Jerry Rig Everything has been stress testing phones for a long time now. And we have posted about his iPhone 8 stress test video in the recent past, showing you how it did. Now he is back with a scratch, burn and a bend test for the new $1000 iPhone X from Apple.
iPhone X scratch test
To begin with, let’s just mention that the iPhone X is a full glass body phone that has a glass front and back held together by a stainless-steel frame. The YouTuber starts off the video with the scratch test and tells us that flagships usually scratch at a level 6. True enough, the iPhone X held its ground till his level 5 pick. It got a slight scratch at the level 6. But the level 7 made a deep groove.
The YouTuber mentions that this is the same hardness as the Google Pixel 2 and LG V30 screens. He does seem disappointed that he does not have a fingerprint scanner to scratch this time. Instead, he takes a potshot at Apple and mentions that both the Pixel 2 and iPhone X have beach wallpapers. He expected the iPhone X one to move like the Pixel 2 but maybe they will ‘invent’ that next year.
The earpiece grill retains its place despite him scratching around with his paper knife. The rear panel of the iPhone X uses the same glass as the front and scratches at level 6. He does mention here that Apple is charging a ridiculous $549 cost for the replacement of the back glass panel should the user break it. He even uses Apple’s own Animojis to poke fun at the pricing of that repair.
The rear camera panel is protected by the standard Apple Sapphire glass and hardly scratches even with a penknife. The stainless-steel frame has a plastic buffer between the glass panels to protect it from shocks. It scratches with the penknife which is pretty standard. The YouTuber notes that Apple has used the same metal mesh under the speaker and microphones to keep the look same.
In to the burn test, the screen survives 25 seconds with the lighter flame on it. After which the pixels and the Oleophobic coating take damage and don’t recover fully. This is the first time Apple has used an OLED display which results in better colours, contrast and deeper blacks.
And finally, into the bend test, the iPhone X turns out to be rock solid and takes no damage. The screen and back panel remain attached solidly without any waterproofing damage. This happens to be one of the best stress test results for an iPhone and the YouTuber admits it as well.
Here is the full video that you can check out for yourself.