The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have only just become available to consumers, but early buyers are already putting the new devices through the ringer.

During its unveil of the devices, Apple touted that the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max feature “the most durable smartphone glass in the world,’ and YouTube channel TechSmartt is putting that claim to the test with a series of drop tests.

First is what TechSmartt calls the pocket drop test. During this test, they drop the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max from pocket height. Perhaps unsurprisingly, all three devices come out unscathed after this test.

Next is that head height test, which drops all three devices from a height similar to if you were talking on the phone. During this test, the iPhone X gets a nice crack along the screen, while the iPhone XS comes out nearly flawless and the iPhone XS Max only gets a scuff along the top.

Last but not least is a 10-foot drop for each device. For the iPhone X, the back glass shatters on impact, while the iPhone XS, again, comes out without any cracks. Meanwhile, the iPhone XS Max screen shatters as it lands face-first on the concrete, which causes the display itself to malfunction.

All in all, drop tests are rather arbitrary look at how durable smartphones are, though they do provide some good entertainment. Of course, when you drop an iPhone on the ground there are a slew of variables, ranging from how the device hits the ground to the height and angle of impact, and more.

Whether or not Apple’s “most durable glass in the world” claim holds true is hard to confirm. While this drop test seems to suggest some improvements, results will obviously vary wildly in real world use. Further, there will always be variance between the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch models due to the added weight of the latter.

Have you gotten your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max yet? Let us know what you think of it down in the comments!

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