Allstate Puts iPhone SE 3 Through Breakability, Drop, and Dunk Tests

Apple has recently introduced the new iPhone SE 3 with claims of improved drop durability and water resistance, thanks to “a durable design and the toughest glass in a smartphone.” To verify these claims, Allstate Protection Plans put the device to the test and shared the results with iPhoneinCanada via email.


“After putting the new iPhone SE through Breakability Drop and Dunk Tests, Allstate Protection Plans found Apple’s claims to be true,” they wrote. Despite coming in at a much lower price point, the latest iPhone SE proved to be almost as durable as the flagship iPhone 13, with one exception.

Here are the full results of iPhone SE 3’s durability tests:

Face-Down Drop Tests:

iPhone SE survived one face-down drop from six feet onto a sidewalk with only minor scuffing, same as the base iPhone 13 and 12 models. This is impressive considering both iPhone 13 and 12 feature ceramic shield front panels while iPhone SE is hardened glass.

Back-Down Drop Tests:

Unlike iPhone 13, iPhone SE cracked on its first back-down drop from six feet. Structurally, it lacks the protective flat aluminum siding of the iPhone 13, which may be part of the reason its glass back panel is more vulnerable.

Side-Down Drop Tests:

iPhone SE survived one side-down drop from six feet on its curved aluminum siding with only minor scuffing, the same as iPhone 13.


30-Minute Dunk Test:

The new iPhone SE has an iP67 rating, meaning it should survive being submerged in one meter of water for 30 minutes. (iPhone 13 has an IP68 rating, meaning it can survive 30 minutes in six meters of water.)

In our test, it did survive one meter of water for 30 minutes without issue. Initially, it did suffer some audio muffling after being pulled out of our dunk test but was back to its original volume after one hour.

“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.

Introduced in 2013, Allstate Protection Plans Breakability Tests give consumers an independent assessment of device durability and how they live up to the rigors of daily life.