Is 11 Pro Max the 'toughest' iPhone ever? Kind of, but when drop-tested vs Note 10+...

Unlike the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy Note 10+ is clad entirely in Gorilla Glass 6 protection, and should be able to withstand the most common drop from pocket height but could it be a match for "the toughest glass ever in a phone?"

Yes, we are talking about the new iPhone 11 Pro models that are apparently dressed in a custom "toughest" glass mix but which still comes from the furnace over at Corning, the makers of Gorilla Glass so its strength should be commensurate to what the Note 10+ is wrapped in. Or is it?

Well, we'll spare you the suspense - both glass-y warriors break from all sides when they get machine-dropped next to each other, but the Note 10+ beats the iPhone 11 Pro Max by a tad with a smaller number of cracks at the front and back in the respective drops. In the side drop test, however, the 11 Pro Max's stainless steel frame helps it remain relatively unscathed.

Moreover, the bonus round which drops the phones ten times face-down, returned the best result of any iPhone so far, in the sense that the screen remained operational, unlike previous times. This pours some credibility in Apple's claim that the new "Pro" models are a bit tougher than their predecessors. 

Nevertheless, the Note 10+ remained cracked and battered after the bonus round, but everything worked, while the 11 Pro Max had the cameras give up the ghost, so we still wouldn't advise carrying Apple's "toughest" without a case on, considering the price tag.

Related phones

iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 12 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2650 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3969 mAh
Galaxy Note 10+
  • Display 6.8" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4300 mAh



1. mohsin845

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Apple obviously fooled it

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1546; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Nothing made of glass is tough. How hard is that to understand. Apple’s brainwashing cape abilities are second to none.

7. koioz

Posts: 177; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Air plane's wind shield?

10. Fred3

Posts: 574; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Ever see videos of birds going through the windshield?

13. TBomb

Posts: 1632; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

actually, airplane windshield isn't glass

3. hpspectrex360

Posts: 59; Member since: May 10, 2017

These tests make no sense whatsoever. I too doubt that the iPhone's glass is significantly stronger, but this doesn't really demonstrate much, as there are too many variables contributing to the drop test results that aren't controlled for. In EverythingApplePro's video it did well, but that too mught just be a coincidence. At the end of the day, "glass is glass and glass can break" -Jerryrigeverything

5. Alex_12

Posts: 57; Member since: May 30, 2018

Yes, different engles can change the result, but it will not test only the glass hardness. He is testing in general and mostly the glass itself back and front.

4. baldilocks

Posts: 1542; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

It depends on who does the tests and on what day. One reviewer dropped the new iPhones nearly 10 times before they cracked -- and that was from a height over 10 feet. So, it's always the luck of the draw and glass always cracks.

6. Vancetastic

Posts: 1698; Member since: May 17, 2017

This again confirms my suspicions that glass is a dumb material for the back of a phone. Oooooooh, that premium feel!

8. koioz

Posts: 177; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

I don't know about the others, but for me high quality plastic is the ideal construction for a smartphone - tough and works for wireless charging, and reception. And I don't like glossy finish.

9. CDexterWard

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I’m so glad we did away with removable polycarbonate backs and user replaceable batteries. Drop tests would be boring and we’d feel obligated to hold onto our phones longer. Thank goodness for pretty progress. /s

11. tbreezy

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Kind of expected when one device is made out of Stainless Steel vs one made out of Aluminum

12. Cyberchum

Posts: 1099; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

None of them were made of either. Only their frames were.

14. wickedwilly

Posts: 740; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Apple is always making claims about iPhones that are not true. which is why it is baffling why so many of its fans believe everything they say. Gullable and stupid seems to be a prominent trait in those circles.

15. Reybanz88

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

The title is misleading.... The iPhone stopped working and the Note did not.

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