Got my hands on one of the Brand New iPhone SE phones. Ive done 18 Bend tests on highend smart phones over the past year… which means ive probably bent more phones than any one else in the world. I’m sure my mother is extremely proud. Lets get started with the scratch test.
I have a set of picks that tell me how hard,or scratch resistant the front glass is. A level 1 would be the equivalent talc powder, 51 Smart decor ideas for Small Apartment and a level 10 is diamonds. This screen starts to scratch at a level 6, and has a deeper grove with the level 7 pick. Which is exactly what the Galaxy S7 scored as well. Now for the back camera lens. Some smart phones use a plastic lens for their camera like theBlackberry Priv. Which, optically, doesn’t matter much.
But durability wise, on a heavilyabused smartphone.. glass is a little less prone to scratching, so I personally likewhen manufactures use real glass. Luckily Apple did use glass for this phone. Lets givethem a thumbs up for using a glass to cover their 4K camera. The lens DOES sit perfectlyflush with the back panel though, there is no protective lip like with other iPhones. So as you can see we got off the power steering fluid reservoir. We started taking apart this thing for t… So impacts can directly effect the glass.
Watch out for that. The back metal is aluminum. Apple didn’t brag about their 7000 series aluminum this timearound. So Its possible they did dropp back down to their 6000 series for this more ‘budget’ device. Keys and coins can scuff up the bead-blasted satin finish. The apple logo in the centerof the phone is made of stainless steel. Another positive point for the iPhone SE is the home button.
It appears to be made outof a glass or ceramic and does not scratch easy like the plastic home button on the GalaxyS7 or Note 5. Onto the burn test. This is always interesting to me. Every screen is made a bit different. Apple uses an IPS Backlit display, which isnt quite as vibrant or saturated as an Amoledscreen, I feel like IPS is a bit more true to life though. With time the pixels turnoff from the extreme heat, but then come back on again after the heat is removed. Unlikethe Galaxy S7 AMOLED display which turned white and never recovered.
When I apply force to the iPhoneSE, it flexes a bit, then cracks right along the bottom volume button. Always a weak spoton phones. It stops flexing after the crack, and nothing is permanently damaged. It survivedmore force than the Nexus 6P did. As well as the Xperia Z5… So… Its a tough call,but I think this phone passes the bend test, even with the minor edge damage.