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Galaxy Note 10+ durability test: a solid phone with a vulnerable S Pen

The Galaxy Note 10 is a beautiful piece of engineering, featuring a metal frame so thin that it had to be partially widened just so the volume rocker and power button have a place to stay. It adopts a so-called glass sandwich design and the eccentric Aura Glow color option highlights this characteristic as no other phone on the market does. But just how durable is the Galaxy Note 10 series, and specifically, the Galaxy Note 10+, which has a larger footprint? Well, popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything tries to answer this question with a new durability test video starring the Note 10+ 5G.

A fair warning to readers who may have never heard of JRE’s durability tests: they’re tough and no smartphone has ever reached the end of a JRE test without any type of damage. The video below depicts the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G being scratched, burned with a lighter, and more, so if you don’t want to see a brand new flagship being subjected to this kind of rough treatment then you might want to avert your eyes.

It’s a surprisingly solid device, but don’t leave your S Pen lying around

The Galaxy Note 10+ 5G seems to have passed JRE’s durability test with flying colors. The front and back glass panels are resilient against scratches up to a point, but there are no unpleasant surprises here. These results meet our expectations, and if the previous Galaxy S10 durability test is an indicator then the Note 10+’s in-display fingerprint sensor should work through light scratches.

The video also highlights that the frame surrounding the Note 10+ is indeed made from aluminum as opposed to stainless steel; not that further confirmation was needed after Samsung backtracked on its original statement. Either way, the phone is not easy to bend. In fact, JRE was unable to bend the phone at all, from either side, and it’s quite a sight to behold considering how thin the metal frame is.

This can’t be said for the S Pen, which features a plastic unibody. The video gives the impression that the S Pen is as easily breakable as a regular wooden pencil, so you should probably never leave the stylus lying around on the couch. Keep it tucked away inside the Note 10 whenever you’re not using it; not only will you avoid damaging it, but this will also keep it charged for whenever you might need it.

  • Model: SM-N975F
  • Dimensions: 162.3 x 77,2 x 7.9mm
  • Display: 6.8"(172.7mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9825
  • Camera: 12 Ultra Wide: 16MP F2.2 (123°) & Wide-angle: 12MP 2PD AF F1.5/F2.4 OIS (77°) & Telephoto: 12MP F2.1 OIS (45°) & DepthVision Camera: VGA

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Gunter2
Gunter2

I don’t feel that my sPen is in anyway flimsy. It would take quite a lot of effort to break it. Previous sPen designs seemed to be in two parts which may not have been strong. But this sPen is a one piece design and definitely quite strong. Watching the video, it actually took a lot of power to break it and the jerryrigeverything presenter , (is it Zack?) is quite a strong man, so calling the sPen weak is most definitely not correct.

locarno
locarno

made spen from metal lol.

Gunter2
Gunter2

The idiot is here again.

locarno
locarno

Metal spen would be more durable

DaVinciDevice
DaVinciDevice

What do you expect from SPen made from plastic?

kav946
kav946

The video makes no comment on the durability of the SPen (positive or negative) and certainly, he snaps it in half but took quite a bit of effort to do it.

Glass is also fragile, so why not make that your headline… “Will break if dropped”