Whenever there’s a new smartphone, it will inevitably be subjected to a durability test, and the latest phone to be tested is the Google Pixel 2. Unfortunately, it didn’t fare very well, but on the bright side, it is pretty repairable.
As usual, this durability test comes from YouTuber Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything. In his video below, he subjected the Pixel 2 to various tests, including scratch, burn, and of course, a bend test. Nelson even went to great lengths exploring the Pixel 2’s hybrid coating.
Out of all the durability tests, the bend test is the most concerning one. As Nelson was bending the Pixel 2, the chassis of the phone split right below the SIM card slot. Although the phone is still operational, its water resistance was definitely compromised. Of course, one wouldn’t bend the phone in such a way in normal usage, but it is a weak point worth taking note of.
Besides the durability test, Nelson also posted a teardown video of the Pixel 2. Based on his observation, the Pixel’s 2 display as well as battery are easily replaceable. These are big plus points for the device, especially considering the fact that smartphone displays are the most prone to break in the event of a fall.
The Google Pixel 2 may not be a very durable smartphone, but it shouldn’t matter too much in normal, daily usage. Now all that’s left is for Google to push out software updates to fix various issues with the Pixel 2.