August 12, 2022
Nothing Phone 1 weakly passes durability test, gets poor repairability score in teardown video

Nothing the Phone 1 has passed the JerryRig Everything durability test, but it “narrowly escaped destruction” according to a video posted on the YouTube channel. Apart from this, a separate video has also suggested that the smartphone is difficult to repair and hence, it got a poor repairability score. The Nothing Phone 1 was launched last month with a transparent back panel to aid the glyph interface that uses LED strips. The handset packs a 6.55-inch OLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ SoC, a 50-megapixel dual rear camera setup, and a 4,500mAh battery with 33W fast charging.

In the first video posted on his channel Jerry Riggs Everything, Jack Nelson begins with his regular scratch test after removing the plastic screen protector from the Nothing Phone 1. The smartphone shows scratches at Mohs hardness level 6, with deep scratches at level 7 – which is similar to most smartphones today. The frame of the smartphone is made with aluminum and was scratched with a stainless steel blade. The back panel also gets the protection of Corning Gorilla Glass on the back and it is not affected by the blade.

Nelson mesmerized parts of the screen with his lighter. He also found that the fingerprint sensor was unable to register his fingerprint due to his worn out fingerprint. The Nothing Phone 1 made a strange noise when the middle screen was tilted down and displayed a little flex. However, there was no such noise when he tilted the phone upwards from the screen. The smartphone narrowly survived the bend test by staying in one piece.

In another video, the repairability of the phone was checked. The Nothing Phone 1 gets a score of 3 out of 10 due to repairs, availability of parts, as well as the time it takes to replace the screen and battery. It comes with 12 T5 screws, which facilitate removal of components for a quick disassembly. However, the use of a very strong adhesive makes the battery and screen difficult to replace as they require extra energy to get these things out of the phone’s shell.

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