The ultimate drop test: an Apple iPhone 6 with a rugged case falls 101,000ft, guess what happens next

Ever wondered what will happen if you strap your brand new iPhone to a weather balloon and send it into the higher layers of the atmosphere? Sound logic suggests that you'd better start saving for a new phone, but guess what would happen if you've opted for a rugged case? Well, as the video right below illustrates, the things might unfold quite differently.

That's what the makers of one of the better rugged cases for the iPhone 6, UAG, wanted to find out. It decided to procure the ultimate drop test with one of its protective accessories for the Apple flagship. It attached the shiny new gadget to a weather balloon and sent the thus formed "USS Apple iPhone 6" to the stratosphere.

The altimeter read 101,345 feet when the balloon popped and the smartphone involuntarily began its downward descent towards the ground. 

What happens next? Watch the video and see for yourselves. Pity the iPhone below was not a "Space Gray" one!

source: UAG via RedmondPie

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2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Laughed so hard :D , but hey , people on FB alredy share this under the titles "Oh my GOD IPHONE SURVIVES FALL FROM SPACE?! "


Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

I'd love to see the same test with a raw chicken egg. The result would be much the same.

19. MythBusters

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

The phone would have survived even 'without the case' in this test :D

22. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

It's all for show anyway. The phone would reach its terminal velocity from a 3 story window just as easily. Sure, "from space" sounds cool, but from a practical standpoint it's a complete waste of time and money. The same speed upon impact would be achieved from a building.

27. engineer-1701d unregistered

plus its only inner atmosphere no big deal could you imagine reentry of the phone through the atmosphere hahaha fireball pitbull sings

39. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Thank you... the only two words that matter here: terminal velocity. After terminal velocity is reached, it just doesn't matter impact-wise what height it's dropped from.

33. Quality

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

"Oh my GOD IPHONE SURVIVES FALL FROM SPACE?! " But not survives fall from 1,5meter... what a shame

3. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

But does it still function properly?

4. kabilan.ravi

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

OMG.... LOL...

5. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

what if that had landed on someone?

6. MythBusters

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

The phone alone should have been released from the space and should have landed on the hard surface , then i would have considered this to be a Ultimate drop test !!


Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

Thank you PhoneArena for continuing to redefine the word "lame". Your gift is frankly beyond words.

8. vishalaestro

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

the phone was carried by the drone which got damaged at the end,there was very less effect on the phone like it was dropped from 5 feet .don't the creator of this video thinks that we don't know basic physics?

9. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Won't be long before this launch into orbit becomes illegal I'm guessing in today's age. For a thousand or two, drop your mini payload from space.

11. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

what did i just watch?

28. engineer-1701d unregistered

a falling turd lol

12. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

You could have dropped it from a very tall building only.. once it reaches terminal velocity the height is irrelevant... the wind resistance will do the rest...

13. mbp432

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

That was fun to watch, even though that was a bunch of balogne.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

This isn't a IUltimate drop test that was a IThud on a dirt. This iDiot is afraid of dropping his iUAG for not serving the fall

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Can someone please translate that?

43. stealthd unregistered

The subtitle would be "hopeless fanboy noise"

16. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Laughing hard here, looking forward to hear people say: "My phone can survive a fall from the sky"...

29. engineer-1701d unregistered

any phone can survive that test in the same way.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

it landed on mud. Nothing happened to it. Even if it didn't have that ugly case on it.

18. MythBusters

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

The phone would have survived even 'without the case' in this test :D

48. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

LOL...^...."Mythbusters"...who's to argue with these guys?

20. Ragnarkov

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 02, 2014

PFT. I could are less that it was an iPhone (although I did secretly hope it imploded on impact). I was more interested in those incredible views!

23. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Did I miss something? All I saw at the end was the back of the case? Was the screen shattered? Did it function after? Though the suborbital shots were beautiful.

49. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Proves that the people at UAG are as dumb as their cheap, ugly, overpriced cases. Buy an Otterbox...same price, no bullsh*t included.

24. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

That's not an "ultimate drop test", it's hardly any different than a regular drop test. To be an "ultimate drop test", the device that held the phone should've dropped it from that height so that the phone itself fell and not attached to that drone thing.

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