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Watch the Pixel 6a get roughed up in harsh durability test

Hailed in our in-depth review as offering “a lot of phone for not a lot of money” and described by one of our writers as “the iPhone SE for Android I’ve been waiting for,” Google’s recently released Pixel 6a clearly took the prize. hearts of many people looking at midrange cellphones.

But is Google’s Pixel 6a likely to withstand everyday use? Will it scratch easily during daily activities? Or break if you sit on it?

Popular YouTuber Zack Nelson — he from Jerry Rig Everything — recently put the $449 Pixel 6a through its (sort of) standardized durability test with scratches, bending, and even a burn mark.

You can see how the phone performs in the video below:

Google Pixel 6A Endurance Test! – I feel it…

After carefully scraping his various tools across the Pixel 6a’s front screen, Nelson can confirm Google’s assurances that it does indeed include the rugged but now rather old Gorilla Glass 3.

Next comes Nelson’s trusty box cutter. Not for the faint of heart, the YouTuber starts by scraping the blade along the sides of his brand new handset, a somewhat extreme act that reveals a metal frame, though plastic power button and volume buttons.

As for the lens housing on the back of the Pixel 6a, Nelson notes, “One of the things Google has been good at over the years — besides collecting every tiny detail of our lives — is their camera quality.” Scratching the oval glass that protects the lenses of the two 12-megapixel cameras causes little to no damage, although the rest of the camera lens housing is plastic and suffers badly when it hits the box cutter blade.

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At this point, the phone is badly scratched, although this is mainly due to the brutality of the attack. With its Gorilla Glass and metal frame, the device should hold up well even during everyday use, although Nelson recommends owners purchase a case and cover anyway.

Nelson then begins to carve an image of a giraffe onto the back of the device in an apparent attempt to prove that it is made of plastic and not glass. At this point, he also launches a monologue full of alliteration in an act that reveals little about the phone’s durability, but much about the YouTuber’s impressive ability for verbal gymnastics.

Nelson then takes out his trusty lighter and the flame burns on the front display for 20 seconds before showing any damage. But as Nelson points out, the chances of an open flame coming into contact with the Pixel 6a – or any smartphone for that matter – during everyday use is highly unlikely. But he likes to do it anyway.

Structural integrity is of course more important, so the YouTuber enthusiastically bends the Pixel 6a back and forth to see if it holds up. Unlike the OnePus 10 Pro which it managed to break in half earlier this year, Google’s handset remains intact and ready to use. Kind of.

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