Watch Apple iPhone 8 go through burn, scratch and bend test
People who like to know if their phones can withstand a daily roughing up, and watch stress tests videos on YouTube are usually familiar with the channel JerryRigEverything. Zach Nelson, who runs the channel JerryRigEverything, has consistently put the latest and best phones out there under the workbench. And this time its the least powerful iPhone in the recently launched trio, the iPhone 8.
To recall, the iPhone 6 got a bad reputation when launched as it reportedly got bent easily. ‘Bendgate’ as it was called at that time, affected a lot of users, the iPhone 6 and HTC M9 prime among the suspects. But Apple iPhones have become tougher since then and the iPhone 8 just powers through all the tests.
Zack begins the test by putting the iPhone display glass under his picks. Apple claimed that this is the most durable glass on any smartphone’s display and Zack’s tests revealed that it is as hard as any of the Gorilla Glass 5 screens out there. He surmised that Apple might be talking about impacts and not scratches.
Next, he tried to scratch the Home button, front speaker grille, front camera cover and the back glass cover of the phone, none of which gave way. But interestingly, the rear camera that uses a Sapphire glass for protection picked up scratches with a penknife.
Zack also found out that the glass sticks out from its metal frame which makes it even more likely to catch scratches. The metal side frames too picked up scratches easily, exposing the aluminium underneath.
In addition, the Apple iPhone 8 screen was put to a flame test for almost 10 seconds. Zack mentions that the Retina display does a good job of handling extreme heat as it turns off the affected pixels and then turns them back on when cooled down. The only downside is that the flame burns off the Oleophobic protection on the display.
Then finally comes the bend test, which in Zack’s own words is the ultimate stress test. The Apple iPhone 8’s structure holds firmly under even the most extreme pressure. It has been mentioned that this is a big step up for Apple from the previous year’s iPhone 7, which incidentally had it’s waterproofing injured in the bend test.
Apple this time has moved to an ‘all-glass’ design from a pure metal design with the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. The firm, on its website, says that it has formulated a new kind of durable glass and has reinforced it with a laser‑welded steel foundation and an aerospace‑grade aluminium band. Most of these elements are also present in the Apple iPhone X. We are yet to see if it passes the aforementioned tests or not.