iPhone Xr Holds Up Better than More Expensive Models, SquareTrade Finds
Paying a prettier penny for a phone proves to do little in terms of providing better protection against drops and other normal wear and tear—at least according to the results of the latest SquareTrade Screen Test. In it, the warranty service provider took a closer look at the new iPhone Xr, which launched last week at retail.
The company found that, despite the “entry-level” model’s lower price point, it provided roughly the same amount of durability as the more expensive Xs and Xs Max phones did.
That’s both good and bad.
The bad? The iPhone Xr, like its other newly-released brethren, saw its screen shatter on the first drop in both the Face-down Drop Test and Back-down Drop Test. It also was just as durable in the Bend Test as the iPhone Xs Max. So where’s the good in this? User’s can opt for the $749 phone over the $1,000-plus models and still get the same level of protection. Additionally (and on a more serious note), the screen repairs for the Xr check in at around $199, the lower-end model is much cheaper to fix—though still relatively expensive in the grand scheme of the smartphone market.
Here are some more details on the performance of the iPhone Xr, as provided by SquareTrade:
- Face-down Drop Test: Like the iPhone Xs and Xs Max, the all-glass design of the iPhone Xr shattered on the first drop. And like the Xs, the Xr screen malfunctioned, rendering it unusable.
- Back-down Drop Test: Similar to the more expensive Xs and Xs Max, the iPhone Xr shattered on the first back-down drop, including loose glass around the camera.
- Bend Test: The iPhone Xr passed the bend test with flying colors. Compared to iPhone Xs, which suffered cracked glass at 250 pounds of pressure, the Xr bent at 260 pounds but didn’t crack and continued to work fine, similar to the iPhone Xs Max.
“The LCD screen in the iPhone Xr has a similar level of durability as the OLED screen featured in the iPhone Xs and Xs Max. Our tests show that across the board — with both the LCD and OLED screens — the all-glass designs of all three new iPhones are susceptible to cracking from drops, which is the most common cause of damage,” Jason Siciliano, vice president global creative director at SquareTrade, said in a statement. “With the iPhone Xr, you’re getting a more affordable phone with about the same level of durability, and it costs less to repair. That’s a good deal.”
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