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iPhone 11 Pro Max Durability Test – Back Glass Scratches?


[Snap] [Snap] The iPhone 11 Pro Max is definitely one of
the most anticipated phone launches of the year. Apple has launched three different versions
of the phone this time: the 11, the 11 Pro, and the 11 Pro Max. So I figured I’d durability
test the most expensive of the three. Apple’s done some pretty interesting stuff with this
new version. There’s a lot to check out and take in.
Let’s get started. [Intro] So iPhones have been able to fast charge for
a few years now. But even though the iPhones could charge fast, Apple only included a slow
5 watt charger in the box, which I don’t think was very fair. This year though, that’s changed
with the Pros. Apple has included an 18 watt fast charger in the box, which is a plus one
for Apple for not making their customers go out and buy extra accessories to utilize their
phone at full potential. It’s definitely a step in the right direction. This 11 Pro Max is the Midnight Green version,
and has the same frosty finish that we saw in the Pixel 3 and the OnePlus 7. It helps
keep fingerprints to a minimum. Let’s jump into the scratch test. Apple claims that this year they have the
toughest glass ever in a smart phone, which, you know, sounds like a very “Apple” thing
to say. Even if this is the toughest glass of all time, it’s still made of, you know,
glass. Glass is glass, and glass breaks. If anyone ever comes up with something stronger
than glass, they’ll definitely be calling it something different. Until then, we see
scratches at a level 6 with deeper grooves at a level 7. The screen still definitely
won’t be scratched up by keys, coins, or razor blades. But it’ll also still crack if you
drop it. We’ll talk more about that in a second. Up here at the top notch we have a metal speaker
grill – pretty solid. Won’t be falling out on its own. Another fairly substantial improvement
this year is with the selfie camera. Of course numbers aren’t everything, but with 4K and
slow motion on the front camera, Apple is actually competing with other flagships. I
personally won’t be posting any flowing hair selfies on Instagram any time soon. But still,
it’s definitely a step in the right direction. There is the same plastic edge around the
glass screen, which is a good impact layer between the two extremely hard materials:
glass and stainless steel. The vast majority of smartphones these days are made from aluminum.
It’s lighter, cheaper and more malleable than most of the metals so it’s fairly easy and
inexpensive to form into a phone. The sound you hear though is stainless steel. Steel
is a much stronger metal than aluminum. So strong, in fact, it’s difficult for my razor
blade to get a bite on the metal. Steel is a 5 ½ on Mohs scale of hardness, which is
about the same level as my razor blade. Aluminum would be a 3 or 3 ½ , which makes it much
easier to scratch than stainless steel. Apple has taken their perceived premium branding
and actually used a premium material to match. The phone is still plenty expensive of course,
but the price tag is a little more justified by the materials being used. It’s a step in
the right direction. There’s still no expandable memory card slot which is good since it leaves
me with something to complain about. But there’s also something extremely good about this port
that not many people have caught. This phone is ip68 water resistant. And you’re
probably thinking to yourself, ‘What’s cool about that? Most flagships these days are
68 water resistant.’ And yeah, you’re right, but instead of doing the same basic 1 and
½ or 2 meters deep for 30 minutes of submersion that every phone manufacturer does to get
that ip rating. Apple went above and beyond and doubled the depth to 4 meters for 30 meters.
I’ll explain more during the teardown, but the takeaway is the iPhone 11 Pro is by far
the most water resistant phone on the market right now. That’s a huge step in the right
direction. Apple has actually innovated, and I think that deserves a thumbs up. Yeah, Apple
still has the dumb proprietary screws and no headphone jack. But with jacks being lost
from every phone faster than Thanos can snap his fingers, it’s hard to keep calling it
a negative when everyone is doing it. Let’s talk about the back glass for a bit.
Remember, my razor blade is about 5 ½ on Mohs scale of hardness. The glass is a 6.
So my razor blade isn’t doing any damage to the surface of the glass. The glass is actually
damaging my razor blade, like sandpaper on wood. But it’s only the rough parts of the
glass that’s causing the abrasion. The smooth Apple logo does nothing. But let’s say you
happen to have the copper cooling vapor chamber from a Galaxy Note 10 in your pocket. It looks
like that hurts. What if your phone rubbed up against a piece of plastic. Would that
hurt the glass? Visually it looks like the answer is yes. But actually the answer is
no. The etched surface of the level 6 glass s microscopically rough and is literally taking
tiny chunks off of the softer materials as they brush up against the surface of the glass.
But this material transfer dust can easily be brushed off leaving the phone looking just
like new. There might be a tiny bit of residue left over still, but it’s good to know that
these marks aren’t permanent. Coins leave pretty hefty marks on the glass. Quarters
leave a residue. Even Abraham Lincoln, you know, from back when presidents were respected,
leaves his mark on the glass. The cloudy surface of the glass is slowly wearing away at all
my coins and the dust is being left behind on the surface. This random screw leaves a
mark. And, of course, keys which are also usually made of soft metals. They leave some
pretty major residue behind. To solidify the point a little further, we
can take my Mohs scale of hardness picks and we can very clearly see that every level of
pick leaves material behind on the glass until we get to level 6 and 7 whose tips are hard
enough to finally wear down the surface of the glass instead. Science. We’ll see if all
these marks come off or not in a minute. Let’s chat about this camera unit. Apple has
carved this camera hump out of the back glass slab itself, which is very unique. It has
a subtle raised lip about half as thick as a penny. My worry with the raised glass surface
is that it has 4 extra edges around the square for chips or cracks to occur. The good new
is, the circular cameras inside the square stick up further than the glass itself. So
it offers a little protection for the back glass panel and raises it off whatever surface
it’s resting on. Like we’ve seen on several Android phones,
the iPhone 11 Pro Max now has the perfect trifecta of cameras: a 12 megapixel 2x telephoto
camera at the bottom, a 12 megapixel wide-angle camera in the middle, and a normal 12 megapixel
camera up top. Since my razor blade is doing no damage, we can tell it’s protected by a
scratch resistant material. Up until now Apple has always claimed this material is sapphire.
This year though they didn’t. There’s no mention of sapphire anywhere on the iPhone spec list.
It looks as though Apple is using the same hybrid material that they’ve always used for
the camera lenses. Still seeing the weird fracture scratch things at levels 6, 7, and
8. Apple’s hybrid camera lens material is just as good and probably better than glass,
and there should be a category for it. But at least now there’s no misleading vernacular
on the website. I think that’s a step in the right direction. If the back glass of the
iPhone does crack, cracks won’t affect the camera lenses or the cameras themselves since
each of them has their own little individual metal housing. The cracks will work their
way through the glass panel, but not affect the lenses. Smart move on Apple’s part, so
if that lip ever does chip, the camera units will be unaffected. If you’re still worried about scratches or
getting reside caught up inside the textured iPhone surface, you can always add a skin
like this limited edition Robot skin. Or if you’re like me and always rock a case, dbrand’s
got you covered with the Grip Case. It’s got some super clicky buttons, and the skin on
the case is interchangeable. I’ll leave a link down in the video description. And huge
thanks to dbrand for sponsoring this video. I know a lot of you, when deciding what phone
to buy, ask yourself ‘Yeah, but can it withstand fire?’ And don’t you worry, I have that covered.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 6.5 inch 1242 x 2688 resolution screen. And that super retina
XDR OLED withstood the heat from my lighter for a full 60 seconds without leaving a mark.
Remember, the invisible oleophobic coating evaporates and that covering is kind of important,
so don’t try this at home. But at least for now we know that, you know, fire is…hot. So you might have noticed over the course
of this video the heavy marks I made on the back panel with different metals have already
started to rub off when my hand brushes up against the phone. The dust falls away leaving
the phone glass looking almost as good as new. It really is rather impressive. I’ve never had an iPhone fail my durability
test before. And I might not always see eye to eye with the iPhone lineup, but Apple does
make very structural and solid smartphones. And this iPhone 11 Pro Max is no different.
There’s zero flex. These premium materials are combined to make an extremely solid build.
Apple has used recyclable stainless steel on this phone and is currently using 100%
recycled aluminum to build the MacBook Air, the Mac Mini, the Apple Watch, and the new
7th Generation iPad, which is something to be super proud of. There has been a shift
over at Apple. Yeah, Androids can still do more, but Apple has taken so many steps in
the right direction with this new iPhone 11 Pro that I’m running low on things to complain
about, and that’s definitely a good thing for everyone. There’s a lot more to talk about when we review
this from the inside so hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss the teardown. It’s
free. And come hang out with me on Instagram and Twitter. Thanks a ton for watching. I’ll see you around.

