How easy is it to break an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus? Not that easy…

How much damage can an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus withstand? A new test put Apple’s latest handsets through all kinds of abuse, from dropping them to submerging them in water damage, to find out.

The iPhone 6 has been released, its features have been revealed, and we've written our review. So really, there's just one question left - how easy is it to break?

Fortunately, if there's one thing the internet loves it's destroying things, and sure enough SquareTrade has come up with the answer, thanks to its now traditional Breakability testing.

The hardware insurance company tested both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus against eight criteria - size, weight, the strength of the front and back panels, how it survives drops, how much it slides on flat surfaces, how easy it is to grip and water resistance.

Slide test

Both phones were pushed across a wooden table to see how likely there were to fall off. Both phones survived, with the iPhone 6 Plus - the heavier of the two handsets - travelling furthest.

Water test

The iPhones were submerged in water for 10 seconds while playing a music video. In both cases, they kept working, although the audio did temporarily stop. Well, that's one way to keep from having to hear that U2 album…

Drop test

After being dropped from four feet up six separate times, the iPhone 6 only suffered a few nicks and scratches. According to SquareTrade, that's the best a phone has ever performed. The iPhone 6 Plus didn't fare quite so well - it survived the falls, but the front and back panels came apart. Ouch.

Following the tests, SquareTrade scored the phones 'breakability' - the higher the number, the more the phones are at risk. Both new iPhones scored well for size and 'grippiness', leading to the lowest ever Breakability score of four for the iPhone 6, and five for the iPhone 6 Plus.

So, there you have it - they may not have the rumoured super-tough sapphire glass screens, but both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus seem pretty robust, for which this kid is probably still thanking his lucky stars…

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