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iPhone 5 Shown Surprising Durability in Drop Tests. But Black iPhone 5 Might Be Easily Scratched

By just looking at the iPhone 5, you probably wouldn’t guess that it is a more durable device than the iPhones that came before it. After all, it’s much thinner and lighter–two factors that don’t usually result in increased durability… But early tests have shown that while the black iPhone 5 might be susceptible to direct scratching, it performs like a champ in all the typical drop tests and leaves the Galaxy S III defenders little ground to stand on.

The above video must have been difficult for “Android Authority” to post, but we’ll hand it to them for some unbiased reporting. If you lasted through the 5 minute clip, then you saw the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III get dropped from several different heights. At the end of the drops (which included a 6 foot fall for the iPhone), Apple had more than defended its claim that the metal backing of the iPhone 5 makes for an ironclad smartphone that can handle normal wear and tear. Unlike the Galaxy S III, the iPhone’s screen never cracked! Android comparison aside, those are results beyond what we would have hoped!

Somewhat obviously, another “tester” found that the slate backing of the iPhone 5 is scratchable when you attack it with a SIM key… While it would have been great for Apple to wow us with some kind of scratch resistant material, I’m going to stop short of saying that this test shows the iPhone 5 to “scratch easily.”


However you look at it, the iPhone 5’s design priorities–as they relate to the resiliency of the device–are right where we’d have them… Who wants to pay hundreds of dollars to replace the screen of a brand new smartphone? I’m not going to go tossing my new phone on the pavement, but I’m walking away from these drop tests a bit more confident in the redesigned iPhone 5.

Here are more iPhone 5 drop test videos. Does the iPhone 5 survive the falls?

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