Breaking bad: Apple iPhone 5s and 5c drop test (video)

Breaking bad: Apple iPhone 5s and 5c drop test (video)
The iPhone 5s is not that much different in terms of chassis build than the iPhone 5, so one can expect pretty much similar results from its drop test like with the previous version, meaning it would hold up fairly well in falls from chest height, despite the rigid framing, unless it lands directly on the display.

The new plastic iPhone 5c is the bigger mystery here, as no doubt its housing would be more flexible to bumps and bounces. The drop test below, however, confirms that if the iPhone 5c lands squarely face-down on a hard surface, the screen is guaranteed to crack, despite the polycarbonate housing, which goes for most handsets as well.

Related phones

iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)
iPhone 5c
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1507 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. Yes-Sir

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Why and where is the black and gold version of the iP5s

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Sorry, no black version of iP5S. Maybe Apple is prejudiced against black?

37. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

No change for anyone in this test vs Nokia.

40. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

why this guy is wasting his money doing drop test? and good to see the screen can still crack

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What screen can't Einstein?

45. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The new screens Samsung and LG have in store for 2014. Can't wait until they're on next year's phones. :)

57. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

The flexible ones? Yeah, that is simply the display, not the glass covering it, which will still crack anyways.

44. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

They don't really waste their money on drop tests. They get sponsored and get provided either with the phones or the money to get them. After said drop tests they also probably do repair videos, so it's still a win-win.

46. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Why do people insist on talking about how others "waste" their money? WHO CARES! It's NOT your money. Worry about YOUR money not someone else's money whom you have never met. Sheesh!!!! lol

47. artealis

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

because the world economy, this world, the same world you live is in economic crisis. yes who cares, you still live alone in a cave right, no need for anybody, no care for anybody, you and your big ego just said who cares with the african people died because no water for them as long as you can shoved that shiny fruit phone in the a55 and bragging to your friend how rich you are. i can see no different between apple CEO and their fanboy. arrogant and heartless.

48. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

During the middle ages Europe was in chaos. So much poverty & only the rich were a select few. It lasted until the poor revolted. Nobody got a handout & nobody was helped. The people unified & did it themselves. We should let poor countries figure it out because if you go & keep giving aid you create a country who depends & they will not fight for what is right. They all need to STAND UP unify & DEMAND better from their governments. You keep giving free handouts they WILL keep coming back for more whether it be the stray cat in your back yard or a poor person in some poor 3rd world country. What incentive do they have to work for a better life if we keep giving aid. Enough with the politics, look my point is that too many people in this world are worried about PETTY things like money "wasting" when it's not their money in the first place. People need to keep calm & worry about themselves & not worry about the pockets of the next man. Why don't you make some EXTRA money, go to those countries, be those people's freedom fighter & stop worrying about things that really have nothing to do with you, like what people are spending their money on.

51. thequota

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

is it me or did the iphone 5s not drop on its face? instead hit the side and just kind of flipped around

49. Sauce unregistered

Amen! First post of yours I agree on!

54. hons9424

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Isn't that the "Black Color" one already gone (pass away)??

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

All phones crack when dropped unfortunately :(

3. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Yeah, no matter what type of glass. Whether it is durable tempered glass, Corning, Dragontrail, etc.

10. Yes-Sir

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Except Vertu phones! Sapphire glass

17. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

And Nokia 3310 and most Nokias, ofcourse.

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Unless you have an Otterbox Defender case. Then the phone+case bounces. And your phone has survived for another drop.

41. theruleslawyer

Posts: 108; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

Right, but you can only carry it in cargo pants.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Try telling that to the you-know-who's. +1

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Both were pretty solid, but wow that 5S is durable. 2 hrs 40 min to go.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Did you drop your earlier iPhone? I just don't get the whole waiting in line thing. You could be snuggled in bed with your honey. Instead, you are waiting in line? Objectively, I think your priorities are mixed up.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well Doug, you and I never argue and we won't now. You're a droid guy I happen to respect, but here goes. I'm not snuggled in bed with my honey, cuz she demanded to come with me, she actually wanted to experience this bro. Her jr, and work are my priorities and they're all taken care of. My priorities are actually in line, no need to list them. We as men know what we need to do. She's gone for coffee, I'd rather stand here in the dark with total strangers alone than have her do it while I get coffee. And yes I dropped my ip5 several times, once it took a very very nasty fall from about 10 feet up at the flamingo hotel. That fall left it with a cracked/shattered screen :(

20. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

An Otterbox Defender might have saved the day, but 10 feet up is a bit above and beyond. As far as the rest of your post, if your honey wants to do the standing in line thang, more power to her. I guess you have to experience it at east once in life. (Dunno) Personally, I prefer having the FedEx Truck bring my toy. But right now, I am trying to decide on a Droid Maxx. Good luck with your 5S. Hope it doesn't get dropped from 10 feet up. If it does, I guess you will be waiting in line for the iP6?

21. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

P.S.: I got cured of waiting in line in another life when I lived in Pasadena and friends wanted to wait in line for front row seats for the Rose Parade. The line started 3 days before the parade. By the time the parade started, I (along with more than a few others) was wasted. But if your honey wants to do the waiting in line thang, it is part of your life together. I wonder if she will want to repeat the experience?

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Damn dude 3 days!!! Now that I'd pass on lol.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I hope it doesn't either dude, I was pissed to hell and back, when I picked it up. It still worked though. Can't go wrong with a droid maxx. I've been doing the stand in line thing for about 4 years now, call me crazy but I actually like it, it's fun. She was adamant about coming, I told her to chill and just come like 7:30, but we're close friends too so along she came. I bet she won't come next year though, sleeping in the car isn't like our bed lol. +1

8. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Interesting how much stronger the 5S is. It is way more premium however. Aluminum will always scuff and dent, doesn't even look that bad. In general just take care of your phone and you will never drop it XP

14. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Drop test done by hand are not accurate. Even when done by a machine it doesn't always land the right ways.

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