iPhone SE Found Less Durable Than 6 Series in Bend, Drop, and Water Tests

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    While the iPhone SE rivals the iPhone 6s series in performance with the latest internal hardware, a new video reveals that the recently launched 4-inch smartphone is less durable than its larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch siblings when bent under pressure, submerged in water, and dropped on its corner.

    Extended warranty provider SquareTrade subjected the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus to a series of excessive bend, drop, tumble, and water tests, and the results show that its compact design does not necessarily make it more durable than the slimmer 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones.

    SquareTrade noted that the iPhone SE bent at 160 pounds of pressure, whereas the thinner iPhone 6s did not bend until an additional 10 pounds later. Moreover, at 178 pounds, the iPhone SE reached "catastrophic failure," whereas the iPhone 6s Plus was only beginning to bend under the pressure.

    When submerged under five feet of water, the iPhone SE permanently shut off after less than one minute. "In comparison, the iPhone 6s survived a full 30 minutes and only lost audio," said SquareTrade. "The iPhone 6s Plus started malfunctioning at 10 minutes and eventually died."


    One test where the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus all suffered the same fate was the facedown drop from six feet high, which shattered all three smartphone screens. But when dropped on its corner, the iPhone SE split along its side after ten drops, while the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus only had minor cosmetic damage.

    The results should be largely unsurprising given that the iPhone SE's design is virtually the same as the iPhone 5s, which yielded comparable results under similar tests over two years ago. The only cosmetic differences on the iPhone SE are matte chamfered edges and a color-matched inset Apple logo. But, there is video evidence to prove it.

    Article Link: iPhone SE Found Less Durable Than 6 Series in Bend, Drop, and Water Tests
  2. mejsric macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2013
  3. smacrumon, Apr 4, 2016
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    smacrumon macrumors 68030


    Jan 15, 2016
    This is not good. How can that be possible, Apple? Wait a minute, how does it compare with iPhone 5/5S?
  4. d0minick macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2011
    idk, stuff bends and stuff breaks. i love scratches, bends,nicks, on my hardware (no sarcasm), gives it character. I understand some people want all of their stuff to be flawless, which is cool too. But i've never cared.
  5. stbrown macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2010
    The 6S has 7000 series aluminium. Not really a fair comparison. I bet its still better then the 6
  6. shrouded macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2016
    Surely the <cough>click-bait</cough> title should read: "iPhone SE found to be exactly the same as 5s in durability test" because it is a 5s with slightly different insides.
  7. TMRJIJ macrumors 68040


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    Probably similar results. There is not much cosmetic differences between them
  8. msi92 macrumors member


    Oct 9, 2014
    Kinda funny since no one was complaining about the 5/5s bending :p
  9. Vanilla35 macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    SE is probably better than the 6. Although I'm sure it's not really an issue anymore. The 5S never had a bendgate issue. The 6 did, because it got bigger and thinner, but Apple didn't introduce higher quality aluminum, to counteract those changes. 6S was the solution.
  10. fredcintra macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2011
  11. smacrumon macrumors 68030


    Jan 15, 2016
    That's what I would expect. So the interesting thing is why is this even a news story when the whole context isn't presented.
  12. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    But... But... thinner phones should bend more easily! Weak points! Give me my myths back!
  13. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Well, I guess some people have to rethink their comments on whether everything was better back those days...
  14. andyjam macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    Finally, a good use for all those rose gold iPhones out there.
  15. definitive macrumors 68000


    Aug 4, 2008
    What about compared to iPhone 5 and 5s? Because that's really all that it should be compared to...
  16. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    I remember many pictures of bent iPhone 5's back in the days, but the case didn't gain traction.

    iPhone 6 bendgate was fueled by competitors in full panic mode.
  17. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Wow, this took longer than I expected!
  18. white4s macrumors 68000

    Nov 15, 2011
    New Jersey
    because that bend test is a real world situation. get real
  19. Mac21ND macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2007
  20. rufwork macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2003
    Yeah, I think the real take home is how much the phones have already improved after one "bendgate" episode. And it looks like Apple was already taking phones getting wet seriously before the rumors of a water resistant 7.

    If we've hit Peak iPhone for whizbang features (and at the 4" size, it seems we may have for a while), the incremental improvements are keeping me more optimistic about Apple's future.
  21. coolfactor macrumors 601

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    You said "slightly" different insides? You just lost credibility right there.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 4, 2016 ---
    Looking at that bent SE, it's clear that the SIM card tray being at the middle makes it weaker. If that were offset to one end, then it would not be a factor and the case would likely be less resistant to bending. That speaks of form over function to me. Apple wanted it to be exactly in the middle for appearance sake?
  22. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I actually went with AC+ this time around (after not having it with the 6S). I plan to keep this phone until a new 4" comes out, which I think will be on a 2 year cycle.
  23. cableguy84 macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2015
  24. trauma62 macrumors 6502


    Mar 16, 2007
    As far as I am concern these tests are worthless. Chances of any of those situations happening to that extreme are unlikely. Is like broccoli is carcinogenic, yeah if you eat 7,000 Lbs. a day.
  25. kevinkyoo macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2016
    That's because people didn't make all of these videos over-exaggerating these flaws for that YouTube money

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