When most people get their hands on a new iPhone, they do everything they can to protect it. But when YouTube user JerryRigEverything got an iPhone 7, he pretty much did the opposite. Jerry noticed an odd warning on the Apple site: While the company assured its customers that the new iPhone 7’s surface is “as hard as other anodized Apple products,” it also said the jet black version of the phone “may show fine micro-abrasions with use.” Apple then recommended that customers purchase a case to protect the jet black phone—something it had never done before. This inspired Jerry to conduct a durability test—and pretty much destroy his new iPhone—on camera.
First up: He tried his hand at scratching, burning, and bending the matte black iPhone 7.
Jerry started by scratching the phone’s screen with different razors. He determined that while keys and coins won’t scratch the iPhone 7 screen, it’s still a good idea to keep it protected—you never know what might be lurking in your pockets. He also scratched the home touchpad, the ear piece, and the camera—all three held up. Keys won’t scratch the back of a matte black iPhone 7, but a razor will pretty much destroy it (yes—that one was hard to watch).
Jerry also lit his iPhone on fire (not kidding), and noted that the screen could withstand being held to a flame for 10 seconds before the pixels started turning black. That said, shortly after removing the flame, the pixels reappeared and the phone was back to normal—which is pretty badass. Also of note: The iPhone 7 can’t bend in half. Which, you know, is important.
Then, he had a go at messing up the jet black version.
All the same was true of the jet black iPhone 7, which has a glossy finish instead of a matte one. The only problem: The back of the jet black phone is, as Apple warned, incredibly fragile. A toothpick couldn’t scratch up the phone’s surface, but a penny left some serious scratches. Keys and screws can also wreak havoc on the glossy finish, and even wiping the phone off with your shirt can do damage.
Now that you’ve successfully made it through 10 minutes of watching iPhones get destroyed, some takeaways:
If you’re looking to snag a new iPhone, you might want to consider getting a matte finish. And if you just can’t resist the glossy jet black version (I don’t blame you), you’ll probably want to heed Apple’s advice and get a case for your shiny new gadget. Potential scuffers are everywhere!