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.