Apple’s new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus go on sale today in selected markets. Not surprisingly, several drop tests have already been performed on these shiny new gadgets. Looking at these videos, one thing is certain: if you drop your new iPhone facedown, there’s a good chance the screen will crack.
The first drop test comes from YouTuber Keaton Keller of Techsmartt. In his testing, both the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus manage to survive the first two drops, which were performed from the height of his pocket and head (according to Keller, he’s about 180cm tall). However, in both instances, the phones landed on their side and back. In the third drop test, where the phones are dropped from above Keller’s head, the iPhone 6S hit the ground facedown, cracking the display. The 6S Plus, on the other hand, still landed on its back.
As the iPhone 6S Plus is still functional, Keller decided to drop it again from above his head while he was standing on a chair. Surprisingly, even when the 6S Plus hit the ground face first, the display didn’t crack.
However, in another drop test performed by the folks over at PhoneBuff, the 6S Plus didn’t fare so well. Even a drop from waist-level (with the device hitting the ground facedown) was enough to crack the screen. Chances are, what kind of surface the iPhone hits will determine how likely it is to survive a drop.
At the end of the day, you wouldn’t want to drop your brand new iPhone – or any smartphone, for that matter. While a casing does affect the overall look of your phone, it will at least offer some form of protection against accidental drops.