Everything wrong with Pixel 2, Google’s new flagships are far too fragile

Google really can’t make a high-end phone quite like smartphone industry veterans can. And that’s so sad, to quote the sitting president. Google had introduced the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones quite recently, and Jerry (from JerryRigEverything YouTube channel) has managed to get ahold of one Pixel 2 unit it seems, as he just posted the Pixel 2 durability test on YouTube.

Now, as it usually goes, he submitted the device to a number of tests, ranging from exposure to fire and a scratch test, all the way to the bend test in order to see whether the phone will snap when he applies pressure to it. Having said that, you can check out the full test in the embedded video down below.

Forget about the Pixel 2 XL’s screen issues, which may be fixed via a software update in the future. Not to mention that LG will certainly improve the quality of its OLED displays in the coming years if it truly is fighting for Apple’s business.

The Pixel 2 has much worse problems, in my opinion, when it comes to overall quality. A new test shows that the phone will scratch quite easily… and it bends! Reviewers said the Pixel 2 phones have a plasticky feel because Google covered the aluminum body with paint. The problem with this approach is that you’ll be a lot more likely to scratch it than a metal device.

Jerry put the Pixel 2 through its famous stress tests. It turns out that the rear shell will look very ugly if you scratch it. What’s worse is that the fingerprint sensor, which is also covered with paint, will stop working if you end up damaging the paint coating. This one seems like an unlikely accident, but it can happen.

Yes, other phones can scratch. But not all of them look so hideous when it happens. Also, the side button is made of plastic. But the worst thing about the phone is that you can bend it with your hands.

Remember the iPhone 6 bend problems that inspired all these bend tests to begin with? Well, Apple corrected the issue long ago, but this second-gen iPhone clone bends very easily. And when it bends, the phone cracks. That means the handset loses its water resistance and you have to either take it in for repairs or replace it.

I’m surprised you can break the Pixel 2 that easily. Jerry says Google placed an antenna band in an unfortunate position, and applying enough stress along that line will lead to unavoidable damage.

Moving on, the volume rocker is made out of metal, though the differently-colored power key on the ‘Kinda Blue’ variant of the Pixel 2 is made out of plastic, which is interesting. An LED flash on the back of the Pixel 2 is covered by plastic, which is actually a standard.

The phone’s display reacted to the fire test, it lasted for about 15 seconds, but it never recovered. It’s likely the bigger Pixel 2 XL suffers from the same problem, but the YouTube channel only tested the regular pixel here.

The moral of the story is that you have to use a case with the Pixel 2 if you have any hope of preserving its integrity. This exact spot is historically very fragile and has been the weak point for many smartphones in the past, so it’s almost inexcusable that Google decided to put its antenna line there. You better not slip the Pixel 2 into your skinny jeans!

The Pixel 2 definitely isn’t looking like the iPhone killer you were hoping for.

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