iPhone 15 durability test: Aluminum performs surprisingly well against titanium

A recent durability test conducted by JerryRigEverything revealed some surprising insights into the robustness of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus.

These days, durability is a key factor that consumers consider when making a purchase. Apple’s latest offerings, the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus, have taken a different material approach compared to their Pro and Pro Max counterparts. The base models offer a first-gen titanium-alloy frame, while the Pro models feature aluminum builds. But which models are the most durable? Let’s dive into the details.

iPhone 15 durability test

Base model iPhone 15 withstands popular durability test

JerryRigEverything’s Zack Nelson decided to put the iPhone 15 Plus to the test, which shares the same size as the Pro Max but lacks the titanium frame (and a complete set of rear cameras). Surprisingly, the affordable iPhone 15 Plus remained unscathed, showing no signs of structural compromise even when subjected to significant bending forces, all thanks to its aluminum construction.

This is surprising, given titanium’s reputation as a stronger material than aluminum. However, it’s important to note that titanium is also more brittle, meaning it’s more likely to crack under pressure. Aluminum, on the other hand, is more ductile, meaning it can bend without breaking.

Moving down the lineup, the base model iPhone 15 proved equally robust. Not only did it pass the classic “scratches at a level 6, with deeper grooves at a level 7” test with flying colors, but it outperformed the average comparable Android smartphone. This is a testament to the strength of aluminum as a material choice.

iPhone 15 durability test

Which iPhone 15 model should you get?

It’s worth mentioning that this durability test does not diminish the performance and capabilities of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. The Pro models, which have received glowing reviews, continue to stand out as great choices for consumers seeking a premium option.

Ultimately, the best way to decide which iPhone 15 model is right for you is to consider your individual needs and preferences. If durability is a top priority, then the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus are excellent options. However, if you’re looking for the most premium features and don’t mind spending a bit more, then the Pro and Pro Max models may be a better fit.

Check out the full iPhone 15 durability test below:

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Asma is an editor at iThinkDifferent with a strong focus on social media, Apple news, streaming services, guides, mobile gaming, app reviews, and more. When not blogging, Asma loves to play with her cat, draw, and binge on Netflix shows.