The new iPhones are here, and we all know what that means: Smashy smashy. Yes, the latest display of conspicuous consumption as a supposed consumer review is here, courtesy of Android Authority. So how did those phones take their beatings?

iPhone 5S

smashtest As you can see, the iPhone 5S is, absolutely unsurprisingly, a tank. Apple has built these phones to take a beating pretty much from the first one issued, so it’s not a huge surprise that despite being dropped from chest height onto rock three separate times, the most the iPhone 5S suffered was some dents and scuffing. Yes, even with the screen dropped face down, it still basically was indestructible, although we will note that the video test doesn’t show the phones booting; dropping your phone can still break some of it.

iPhone 5c

5cbreak As you can tell from the screen capture, the iPhone 5c fares… less well, although in its defense, that thing takes one hell of a beating before it finally coughs up some damage. The plastic shell, while less durable than the aluminum one, does at least seem to absorb a lot of impact. In fact, it bounces around like a superball, comparatively, at least until the ominous full stop we all know and dread happens.

Overall Durability

Perhaps it’s less than surprising Apple’s “budget” phone isn’t as tough as its flagship product, but that said, the iPhone 5c does deliver surprisingly well. I’ve seen plastic phones completely shatter when dropped on hard surfaces, and generally be unable to operate after a light drop, so it’s good to see that Apple has anticipated that problem. That said, if you’re clumsy, or worried about wrecking your phone, it seems like you should invest in an iPhone 5S. Or possibly just a really good case.

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.