These are the instructions Apple should have included with the iPhone X

Posted November 07, 2017

So we were a little concerned about durability, so like the other phones we test here, we subjected it to a series of drop tests where we put it on a specialized slider. In SquareTrade's latest breakability test, they take Apple's new flagship device - the iPhone X - and see just how breakable it is.

So, you might want to get a case for your iPhone X after all. Combined with the rapid sell out of pre-sale inventory and a return to long lines outside Apple Stores for the iPhone X launch on Friday, AAPL stock hit new record highs on Friday morning.

The Apple X is the most crackable iPhone yet.

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Both the Pixel 2 XL and the iPhone X ditched traditional LCD technology for OLED displays. In the second drop, the phone fell directly on its front face.

Meanwhile, SquareTrade, a company that provides extended warranties for electronic devices, has crowned the new Apple handset the "most breakable yet", after putting it through a series of tests created to measure its durability.

Face Down Drop Test: On its first drop, SquareTrade saw the iPhone X shatter, its screen become unresponsive and its widely touted facial recognition feature fail completely. The back drop resulted in significant shattering of the back panel, including shards of glass, according to 9to5Mac. Particularly when it lands upside down, the wary anticipation of checking the screen for cracks is enough to make you wish you and your expensive technology had never been born. For the water dunk test, in which the phone was placed somewhat deep under water for 30 minutes, the phone was somewhat unaffected aside from a little audio muffling.

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Repairability: SquareTrade's Master Technician noted that the iPhone X has a thinner, more costly OLED screen that's more expensive to replace, a smaller logic board, multiple cables, and a split battery that's more hard to remove. Compare that with the iPhone 8's rating of 67 earlier this year, and it seems that Apple's mandate to innovate each device comes at the cost of structural integrity. Jerry's unable to bend the iPhone X, which means it's safe for skinny jeans.

Apple has had ongoing difficulty with keeping glass intact (we're looking at you, iPhone 4), so the scratch test proved they're making progress, but your mileage may vary.

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