Published: Tue, November 07, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

We already broke the iPhone X (The 3:59, Ep. 311)

We already broke the iPhone X (The 3:59, Ep. 311)

The new iPhone X has been branded as the "most breakable, highest-priced, most expensive to fix iPhone ever" by a smartphone insurance company after performing a series of drop tests on Apple's $999 handset. But it's not going to stand up to any serious damage. 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.

How bad is the damage?

With the launch of the new Apple iPhone X three days ago, people have lined up as usual to get their hands on one, including all of the groups who can't wait to simply throw it at the ground, hit it with a hammer or let Fido get his chops on it. Companies like CNET have already had their hand at it and found that the glass cracked with some of the most basic fall tests, some as simple as three feet. The device had a nasty dent on the bottom, the area of impact, but the glass was still intact. "This is also expected behavior and can include "image persistence" or 'burn-in, ' where the display shows a faint remnant of an image even after a new image appears on the screen". In the second drop, the phone fell directly on its front face. The higher a device scores on a 100-point scale which is based on factors like physical characteristics, components, and drop, dunk, bend, tumble, and shot tests to simulate everyday use, the more breakable it is.

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Now, according to a new report from Localytics, we know that iPhone X is outpacing the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus engagement in its first week of availability. Internal brackets, spot welds and foam hold the front-facing cameras firmly in place so they can pull off delicate features like Portrait Mode, and the rear-facing Face ID camera technology comes out of the display when it's separated, making the OLED display replaceable without fiddling with the cameras embedded within it.

Fellow experienced phone wrecker Zack Nelson at the JerryRigEverything channel, also put the iPhone X through its paces, this time carrying out a scratch test will all manner of tools, notably a Stanley-style knife.

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