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Google Pixel stress test: One of the most durable phones of 2016

There are several rites of passage for new smartphones these days, whether it be the cavalcade of leaks that ruins the fun before the launch, the inevitable teardown, or the obligatory stress test.

And now, having reliably gone through the first two, Google’s latest contribution to the smartphone market has been put through the final stage.

YouTuber JerryRigEverything is back with his latest stress test, putting the Google Pixel phone through its paces and unleashing a series of chasis-damaging experiments on the device.

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So, how does it hold up? Pretty well, as it turns out. In the scratch test, the phones’ Gorilla Glass 4 resists scratching right up to pressure level six – matching the iPhone 7 and most other phones for scratch resistance.

Pretty standard stuff, then. The back of the phone holds up well to the scratches too, with the aluminium section of the backplate allowing for key scratches to be brushed off, while providing a lovely canvas for Jerry’s blade to create a more permanent set of indents, resulting in some spellbinding landscape artwork.

The speaker mesh on the front, however, is less than stellar, being made of material rather than metal or plastic – meaning you’ll have to be careful when cleaning it.

Elsewhere, the fingerprint scanner scratches easily but manages to keep working despite being defaced, which is almost as impressive as the phone’s resistance to the all-important bend test.

The Google pixel manages to resist Jerry’s bending efforts well, leading the tester to conclude the phone “could very well be one of the most durable, well built phones of 2016”.

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Unfortunately, the Pixel’s screen isn’t quite as burn resistant as the LG G5, with Jerry’s lighter leaving a permanent white mark on the AMOLED display.

Apple’s iPhone 7, in contrast, managed to completely recover from the burn test – though burning your phone’s screen still seems unlikely.

Overall, then, Google seems to have put together a solid phone this time around. Shame it isn’t waterproof, though.

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Let us know your thoughts on the test in the comments.

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