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The Essential Phone is impressively durable

by Danny Zepeda | September 6, 2017September 6, 2017 3:30 pm PDT

When Andy Rubin unveiled the Essential Phone back in May, he used hot words like titanium and ceramic when describing the build. The thesis of these words was that the device was quite durable. But just how durable?

Very much so.

Yesterday we talked about how much of a pain it will be to fix the Essential Phone if its display breaks. That’s still true, but what’s also is that the Essential Phone is a durable device that will hold up to every day bumps and dings.

JerryRigEverything got his hands on an Essential Phone and immediately began testing its build. The front Gorilla Glass 5, which is what the Galaxy S8 uses, will withstand minor scratches easily.

The ceramic back was also just as strong. Normal items like keys and coins won’t leave any lasting impressions. JerryRigEverything points out that he’s not sure if the back is entirely made out of ceramic, but early impressions are very impressive.

On the sides, the titanium frame holds up about as well as any metal frame does. Sharp objects like a razor blade will leave marks, but the premium finish is worth it. The entire frame is not all metal. There is a lip hugging the display that is made of a soft plastic that may be part of the antenna system.

In the display fire test, the pixels blacked out for a second but then quickly recovered.

The final test was the bend test, and the sturdy build of the Essential Phone showed just how strong its fortitude is. There was no give at all, with the titanium frame serving as a formidable backbone.

Essential not only knocked it out of the park with the aesthetic of the Essential Phone, it did so with the build, too.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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