Now that the iPhone 8 is on sale in many countries around the world, videos have started popping up on YouTube where the durability and performance of the handset are being compared to its predecessor, the iPhone 7.
YouTuber JerryRigEverything, known for his durability tests, has put the gold iPhone 8 through his usual bend and scratch test regime. In his scratch test, the iPhone 8’s front and glass back started showing scratches at level 6 of the Mohs hardness scale — the same as the iPhone 7 and almost every other smartphone featuring a glass back. This is particularly noteworthy since Apple says that iPhone 8 uses the most durable glass ever on a smartphone, though it’s possible the company made the claims for impacts against drops. Interestingly, Apple has put a small plastic lip around the front and rear of the iPhone 8 to protect the glass panels from cracking during a fall.
As discovered with the iPhone 7 last year, the sapphire lens protecting the rear camera sensor on the iPhone 8 also does not seem to be ‘true’ sapphire since it scratches easily at Mohs level 6 and 7. It is likely that Apple is cutting some corners here and using a lower grade of sapphire.
Finally, in the bend test, the iPhone 8 passed with flying colors as the phone refused to bend at all despite Jerry’s best efforts. In the same bend test conducted on the iPhone 7 last year, the phone showed signs of flexing which ended up compromising its the water-resistant seal. Thankfully, there are no such issues on the iPhone 8 this time around.
A separate video done by YouTuber MadMatt pits the iPhone 8 Plus against the iPhone 7 Plus in a speed test comparison. Both devices were running the latest version of iOS 11 and despite the iPhone 8 Plus coming with a faster A11 Bionic chip, the app loading times between the two devices were negligible, to say the least. It was only in the Geekbench comparison that the A11 Bionic chip inside the iPhone 8 Plus was able to flex its muscles. However, this is not something that is going to make a difference to an average consumer in daily life while using either of the two devices.
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