Watch the Moto Z survive a brutal bend and torture test


The new Moto Z is extremely thin, made of aluminum, and seems to have all the characteristics of a phone that would snap in two after mere seconds spent in the caring hands of YouTuber JerryRigEverything. But the Moto flagship proved itself surprisingly resilient! Not only it survived the bend test, its screen lasted over 50 seconds of exposure to direct flame before pixels started turning off.

Alas, the Moto Z has an Achiles' heel – its Home button seems to lack any protection whatsoever, and Jerry scratched it so bad, the fingerprint scanner built in it only reads fingerprints about 75% of the time. This part certainly has the potential to wear out with time.

Additionally, the smartphone's finish appears easy to peel, and the LED flash module is prone to scratching. The same goes for the phone's back panel, which Jerry managed to scratch quite heavily.

Footage of the mayhem is available below. While you're at it, feel free to check out the Moto Z review at PhoneArena. We had some very positive things to say about it!


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17 Comments

1. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

He said that after scraching fingerprint sensor, ir still works 75% of the time. So, please correct your article.

3. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Lazy old PhoneArena. Did they even watch the video...?

2. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

All these stupid "Thinnest" phone competitions between manufacturers need to stop in favour of ergonomics or at least be measured properly - from the thickest point (ie - Camera). I can't say I've got a 12" waist because that's what my ankle measures... It's ridiculous.

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It makes sense in this case. If they want to go modular like this, which is convenient, its better to have a thin profile. If there were no addons, then there would be a problem with no easy way to make up the shortfalls.

14. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yes this design makes sense with addons - but I still don't see how they can legitimately say the phone is 5.2mm thick when it's a blatant lie (same with other manufacturers) - the camera bump looks to be at least 3mm thick on the Moto Z so it counts towards the overall thickness whether they like it or not.

18. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Doesn't every manufacturer with the slightest camera hump need to do the same then? Even when they don't advertise thinness.

19. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

And by slightest, even 0.1mm counts.

20. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Okay, my bad, my stupidity. Didn't see "(same with other manufacturers)".

4. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Waiting for a Moto z play 300 dollars! With support of Moto mods

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

durable enough for 5.2mm phone.. and I guess motoZforce will be even harder to bend (but will suffer from scratch test)

7. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Considering your "name" that's an interesting point of view - so if the new iPhone 7 is 5.2mm thick you'd be ok with it bending?

9. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

The iPhone 6 duo bent and split in half at 6mm+. This bent at extreme pressure and reverted back. So no, it passed the bend test, especially if you compare it to Nexus 6P and iPhone 6 Plus.

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Hey PA. Make a torture test of your own.

12. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

this is really impressive, considering the thickness of the phone.

15. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Thinness, not thickness

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