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

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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