Watch a case designed for the Apple iPhone 5 protect a device from a 100,000 foot fall

Watch a case designed for the Apple iPhone 5 protect a device from a 100,000 foot fall
We could tell you about what G-Form's impact absorbing Xtreme Apple iPhone 5 case is all about. Sure, we could mention the Reactive Protection Technology or the fact that the case has a 3-layer protective composite with a polycarbonate outer shell, an RPT core and a shock absorbing third layer. But what does that all mean to you? Better that you take a look at a video of a stunt that was performed near Area 51 in the Nevada desert.

The case used is designed for the Apple iPhone 5, but also fits the 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



32. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Haha this is funny, such case for fragile iPhone. How about Nokia Lumia 920 which has been at atmosphere WITHOUT any case! :)

31. iPhoneCase

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 31, 2012

really sweet review's on iPhone Case from amanda check

30. iPhone-Junkie

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 05, 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

33. opensourceftw

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 01, 2013

Lose the top, we'll talk.

29. nuklear

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I'd rather rely on 10 ft drop test on concrete floor.

28. motty

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Try iphone with case Vs. Nokia 3310 .lols

25. opensourceftw

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 01, 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?

20. koloss

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

“That's my phone” ― Felix

19. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 154; Member since: Nov 22, 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...

18. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

So what they did, once it landed and they saw the phone in pieces they switched it.

17. zazori08

Posts: 113; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

Good thing the government did not shoot it down because it's near to Area 51.

16. jsdechavez

Posts: 818; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

A Nokia doesn't need a case. haha

14. arpitpuri

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

12. darthinvader

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 18, 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

8. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 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?

9. MauriceGerald

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 09, 2012

I think they are :)

15. BadAssAbe

Posts: 509; Member since: Apr 22, 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. LOL :-(

24. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 280; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

arrogance has no place in civilization

6. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I would have believed the iPod survived the impact if they'd shown the video that it hit the ground

11. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

thats an iPhone 5 but sames**t

5. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

did anyone saw this video?.... this is my son

10. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

this isnt your son just because he has very good english and you dont grammar mistake at ''saw''

27. bluescreen

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

ah hahahaha ur son soon as he said this is too easy with a knife it quit working....FAIL!!!!!!! hahaha

3. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

2. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 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: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

hmm.. that's possible. Not for sure on concrete though..

22. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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...

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