As it does with every major new handset, phone protection company Squaretrade has tossed, bent and submerged the iPhone 7 in order to see how its durability stacks up to the competition. Both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus can take a bit more of a licking than Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, though it looks like Apple still has some work to do when it comes to making the iPhone truly shatter-proof.
The iPhone 7's new water resistance helped it survive being dunked in a meter of water for 30 minutes, though it did suffer from some temporary audio muffling once it came out. The Note 7 also passed the test, with similarly minor audio issues.
Apple's new phone performed identically to the iPhone 6s on Squaretrade's bendability test, bending at 170 pounds of pressure for the standard iPhone 7 and 180 pounds for the 7 Plus. The Note 7 not only bent at 180 pounds; its screen also completely cracked. Both iPhones took some minor scuffs while being shaken up in Squaretrade's "Tumblebot," where the Note 7 once again took more damage.
While the iPhone 7 has gotten stronger in some respects, you should still avoid dropping it onto the sidewalk. Both iPhones shattered immediately on Squaretrade's concrete drop test. The iPhone 7 was completely bricked by its second drop, while the 7 Plus lasted until its third. Still, the Note 7 suffered even worse, with both a shattered screen and a cracked rear panel.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus came away with breakability scores of 5 and 6, respectively, with a 10 being the highest risk. They just barely edged out the Note 7, which scored a 6.5.
Squaretrade ultimately concluded that while dropping the headphone jack allowed Apple to create the most water-resistant iPhone yet, it's still just as prone as ever to taking a bad smack on the sidewalk. But hey, at least it won't blow up, right?