Google’s new phones, especially the Pixel 2 XL, looked to build upon the success of the original Pixel, but instead they have been repeatedly crashing and burning due to unforeseen issues.
YouTuber JerryRigEverything has put the Google Pixel 2 XL through a series of scratch, burn, and bend tests.
In the video, the Google Pixel 2 XL was however seen having severe scratches at the back with sharp objects like knife and razor. Like on the Pixel 2 last month, the “hybrid coating” that provides a plastic-like feel over the aluminum unibody scratches off easily. In fact, something as simple as keeping your phone and keys in the same pocket could permanently expose the metal underneath.
The Pixel 2 XL has Gorilla Glass 5, so it scratches at the same hardness level as other phones. The fingerprint sensor on the 2 XL does appear to be more robust than the smaller phone. Even with extensive scratching, it still works fine.
Meanwhile, the inlaid ‘G’ logo on the bottom rear of the phone is quite sturdy and required significant scraping to remove. It also retains metal grills covering the front-firing speaker versus the cloth over the original devices.
The Google Pixel 2 XL was also subjected to fire where the display started showing white pixels after almost 10 seconds, and Jerry adds that users will need to make sure that the phone does not come in contact with fire.
In the bend test, the Google Pixel 2 XL didn’t bend beyond a point. In contrast, the Pixel 2’s frame split along the plastic antenna line just below the SIM card slot. As such, the Pixel 2 XL will not suffer from losing IP67 dust and water resistance.
JerryRigEverything says that his series of torture tests shows how phones like the Google Pixel 2 XL are made for handling durability and how well the device will last through the coming years. We can expect the Google Pixel 2 XL passing through several kinds of tests in the coming weeks.