Smartphones, particularly premium ones need to pass the durability test. Remember how the iPhone was on top of the news for bending but the company took care of the issue swiftly. Now, it is the turn of the Google Pixel 4 and 4XL to be put through the durability test and there is none better than Zack Nelson to do this. Zack uploads his videos on YouTube and these are viewed by a large community of people. He does a series of tests with the Google Pixel 4 XL to check if the smartphone is durable. He scratches, scrapes and bends the handset to see how the phone behaves.
Scratch and Screen-Burn Tests
The videos posted by Zack Nelson are known as JerryRigEverything videos and this one on the Google Pixel 4XL runs for around 9 minutes. The test done by Zack in this video starts with the scratch test where he divides the phone’s display screen into 10 parts and starts scratching from the top. There is a Moh’s scale to measure the grooves formed by the scratches. On the Google Pixel 4 XL, the front glass has scratches at level 6of Moh’s scale and deeper grooves at the next level. These don’t seem to be serious. The next test is to hold a lighter near the screen surface to see if the screen burnt. Nothing seems to be happening there as well.
The Google Pixel 4 XL Cracked in Four Places
It is only when the test to bend the phone is performed that the trouble starts. As he keeps increasing the pressure on the phone from the screen of the device, cracks appear one after the other. There are in all four places where the cracks show up. The tester had scratched the edges earlier with a sharp knife. That exposes the metal body below. The cracked areas are where the phone’s antenna lines are visible.
The only saving grace for the Google Pixel 4 XL, in the end, is that despite these cracks, the display is working fine.
Google may react to this video later. It remains to be seen how much of an impact this video has on the sales of the device.