The iPhone 6 in this case survived a fall from the stratosphere

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The photo of the cased iPhone 6 in space isn’t an artist’s rendering; it was taken by the camera sent up on the weather balloon with this phone.  Urban Armor Gear tested their iPhone 6 case by sending it up to the stratosphere and dropping it from 101,000+ feet.  During the trip up and down, UAG says the phone endured “temperatures as cold as -79° F / -61° C and winds as strong as 70mph. During the descent, the iPhone withstood a 150-RPM rotation speed as the parachute deployed and the flight rig struggled to stabilize.  Upon landing the flight rig broke apart, however, the iPhone remained undamaged and fully functional.”

The UAG composite cases are made of a hard armor shell and a soft rubber core and bumpers, and they meet military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6).  They have HD Screen protectors to guard against scratches, over-sized tactile buttons, and easy access to the power and headphone jacks.  They come in black, white, clear, orange, slate blue, and pink for only $34.99 for the iPhone 6 size.  They are available to fit iPhones (4 and newer, including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus), Samsung Galaxy phones (SIII to S5), Samsung Note (II, 3, 4, and Edge), HTC One (including M8 model), Nexus 6, iPad Air 1 and 2, all iPad minis, and the Microsoft Surface Pro, Pro 2, and Pro 3.

Check the Urban Armor website to find your phone’s case.  Read the press release to learn more about the stratospheric drop test and watch the video of it.

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  • Thomas Wolf January 20, 2015, 11:09 am

    If the descent was slowed down by a parachute, the iPhone didn’t really survive a “fall” from the stratosphere, now did it?!

    • John Kes January 20, 2015, 3:44 pm

      I caught that too.

    • Andrew Baker January 20, 2015, 4:20 pm

      Technically its still falling. If it had a powered motor to slow decent it would not be. But a controlled fall is still a fall.

      • Thomas Wolf January 21, 2015, 9:22 am

        Technically, I think you’re wrong. Merriam Webster defines ‘falling’ thusly “to descend freely by the force of gravity”. Oxford defines it similarly “Move downward, typically rapidly and freely without control, from a higher to a lower level.” They key words in the two definitions are “freely” and “without control”. A parachute causes you to no longer to descend freely and with some control. Ergo, this iPhone was not falling!

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