The new iPhone 5C‘s plastic body was an interesting choice from Apple, given that the most recent generations of iPhone have focused on metal construction. But how does the colorful plastic body hold up to being dropped?
The folks from Android Authority decided to test both the durability of the 5C and the aluminum-clad iPhone 5S by dropping both phones.
Unfortunately, the results are pretty inconclusive. Although (spoiler alert) the 5C’s screen shatters while the 5S’s stays intact, it’s hard to say which phone is actually more durable. It looks like the angle of the fall is slightly different for each phone, and it’s impossible to tell whether that’s due to the unscientific method of having a person drop the phones from “about chest level” rather than from a measured height, or due to the phones’ construction. It’s not a stretch to think that the 5C’s plastic body might cause it to fall differently than the 5S’s aluminum one.
The moral of the story here is don’t drop your phone — and put a case on that thing.