Essential Phone Durability Test – Titanium Scratch Test!!

The Essential Phone is the new kid on the block and while I'm normally all for being nice to the new kid, the Essential's $700 price point means it wants to compete with the big boys. And it would be (??) to expect preferential treatment for such a quintessentially priced device. Let's get started. Inside the box we get a rather nice braided cable along with the USB-C dongle headphone jack which already spells bad news for the versatility of this device and of course the wall plug Here's the phone itself supposedly this device is Android, boiled down to the bare essentials Also, while calling it future-proof personally I always thought devices from the future would have more features instead of less But that might just be me.

Let's start with the scratch test remember the Mohs scale of hardness is Exponential curving significantly upward as the numbers increase Build quality is one of Essential's big selling points using some of the most premium materials available in the cellphone world the Gorilla Glass 5 On the screen is a good start, scratching at level 6 with a deeper groove at a level 7 the essential phone has the exact Same scratch tolerance as the Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 7.

Up here at the Cyclops looking 8 megapixel front camera It's under the same glass as the screen, so it's protected as well. You might be wondering to yourself at this point Where is the earpiece on this phone is it a piezoelectric vibrator like we saw inside the Mi Mix? And no it's not, it's just a super thin little line up here at the top covered In some kind of fabric it'll be interesting to see the shape of the speaker and the audio channel configuration during the teardown because that slot is tiny. Down at the bottom of the phone how the buttons are still underneath the glass so there's nothing new to Check down here.

The back of the phone though, is brilliant. I do like glass phones and the ceramic of the essential phone takes design to the next level – not only is the ceramic super reflective, but it's also super, super hard. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) We'll have to test and see if Essentials using real ceramic in a second. But since my razor blade is leaving no marks in the material, things are looking good. There are two circular holes in the top back panel I thought the modular accessory mount would be more flush like they are on Motorola's phones But these are literal holes in the phone with super strong magnets Inside kind of interesting the two circles on the opposite side of the phone are from the dual 13 megapixel cameras this part I'm not a fan of don't get me wrong I love dual camera setups the zoom lens of the iPhone 7 plus or the wide-angle lens of the LGV 30 are both amazing but I have yet to see a Monochrome picture that I just needed to have in my life the camera lens is glass so at least that's a positive Being so extremely flush with the back panel though is great aesthetically But not when you're trying to keep scratches and damage to a minimum.

We'll try to solve that in a second but first Let's see if essential really used a ceramic panel Ceramic normally starts scratching at a level 8 as we learn from the ceramic Mi Mix phone last year And it looks like that same level of hardness is achieved on this essential phone No marks were left by my Mohs picks until level 8 the back panel is essentially Impervious to scratches along with the fingerprint scanner zero damage means the hardware will continue to function long into the future The sides of this phone are made from titanium which is a level 6 on Mohs scale This is not to be confused with titanium carbide which is a level 9 These are two very different substances stainless steel like my razor blade is also around a level 6 and you can see the damage being done to the surface of the phone both titanium and stainless steels beat out aluminum though Which usually sits around at level 3 or 4 depending on the alloy and if all of that made sense you're probably watching too many Of my videos, it's not pure titanium though around the edge There's a pretty sweet little plastic rim plastic is much more forgiving than metal so even this minor ring pressed up against the glass Will help keep pressure off the glass during a drop if this phone survives the rest of my test and enough people request it I'd be willing to drop this phone a few times before I take it apart Let me know if you want to see a drop test down in the comments down here at the bottom of the phone we find The lack of headphone jack this phone really is just the bare essentials Which means it's barely useful if you forget to bring or charge your headphones personally, I own a ton of different wireless headphones I enjoy them but I still appreciate the convenience of my headphone jack on a regular basis the biggest downside to the glossy ceramic back is the Fingerprints and like I said earlier how the camera sits flush with the back surface one option that potentially solves both problems Is a skin this matte black skin helps keep things sleek and minimal Or if you want more of a khaleesi vibe the dragon skin also looks pretty sweet a skin raises the camera glass just enough so It's not rubbing on whatever surface you set your phone on I'll include a link to these skins down in the video description and big Thanks to D.

