After the debut of every new iPhone, drop testing and durability tests are usual, and the iPhone 14 Pro is no exception. YouTubers put the handset through a variety of tests to see how it compares to other smartphones and previous iPhones.
This morning, PhoneBuff released a drop test video that compares the Galaxy S22 Ultra from Samsung against the iPhone 14 Pro Max to see which device is more resilient. Both smartphones have glass fronts and backs; Apple uses Ceramic Shield technology for the front and an unspecified Gorilla Glass on the back, which Apple has previously claimed uses a dual-ion process. Samsung uses Gorilla Glass Victus+ for the front and Gorilla Glass, unspecified, and Victus+ for the back.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra has an aluminium frame with a curved glass design, while the iPhone 14 Pro Max has a stainless steel frame and a flat edge. However, glass is glass, and both smartphones sustained damage in every drop test.
In the backward drop test, the iPhone 14 Pro Max suffered more shattering than the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, with more fractures and damage to the camera lens, but both smartphones were still usable and the screens were unharmed. Both frames were damaged in a corner drop test, with the S22 showing more obvious pinching.
Both screens broke in the front display drop test, although the Galaxy S22 Ultra had cracks along the whole width of the screen as opposed to only one corner on the iPhone 14 Pro Max. The iPhone 14 Pro Max technically “won” this test, but considering the damage to the display, it would still require repair. If there is anything to be learnt from these experiments, it is that glass will break and that no smartphone maker has been able to create glass that is impenetrable.
YouTuber GizmoSlip has tested dropping an iPhone 14 Pro once again, and as expected, the glass fractures. The fact that there appeared to be rapid damage to the camera lenses with backward drops in both drop tests may be noteworthy. This might be because the cameras on the iPhone 14 Pro versions protrude more.
Drop tests show why getting AppleCare+ and a cover for the iPhone 14 models is a smart idea, but it’s important to note that this year, Apple made the regular iPhone 14 models easier to fix. The iPhone 14 can now be opened from the rear, and the display has fewer connections, making it simpler and less expensive to replace both the front and back glass. Unfortunately, the iPhone 14 Pro versions are not affected by the upgrades, and thus continue to be more difficult to fix.