to be open. An industry analyst found that the iPhone X's flashier parts cost Apple 25 percent more than the iPhone 8, but that it retails for 43 percent more.
However, the iPhone X fared better in other drop tests posted on YouTube.
After all was said and done, SquareTrade gave it a "Breakability Score" of 90 (presumably out of 100), meaning it's a "High Risk" of shattering or breaking. A smile can be found on the faces of iPhone droppers every time a screen goes uncracked, spurning the hefty fix fee or, worse yet, the looming expense of buying another smartphone.
EverythingApplePro placed the iPhone X in a 20-foot tube of water for 35 minutes without any signs of liquid damage, while JerryRigEverything scratched the iPhone X with a knife, including the cameras, stainless steel frame, and Apple logo. Do you buy accidental damage insurance on your smartphones?