I have been using the iPhone 7 for the last 6 months and I have used it without a case. And it has been brutalised by my extreme usage. And yet, besides a few dings here and there, one would find it very hard to imagine the type of abuse this phone has gone through. A couple of my friends who also use the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus as their daily driver will also attest to this.
For the record Apple uses series 7000 aluminium to chisel out the frame of the iPhone. Apple shifted to this high grade aluminium in 2015 when it launched the iPhone 6S in the wake of the bend-gate fiasco in 2014 when it had launched the iPhone 6. Numerous videos of the iPhone 6 had surfaced on the Internet in which the phone showed an uncanny propensity to bend, which was at odds with Apple’s exacting standards of quality.
This meant Apple was the first mainstream manufacturer to move to series 7000 aluminium. Typically, this is the type of alloy which is used in the construction of transport vehicles like aircrafts and even weapons like machine guns, glock handguns amongst many others.
Now many wouldn’t have probably known this fact, but this is one of the reasons why if you fling your iPhone 7 it will likely come unscathed with just a minor scuff mark. This trait is of course also true of the iPhone 6S which also uses the same type of metal, but it seems to me Apple has stepped up its game with the iPhone 7.
This advantage gets further amplified when compared with phones that have glass backs, because the iPhone 7 is one of the few phones in the market which is fully metal from top to bottom, right to left, corner to corner. The iPhone 7 will at max get scratched or dented in case of a severe bump, some of the other phones like Samsung’s Galaxies while more gorgeous will get cracked or shattered.
Even more interesting is the solution that Apple uses as a part of its cover glass. Most Android phones and even some of the earlier generation of the iPhone used to depend on Corning’s Gorilla Glass . Samsung’s latest Galaxy S8 uses Gorilla Glass 5, which is thinner and more solid, but the iPhone 7 which is a good 6 months older is highly likely to be infinitely sturdier.
Again I’ve dropped my iPhone many times in the last few months. Only a couple of days ago I dropped it flat on the screen on a hard Kota Stone surface from a height of at least 4 feet. Guess what, not even a scratch. Of course, there are numerous permutations and combinations that result in the breakage of a screen one of them being the exacting angle of impact. Maybe, I’ve been lucky.
Regardless, the iPhone 7 will remain sturdier than Samsung’s new hotness. Why? Because it doesn’t have them curved screens which are more susceptible to damage. If you manhandle the iPhone will likely be the one that will come to your rescue.
One of the few things Apple’s iPhone didn’t do till the introduction of the iPhone 7 was protect the device against water damage. With the iPhone 7 having IP 67 certifications in place, it is one the phones which can be dunked in water and come out unscathed. Of course, there are other phones which also do this and in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S8, it does it better than the iPhone 7 because of its better IP68 technical rating, but in real world use the difference isn’t much.