Monday, Sep 27, 2021, 17:22 iOS: Hardware

Fall Test Video – How Sturdy Is The iPhone 13?

It happens quickly – either the iPhone slips out of your hand and flies into the air, or you bump something on which it was resting – for the more adventurous of us, it's even possible for iPhones to fall out of pockets, or be forced to absorb the first impact of a fall. For the lucky ones, a quick examination of the device reveals no damage, for those less fortunate – either the display or rear side of the device has been shattered. Depending on the model of the iPhone, the results can be catastrophic to one's personal bank account. In the iPhone 13's case, screen replacement costs range from US$229 (mini) all the way to US$329 (Pro Max), although independent repair shops can often perform the same repair for a much lower price. However, there's recently been a bit of contention regarding the last point and screen replacements for the newest iPhone. Apple is currently advertising the iPhone 13 as the smartphone with the hardest glass on the market.

The iPhone 13 Is Slightly Heavier – Does This Also Make It More Fragile?
Given that the weight of Apple's most recent smartphone increased by up to 15 grams (depending on the model), people began to ask rather quickly whether or not this increase in weight would make the device more fragile. Well, a test series has now addressed exactly how resistant the iPhone 13 is to damage from accidental test flights onto the ground. Normally, smartphones have fewer problems absorbing damage when landing flat – most damage to the devices actually occurs when they land on an edge.

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Drops From A Common Height – Not A Problem
Most smartphone falls occur from either the height of a table or pocket. With respect to this, the tests support Apple's claims concerning the iPhone 13's stable design. A 3-foot drop onto the floor won't lead to any damage. This applies regardless of whether or not the device lands on one of its bottom edges, front, or back. It's not until the device is dropped from a height of 6 feet that any visible damage occurs. However, this only causes cracks in the display and the device continues to work as necessary. The same even goes for a drop or fall of almost 10 feet (which is only ever rarely likely to happen in reality), although the back of the iPhone was smashed.

Conclusion – The iPhone 13 Is Very Sturdy
Although there's no exact indication of how many drops an average iPhone 13 can soldier through, Apple's claims concerning the stability of the device's display glass and housing are not unfounded. Despite the slight increase in weight, users shouldn't have to fear a quick flight from the kitchen counter to the floor involving a landing cost of US$200-300. Thus, the newest generation iPhone appears to be more or less just as stable as its predecessor.

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