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Nokia Lumia 900 gets frozen, baked, and nailed in an 8-minute torture test

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Nokia Lumia 900 gets frozen, baked, and nailed in an 8-minute torture test
Anyone who has ever owned an old-school Nokia phone, such as the "high-end" 6310, the consumer-oriented 5110, or the legendary for its durability 3310, knows that those handsets were pretty tough to break. We also bet that more than a few of you still have an obsolete, yet still functional Nokia phone collecting dust inside some drawer. But now that the phones that we use are smarter than ever, is Nokia still building its handsets as tough as it once did?

That is the question CNET wanted to get the answer to, so they took a Nokia Lumia 900 and put it to a thorough resilience test. From the chilling temperatures of a kitchen freezer to the scorching heat of a gas oven, the handset suffers through it all.  But whether it survives at the end is something you'll have to find out for yourselves by watching the video below. 

Now you probably may want to throw a bag of pop-corn in the microwave and get ready for 8 minutes of amusing cell phone torture. Let us warn you, however, that the following flick isn't for geeks that are faint of heart.

source: CNET (YouTube)

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posted on 27 Sep 2012, 02:37 12

1. StephenGal0p (banned) (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


iPhone to any of those = iCrap/iBroke/iRubbish

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 02:49 25

2. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 764; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


nokia build quality :) (Y)

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 02:53 19

3. eisenbricher (Posts: 964; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


This phone is a champ!!
Anyway Nokia didn't specify that this phone is waterproof.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 02:58 12

4. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


ouch! dont want to watch an award winning phone being tortured!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 03:42 6

5. Nookie4u (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


Now that's Nookia4u sir!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 03:44 13

6. Johnnokia (Posts: 384; Member since: 27 May 2012)


The company that produced 3310, can produce a phone against RBG7

I trust Nokia and my next phone is Lumia 920

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 03:52 4

7. wendygarett (unregistered)


Ok I have to say Stephen elop has made his good job to maintain the Nokia to position as the good built quality phone :)

Please forgive me for bashing you elop :P

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 04:18 7

8. StephenGal0p (banned) (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


go away iTroll..

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 04:20 8

9. MISTER.H (banned) (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Yea wendy, go away.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 05:10 3

12. maverick786us (Posts: 116; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


What was the good thing he did by ditching MeeGo.
Diaper Girl??

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 05:16 3

14. wendygarett (unregistered)


Thumbing me down just because of apologies?
So this is what Nokia fans' attitude looks like...

Guess what... I take my apologies back :(

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 05:25 6

17. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


Who says Nokia fans thumbed you down?

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 05:35 5

18. StephenGal0p (banned) (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


thumbing down a troll, not your apologies..

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 05:39 4

19. wendygarett (unregistered)


I said he managed to maintain Nokia position on build quality.... Is that troll or truth?

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 05:01 9

10. asseek (Posts: 164; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


thats a biased test in my opinion, they gave the Nokia Lumia 900 20 minutes to dry, while gave the Samsung Galaxy S3 couple of days, everyone knows that phone drying at least take 24 hours not 20 minutes !!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 05:13 3

13. Alistaire (Posts: 132; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Right. And there is a way to open up the phone and let the inside dry properly.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 05:16 5

15. asseek (Posts: 164; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


also if u noticed that the Sim card port was open, thats for sure let more water inside!!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 05:04 5

11. Alistaire (Posts: 132; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I using this phone in White!! ^_^

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 05:23

16. lsguntu (Posts: 66; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


920 is even stronger and Imagine what tools reviewers use to go through this type of test.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 06:08 1

20. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Gotta bring some reality back into the fold or some people's heads might explode.

1. All flagship phones use Gorilla Glass. They will all perform the same with the nail test, including the iPhone. Steve Jobs was actually the one who got Corning's CEO to restart production and reconfigure their plants to produce the Gorilla Glass they developed in the 60s but couldn't find a use for.

2. Ditto for the hammer test. Still Gorilla Glass. the most prevalent one is the One X hammering at a nail. As true for all videos including this one, they only barely nail it in. It's barely standing and you can pull the nail out. Any real force and large swing motion would puncture the glass. The hammer test is basically BS in general.

3. 200F for baking? That's not even enough to boil water. My Nvidia graphics card can get to 100C or over 200F when playing games. Am I suppose to be proud of it if I play a game for two hours and it survives? Think how hot it gets inside a car when you leave it parked all day in the sun and left your phone inside. Neither the phone nor the car's electronics go bad. Same with GPS units. Any phone would've survived that test. How about your typical 350F for baking?

4. Their are several waterproof and water-resistant phones out there, made by Motorola, Fujitsu, Sharp, etc. There are also flagship phones that have survived beach swims and toilet drops that were not designed for submerging in water but have a good chance of surviving a quick splash, like various instances of Samsunga and HTC phones. The giant flimsy flap that opens up to show the sim tray on the top is probably the primary reason for internal water exposure. The other problem is since it is unibody it cannot be opened and properly dried. However you look at it, the phone design makes it more difficult to survive water damage compared to other phones.

5. That drop test was pathetic. There's a myriad of drop tests on youtube with the GS3 or One X or Xperia S that are far more rigorous. It really doesn't prove much.

In conclusion, if you live in a bubble, sure the Lumia 900 is built like a tank while everyone else's is a piece of rice paper. If you actually take facts, evidence, and context into account however, this video is inconclusive at best. The rest is just wishful thinking.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 06:22 1

21. StephenGal0p (banned) (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


iSh$$p

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:18

25. rasinhussy (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)


Troll

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:01 3

23. eisenbricher (Posts: 964; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


I smell a hate comment. Dude you are forcefully finding negative things about this taste, did you get it, FORCEFULLY.

1. Still, Gorilla Glass is corning's patent, right? Not Apple's, right?

2. Nobody said that the hammer test beats other phones. It just proves that it's strong enough to pass the user expectations. Are you implying that there should have been a smash test? Don't comment unless you have results of that with you.

3. The part actually at 100C is the small 20 sq.mm CORE and not the WHOLE card, mark my words. And where the heck did NVIDIA card even come into this scenario?

4. Like I said, nokia isn't claiming that this phone is waterproof. Why you are comparing this to the phones that are specifically made to be waterproof? If you are into tech news you must know that Nokia has some very peculiar waterproofing tech that we might see soon.

5. Now this ons was the funniest one. "There's a myriad of drop tests on youtube with the GS3 or One X or Xperia S that are far more rigorous" Couldn't stop laughing at this one, are you really implying, with balanced mind that GS III is toughter than 900? LOL

Go spread your hate somewhere other dude.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:17 4

24. StephenGal0p (banned) (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


He's jealous LOL...
I bet when you place that GSIII into the oven, it'll disintegrate and melt immediately with its cheap plastic

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 06:37 5

22. LumiaLover (Posts: 160; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


Great video. Brilliantly presented and once and for all proving who is the true pioneer of high quality mobile phones. Apple spouts marketing bs about quality...Nokia just delivers quality...end of !!

I cannot wait to get my Lumia 920.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 11:22

26. 7thspaceman (Posts: 899; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Hmm I wonder if it is working now that there have been a few days since it was wet it may be dried out enough to turn on.

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