Cesar Sullivan

100 thoughts on “iPhone 11 Pro Max Durability Test – Back Glass Scratches?

  1. “Step in the right direction”

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  2. 03:50 I can not say that the iPhone Xs can stand 2 feet under water, for several minutes. I was with my Xs 3 times, for about 5 minutes, 50cm under water. After that, the front camera had a fogged lens.

  3. wow i never owned a iphone but I would still like to have this iphone lol,i have a zte max pro, its starting to mess up on me now.

  4. My screen has actually got tiny scratches already, had the phone a week….just been in a fleece pocket with a little plastic wallet. So much for toughest ever glass!!!

  5. can you add a screen protector to the back of the iphone 11 since i heard even with a case on the phone you are likely to break it?

  6. Ellen DeGeneres: "Didn't even notice I'm holding the brand new iPhone 11"
    JerryRig: "Its difficult for my razor blade to get a bite on the metal"

  7. So I'm wondering about those recent stories coming out about the iPhone 11 Pro lineup scratching way too easily even in pockets without any debris inside.

  8. Hye, I'd like to know your thoughts on the multiple reports of the 11/Pro/Max screens scratching easily. In your test it seemed to do just fine.

  9. Jerry: can I borrow your phone
    Other guy : yes,sure
    Jerry: thanks,so friends we are going to do some scratch test at level 6
    Other guy: wtf

  10. Who tf would scratch there shit on purpose cmon y’all don’t even deserve the fucking technology if you can’t take care of it

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