Nokia 8 goes through harsh durability test, will this Android flagship survive?

Nokia 8 goes through harsh durability test, will this Android flagship survive?

Nokia phones have always been regarded as very durable devices. However, this reputation was largely gained before the smartphone era, leaving HMD Global, the current manufacturer of Nokia handsets, with a lot to live up to. 

HMD has so far introduced 8 new models to the market, and the majority of them have not disappointed in terms of build quality. But can the same be said about the company's current flagship, the Nokia 8? Popular YouTuber JerryRigEverything has decided to find out by subjecting the device to his famous durability test.


Kicking things off with the usual screen scratch test, the Nokia 8 manages to hold its own. Thanks to Gorilla Glass 5, the phone scratches at a point where any 2017 flagship would. 

The home button/fingerprint scanner on the front of the handset is left unfazed by the razor blade, with no visual damage observed after the test was concluded. As for the front and back cameras, you can rest assured that both are immune from scratches left by coins and keys. 

The earpiece, however, is made of a thin nylon covering, meaning that it can get punctured. But unlike the low-end Nokia 3 or the mid-range Nokia 6, the cover is firmly embedded inside, and the YouTuber didn't manage to pull it out. 

Meanwhile, the back of the phone is made out of a 6,000-series aluminum alloy which can be easily scratched by a razor, but it should be tough enough for day to day use. The results from the burn test were also encouraging – the LCD screen completely recovered from the burn mark, which was applied with a common lighter. 

After the flame-to-screen trial, the Nokia 8 is then finally put to the bending test. You might remember that Apple specifically switched from 6,000-series aluminum to 7,000-series mixtures because the iPhone 6 could be easily bent in half, but the structure of the Nokia 8 proved to be very strong and hardly moved at all.

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14 Comments

1. AronWunarso

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

That isn't harsh, that's normal.

2. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Its a shame Nokia didnt bring anything good from its past in terms of design. Their colourful polycarbonate phones were the prettiest, sturdiest and nicest to hold. All of these right now are clones of other dull looking phones. They are just chasing Samsung and others instead of setting their own design standards like they did long time ago. What a shame. Their phones literarly have nothing innovative, nothing to separate them from the competition.

3. lallolu

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Nokia cannot afford to experiment right now. Their current design is tested and trusted among consumers. When they get stabilized in the market, then they can start experimenting with their own design standard.

4. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

And still i would buy Nokia phones just because of it's legacy. In the future they will take a different path. Now it's only take over some ground and then bam here comes the boom!

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21337; Member since: May 28, 2014

I also think that one of the things that Nokia is doing is distinguishing themselves from their Windows Phone design right now. They don't want people associating their new Android phones with Windows Phones, and unfortunately, the average buyer will do exactly that if they use the Windows designs right now. I'm certain we will see more iconic designs once Nokia grabs more market share.

8. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Everyone's dream was Nokia hardware with android. And its happening. If anything people loved Nokia windows phones hardware, the issue was Microsoft and apps. My old 1520 was the best looking best built phone I ever had and I would love it with Android oreo today.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21337; Member since: May 28, 2014

I believe the dream was Android on Nokia hardware that was similar to their Symbian offerings. That's when the Nokia build quality became legendary. Handsets like the Nokia N8 had phenomenal build quality, even greater than their Windows Phones, IMO.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21337; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nokia has always built their handsets to last. Glad to see that's still holding true.

10. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

I like that some of the Lumia aesthetics are still here, but not trying to ride off its coat tails to the point of indistinguishable design.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21337; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. Totally agree.

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Nokia 8 is surprisingly though.

11. nenadmitrovic

Posts: 64; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

You wont find bigger nokia fan than me, but this is not real nokia, just a name

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21337; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm certainly a bigger Nokia fan than you, (IMO) and this Nokia is more than just a name.

14. hughmnyksj

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 30, 2013

The Nokia 8 has a built-in surprise no other phone has yet: OZO spatial audio. This is no gimmick. It can make a live big band show sound like what it is. And you can hold it without the mics - three of them - picking up the noise of your hands. Design-wise I think it’s important to remember that Lumi was Nokia, but Nokia isn’t Lumia. And the polycarbonate cracked...

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