iPhone 8 doesn't scratch and bend easily, and isn't too hard to repair


Available to buy starting today (alongside the larger iPhone 8 Plus), Apple's iPhone 8 looks a lot like the iPhone 7, but it's upgraded in many ways. Design-wise, the new iPhone ditches the all-metal unibody construction of the iPhone 7 in favor of a metal + glass construction (Apple says this is "the most durable glass ever in a smartphone"). Thanks to this new design, the iPhone 8 has glass on the front and back, while its main chassis is made out of aerospace-grade 7000 Series aluminum. 



 



But is the iPhone 8 as durable as the iPhone 7? Well, reliable phone tester JerryRigEverything has a video that answers this question. As you can see below, the glass on the front and back of the new handset has the same level of scratch-resistance of the iPhone 7 (and of most other high-end smartphones out there, including Samsung's Galaxy Note 8). This means that keys, coins, or other objects that you'd normally carry in your pockets won't leave marks on the front and rear of the handset. 



 



According to Apple, the rear camera of the iPhone 8 is protected by sapphire glass. However, this doesn't seem to make it more scratch-resistant than the glass around it, which means Apple is using some sort of sapphire blend that isn't as good as pure sapphire.



 



When it comes to bending, the iPhone 8 holds up really well. In fact, JerryRigEverything says it's better than the iPhone 7 in this regard, as bending the older model damaged its water-resistance adhesive (which isn't the case with the iPhone 8). 

 

 



Finally, since we're talking about iPhone 8 durability, you may want to know that this new Apple handset is not extremely difficult to repair. The professionals over at iFixit have dismantled the iPhone 8, concluding that its display and battery are quite easy to replace. Things get more complicated when it comes to other components, but the iPhone 8 still receives a decent repairability score: 6 out of 10. You can check out the full iPhone 8 teardown at iFixit via the second source link below.



  



sources: JerryRigEverything (YouTube), iFixit

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iPhone 8
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1821 mAh(14h talk time)

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44 Comments

1. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

No water seal damage, at last.

20. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

'reliable phone tester JerryRigEverything' ....my a$$. LOL The most corrupted guy, who will do whatever you pay for. Remember his Note7 "scratch test."?

38. -swagfox-

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 01, 2016

hey look, i found the butthurt samsung fanboy!

44. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

But that weak as pi55 sapphire glass (camera lens scratches like a biatch) and sticks out from its bezel too far... I dunno, but seems few fails amongst the good things

40. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Sounds like you missed his correction video: https://youtu.be/nOz4Kf5AL7Q Nothing corrupt about him, at least not noticeable in his videos.

2. peace247 unregistered

I want to buy iphone x but its priced insanely in India.... $1400 for 64gb and $1700 for 256gb.... :-( Unfortunately $1400 is my two months salary.

4. alirezasadeqilar

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

oh my god so cheap for me....$3000 in iran.....

13. peace247 unregistered

OMG.... Sorry man

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yeah, it may not be that expensive in the States, but it's still a lot. Even $750 for the 128 GB Pixel is a bit too much for me. I'm going to have to go budget this time around and simply put some money aside each check for my next phone, the Pixel 3 or 4. lol Oh well.

34. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Lol by the time we hit pixel 3 or 4 at this rate we'll be pushing starting prices around $1500.

36. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You horrible person! Now I'm going to be all depressed. lol, thanks.

37. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

lol sorry bro. not looking forward to it either. I'm currently using an S8+ and a Note 5, would love to upgrade my note to the note 8 but that $1000 bucks is not very affordable or worth it at the moment because its not a necessity

3. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I would have liked to see the scratch test done on the back of the device. I'm guessing it's the same as the front, but it would have been nice to see. That being said, this nonsense of the iPhone 8 glass being the toughest ever is obviously false.

6. mikehunta727 unregistered

I think the way they say that is about using Gorilla Glass 5 and not nessacerily having tougher glass vs the competition in a sly kind of marketing way

9. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

No, htc has made U Ultra with sapphire that is more scratch resistant than Gorilla Glass 5.

10. mikehunta727 unregistered

Not nessacerily more scratch resistant but in terms of drop/impact resistance. They are using a small plastic frame also around the edge of the glass for impact resistance. I know HTC has put out sapphire screen which doesn't scratch till a 8 on Moh' scale

43. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

I have watched a few drop test videos and found out that the iPhone 8 is almost as durable as iPhone 7. I would say it is false marketing.

11. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Which scratches at level 8.

5. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Need a drop test, since most people drop their phone and the back and front always crack.

7. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Good Job Apple!

8. dimas

Posts: 3374; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Whenever I see iphone 8s side and back, I always remember this old phone. https://goo.gl/images/3ipnFi

35. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Lol.You have reason

39. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I'm expecting iPhone 6 picture from that link... But I'm wrong.. nice one dude

12. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

the bad thing is that the "Sapphire" is actually a low quality one that scratches similarly to glass...

14. mikehunta727 unregistered

Yeah same scratch resistance as GG4/5

25. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Yeah he also mentioned same in the video that they are using some kind of low quality sapphire and not the pure sapphire. If they would have used a Pure sapphire it would costed them more.

26. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Instead it cost the buyers more...

27. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Same thing.!!

31. Iodine

Posts: 1482; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yep that’s why after 3 years an iPhone 6 got micro scratches on entire front, but not even a single one visible with bare eyes on the home button or the camera.

15. torr310

Posts: 1661; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Good to know.....BUT, watch out for the glass made back!

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