The new iPhone XS and its big brother the iPhone XS Max are first-class smartphones, but unfortunately they did less well in robustness tests. Neither XS nor its predecessor, the iPhone X, could pass the tests of Stiftung Warentest and Consumer Reports without damage to the front or back.
The background: If you simply drop an iPhone on the floor, this is unfortunately not very meaningful. Whether a device survives a fall unscathed depends very much on the impact angle and the surface of the soil. Therefore, it makes more sense to carry out elaborate tests with a so-called drum, which Stiftung Warentest and its American counterpart Consumer Reports have now also carried out with the iPhone XR. In both tests, the new iPhones in a drum reminiscent of a washing machine must survive one hundred falls from 80 cm (Stiftung Warentest) or 76 cm (Consumer Reports).
Here, the iPhone XR performed far better: Consumer Reports ran the test with three iPhone XR and all survived the three hundred crashes “with just minor scratches and scuffs” so only small scratches and scratches. Even at Stiftung Warentest, the iPhone XR can survive the ordeal without a defective camera and cracked back – there are only minor damage to the aluminum frame of the smartphone. So robust would have been only iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus recently, the testers. The conclusion of the Foundation: If you use your smartphone without a shell, you should rather resort to the XR.
At least when dropping from hip height, the iPhone XR obviously has better chances of survival than the noble OLED models. But to avoid scratches, you should still resort to a protective cover – after all, the iPhone XR is not least one of the smoothest smartphones we’ve ever tested.