iPhone 7 gets subjected to barbaric scratch and bend test, watch the mayhem here

iPhone 7 gets subjected to barbaric scratch and bend test, watch the mayhem here


If "Will it bend?" is among the questions you have about the new iPhone 7, YouTuber JerryRigEverything has the visceral answer in the form of a torture test video. It shows him going medieval on the matte black iPhone 7, scratching its screen, home button, speaker grille, antenna bands, and camera lens; taking a cigarette lighter to its screen; and finally twisting the smartphone's frame in his hands.

How does it all go? Well, the iPhone can take a beating, but it doesn't stand out as an indestructible piece of gear that you can be careless with. The screen and Home button show no scratches up to material hardness level six, which is where they start to appear. The camera lens and LED flash aren't scratched by a pocket knife – not that you'll be taking one to your iPhone, we presume – but a level 6 hardness test pick manages to carve into the camera lens cover.

Interestingly, JerryRigEverything disproves of Apple's claim that the iPhone 7's home button and camera lens feature sapphire crystal covers, because sapphire is supposed to resist scratches at up to level 9 surface hardness. We can't know for sure unless Apple addresses the claim.

Bending-wise, the YouTuber's hands of steel managed to get the iPhone 7's display to pop out of the chassis, but couldn't bend the smartphone into actually twisting and breaking it. An interesting observation was the adhesive that stretched between the display and back cover. This could be a waterproofing agent, Apple's usual liquid adhesive, or a mix of both.

The entire video is available below for your educational entertainment.


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23 Comments

1. TheNeighbor

Posts: 365; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Can still bend and adhesive of glass and frame compromised.

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Not to mention the water resistance as well.

3. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

So painful to watch.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Painful? Ah, ah, it's just an inanimate object!

5. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

An expensive inanimate object subjected to rather questionable and uncommon actions. However there may be merit in that for some people.

12. hansip87

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

of course it is painful.. for your wallet..

6. hansip87

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

even the screen glass is better than Note7 #shotsfired

7. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah I just saw the same test for Note 7 (by same guy, with same tools): iPhone 7 scratched at level 5; note 7 "the best device ever", scratched at level 3 (just one step above plastic). It doesn't just crack easier (see drop test videos) it also scratches much much easier than iPhone.

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2688; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

"the best device ever" That's Gorilla Glass to blame... The GG on the Note 7 is actually LESS resistant to "elements" than the previous 'incarnation'... All in all, Leaving the 6 was a BAD KARMA for Samsung...! Poor glass, poor battery... And I don't think that Samsung made them in House... Poor Quality Control to blame here...

10. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Note 7 The phone made with bad decisions.

14. Landon

Posts: 1227; Member since: May 07, 2015

Yet the Note 7 still works after 50 drops............ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKGfuct01M4

16. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The best large phone reign continues. The first review is out: the Verge - iPhone 7 Plus =9.0, Note 7=9.3

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yep you did. But saying the Note 7 gets scratched easier, still doesn't change the fact they both can be scratched easily. At least the Note 7 wont bend and lose its IP certification. Oh and as far as drop tests? Tests show the iPhone still breaks easier on the front side. Why does this matter? Well unlike the back glass of the S7E and Note 7, the front glass of the phone is glued to the displays glass. So this should offer 2x's the break protection. Yet in most tests, the iPhone still fared the worse. Obviously the back glass will break faster because it is only glued to the edge of the frame and the bottom plate. Glue can't prevent breakage. As far as what Corning claimed which was BS, lets be real and fair. Harder glass breaker faster than softer glass. But harder is more resistant to scratches. Which is more important? IMO breakage is more important. First off, unless you have deep scratches, scratches are usually invisible while the display is on. Scratches can be cosmetically repaired, breakage can not. Scratches can be repaired with stuff I can buy at pretty much any retail outlet, while breakage requires a more expensive solution. The fact is a smart person will buy more protection for his $800+ device, because not doing so both have the same equal risks of damage. Being "less" prone to scratches, isn't equal to you're never going to get any. Also Apple already stated the glossy black will show scuffs sooner because its basically just chemically treated paint. Glass is harder to scuff and scuffs can be removed 100% from glass, while they can't be from paint or metal. So basically, even with your claims, the iPhone will be more easier to damage. Look at the to videos. Even though plastic is much easier to severely damage, you are less likely to do so unless you take something and do what he id. I have never scratched a home button. if you want, I can give you closes up host of my S3 and S4. Neither has one scratched on the home button. if you take a sharp object and sit and purposely set out to damage a device, you can and you will. After doing so if you complain that it isn't resilient enough its stupid. Because everyday usage is not the same as purposely attacking your device with a sharp object. This is 100% equal to this: It is fair to say, if you ride a bike long enough, you will evnetually fall and hurt yourself causing scratches and bruising that may never go away. But if you use same bike to jump off docks and do stunts where you will crash more, then you simply create a scenario for more of it to happen. In other words, if I dont sit and intentionally damage my phone, it will take me 2 or 3 years to even have 50% of the damage he caused in a few second. I have a Note 5. Its a year old. It doesn't have a single scuff, scratch, dent...nothing. It is 100% in the same shape it was on day 1. This guy is an idiot for clicks. Your post proves you are bias to the same issue.

9. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

It's the same material/features like other phones, they just change the names. Example: saphire glass aka ordinary glass, retina display aka HD 720 x 1280, etc

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

This phone isn't using Sapphire glass. Also not all glass is the same. Glass is glass liek metal is metal. But as with metal, different types are more resilient to certain things. For example, it takes steel longer to be compromised by heat because it harder and stronger than Aluminum. That si why skyscrapers skeletons are steel and not other metals. What happened on 9/11 just proves what you can do when you intentionally want to take down a building. Jet fuel is nothing more than Kerosene and it is a very lite fuel and it is impossible to heat to a temperature hot enough to melt steel without using chemicals. Sapphire is harder, but more brittle. Stands up to scratches because it so hard it takes a diamond to scratch it. But you can break it with a ball point pen. Because it is Mohrs Law on glass. What Samsung should have had Corning do was, use softer glass for drop protection, but use an additional layer that is harder on top for protection from scratching. But we can never depend on OEM's to provide th best solution and that si why we have 3rd parties.

11. sumpil

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 02, 2016

it's has a very ugly and cheap look to it, for some reason the back look's like one of those low to mid-range HTC desire plastic phones with that camera hump.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It doesn't look cheap. It's ugly, but better than its predecessor slightly. They just need to work on those side bezels.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's more cheap looking than ugly, even though honestly its both. Just one mor ethan the other. the glossy black looks cheap because it looks like shiny plastic. here si what si finny. When Samsung actually made the S3 and S4 with that glossy shiny plastic, everyone hated it and said it looks ugly. This looks 100% the same, except the foundation is metal and they painted it and glossy it to look like plastic. No matter how they did it, it looks like cheap plastic old Samsung phone and the iPhone 5C. But now all of a sudden its ok to backpedal when ist Apple. This is what makes them sheep - TO GREENMAN. What not ok for one OEM is ok for Apple. Fanboy=sheep=Fanboy.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

barbaric what? it's the exact same test with other phones

21. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Those were also barbaric by definition: exceedingly brutal.

15. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Anyone else feel that this video felt different from all his other torture tests?

19. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Of course its not going to bend. Apple will make sure no future iPhones will bend in pocket. That's why the Note 7 will be totally safe battery wise.

20. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

In saying that this is only the normal iPhone, and not the plus and it did do some bending with the screen, he needs to test the plus, but they hard to get I.e. Why he does not have one

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