The most durable and fragile smartphones of 2021

Zach Nelson, the owner of the popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, is well known for his gadget durability tests. He conducts destructive tests of smartphones with enviable regularity, disassembling them, setting them on fire, scratching and bending them. At the end of each year, he makes his own rating, defining the best and worst in various nominations(most durable, most fragile smartphones, etc).

The most durable and fragile smartphones of 2021

Among all smartphones that passed through his hands in 2021, Fairphone 4 was the most maintainable. Its main idea is to allow the user to independently replace various components. And at the same time, the manufacturer gives a guarantee for the device for a period of 5 years. In second place was the Google Pixel 6 Pro, which will be easy enough for a professional to repair.

The worst in terms of maintainability was the iPhone 13 Pro Max, where you need to contrive to disassemble the smartphone without damage and replace some parts. The gaming Lenovo Legion Duel 2 is the most fragile and unreliable smartphone of the past year, failing the strength test. But the most durable was the protected Kyocera Duraforce Ultra 5G, which has a design in order to survive all the hardships with honor.

The Youtuber has also gives the title of the most innovative smartphone in his opinion to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 with a flexible display.

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Google Pixel 6 endurance test

With the launch of the Pixel 6 series, YouTuber, JerryRigEverything, released a durability test video on Google Pixel 6 Pro. The subtitle of this video reads “How much Plastic this time?” and this appears like a little teasing. In the Google Pixel 5, the company had to open a large hole in its metal rear so as to accommodate the wireless charging coil. Of course, Google covered the hole with a  piece of resin. JerryRigEverything first checks the smartphone’s display against the Mohs hardness rating. The results show that Corning Gorilla Victus glass used on the screen appears at a Mohs hardness level of 6. This smartphone is susceptible to slight scratches.

Subsequently, the lens module protruding from the back of the mobile phone was a subject of testings. The hardness test was carried out on the rear camera lens module with a cutter. The test results showed that the flat part of the lens rear cover is made of glass. However, the bending area between the bodies is made of plastic. JerryRigEverything initially speculates that because the Pixel 6 Pro adopts a double-layer glass design, it may break directly during the free-hand bending. However, after the bending test, the Google Pixel 6 Pro retains its structural integrity.

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