Watch a case designed for the Apple iPhone 5 protect a device from a 100,000 foot fall
fifth-generation Apple iPod which was used for the test. The device encountered temperatures as low as 60 degrees F below zero as it was attached to a weather balloon that reached a peak height of 100,000 feet. The balloon then started plummeting to earth and was found 41 miles from the launch site without a scratch, in perfect working condition. It wasn't the first time that G-Form sent the Apple iPod 100,000 feet up to test its case as a similar stunt was tried almost exactly one year ago. Last February, an Apple iPhone 4 placed in a G-Form case was used as a puck and traveled as fast as 82mph. It survived.
While the Apple iPod that was sent into space survived, the video camera aboard conked out at 60,000 feet due to the cold weather. The same thing happened to the back-up sports action camera aboard that failed halfway through the fall to earth, again, due to the cold.
G-Form will be displaying it's latest Xtreme cases at CES 2013 and will be shipping this month for the Apple iPhone 5, 5th-generation Apple iPod, Apple iPad, Apple iPad mini and the Samsung Galaxy S III. Pricing starts at $39.99. To order, you can visit the sourcelink.
source: G-Form via Aving.net
1. Lift_Off (Posts: 150; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
better idea: turn the video recorder on on the iphone and just chuck that thing out of a plane. More accurate test to see if it would really survive. plus the camera wouldn't die of "extreme cold" lol
13. eli577 (Posts: 74; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)
Yeah right....even at 30.000 feet high there is -40, -50 Celsius. The phone would not work under -20 Celsius....so the camera would not work too.
34. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3427; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Yeah something about this test doesn't seem kosher to me. It's a little bit too convinient that the camera just stops.
2. eisenbricher (Posts: 961; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
But what about the shock? Case that slim can never absorb huge shock damage. Internals would stop working even from a shock it gets by dropping it from, say 12 feet.
4. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
it was in the dessert kind of land. Even without casing i think iPhone will not be destroyed because of the soft surface.
7. eisenbricher (Posts: 961; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
hmm.. that's possible. Not for sure on concrete though..
22. jaytai0106 (Posts: 629; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
It's not even what type of surface the phone hit when it landed. The camera pack has a little parachute to slow everything down before it hits the ground. It's probably a good case, but until they just throw in the phone with the case off the plant at 100,000 ft and survive I will never believe this...
23. jaytai0106 (Posts: 629; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Sorry guys, it's not a parachute, but rather a popped weather balloon. But it's just not a accurate test.
3. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
I can't stop laughing of that icrap promotion.
Now people likes to do lie because of apple.
Bad bad bad!!!!
It's more reliable if the throw that iPhone on the ground.
5. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
did anyone saw this video?....
this is my son
10. bbblader (Posts: 520; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
this isnt your son just because he has very good english and you dont
grammar mistake at ''saw''
27. bluescreen (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
ah hahahaha ur son sucks....as soon as he said this is too easy with a knife it quit working....FAIL!!!!!!! hahaha
6. tiara6918 (Posts: 1200; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
I would have believed the iPod survived the impact if they'd shown the video that it hit the ground
8. yowanvista (Posts: 273; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
That's roughly around 30.5Km for those who live in the civilized world with proper units.. degrees F, miles, feet? Are you still living in the 18th century?
15. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
It will cost untold amounts of money to convert the US into proper units.
So instead we rather just suffer as a whole and do more math then everyone else.
24. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 200; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)
arrogance has no place in civilization
12. darthinvader (Posts: 63; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
This is how they should have carried this "Drop test".. Drop iPhone from 100K feet, then drop Lumia 920 without any protection on it, then for the "Ultra Drop Test" drop Nokia 3310 on iPhone(if it survives the first round) :P :P
14. arpitpuri (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Sounds too fishy. Can't accept the fact a mobile can survive a drop test of 10000 ft without a scratch...good video though, next time try harder.
17. zazori08 (Posts: 113; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)
Good thing the government did not shoot it down because it's near to Area 51.
18. kcombs (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)
So what they did, once it landed and they saw the phone in pieces they switched it.
19. roscuthiii (Posts: 1658; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
100,000ft?! Wow! That's, er, oh yeah... terminal velocity. As long as it hits terminal velocity it doesn't really matter what height they drop it from.
21. buccob (Posts: 964; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Agree... They should just drop it out of the empire state building. It is enough to hit terminal velocity from there. AND will hit concrete for a better testing surface... (or maybe somebody's head).
26. bluescreen (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
its all about more is better....kinda like when stores put the clearance label on something when the clearance price is probably higer than the regular price yet people will still tear it off the shelf just cause they read that magical word and they assume their getting the best deal....same can be said with saying it can protected from a 100k ft fall....i say for a real test lets put the case and phone in the partical collider thingy and see how it performs :) since they want to be d**ks and prey on peoples lack of knowledge...
25. opensourceftw (banned) (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)
Another day, another iphone case article. Although in fairness to apple (While do I feel dirty now?) other than the daily lawsuit/patent BS, what else is there really to talk about with them? maybe that's why a new case is considered newsworthy?
29. nuklear (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
I'd rather rely on 10 ft drop test on concrete floor.
30. iPhone-Junkie (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)
seriously with so much protection you can expect that thing to get hurt puuuhhhh... yesterday i turned on my Tv and watched on CNN about amanda iPhone Case Reviews really amazing simple reviews but good ones
31. iPhoneCase (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)
really sweet review's on iPhone Case from amanda check
32. Altair (Posts: 278; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
Haha this is funny, such case for fragile iPhone. How about Nokia Lumia 920 which has been at atmosphere WITHOUT any case! :)