The year 2022 has ended and paved the way for a new year. New year, new innovations, new smartphones, new consumer electronics and many more. The new year is here, which gives us the freewill to look back at some of the consumer electronics that we saw last year.
Usually when the year ends, we come across a lot of headlines that talk about best phones, best camera, best battery lives and all the performance phones. We leave out one very important part which is the durability of these best phones.
Why You Should Consider Durability When Buying a New Phone
What’s the use, if a smartphone has all the good features such as fast charging, great battery life, excellent camera and very fast and yet that same phone can easily break with a little pressure?
This is why the durability of smartphones is worth every bit of the discussions as long as smartphone comparisons is concerned. So, which phone emerged as the most durable smartphone of the year 2022? Well, we will get there.
Before we call out the name of the most durable smartphone of 2022, we would also like to talk about other areas that determines the durability of a phone. Such areas include how easy the phone can be repaired and how difficult it is to repair. We will also look at the most innovative smartphone design, best looking phone from the inside and the least durable phone of the year. Let’s get started!
Most Repairable Smartphone of 2022 – Google Pixel 7 Pro
The Google Pixel 7 Pro is the most repairable phone of the year without any doubt. When it comes to issues like fixing of the screen, even a lady or a ten-year-old can fix it if they have the replacement screen in their hands. In fact, you don’t even need a screwdriver to do that.
It just requires a little heating and a flat tool to lift the screen up. After lifting up the screen, the connectors are right beneath it which you can just disconnect them using your finger. Unlike other phones which require a whole lot of unscrewing, Google has made the Pixel 7 Pro very easy to repair.
Runner-Up – iPhone 14
Apple is beginning to take self-repair serious finally as they have already started with the iPhone 14. Repairing iPhone screen has always been quite easier. You just unscrew two screws around the speaker area and lift up the screen.
But when it comes to fixing a broken back glass, that is where the real tussle is. You cannot just lift the back glass like you are lifting a screen. You need a lot of time on your hands to get this done. In fact, you may have to break the whole back glass which can even hurt you if you are not very careful. It’s a lot of steps which you need to have the skill to be able to do it.
Things are beginning to change now with the emergence of the iPhone 14. Unlike other iPhones, replacing the back glass of the iPhone 14 is now even easier than replacing the screen. You just have to unscrew two screws and you are good to go. Apple started this in only the standard iPhone 14. Hopefully, all iPhone 15 models will also come with easily removeable back glass.
Least Repairable Phone of 2022 – Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4
I don’t think this will come as much of a surprise to many. The Z Fold 4 and the Flip 4 are almost impossible to repair. You need a certified Samsung technician to be able to do that for you.
Even if you are able to get a good technician who can dismantle it, you cannot get replacement parts out there to buy. Samsung did not make the replacement parts available to third-party technicians to purchase. And the worse part? Samsung charges $500 to fix either the Fold 4 or the Flip 4 if broken.
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Most Innovative Smartphone Design – Nothing Phone (1)
As long as we are talking about hardware, I think it also makes sense to talk about the most innovative design. Smartphone designs don’t really come with innovations these days. Unlike the days of Symbian and BlackBerry OS where you could see a lot of innovative designs such as flip, slide, sidekick designs and many more. These days, they all look almost the same.
The Nothing Phone (1) came with something quite new which is worth talking about. And it all happens on the back of the device. The device features a transparent back glass which clearly displays most of the hardware components from within. It also features 972 different LED lights which produces some beautiful illuminations such as notifications, call ringtones and even charging signals.
The Nothing Phone (1) clearly wins the hearts of many just by looking at it. Therefore, it is very fair to name it the most innovative design of 2022.
Best Looking Phone from the Inside – Google Pixel 7 Pro
Most smartphone makers focus mainly on the external beauty of their smartphones. We cannot deny the fact that the external look of a smartphone is more important than the look from the inside.
However, how well the internal components are arranged also goes the long way to make repairing of the phone much easier.
Google did a wonderful work with the Google Pixel 7 Pro both from the outside and the inside. It is not much of a surprise that the Pixel 7 Pro is the most repairable smartphone of 2022.
Least Durable Smartphone of 2022 – Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
The durability of a smartphone strongly depends on the frame on which the whole phone was built. This determines the ability of the phone to withstand external pressure.
In a video on YouTube with JerryRigEverything as the host, he performed a durability test on the ROG Phone 6 Pro by trying to break it. Some phones are able to resist the pressure by refusing to break. Other phones are not able to withstand the pressure and end up breaking or bending.
Amongst the phones that didn’t have enough strength to withstand the pressure, The Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro performed the worst. The whole phone completely broke into two like some weak piece of stick.
Runner-Up – OnePlus 10 Pro and OnePlus 10T
Weak frames have been the weakness of OnePlus for some time now and it is still surprising that the company could not deal with it in 2022. The OnePlus 10 Pro and the 10T are some of the most popular OnePlus smartphones of 2022. But both devices are weak in strength according to the durability test by the YouTuber.
Even though the screen did not completely break, the whole back of the phones including the frames broke into two halves. Both phones broke at the same point which is right beneath the camera bump.
Most Durable Smartphone of 2022 – AGM H5 Pro
What did you expect? an iPhone or Samsung? Sorry to disappoint but the most durable smartphone of 2022 is a rugged phone called AGM H5 Pro.
This phone is actually built to last. The whole smartphone is covered with anti-scratch material which also has enough muscle to protect the phone against heavy drops.
It also has a side-mounted bumpers that don’t just protect the sides of the phone but also hide the screen from hitting the ground if you drop the phone. When it comes to breaking of this phone, don’t even think about it as it will not even bend no matter the amount of pressure you exert on it.
Conclusion (Most Durable Smartphone and Least Durable Smartphone of 2022)
In conclusion, the most expensive smartphone is not always the strongest neither the most popular is. People purchase phones for different reasons. while some care about brands, others may care about design and others may also care about strength. Whatever your reason is, I am quite sure this article may help you decide well when purchasing a new smartphone.