Nothing phone (1) easy to scratch but hard to break, reveals durability test

Nothing launched its first smartphone, the Nothing phone (1) last month after months of hype. The phone has been met with a lot of positive feedback due to its experience-oriented approach and unique design, but it still has many hardware related issues for many. This includes green screen issue, dust buildup, and even problems with Glyph light strips. However, a new video indicates the difficulty of jailbreaking the phone.

YouTube creator Zack Nelson is known for conducting durability testing of several popular smartphones on his JerryRigEverything YouTube channel. In one of his recent videos, Nelson can be seen testing the Nothing (1) phone, trying to scratch, bend and break the phone.

Although the phone didn’t come out of the test unscathed, it remained largely usable even after Nelson tried to break it in two after bending it halfway. However, the sides of the phone and the screen panel picked up the scratches quickly, but these were only at level 6 and above. The Gorilla Glass display panel is impervious to scratches by small pointed objects up to level 5, so things like keys shouldn’t damage it.

The phone’s frame is made of aluminum (not the toughest metal out there) and while it’s more durable than a plastic one, it can easily pick up scratches and paint can quickly break on impact.

However, the goal of a rigorous damage tolerance test is to check if the phone is still working in the event of an emergency, such as posting an accident. From here the phone shines Nothing (1), just bending a little near the antenna strips, but not broken.

Many smartphones often break in two when folded by force. Nelson also showed that this happens to the OnePlus 10 Pro, which has been cut in two.

It’s great to see an excellent mid-range device like Nothing phone (1) comes with solid build quality, but the company hasn’t yet fixed quality control issues with its units. However, once buyers wind up replacing any defective units with ones that don’t have dyes or dust, they can rest assured that the phone won’t fold or break easily.

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