Brand for supporting my channel and helping make this video possible Speaking of Dragonfire this 5.7 inch quad HD IPS display lasted about nine seconds under the heat from my flame not invincible But still impressive the pixels went black and turned off, but after the heat was removed They came back to life which seems to happen quite a bit north of the wall the ultimate test of build quality is the bend test the construction of the Phone says a lot about how long it will last in everyday life And this phone does feel extremely solid and heavy and that carries over into the bend test it is impressively rigid and sturdy even when flexed from both directions physically this phone passes my durability test, I'm Definitely impressed with the materials ceramic is one of my favorites But the second monochrome camera is unappealing to me that combined with a lack of headphone jack no water resistance no SD Card and no standardized wireless charging brings the uselessness level of this phone to a load that I'm not willing to accept I don't need the bare essentials.

I need all of the essentials Let me know if you want to see a drop test I think I'd rather enjoy dropping this phone onto concrete Somewhere come hang out with me on Instagram and Twitter if you want to see a little preview. Thanks a ton for watching I'll see you around.

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2020 Moto RAZR Durability Test! – Will the Folding Icon Survive!?

if you would have told me last year that in 2020 JLo and Shakira would be starring in the Superbowl hummer would be making a new vehicle and I'd be reviewing the Motorola RAZR flip phone I'd say you were crazy and asked what year you time-traveled from but here we are this video is sponsored by audible this strange box contains the world's first hot dog style folding smartphone you know where it folds long ways instead of the fat hamburger style way right anyone else learn that in school we've tested folding phones here in the past on my channel with the galaxy fold and the flex pay but both of those were kind of like folding tablets and this guy well it's more like a folding phone this might also be the first phone where you want to keep the box it's got a built in rubber stand that will redirect the phone speakers have the base towards the front kind of interesting let's see what else is in the box before we say hello to moto in this fancy magnetic case we get some instructions along with the headphone dongle 18 watt charger braided headphones and a braided USBC cable it seems like a pretty nice package I've heard many people ask if this new Motorola RAZR can still handle those angry closes you know like after a phone call and the phone gets aggressively shut today we'll be answering that question once and for all now I think it's time to review our new friend hi there let's get started [Music] [Applause] [Music] now the thing I like most about this Motorola RAZR is the form factor when it's open it takes up just about as much space as my note 10 plus which I'd say is a pretty common phone size these days but the Motorola RAZR has the ability to fold in half and quite literally take up half the space when it shut it's a form factor that actually makes sense taking a close look at the hinge of the new raiser we can see some exposed gear looking things along the side these don't actually spin like we saw in the Galaxy fold these teeth just keep the two sides both left and right folding at the same speed so one side doesn't fold quicker than the other the paper-thin screen lifts away from the foam body as it starts shutting and you can quite literally see the light shining through the components at first glance this does seem kind of sketchy but it still feels pretty solid even if the screen lifting off is slightly unnerving the bottom edge of the screen tucks a little bit into the base of the phone as it slides down to compensate for that crease free fold in the center there are no folding lines in the center of this screen like we saw on the Galaxy fold Motorola did say on their website that this phone is designed with a zero gap hinge that allows both sides to close perfectly flush to protect the main display but unfortunately I still definitely see a gap between the two halves of the phone when it's closed and I'm not like a dust expert or anything but dust can still definitely sneak in there and it's not perfectly flush with the zero gap calling it perfectly flush with zero gap is incorrect at least with my unit will test out the dust thing more in just a second the front smaller screen is not a fully functional display like we saw in the galaxy fold this is more just for notifications and stuff and can't control the entire phone I'm getting distracted though it's time for that scratch test now the whole trick with these folding phones is that the screen is actually made from a thin piece of plastic plastic has multiple pitfalls for one you can't apply a screen protector or the display might break this is super unfortunate since once again we do start seeing damage at a level to a level three almost felt like my most pick was going to start cutting through the display and my fingernails once again can leave a mark on the screen I was previously excited when I read that Motorola's design at a zero gap hinge with perfectly flush closure since avoiding screen damage is one of the main things you want to do with the folding phone but as we see with the screen this soft dust and dirt are still going to be an issue the simplest solution like I suggested with the galaxy fold to suggest vacuumed out your pockets every morning when you should be just fine the outer screen since it doesn't need to be folded is made from glass I can work my way up through the most scale of hardness and we find that the 2.7 inch outer display is confirmed scratches at a level 6 with deeper grooves at a level 7 one cool little easter egg with this high-tech 20/20 razor phone is that if you go into the hidden settings and drag retro razor on to the main drop down you can make your sweet new $1,500 phone look like a $15.00 phone I'd like to see an iPhone attempt that one as far as the build quality of the Motorola RAZR the whole thing does feel relatively sturdy the earpiece grille is made from metal and won't be falling out on its own the top curve is made from glass which also protects the front facing five megapixel camera the original RAZR from 2004 only had a point three megapixel camera the frame is made from metal along with the textured metal power button and the volume rocker right below that power button is also metal the hinge cap is a vital component that holds both halves of the phone together and is also made from metal the frame of the bottom half of the phone is also made from metal the phone is very well balanced on each half of the hinge at the bottom with its plastic chin does include a fingerprint scanner which is actually pretty scratch resistant but I still managed to inflict a bit of damage with my Ridge blade even with those scratches though the phone was able to read my fingerprint and unlock the phone every single time not too shabby the bottom of the razor has a plastic speaker grille and a USBC charger if we take a look under the grill plate we can see that the speaker is positioned on the right side of the phone and does seem to have its own water-resistant mesh protecting the opening motorola does say that this phone