The iPhone 8 is the newest phone to come out of Apple and as is the tradition, it must go through the Internet's torture test. More specifically, the JerryRigEverything durability test where phones get scratched, burned, bent and generally go through hell.
The iPhone 8, however, survives through all of this, which isn't a surprise since last year's iPhone 7 did well, too. There are some things to note from this video
- The glass front and back are about as scratch-resistant as the front glass on the iPhone 7 so Apple's "most durable glass ever on a smartphone" claim will likely be regarding the impact resistance rather than scratch-resistance.
- The sapphire lens cover for the rear camera is not 100% pure sapphire and is about as scratch resistant as the glass used elsewhere on the phone, which is to say it's good but not as good as pure sapphire would be.
- The phone uses improved ingress protection around the sides that does not pop when the phone bends, an issue that was present on the previous model.
- The phone itself does not bend much at all, a far cry from when this design was first introduced with the original iPhone 6 that bent like a bar of chocolate on a hot day.
- Everything you touch is either glass or metal, including the buttons on the side.
- While not mentioned in this video, the glass back has been reported to be a lot grippier than the smooth metal surface of previous iPhones, which means it is lot less likely to slip out of your hands in the first place so you don't end up testing Apple's durability claims first hand.
- The pixels recover from flame, which should be good news if you frequently find yourself using your phone while being engulfed in fire. (Why is this a test, again?)
Overall, the iPhone 8 does well in durability test. Real world scenarios will likely be less harsh so if a phone can survive this it will likely survive in the real world. But if you are paranoid Apple will be happy to charge you $39-$49 more for a case.