Apple’s Cheapest iPhone SE (2020) Passes Durability Test, Survives Bends, Scratches, and Heat With An Ace(Video)
Whether you like it or not, Apple products excel in quality. Right from the first iPhone and iPod to the recently released iPhone SE (2020), Apple products have always been talked about. Though some products like Apple Watch and Apple AirPods have not been successful as the company would like, you have to grant it to Apple to excel in engineering.
Apple had launched its cheapest iPhone yet, called the iPhone SE (2020) retailing for $399 which retails in India at Rs.42,500.00 with 3GB RAM and 64GB internal memory. As expected, the new iPhone is doing quite well since its launch. Like every Apple product, it is being subjected to extreme tests in order to test its durability.
A YouTuber, Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything channel has been doing durability tests for about everything. He put the iPhone SE (2020) through his durability test and the results will surprise you.
The new iPhone SE (2020) which is cheaper to the other iPhones, is surprisingly durable as it survived his scratch, flame, and bend tests and managed to retain its structural integrity even after the whole ordeal.
This just shows you that Apple has not coopted on build quality and the type of materials for making a cheaper iPhone.
In the video, after unboxing the iPhone SE (2020), Nelson begins with the scratch test. A scratch test is measured on Mohs scale. The iPhone SE(2020) shows that it is scratch resistant up to level 5. It starts to deteriorate with scratches appearing at level 6, with deeper grooves at level 7.
Nelson even tries scratching the home button with a razor blade but didn’t manage to make any permanent marks, which is good. The entire body of the iPhone SE (2020) is made from aluminum, including the buttons and the silent toggle switch.
Apple has claimed that iPhone SE (2020) has sapphire glass. Nelson next tests this claim by trying to make some dents on the iPhone SE camera lens. The glass begins showing scratch groves at level 6 when ideally it should only happen at around level 9. This proves that Apple’s sapphire glass claims are not entirely true.
Next, Nelson subject the iPhone SE(2020) to flame test, where he holds a flame from a lighter near the display till that area goes black. Since this is an LCD panel, a black patch appears after 16 seconds of constant heat from the flame but the pixels come back to life in some time, as the spot cools down showing that Apple’s iPhone SE is good for this test.
Finally, the bend test. Here Nelson tries to snap the phone in two by bending it, with the screen facing up and then the other way around. But even after multiple tries, we see that the iPhone SE (2020) holds its structure extremely well, with only some mild warping.
The surprise element is that the iPhone SE (2020) being tested by Nelson is completely functional. Even the aluminum frame doesn’t show so much strain. And at the end of all, Nelson could still make a call. Now that’s what we call super engineering.