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Even as cheap as it is, Nokia 5 durability is pretty good

By Jules Wang December 18, 2017, 9:04 pm

We’ll save the allegories to Nokia’s renown for durability in mobile phones. Let’s just say that we’ve seen a few too many drop test videos of the 9900. But does an Android phone designed by a fairly close corporate cousin and made by the biggest electronics assembler that just happens to be in China pass the school of hard knocks?

Zack Nelson of YouTube channel JerryRigEverything has his take on the Nokia 5, the entry-level phone stuck right between the Nokia 6 and Nokia 3 at about $180 retail. You can take a look at the video below or scroll past if you need the quick bullet points.

  • The screen glass, which covers the selfie camera as well as the display of the phone, scratches at about level 6 on the Mohs hardness scale — typical for tempered glass.
  • Separate pads of glass covers the home button and fingerprint sensor combination and the rear camera unit.
  • Most of the shell of the phone is made of metal, including the side buttons. Plastic lines the top and bottom for antenna reception and some drop protection.
  • The LCD survives a lighter flame held to it for 10 seconds with full recovery.
  • The Nokia 3, 6, 8 and, yes, the 5, have survived Zack’s excruciating bend test.


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