The iPhone XS Max glass is indeed rather durable, machine drops reveal


The iPhone XS and XS Max seem to indeed be with the "most durable glass," at least when it comes to Apple's handsets. Several anecdotal drop tests against previous iPhones like the X have already showed they break harder, and consistently survive from bigger heights than before.

A machine drop test, however, is the only way to remove as much as possible of the too numerous variables that arise when hurtling phones to the ground, and the one you see above does exactly that. Here, the iPhone XS Max bodily endurance is compared to the Note 9 and its Gorilla Glass 5 wrappings.

We won't spoil all the fun, but will just note that the XS Max indeed shatters much harder than previous glass iPhones, though a consequent mishap with its touchscreen placed the Note 9 a photo finish ahead in the end. Harder-to-break is good-to-hear, as the back replacement can set you back a hefty sum, and yet we'd recommend putting this puppy in a case the second you open the box up.

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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 512 GB
  • Battery 3179 mAh(25h talk time)

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33 Comments

1. NateDiaz

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Zach from JerryRigEverything drop tested an iPhone XS Max, dropped it multiple times from knee, waist and ear height and it didn't shatter. Indeed the most durable glass on a smartphone.

7. Redrik83

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 09, 2018

That was a top video I'm not an apple lover but it sure is really impressive what they've done compared to previous gens

29. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

At the end of the day it will cost you $100 to get the back of the Note 9 repaired without any device coverage. The iPhone XS Max will cost you $600 without Apple Care. With Apple Care which means you have to layout an additional $200 in the off chance that you break your iPhone. But you still have to pay $130 to get the XS Max repaired, and that is with Apple Care.

10. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

If and when a phone cracks, the surface type also matter. Glass breaks dude. If a phone doesn't break on the. Dry first drop, you're just lucky. That doesn't mean it's more durable. You just to fanatical to accept truth. But no other phone will cost you $600to have it replaced. In fact I can rack my Note 9 up to 3 times in a year and the maximum total I will have to pay is $600. But just one iPhone break is $600. Nieve little fan.

18. NateDiaz

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

What a tool you are "Dry first drop, you're just lucky." As I have already written above, he dropped it MULTIPLE times from ear height, waist and knee height. Next time read slowly, you'll understand better.

19. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 152; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

I was very disappointed in that video. He dropped it on fresh, smooth asphalt...like how many people are actually going to drop it on that surface? The only accurate drop test I've seen so far is this (PhoneBuff).

22. NateDiaz

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Stop watching videos at 144p. That surface wasn't smooth at all, skip to 2:42.

31. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

It was the regular XS not the Max

33. almostdone

Posts: 423; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89_0Kp2_foY Drop tests are never conclusive. Easily cracks here.

2. dmdzordilla

Posts: 48; Member since: Jul 31, 2018

The Galaxy note 9 uses GG6

5. Redrik83

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 09, 2018

It's gg5 on the note 9 gg6 is on one of the new vivo/oppo handsets and only one to date

20. Valdomero

Posts: 633; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I've read somewhere that gg6 is what the 2018 iphones use, can't remember the site tho...

25. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Nope, they never mention what kind of tempered glass they use, probably just some random generic chinese brand.

3. Foxgabanna

Posts: 576; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Apple knows how to make the perfect smartphone for us consumers. What a time to be alive. Glad i made the purchase and I’m allowed to carry a 512GB in my pocket since 9/21/18.

6. Redrik83

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 09, 2018

And thanks to the note 9 yeah maybe less durable with its glass you can carry a terabyte around in your pocket

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Game over.

23. Valdomero

Posts: 633; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Have they released their 512GB sd card? I've only seen PNY's card and kinda looks phony.

30. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The Note 9 is also a lot cheaper to repair than the iPhone XS or XS Max.

4. Foxgabanna

Posts: 576; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Apple knows how to make the perfect smartphone for us consumers. What a time to be alive. Glad i made the purchase and I’m allowed to carry a 512GB in my pocket since 9/21/18.

14. JCASS889

Posts: 432; Member since: May 18, 2018

been carrying 564 in my pocket since march of this year, your a little late to the party.

8. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

IT'S PROVED! The most handsome phone with greatest strength is here. Copy this phone to earn few bucks droids.

26. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Uhm.. Actually Note 9 won this test, I know you'll just jump here to make s**tpost without watching the whole video.

9. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The fact is broken is broken and itcost $99-199 depending on carrier to get the phone completely replaced. While even with AppleCare, Apple charges $600 to replace their phone which is higher than it costs to make. Question, if your car cost $35000, and you took it in for ANY serious repair, assuming that car cost $15,000 to build, would you want to pay $25000 for a repair? Its the principle that applies, not the actual dollar amount. The fact is, no repair on anything should cost more than what it cost to actually make the product itself. No matter what category the product is in or if it is luxury or not. Even with a more screwed up glass, the Note remain more functional period. The new iPhone are certainly more durable than older models but it didn't beat the Note.

11. baldilocks

Posts: 1428; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I've seen just as many videos where it cracks on the first drop as it doesn't. It's all a game of chance when you drop a phone. If you believe otherwise.....you aren't wise.

13. Cat97

Posts: 1726; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Why didn't they also put into comparison a run-of-the-mill, plastic-back phone, to show these manufacturers how stupid they are by using glass.

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 6386; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

If Samsung is to be praised for the display quality of the iPhone, isn't it also Samsung to be blamed for the fact that this one stopped working?!

16. DFranch

Posts: 511; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

The curved edge on the Note is always going to shatter more easily than flat glass.

17. Guaire

Posts: 850; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Praise the plastic edges, not the glass.

21. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 152; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

Misleading title. I would not say that it is durable by any means.

27. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

More durable than iPhone X == true More durable than competitors == not really

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