iPhone 8 VS iPhone 7 Drop Test: Is The iPhone 8 Glass Back Really Durable?

In order to incorporate wireless charging, Apple has ditched the aluminum back in favor for a glass back on the iPhone 8. Since the iPhone 8 is the first iPhone to sport a glass since the iPhone 4, many people are concerned about the phone easily shattering.

With the front and back of the device being made out of glass, there are consumers who are worried about the device easily shattering when it’s dropped. Apple says that it uses the most durable glass on its iPhones, so owners don’t have to worry about any major damage on the device if it’s accidentally dropped. But just how durable is the glass on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus?

In a video by Newsflare, they decided to do a drop test comparing Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 to see how durable the device really is.

Even though Apple claimed the iPhone 8 glass back is strong, during the test, the back of the device smashed immediately when it hit the concrete ground from shoulder height, with glass pieces flying off the device. When both the devices were dropped on their front, both devices’ screens shattered. However, they were both functional after the drop test.

EverythingApplePro also did a similar test with the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus. From the “pocket height”, EverythingApplePro dropped both phones on their back, side, and front. While the iPhone 8 Plus survived the first drop and did better than the iPhone 7 Plus, the “head height” drop was fatal for the iPhone 8 Plus’ glass back.

While Apple may use glass for the front and back of the device, the price to repair them is different. Those with AppleCare+ will have to pay $29 for the front glass repair, but owners will have to dish out $99 for the glass back to be repaired and $349 if the glass back has been damaged more than twice.

If you’re thinking about purchasing the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, it’s best to buy a screen protector and a case to protect your device from shattering.