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Apple’s iPhone X may be the toughest iPhone of all time

Apple’s iPhone X appears to be a fairly durable smartphone, able to withstand some heavy punishment from being hit, bent, burnt and even frozen.

YouTubers specialising in gadget abuse have subjected Apple’s £1000 iPhone to a range of durability tests and found it to be on par with other well-made high-end smartphones.

TechRax subjected his iPhone X to a solid stabbing with a kitchen knife, which the iPhone X withstood fairly easily. Then he dropped a 1.3kg hammer onto the handset which resulted in cracks in the bottom of the phone’s display. When he repeatedly hit the iPhone X with the hammer, its display quickly started to shatter further, suggesting that the iPhone X would still be vulnerable to cracking if dropped on a hard surface.

Fellow experienced phone wrecker Zack Nelson at the JerryRigEverything channel, also put the iPhone X through its paces, this time carrying out a scratch test will all manner of tools, notably a Stanley-style knife.

Nelson found that the iPhone X was just as scratch resistant as many flagship phones. He also burnt the phone with a cigarette lighter and attempted to bend it, but concluded that the iPhone X is indeed a solidly-build handset that’s difficult to damage without deliberately trying to do so.

To test the iPhone X even further, YouTuber EverythingApplePro decided to place the handset into a bowl, filled it with water then froze it into a block of ice.

He then dropped that block of ice from a height to retrieve the flagship iPhone, and surprisingly the handset appeared to be working; this is despite the IP67 water resistance rating only meant to protect phones from 30 minutes of submersion, let alone being frozen overnight.

All in all, it appears that the iPhone X is one of the most durable and well-made iPhones from Apple, though we still wouldn’t suggest you go chucking it around or stab it with knives all the same.

Related: iPhone 8 vs iPhone X

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