iPhone XS Max deemed more of the same in rigorous durability test (Video)

If you care about durability and you’re still not sure you should upgrade from last year’s iPhone X to the hot new XS or XS Max, fret not, as torture expert Zack Nelson from YouYube channel JerryRigEverything is here to... tear Apple a new one.

Don’t worry, the extra-large iPhone XS Max does not snap in half like the iPhone 6 all those years ago, but apart from acing a rather useless burn test, there’s not much to justify that extravagant retail price and outright bonkers official repair costs

Not as far as this popular YouTuber is concerned, who also doesn’t shy away from bashing Apple for its dongle profit-reaping tactics and general disregard of customer desires. Obvious bias aside, Nelson gives credit where credit is due while proving some of Cupertino’s marketing claims simply don’t mean much out in the real world.

That “sapphire” crystal lens cover, for instance, is described as “impure” and proven to be significantly more susceptible to scratches as the “pure” sapphire protection of certain (dumb) Swiss-made watches. 

Basically, the iPhone XS Max rear camera is about as tough as a conventional shooter found on the back of many Android flagships, which are typically advertised as glass-protected. 

Speaking of glass, there’s not much factual evidence, at least not yet, to support Apple’s pompous assertion that the iPhone XS and XS Max come with the “most durable glass” out there. So, yeah, it’s probably a good idea to slap a screen protector and decent case on this bad boy. 

Obviously, there are also a lot of things to love about the iPhone XS Max build quality, starting with an “impressive” and difficult to scratch stainless steel frame. All the buttons are made from robust metal, and the overall feel is as “premium” as you’d expect. Just don’t expect anything special or groundbreaking in any way from a durability standpoint.

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iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3179 mAh(25h talk time)



2. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I watched this review, very good and truthfull.

5. OneLove123

Posts: 1161; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Apple saphire is from the dollar store.

6. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

As he showed in the video, its not sapphire.

8. DolmioMan

Posts: 333; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Zach has literally tested this himself before and explained it fully. Apple uses a blend of sapphire crystal and soda glass, I assume to keep the lens both drop resistant and resistant to microabrasions. When he “scratches” the glass, what he’s really doing is fracturing the layer of sapphire crystal on top and scratching the glass below. He also makes it out to be a negative like everyone else in the industry is using pure sapphire crystal.

10. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

why not just use pure sapphire on the lens cover?

11. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Like everything with apple cost, they need that 60+% mark up on there products.

14. wickedwilly

Posts: 722; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

The point is others are not claiming to use sapphire glass thus inferring that it is more scratch resistant when clearly it is not. Same with the lie the glass used is the most durable on any smartphone, last year it claimed the same for the X and it ended up the most fragile smartphone ever!

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4248; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

So many keynote topics have been disproved. Just another fill of Apple lies and spin marketing. It's great to see a tech reviewer who has no fear about not being invited to an Apple event be blatantly honest about what goes on in the Apple world.

15. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Torturing an iphone is so sad to see. Now android fans are crying mainly because of the price. Stick to your android phones and be happy. Let iphone fans decide where to spend their money. Nothing to be butthurt coz you don’t own one...its just jealousy that even its price, its still selling.

16. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

As if there's no Android that's more expensive than iPhone.

17. cmdacos

Posts: 4248; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I pay premium and get premium. You pay premium and all you get is an iPhone...

20. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Most truthfull statement in the internet.

19. matistight

Posts: 996; Member since: May 13, 2009

iPhone Tennis Max

21. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

"Strongest glass on a phone" "Sapphire camera glass" All these bullxxit claims that sell iPhones.

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