iPhone 11’s ‘toughest glass in a smartphone’ put to the test

After Apple announced at its iPhone 11 event that its newest phones have the “toughest glass in a smartphone” it’s no surprise that we’re seeing that put to the test on launch day. The first drop test shows how the iPhone 11 Pro fared from hip-height drops on concrete.

Tom’s Guide decided to test the durability of the iPhone 11 Pro right in front of Apple’s Fifth Avenue Cube. As the publication notes, these weren’t scientific drop tests but the goal was to simulate real-world drops outside.

To see how durable our gold iPhone 11 Pro is, I first dropped the handset from about hip height on concrete. In this case we’re talking about 3.5 feet, which is not very high.

The result of the first drop did some notable damage to the screen.

As I turned over the iPhone 11 Pro I saw large cracks in the upper left corner and a finer hairline crack running diagonally across the front of the 5.8-inch OLED display from the top left to the bottom right.

Tom’s Guide’s Mark Spoonauer noted that was disappointing considering the iPhone XS didn’t crack last year after 3-, 5-, and 11-foot drops. However, he notes those tests were done inside on treated concrete.

Another drop saw the iPhone 11 Pro land on its back and there wasn’t any damage to the rear glass. However, another drop from shoulder height did crack the back and expanded the damage to the screen as well.

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Spoonauer says that overall he really likes the iPhone 11 lineup and that his testing may not necessarily prove Apple’s claim false. We’ll have to wait and see how the new iPhones do in future drop tests.

However, I’m not impressed with the iPhone 11 Pro’s durability based on our limited testing. Do I think Apple’s toughness claims are complete bunk? Not necessarily.

While appearing on TV recently discussing the iPhone 11, an anchor took dropped it on stage, both front and back, from about 5 feet. And the unit survived without a scratch. This was a different surface, but it does show that the iPhone 11 units can at least take a bit of a beating.

Check out the full article and drop test results from Tom’s Guide here.

Images via Future/Tom’s Guide

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