is splash resistant we'll have to assess that claim more thoroughly from the inside when we take it apart make sure you subscribe so you don't miss that teardown we know that the outer screen is made from glass along with the glass camera lens that's covering the 16 megapixel main camera on the back and the dual tone LED flash which are both covered with glass the best panel however is plastic now I never had one of these razor foams growing up I got a job delivering pizzas and I bought myself the Nokia 6800 instead with its full QWERTY keyboard but I do remember how popular these things were as you can clearly see this is a razor on a razor on a razor above a razor the Razer logo down here at the bottom of the phone is very securely glued into place and will be coming off on its own over time which is of course a good thing with the razor's current price tag of $1,500 you'll probably have to start selling off the old Tamagotchi and beanie baby collection from the last time the razor phone existed I think it's time to revisit that dust situation now obviously this is a bit on the extreme end of the pockets and scenario but phones are probably the most abused pieces of tech on the planet and since Motorola's hinge does leave a gap it's something we have to watch out for I'll let the dust shift around into every possible surface crack and crevice of the razor it is hard to watch but it's for science planet earth is covered in dirt and we should be ready for anything the dirty phone still functions well enough mostly the screen is not broken yet but the sound of the hinge is more like nails on a chalkboard at this point and not as much buttery smoothness like it was before looking close we can see that one speck of dust has already managed to make its way under the screen causing the light to reflect off the Bulge a bit differently than normal rather unfortunate over time this might damage the pixels from the back and kill the display that compromising gap between the hinge in the display is going to cause an issue with dust in the future speaking of compromises since this video was sponsored by audible out a few new audio books at the beginning of the year to help me improve in certain areas and never split the difference is what I'm currently listening to it's about the negotiating tactics that the FBI's lead kidnapping negotiator used in international hostage negotiations pretty intense you can get your first audio book for free when you visit slash jerry-rigged or text jerry-rigged to 500 500 audible has plenty of podcasts as well along with a-list comedy and a huge selection of audible originals I usually listen when I'm at the gym never split the difference isn't all just about life or death negotiations the same tactics can be applied at home or to help get you a raise or even negotiate more days off work with your boss communication is pretty useful stuff you can get your first audiobook free with an audible subscription link in the description slash Jerry Record text jerry-rigged to 500 500 and thanks to audible for sponsoring this video now like I mentioned before this particular style of folding phone is my favorite so far rumor has it that Samsung is about to announce a phone with the same hotdog style folding capability but Samsung's phone will also probably have the same plastic screen which isn't a bad thing of course it does work as long as we all know it's plastic and we all know it's a tad more fragile than glass screens then we can take care of it another difference is that this plastic screen retains no heat from my lighter the pixels are still very much alive after 25 seconds the plastic is unmelted and actually still cool to the touch the usefulness of this knowledge basically borders on zero but as we know from the erroneously named zero hinge on this phone zero doesn't actually mean zero I'm mostly stalling at this point since this is one of the coolest phones that's ever come across my desk and I don't have a whole lot of confidence about its ability to survive what's coming the feature of this folding phone I'm most curious about is its ability to be slammed shut after a phone call remember there is still currently a rock behind the screen somewhere and I'm slamming it shut just about as hard as a person can with one hand and now with two hands even with two hand slams and a little pebble behind the screen this Motorola RAZR can have scanned the abuse and the phone definitely seems to be equipped to handle all abrupt phone hang-ups I'd still take care of it though since you never quite know which boat will be your last I think it's time let's say you leave your phone on the couch facedown and great aunt Susie comes over to ask why you didn't bring a special someone with you to the family reunion she sits down and now your screen is unresponsive and has a cool new four-point design in the center not from the rock that got caught earlier but from some physical component inside of the hinge that's under to the display poking through the back of the screen each of the four corners of whatever that rectangle object is under there just got smushed into the soft and back side of the screen after turning the screen off and then back on again the phone does return to functionality but the four pixels do not recover if we watch that one more time we can see that it actually took a considerable amount of force before breaking I am rather impressed the razor hinge is not as strong as the galaxy full tinge but still holds its own the phone is still functional even after the screen is punctured from the back the hinges you know bent backwards and it's a little more floppy than usual something's broken inside but it's still rather incredible the phone is still able to function like normal that deserves a thumbs up moto is putting up a fight it looks like one of the things that broke is whatever was holding down the screen inside of the chin you can see the display pulling out a bit revealing some pretty cool Faraday cage looking components like we saw inside of the Nokia 3310 the teardown should be interesting touching down at the bottom edge of the display however immediately kills the entire row of pixels running up the screen I'll test my theory again by touching over here on the right side yep definitely a bad idea the paper-thin OLED display technology still kind of blows my mind since the bottom of screen had been pulled out of the phone it's not really going to fold back flat anymore the little bubble near the hinge shows how a thin and flexible display can really get of course it'll always need the foam body to support it so it won't crease or bend in the wrong spot and get rekt but as we can see it does take quite a bit of abuse flexible displays still need a gentle curve when they fold if the fold gets too tight and the screen actually gets creased the whole thing dies completely and it's over we now know the limit of the new Motorola RAZR angry phone calls are fine but probably shouldn't let anyone sit on your open phone or it might be curtains I think we should perform an autopsy let me know if you want to see the insides of this thing down in the comments are you interested in buying a folding phone are you gonna wait a little while longer and see what the next generation looks like come hang out with me on Instagram and Twitter and grab your free audio book with a link in the description and thanks a ton for watching I'll see you around

