The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are undoubtedly solid improvements over last year’s 7/7 Plus duo both inside and out, with a significantly faster processor in tow, much better cameras, wireless charging support and “the most durable glass ever in a smartphone, front and back.”
Extended warranty service provider SquareTrade essentially reaches the same conclusion after thoroughly reviewing the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus for “breakability”, although the two do manage to edge out Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, S8 and S8+.
With a total score of 67 (on a 100 scale), the smaller iPhone 8 is deemed a “medium” overall risk of “breaking due to an accident”, while the 8 Plus racks up seven extra points, which is bad, leading to a “medium-high risk” rating.
In comparison, the Note 8’s 80 points make it a “high risk”, with the GS8 and S8+ sitting dangerously close to that “high” threshold, at 76 and 77 respectively.
In terms of specific tests, you may want to know the iPhone 8 performed significantly better than its big brother and main adversary this holiday season in back down drops and bendability.
Somehow, the 8 Plus remained largely intact after falling on its side, while it’s probably no big surprise that a single face down drop will significantly damage any of the three handsets recently inspected by SquareTrade. Just buy a case already! At the end of the day, glass is glass, and the only way to protect it from shattering to pieces is covering it up.