Well, that didn’t take very long.
YouTuber JerryRigEverything has posted a video testing the iPhone 8’s durability. Is the glass back really the strongest glass ever used in a smartphone as Apple claims? Does the iPhone 8 bend? How well does it hold up to scratches?
Grab your bucket of popcorn, and be warned: this test might make your cringe.
The first test Jerry puts the iPhone 8 through is a scratch test. Using a set of Mohs hardness picks, he scratches the display. Turns out the screen is just as scratch-proof as the iPhone 7 and Note 8’s — there’s no improvements with the iPhone 8’s display.
Other things we learned: Though the rear camera is covered with a sapphire glass, it’s not impervious to scratches from materials that have a Mohs hardness with a level of 6, 7, or 8. Diamond has a Mohs hardness of 10, which is the highest, and most scratch-proof of all materials. (You can learn about what all the various levels of Mohs hardness levels means here.)
The test also showcases that the iPhone 8’s strengthened Series 7000 aluminum is also bend-proof. No surprise since the insides of the metal frame is reinforced with steel and the glass back helps strengthen the entire structure of the body.
And, of course, this wouldn’t be a JerryRigEverything video if he didn’t take a lighter to the display. It might be the hardest part to watch, but better he does it to his own iPhone than yours.
The only test he didn’t perform was a drop test. But it’s only a matter of time before somebody does one of those and posts it to YouTube.
Ultimately, based on this test, the iPhone 8 looks pretty durable.