HTC 10 survives scratch, fire, and bend torture tests, proves the strength of its guts

Some lust after the latest, nicest smartphones. Other want to see them scratched, shredded, burned, twisted, and mangled beyond good measure... in the name of science! YouTuber Jerry Rig Everything is of the second kind. He's made a steady reputation for brutalizing smartphones to showcase their resistance to wear and tear, ranging from mild to maniacal. Oh, who are we kidding, he does it for the fun of it!

Anyway, Jerry has gotten his Herculean mitts on the brand new HTC 10, and predictably, the results aren't pretty to look at, but informative nevertheless. The screen scratch test estimated the Gorilla Glass covering at level 7 hardness, lasting through mild damage likely to occur from keys and everyday handling, but unable to resist a deep scratch. Still, that's on par with the majority of high-end smartphones today, and the glass handles flame very well, too – all the display pixels that went black after being subjected to fire recovered in a few seconds.

Also of note is that the HTC 10's front camera is better protected, as HTC used glass rather than the plastic found on last year's M9 handset. Fully made of metal without any paint or plastic additives, the HTC 10's holds its own against scratch marks, with marks from keys appearing faintly visible. Additionally, Jerry found out that the fingerprint sensor, while prone to scratching, remains functional and responsive – for some time, at least.

Moreover, the HTC 10's strong metal frame makes it highly resistant to bending. Unlike its predecessor, the handset withstood the bend test without breaking. All in all, HTC made a truly solid phone that, like we stated in our PhoneArena review, feels more like a finely polished tool rather than a delicate pocket computer.

The suspense-filled footage is available below. Don't watch it if you can't stand the sight of expensive gadgets being abused!

source: JRE (YouTube)

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11. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Impressive durability compared to the M9.

19. frayo41

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

Got this phone last Friday and have to say it truly is a beautiful phone, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it feels and runs

22. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

HTC 10 is my first HTC and I am VERY HAPPY with it! Best phone I ever owned! well done HTC! I hope it is not too late for you!

23. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Dear LG. The HTC 10 has a metal body. The G5 does not. Please do better next time. A lot better. Thank you, Tech lovers everywhere

24. lockpeter

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 21, 2016

Meaning what?

26. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Meaning LG mislead customers with their marketing of the G5. Read the official press release for the G5. Here is one snippet of many, boasting if an all metal body....when as we know, that's simply is not the case. Including the front of the stock & HiFi modules, which are pure plastic. " LG’s innovative Modular Type design gives the LG G5 the ability to transform into a digital camera, Hi-Fi player and more all while keeping its traditional removable battery in a full metal uni-body design for the first time ever." Ummm, not quite. So, that's what I meant :) We gotta keep these companies honest. That's in everyone's best interest.

30. lockpeter

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 21, 2016

Then we agree. I was not able to decide if you were loathing g5 or you do not like metal body.... (from the redaction) But then I know that you were wishing a good future for htc, (I seemed to me like 'do better next time because htc 10 it is not good)

25. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

HTC 10 is the phone ive been waiting for since m7!

28. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

then go! buy it :)

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