Nokia testing lab tour
In our short time at Nokia’s testing facility, which is located a little bit outside of San Diego, we’re amazed to see first-hand on what happens behind the scenes when it comes to them testing out devices so they meet their standards. From various stress and physical tests, handsets are put through some rigorous processes to see what kind of limits they’re able to withstand. Actually, it seems pretty interesting considering that phones are literally dropped and scratched to uncover their durability. Additionally, we’re made aware about how various chemicals, such as those in French fry grease and sunscreen, can adversely affect a phone if they somehow come into contact with them.
Besides the usual physical endurance tests, we’re amazed to find out how much investment is made in meticulously figuring out why some phones simply “go bad” for no apparent reason – like, as if they died inexplicably with no evidence of physical damage. In the case of some kind of manufacturer’s defect, we’re given a first-hand account on how engineers go about to solve problems related to manufacturing process that ultimately result with hardware failing.
In any event, check out the video below of our tour at Nokia’s testing facility so you can experience for yourself all the stuff that goes behind the scene to make a fancy Nokia smartphone. You’ll be impressed, like us, to see how dedicated Nokia really is with their portfolio.
Nokia testing lab tour:
2. hportal (unregistered)
I can't believe the n900 pass all those tests, the usb problem should had been detected earlier.
4. PhoneLuver (Posts: 480; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)
Agree with you! How did millions of crappy models pass these tests?
How could freezing Symbian possibly have passed this??
Even the machines would have gotten frustrated!
14. Penny (Posts: 1568; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
My guess is that this type of testing is R&D reserved for pre-production phones to identify issues that need to be fixed and materials that need to be changed. They wouldn't conduct tests like these on the devices that are going to consumers because there would be too many to test, and because consumers would open their boxes to find severely damaged phones, lol.
25. rocketeer (unregistered)
Well, for any mass production products, the quality policy requires a certain amount of sample to be tested and this is called ordinary reliability test or quality monitoring. The amount is based on some statistical calcultion at the certain confidence level that they believe the results can represent the most cases. This is onlyt he probability calculation. But some how, happened is just happened.
26. Penny (Posts: 1568; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Cool, makes sense. Thanks for the explanation.
17. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)
The software does not have to do with hardware durability....although symbian phones freeze up the hardware is still one of the best if not the best compared to other smart phones.
6. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)
This testing facility is in the U.S...Perhaps they had a different testing protocol back then and/or facility for the N900.
22. remyrz (Posts: 194; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)
... N900.... ... i have one...with no prob.. exept for. ... .... DAMN YOU NOKIAAAA!!!!!
3. Phillippe (unregistered)
i dropped my nokia 2720 in november. i didnt find it until march. my phone was outside all winter. and it still works. =D
5. gogo547 (unregistered)
Iphone would certainly break under these tests.
7. Commentator (Posts: 3183; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I know it has nothing to do with Nokia, but awhile back my dad ran over his Motorola RAZR (on accident) with his car and, except for the camera, it still worked perfectly. I just thought it was pretty cool, that's all...
12. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)
Well my mother owned Nokia 8800 and dropped it on the highway and a bus ran over the device and after that the device was working like a charm :)
Edit: But it was a pretty durable phone back than :)
21. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
yeah i know i had a 8860 TDMA nokia in late 1999 and a 8890 gsm and with both phones have endured the worst possible cases.got both wet several times even dropped in toilet and under running water in sink.with NO ISSUES AFTERWORDS..
8. box (unregistered)
Yet another reason why I refuse to buy and use anything but Nokia for daily phone needs. Best quality and highest volume, a rare combination for a manufacturer!
9. ryq (unregistered)
my n8 hangs when i first bought it. had it replaced after only two days. same thing happen to my brother's c7. so does this news help, of course not. my next phone will not be a nokia that's for sure.
15. Irteza (unregistered)
I Dont Think That they showed anything related to software ? many people complained about hanging problem but after anna update hanging and restarting problem is gone ..
its better to post a comment on the topic .
drop your n8 or your brothers c7 and then reply
10. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
They should show each company how they test and design their phones. this is very cool
13. snowgator (Posts: 3463; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Wow. What a fun freaking job.
"Let me get this straight .... You want to pay me to see how long it takes to destroy things?? Where do I sign!!"
Really encourages me for the future of WP on Nokia.
16. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 266; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)
props to you on a great article! I am impressed how PA is becoming better and better!
18. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
i still remember the first nokia 3310( or the first cell phone i had ever seen)
19. Ikechukwu (Posts: 174; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)
Cool!! my n8 too has dropped a couple of times only just to get some few scratches... it works like a charm, all thanks to nokia
23. Vinod S Hammigi (unregistered)
I had bought Nokia 2300 in 2005, it is the only mobile that we owned when I had bought Nokia 2300, its such a good mobile that once by mistake I had dropped it from 2nd floor, and when it fell on the ground, I could see it, that all the front and back panels and even the battery came out and was shattered, I felt sorry abt dropping the mobile, but when I reassembled the set, I could see that the mobile is still working fine.. and its since 2 years after dropping the set, still my mom uses it..
In between I bought N73 for myself, even that's an good one.. I've been using N73 since 3 years, even this mobile is a good piece of Master Work, this mobile had fallen from my pocket many times while on traveling, and even had couple of times got shattered. but still when I reassemble it, I see a nice smile on this (N73)....
Its Camera is also a good one 3.2 MP with Carl Zeus Tessar Property.....Good one... I'm lovin it.......
24. nghtwng68 (Posts: 86; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)
VERY IMPRESSIVE DEMONSTRATION by Nokia in San Diego on the very rugged and top tier tests performed on their phones.
Having owned a good 10 Nokia phones (owner of a Nokia 97mini now. Hinged on this phone is fantastic) the hardware is top notch. I've dropped them, stepped on them by accident and even some exterior casing came off and the Nokia phone still performs well.
Not sure how well other phone manufacturers would hold up on such grueling tests, but good to see that Nokia is doing their homework before releasing their phones. Keep it up.