When Apple unveiled the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X during its big September press conference a couple of weeks ago, the company said the glass backs on the phones is the strongest glass ever to be used on a smartphone. There’s no reason to beat around the bush: that was a lie.
Actually, Epstein lied. What Apple’s Phil Schiller actually said was (about 57-minutes and 30-seconds into the iPhone 8 presentation):
This glass is the most durable ever in a smartphone.
Durable is different than strongest, which also differs from strong which isn’t the same thing as durable. Obviously, Apple conducted tests on the new Gorilla glass to determine how good it would be under typical use (which undoubtedly included drop tests). Were the tests Epstein described the same as Apple’s tests? Probably not. Smartphones use glass. Glass breaks.
What (sic) to see what a drop test looks like with a device that actually does utilize the strongest glass ever to be used on a smartphone? Yup, it’s the Moto Z2 Force.
Uh huh. Epstein lied again. The MotoZ2 force’s screen is plastic, not glass.
Chris Welch on the Moto Z2 Force:
Motorola promises that the 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED screen won’t crack or break from the everyday drops that spell certain doom for other smartphones. The secret to all this is that the display is, well, plastic. Several layers of plastic. It makes plasticky sounds when you press near the fingerprint reader in some spots, which is rather annoying to see from a phone in this price category. And the topmost layer is very prone to scratches. Exceedingly so.
I think I’ll stick with the durable screen. Here’s the deal. Glass is on the front and back of a supercomputer that fits into your pocket. Take care of it. Get a case. Don’t drop it.
And don’t believe anything Zach Epstein writes.