iPhone XS is stronger, but certainly not unbreakable

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max boasts the strongest glasses ever used on smartphones. But is it strong enough?

In the new test, Apple's device may be tougher than the previous-generation device, but it turned out to be unreadable yet. When dropping one to the sidewalk it will almost certainly bring an expensive repair bill.

Apple's new iPhone lineup is not quite different from iPhone X at a glance, but various subtle design improvements are made to make it more robust. In addition to more powerful glass, both iPhone XS and XS Max are rated IP68 for dust resistance and water resistance.

Do you still need a case to protect $ 1,000 + investment? definitely.

iPhone XS needs to be handled carefully

SquareTrade uses iPhone XS and XS Max for several durability tests to exactly examine how stronger it is than the predecessor. The result is not that surprising.

As Apple promised, the new lineup is more water resistant and can handle beer. After immersing in 138 cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon for 30 minutes, both test handsets remained fully functional.

However, if your iPhone XS is sitting on the floor instead of your pint, problems may arise. The SquareTrade drop test proved that both devices will be damaged first when landing flat on the back face. The stainless steel frame helps keep things together as they land on both sides.

Jason Siciliano, SquareTrade vice president, says: "We were very impressed with iPhone Xs Max, which is much more powerful than iPhone X, the predecessor of iPhone Xs Max, but like the iPhone X, the all-glass design of iPhone Xs and Xs Max is , It is very susceptible to cracks, which is the most common cause of breakage, especially damage.

Expect expensive repair

If you break iPhone XS or XS Max, it is not cheap to repair. The screen replacement cost is expected to be about $ 399, and the broken back will be $ 599.

"Considering that it was $ 599 for the most expensive version of the first iPhone, repair costs were taken into account when purchasing a new iPhone," added Siciliano. "They are beautiful mobile phones. Just do your best.

SquareTrade's iPhone XS corruption potential scorecard.
Photo: SquareTrade

As usual, the decent case is for those who leave their iPhone from home.

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