Durability usually isn't the first thing that comes to mind when we think of folding phones — at least, not in a positive context. The bleeding edge form factor makes use of moving parts like hinges, with non-IP-rated gaps between parts and fragile plastic or "polymer" display components. So it's pretty surprising to see the nearly $3,000 Huawei Mate X2survive JerryRigEverything's backward bend test seemingly without any damage at all.
At nearly $1,000, the OnePlus 9 Pro is the most expensive smartphone the company has ever released, a far cry from the days of "flagship killers." It's a pretty good phone, even if it's held back by a mediocre camera and the threat of poor update support. Software isn't the only metric to weigh when upgrading to a new device — you also have to consider how your purchase will hold up in day-to-day use. Thankfully, the OnePlus 9 Pro's hardware is solid enough to endure even the most stressful of durability tests.
The Asus ROG Phone 5 is one of the most powerful phones you can buy today, but all that performance doesn't come cheap. You'll have to shell out more than $1,000 to get your hands on one, which makes durability that much more important. Asus didn't hold back on making its design as large and chunky as necessary to fit in a Snapdragon 888, 16GB of RAM, and dual 3,000mAh batteries at each end of the phone. Unfortunately, if you thought a phone as bulky as the ROG Phone 5 would hold up decently in a durability torture test, well — brace yourself.
Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything is renowned for his gadget durability tests and teardowns, so it's not surprising to hear that he has a track record of trying to bust up Xiaomi phones. Said record brings up the obvious trends: cheaper phones aren't as durable as those towards the mid- to high-end. So, how will the Mi 11 fare? Not too bad, for the sake of brevity.
We got our hands on Microsoft's Surface Duo last month, but we weren't allowed to give it the ol' bend test. Now that the device has been released into the wild, YouTuber Zack JerryRigEverything Nelson tried it out in one of his infamous durability videos — and the results are a little surprising.
Samsung usually launches the latest Galaxy Note phones in August, and this year was no different. Like with the Note10 series, there are two Galaxy Note20 variants: the Note20 and Note20 Ultra. In this video, Zack of JerryRigEverything gets his hands on the Ultra model, with no legitimate flaws revealing themselves.
Our favorite smartphone durability tester, JerryRigEverything on YouTube, is back with another trial by fire of the OnePlus Nord — a phone headed for Eurasia for just €400 starting August 4. The build M.O. looks to be typical for the target price, but how far will it go against the knives, lighter, and hands of one Zack Nelson?
Another new flagship phone has been released (well, two), which means it's time for another video from JerryRigEverything where he tries to scratch and bend the device. This time around, Zack did his best to mangle the OnePlus 8 Pro, but the device held up fairly well to the abuse.
Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip was billed as the first folding phone with a glass display, but thanks to a "protective layer," the top-most surface you actually interact with is only as durable as a plastic screen protector. In a testing video published earlier today, Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything showed off how easily the phone's display scratches, in the end, literally poking holes in it.