In the hours and days following the retail availability of the eagerly-anticipated iPhone X, it's easy to feel like Apple played us. In its drop tests, SquareTrade found the iPhone X to be "the most breakable, highest-priced, most expensive to fix iPhone ever", with screen malfunctions, swipe failures, display separation and edge scratches after 1 drop from 6 feet onto the device's side.
If hearing that the iPhone X's $279 out of warranty screen replacement, or worse, it $550 back glass replacement (yes, $550!) doesn't make you shudder at the thought of leaving your phone bare, then you should take a look at CNET who tested dropping the iPhone from different angles. Although sells seem to be pretty good on both the X and the 8 that came out in September, you will soon see a lot of complaints rolling in about everyone breaking their glass-because let's face it, we all suck at taking care of our phones.
"You'd expect there to be a high price to pay for a attractive phone like the iPhone X. Unfortunately for consumers, in the end it's likely to be more than the $1,000 they've already invested." said Jason Siciliano, vice president global creative director at SquareTrade.
A drop on the phone's corner gave it only minor scratches, while a drop on the phone's front display produced a visible, but small glass fracture on the device's top-left side.
The side drop was considered the most damaging internally, while the exterior of the phone remained mostly intact.
Dunk Test: The iPhone X faired similar to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models, surviving 30 minutes under five feet of water with some audio muffling during playback.
Even SquareTrade has rated it the most breakable.
Tumble Test:Sixty seconds in the Tumble Bot was no friend to the iPhone X either.
So, you might want to get a case for your iPhone X after all.
YouTubers specialising in gadget abuse have subjected Apple's £1000 iPhone to a range of durability tests and found it to be on par with other well-made high-end smartphones.