News Flash: Don’t Drop Your iPhone 6 [Videos]
If you were planning on dropping your beautiful new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus onto concrete or another hard surface, you may want to reconsider your plans, or perhaps buy a case. Why, might you ask? Well, and this may come as a shock so brace yourself, but it turns out that dropping an electronic gadget composed of machined glass and aluminum onto a hard surface may cause that glass to break, and the aluminum to scuff or dent. Imagine that!
This revelatory news was confirmed by PhoneBuff, who bought two new iPhone 6 models, and dropped them both onto the ground, on camera of course. If this sounds completely pointless and silly, and obviously my little introduction would suggest it’s a bit on the ‘duh’ side, don’t write it off quite yet. These stunts are known as “drop tests” to us in the geek community, and while they’re painful to watch and often considered pointless by normal people, they do serve some legitimate purpose in the sense that they allow users to get an idea for how fragile or tough a device is when dropped… and guess what, we all drop our phones sometimes.
Here’s the video in question with an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus being dropped in a variety of manners, and yes, the screen does shatter on both models.
But before you decide that iPhone 6 is a wuss because the glass shattered when dropped face-first onto concrete, consider this other drop-test video from AndroidAuthority. The tests are basically the same, dropping it face first, back first, and on it’s side, but… this time the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus completely survive, without any glass breakage. Interesting.
Of course, no two drops are the same, which is why the iPhones fair very well in the second video, but break in the first video, so this doesn’t really leave us with much of an impression on overall toughness or fragility of the iPhone 6 line.
The takeaway should probably be this; if you’re concerned about dropping your iPhone 6 and breaking it, you may want to invest in a good iPhone 6 case to add a bit of protection. If you aren’t worried about dropping your phone, go about your life. If you’re still paranoid about breaking the beautiful big new screens of the 6 with or without using a case, you can always get an insurance policy of sorts by purchasing AppleCare+ for $100, and then you just need to pay an $89 fee to replace the screen if you happen to break it through accidental damage. Otherwise you’d either have to pay for the screen repair out of pocket at whatever cost it is, or worse, buy a new iPhone 6 at full price.
Oh and along the topic of dropping an iPhone, here’s an added bit of humor (or horror) out of Australia; the first iPhone 6 buyer in the nation was interviewed on TV and… immediately dropped the iPhone 6. Oops.
So, if you’re prone to dropping iPhones, consider using a case, ok? There are plenty of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases for sale already, so find one that works for you.