New iPhone SE 3 survives drop tests just like an iPhone 13

Iphone Se 3 2022 All Colors Render Cropped
Iphone Se 3 2022 All Colors Render Cropped (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • New drop tests show that the new iPhone SE screen can stand a fall or two.
  • The back of the new iPhone SE breaks when dropped from 6ft.

Apple's new iPhone SE comes with just as much glass as the old one which might have some people concerned about its longevity. However, a new drop test says that we should expect the iPhone SE to do just as well as an iPhone 13 in terms of breakage.

Those buying a new iPhone SE will find that while their new device can be broken, it should stand up to punishment just as well as the higher-end iPhone 13 models. That's what Allstate Protection Plans found when it conducted its own drop tests. According to those tests, an iPhone SE should stand the test of time and only suffered minor scrapes when dropped from 6 feet high. That was when dropped face-down. The device didn't fare quite so well when dropped on its rear, leading Allstate to suggest people still use cases.

Iphone Se 3 Breakability

Iphone Se 3 Breakability (Image credit: Allstate)

"With the 3rd generation iPhone SE, Apple has created a truly durable phone that doesn't break the bank. It survived one drop from six feet on its front and side, which is impressive. While it didn't survive a back-down drop from six feet, putting it in a case should help," said Jason Siciliano, Allstate Protection Plan vice president of marketing and creative director. "While its $429 price point makes the new iPhone SE a more affordable option, it can cost up to $299 to repair. That's why a case, screen protector, and protection plan are always good ideas."

With that in mind new iPhone SE buyers should check out our collection of the best iPhone SE cases before their devices get too scuffed up. No matter how much we try not to drop these things, it's always going to happen eventually!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.