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We already broke the iPhone X (The 3:59, Ep. 311)

We already broke the iPhone X (The 3:59, Ep. 311)

While you shouldn't take his tests as truly scientific, JerryRigEverything's phone torture routine is among the most consistent in the business. Localytics is predicting the Phone X will end up grabbing more of the overall iPhone market share than any of its predecessors did during their first few months on the market, even if it didn't do so for the launch weekend.

Company SquareTrade also performed a test by putting the phone in a washer for around 60 minutes. Here, you're looking at $36 for the stainless steel design of the iPhone X, versus $21.50 for the aluminum housing used in the iPhone 8.

It may cost a fortune, but there's no denying that the iPhone X is jaw-droppingly pretty. "Despite Apple's claims that their glass is the most durable ever in a smartphone, the iPhone X is the most breakable iPhone we've ever tested". It's now safe to say you can take on any challenge if you manage not to break your new iPhone X, Apple's newest iteration featuring FaceID and a glass OLED screen void of the home button we've all come to know and love.

SquareTrade says the iPhone X is hard to fix, given its densely packed internals, concluding the device has a Breakability Score of 90 and deemed "high risk".

AppleCare+ extends coverage to two years from the original purchase date and allows up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $29 for screen damage, or $99 for any other damage (such as the back of an iPhone X, which otherwise costs $550). As these technologies improve, we have seen screens and phone bodies improve with them, including curved, double sided glass (both sides of the phone) and now possibly folding screens (in the near future). When the phone was dropped from the same height from the back panel, it caused complete damage to the back glass panel. The iPhone X is the second device to get an A+ rating from DisplayMate after the Galaxy Note 8 was reviewed in August. If can cost you hundreds of dollar in a small hand-slip.

Of course, SquareTrade offers up insurance plans which are often cheaper than plans you may be able to get through your carrier.

It's obviously always wise to do everything in your power to protect an expensive, high-end mobile device from all types of damage, but unfortunately the iPhone X is special in a number of anxiety-enhancing ways. While the early feedback from reviewers has been glowing, it's now time for the panel experts to weigh in, and if you're Apple the news is good.


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