A single face-down drop is enough to wreak total destruction on those beautiful OLED panels, and the same will happen to the two’s shiny backplates if they bump into a hard surface from six feet high. The smaller iPhone XS fell apart completely in SquareTrade’s back drop test, with the XS Max faring a little better in both face-down and back drops. But just a little.
Of course, side drops are a different story, thanks to an incredibly sturdy (and handsome) stainless steel frame, with water and even beer resistance also praised following a rather unconventional dunk experiment.
Instead of submerging the iPhone XS and XS Max in 5 feet of water for 30 minutes, SquareTrade filled its proprietary “DunkBot” with no less than 138 cans of beer. Quite a wasteful exercise to prove Apple indeed stepped up its liquid protection measures for the newest iPhone generation.
All in all, the iPhone XS was found to be stronger than last year’s iPhone X, and the XS Max “much stronger”, but you should still mind the glass.