Saturday, February 19, 2011

Watch the Nokia N8 and iPhone 4 get test tortured to death

When we buy a new phone we are always concerned if its body is scratch-resistant or will it get dirty quickly. That's what we call build quality and no matter your reasons (just enjoying the gadget unspoiled looks or looking for a maximum resale value) it is important.
Enter and their vigorous test routines which few phones can survive. This time around they've got their hands on two of the hottest pieces of smartphones you can currently buy and they are putting them through their paces. And those Russians sure know how to make a smartphone cry like a baby!
The tests that the devices go through include dropping on a carpet and tiles, squeezing, bending, general durability, high/low temperatures, scratching, water/beer baths and the list goes on. Now we're not going to get into details about them, we are just going to summarize the results.
The Nokia N8 got owned by the water test and didn’t show great results in the signal strength test, either. It got seriously hit in the drops routine, rebooting and malfunctioning as a result.
It did, however, pass the squeezing and the dust tests with flying colors, due to the great aluminum body. Speaking of it, the wear and tear tests didn’t damage it that much, too. Long story short, the guys who tested it weren’t so impressed with its ability to withstand tough attitude, so they gave it 53 out of 100 points.
The iPhone 4 on the other hand passed all the tests successfully. The only thing that it didn’t like was the beer test, short circuit and overcharge tests but those weren't enough to fail it. As a result, the iPhone got the whopping 94 out of 100 points.

Now it’s time to grab the popcorn and watch these great tests on video. Here’s the Nokia N8 getting bashed and dropped… a lot.
And here’s the iPhone 4 video. Yeah, it hurts our hearts to watch it spin vigorously in that jar full of metal items.


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