In comparison, the more premium-built Funny Cases For iPhone 7 Plus and XS Max are comprised of a supposedly more durable stainless steel and glass-clad frame that's touted as Apple's strongest ever used. Apparently it makes little difference, though, as SquareTrade's latest testing with the iPhone XR revealed similar results to the firm's previous testing with iPhone XS.
"The LCD screen in the iPhone XR has a similar level of durability as the OLED screen featured in the iPhone XS and XS Max," said Jason Siciliano, vice president and global creative director at SquareTrade.
"Our tests show that across the board – with both LCD and OLED screens – the all-glass designs of all three new iPhones are susceptible to cracking from drops, which is the most common cause of damage."
Notably, iPhone XR went on to survive the firm's stomach-churning bend test, at which the device outperformed the "more durable" Rhinestone iPhone 7 Plus Case, but performed on par with the larger iPhone XS Max. At a heavy 260 pounds of pressure, iPhone XR bent slightly, though it still remained functional.
The good news for iPhone XR owners is that while the device appears to be just as fragile as you'd expect of, essentially, a glass brick, it's not quite as expensive to fix (out of warranty) as iPhone XS and XS Max are.