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Vivo Nex S – Hidden Camera Durability Test! – Scratch and Bend

The Vivo Nex S is that sweet looking, bezel-less
Android smartphone with the motorized popup front facing camera, and in-screen fingerprint
scanner. Probably the most futuristic smartphone we've
tested so far this year. Even though it looks epic from the outside,
I'm honestly more excited to take this one apart and review it from the inside. But, like always, we got to test it first
while it's all in one piece. Let's get started. [Intro] Right off the bat this thing looks incredible. Full screen design with no notch just looks
good. The colorful edge to edge display is impressive
all by itself, but we aren't really here to talk about the screen. There is so much other weird tech inside of
this phone to check out, starting with that camera. It just pops out of the top like a daisy in
springtime. It activates by poking out like an accessory
on R2-D2 each time I turn on the front facing camera.

And then it retracts as soon as I switch back
to the rear camera or exit the app. The sound you hear isn't the actual sound
the hardware is making. It's an added affect. There are actually 3 sounds. I'm going to leave mine muted, but if you're
looking to impress your friends or show off the mechanical extremity of your phone, the
extra sound is a nice effect.

The extended camera niblet does feel very
solid. There is no wiggle to the block. And when I press down hard on that camera,
it will dip in for just a second and then come back up, or retract all the way if I
press in too hard. It's still very firm though, and feels like
it can handle it's own. The only way to know for sure will be to see
how solid those tracks are from the inside, and see how the lifting mechanism is made. But for now, it seems like it can handle normal
abuse. Even when I try to hold the camera out while
it's pulling itself inside, the first time the motor is strong enough to yank the camera
from my grip.

But the second time, the gears spin for a
second and then succeed in pulling it back. It's surprisingly strong. Thumbs up for that. We'll come back to the front camera in a second,
but now let's see what else the phone has to offer. It's definitely nice of Vivo to include a
plastic screen protector on both sides of the phone. Any protection is good protection. Now we can start with the scratch test. There is no mention of Gorilla Glass on this
Nex S, but since we've made it past the level 3 pick, we know the screen is not plastic.

