How Phones Get Tested and Abused by Manufacturers

We might have a few issues with Nokia and their phones, but there's no disputing they're made from hardy stuff. It's why we recall our first handsets so fondly—those drops barely scuffed the fascia, unlike today's fancy blowers.


Like a car manufacturer crash-test dummying their new wheels, Nokia (and other manufacturers) use rigorous test methods with their phones. Most, like this washing machine of pain, simulate real-life usage—seen in the video above, a pair of Nokia N8 phones rattle about to replicate the act of falling from a shirt pocket onto the ground.

Nokia claims they employ over 200 endurance tests with each new model, including forcing them into extreme weather situations of -40°C to 85°C and over; high humidity levels; and of course the good ol' button-mashing. [Nokia Conversations]


Arggh! there goes a...snake a snake!

Nokia makes great, durable phones. Now if only they would catch up on the smartphone scene by, for instance, starting to use Android, they would be right back in the game IMO.