A look at how the new iPhone 7 & 7 Plus perform in drop tests

By , Sep 17, 2016

iPhone 7 plus back side

Every year when a new iPhone comes out, you can expect to see drop test videos that see just how durable the device is.

In this post, we’ll show you some of the best drop test videos for the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus.

The iPhone 7 & 7 Plus both fared very well in the water resistance tests because of an all-new IP67 rating that no iPhone has ever had before, but how will the new handset fare against drops?

Both of Apple’s new handsets are crafted with 7000 series aluminum and ion-strengthened glass, so in theory they should be pretty well off against minor drops even if the finish does get a little mangled.

Of course, just like every iPhone before it, glass is still glass, and it will break if you hit it just the right way. Another thing to consider is the new Jet Black and Black finishes are much darker, so dents in the aluminum should actually be far more noticeable.

So how do they perform in drop tests? Let’s find out!

The video below, uploaded by YouTube user TechTimes, shows a comparison with slow motion between the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in the Rose Gold finish:

As you can see, the iPhone 7 can take quite a beating. As usual, the uploader starts by dropping the iPhone on its back, then its side, and finally on its face. In the basic tests, neither model of iPhone ever cracks a display even once, but the rear camera seems to be a sweet spot for cracks on both devices.

After stepping it up to an even higher height, both phones still didn’t crack a display even once.

But how do these results compare to the previous generation iPhone 6s? Another video by EverythingApplePro takes us through that gut-wrenching experience:

Starting by being dropped at pocket height, then at face height, and finally, face-down on concrete from 10 feet in the air, the iPhone 7 did a pretty good job holding up at the various drop scenarios.

In fact, it would seem the display’s glass is several times more durable than that of the iPhone 6s because the iPhone 6s’ display shattered and the iPhone 7’s did not.

Well there you have it. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are both very durable phones, so not only will you have a little more confidence in using it near water, but you should also have a little more confidence in going caseless with your iPhone during day-to-day activities.

Although none of these drop tests showcased the new Jet Black or Black colored iPhones, the materials that make the phones up are the same. The only difference is going to be the color and finish, which might look a little worse for wear if not properly taken care of.

Are you impressed with the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus’ drop durability? Share in the comments!

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  • nova voter

    6S suffered the initial crack, perhaps because it landed a little differently than the 7. No way to tell. But the two didn’t land on exactly the same spot in exactly the same way.

    But anyway, the fact that subsequent impacts further shattered the already-broken 6S screen isn’t really surprising, since it was already compromised.


    • I just want to point out one important detail. The first video shows that neither the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus suffered a cracked screen. I watch his videos every year and most other iPhone models have suffered a terrible fate from it.

      There are more than one test showcasing the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus and they seem to be pretty durable. I’m not saying the drop tests are or aren’t flawed due to what you’re pointing out, but I’m nevertheless impressed with the way they held up to the drops, which are much more dramatic than anything I would ever put them through.

      • nova voter

        me too. I was just saying that the subsequent catastrophic damage to the 6S might be understandable.

        I’m impressed with the 7’s strength too.

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      Yeah, you’re right; The 7’s screen barely touched the pavement.

    • :D

      True but I think it’s more important to realise that the 7 didn’t get an initial crack even at really high drops

  • Bob Smith

    But if you drop a Samsung it starts on fire, blows up your car and burns down an orphanage

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      LOL Orphanage!

      • Bob Smith

        I know right

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        Nice move, upvoting your own comment. 😉 😉

      • Bob Smith

        hey I upvoted you to so nevermind that

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        Right. +1-1=0

      • Agneev Mukherjee


  • A good drop test might be where the phone is dropped from a vertical chute, so that they all fall in the same direction and hit the ground the same way. Or something like that. Just a way to have some more control of what and how the phones hit the ground.

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