We start seeing scratches at a level 6, with
deeper grooves at a level 7, meaning we're looking at tempered glass. Sapphire would be a level 8 unless, of course,
it's Apple's sapphire, that's still a level 6. You might have noticed that there is no earpiece
on this phone. It doesn't pop out with a robotic camera on
top either. The Vivo says it uses vibrations instead of
a speaker. It's definitely a weird thing that takes some
getting used to, but it works. No matter where you put your ear on the frame
of the phone, you can hear sound imminating from the device…kind of like those bone
conduction speakers. For example, this is what a normal earpiece
sounds like. This is coming out of an iPhone 8. It's pretty standard across all smartphones
with a little speaker inside the earpiece. You can't discern one smartphone from the
other just by the earpiece inside of the phone. Unless, of course, there is no earpiece speaker
inside of the phone.

This is what it sounds like from inside the
Vivo S Nex. It's done through vibrations instead of a
speaker, and pretty much sounds the same no matter where you're listening on the phone,
since the vibrations encompass the whole frame. It sounds a lot like a speaker phone, but
contained in a much smaller area. Another successfully hidden component is the
fingerprint scanner hidden underneath the display. I tested this previously with the Vivo X20,
and even with scratches on the glass, the Vivo Nex S still functions. Hiding the scanner under the screen is pretty
impressive – technologically and physically. I made a super in-depth video on what that
particular component looks like with the Vivo X20. It's pretty magical.

With a closeup look at this Nex display, you
can't even see where the scanner is hidden, so they're doing a pretty good job. The sides of the phone are made from metal,
including the volume button and power button. At the top of the phone we have our headphone
jack, which is incredible. Vivo has a bezel-less, notch-less phone and
still includes that headphone jack…while Apple's over there claiming there's no room
and dongles are the way to the future. Last time I checked, Apple's sold 23 different
dongles, so you know what direction Apple's taking their innovation.

Taking a closer look at the front facing 8
megapixel camera. The metal housing is solid with no loose movements
in any direction. The camera lens is made from glass, which
is important because aluminum is lower on the hardness scale than glass is, which means
no matter how many times the lens extrudes out of the phone, it won't ever get scratched
up by the metal right next to it…even if it ends up rubbing a bit. A scratched up camera lens would be annoying. The back of the camera has more metal and
a little auto-lifting logo on the back. I'm still excited to see it from the inside,
but I'll be patient. This phone is not water-resistant by the way. The Vivo Nex has a textured assistant button
on the side. This guy's name is Jovi. I don't know what his competency is compared
to Bixby, Siri, or Google, but he is there permanently.

The bottom of the phone has our standard USB-C
charging port and a dual SIM card tray. Fun fact, if you ever still your little tool
in the wrong hole, like this little microphone hole right here off to the side of the tray,
it probably won't cause any damage since the microphones are placed off at an angle inside
the phone and the tool only goes straight in. The psychedelic back panel is pretty intense. Instead of Vivo just picking one color, we
get all the colors. It is glass, which makes me think that a clear
phone might be a real possibility. I'll have to give that a try. Let me know in the comments if you want to
see that one. One thing I would change is that this camera
setup is doing the whole death sensor blurred background thing.

I still prefer an extra telephoto or wide-angle
camera lens over a blurred background feature. A blurred background can basically be accomplished
with just one lens anyway. The dual color LED flash is also under the
glass on this one. And now for the burn test. This wall to wall, 6.6 inch AMOLED display
lasted quite a while. A burn test is basically a mandatory, yet
semi-pointless stepping stone to get to the next event. Kind of like what algebra is to graduation. The Nex lasted an impressive 16 seconds under
the heat from my lighter, which coincidentally is about how long I lasted in math class. Hit that subscribe button if you haven't yet. The structural bend test is next. We'll see if the motorized rails inside of
the frame compromise the structural integrity of the phone.

There is a little more bend than I'm comfortable
seeing, but still no cracked glass or catastrophic failure no matter what side the pressure is
applied from. So I'm very pleased to report that this technologically
advanced metal and glass sandwich passes my durability test…even the protrudy bits. Phones passing my test is a very good thing. It means that manufacturers are putting thought
into construction and the longevity of our devices, which is good for us as consumers
and our wallets, but also the planet.

Phones are pretty hard to recycle, so the
longer they last, the better. Now we just need Vivo to bring their stuff
here to the United States. Only China, India, Russia, Malaysia, Hong
Kong, and Taiwan get the cool phones at the moment. No US or UK, unfortunately. I'll keep the description updated if that
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