Moto G5 Durability Test – Scratch and Bend tested

I got my hands on one of the recently released
Moto G5s. The G series is Motorola’s less expensive
smart phone line. But as we’ve found over the years, price
is not an indicator of durability. Pulling it out of the box, the phone felt
extremely light and I feared greatly for the safety of this phone. Shortly afterwards though, I realized that
the G5 has a removable battery that needed to be put inside the phone first. This doesn’t happen as often anymore. With most manufacturers sealing everything
shut these days, this was a welcome change. With the battery actually inside the phone
and the weight of the device restored – let’s get started. [Intro] As always, scratch test first. The hardness level gives a general idea of
how scratch resistant the screen is going to be. The majority of smart phones have tempered
glass which means it scratches at a level 6. Some phones, like the Honor 6X, have some
kind of weird weaker hybrid glass. And there are phones with plastic screens
and sapphire screens. But this Moto G5 scratches at a level 6 which
is where the majority of all flagship phones are at, so we’re off to a good start. The fingerprint scanner has a thin rubber
coating over the top of the pad. It’s not a button – just a touch pad. With normal wear and tear I think the rubber
coating will keep away most cosmetic scratches. But even with the deeper more harmful gouges,
the fingerprint scanner continues to read and function like normal. Another success for Motorola. Not every phone survives this one. The 5 megapixel front facing camera is protected
by that same tempered glass that covers the screen. So no worries about that scratching; my razorblade
does no damage. If we move over to the ear piece slot, it
has a thin piece of vinyl covering the speaker, but it won’t pull out with my tweezers so
I doubt it will ever fall out on its own like some of the older iPhone 4’s used to do. But if it ever gets dirty you have to be super
careful while cleaning it out. Now Motorola has advertised this G5 as their
first G series phone with metal built in. Pictures can be deceiving and an advertisement
is, well, and advertisement. But my razorblade only tells the truth. The razorblade of truth is currently telling
us that the bottom section of the removable back panel is made of plastic. The whole area surrounding the micro USB slot
is plastic. Up at the top next to the headphone jack,
which always gets bonus points for me, is also made of plastic. The only part that appears to be metal is
the center back segment of the phone. Now one of the reasons I started this YouTube
channel 5 years ago was because the best and most environmentally friendly way to recycle
a cell phone is to just keep it alive and useful as long as possible. And to make a long lasting phone, manufacturers
need to make them durable. The Note 7 was an incredible environmental
fiasco. One of the many ways to help the environment
is to not throw away useful things – especially broken cell phones. They are usually worth money and someone somewhere
can fix them and keep them circulating. Never throw away a cell phone – always recycle
it. Hopefully my channel has helped with that. Long story short, the center back panel is
metal. The camera lens is scratch resistant glass
just like it should be. It doesn’t look like Motorola has cut any
corners so far, so let’s keep going. The sides of the phone are made from plastic. Even the power and volume buttons are made
of plastic. So I wouldn’t get too excited about this
being an all metal device. The majority of the surface area is plastic. Speaking of heat, my lighter tells us that
the screen is AMOLED or LCD. And by the heat killing the pixels temporarily,
turning them black, we know it’s an LCD. It did last about 15 seconds before reacting
though, and that’s pretty good. An AMOLED screen, like most Samsung phones
have, would turn white and not recover like this LCD screen just did. Now the ultimate test of structural integrity
and durability is the bend test. Pressing from the back of the phone, the screen
does protrude quite prominently out of the removable rear panel. But it does not shatter or break. The phone is still functional at this point. When pushing from the screen side, there is
less flex to the phone, and this inexpensive device from Motorola does not kick the bucket. The screen did stop functioning for a brief
second, but a simple turning it off and back on again fixed that issue. Since the majority of the phone is plastic,
no permanent damage was done during the bend test. It is not stuck, bent out of shape the HTC
U Ultra that costs 4 times as much. The Moto G5 passes my durability test. It might not have the premium feel of a more
expensive phone, but it is a device that can physically stand the test of time. And having a removable battery will help extend
the life of this phone far into the future. Since batteries are usually the first thing
in cell phones to die of natural causes. I’ll be reviewing this phone from the inside
with a repair video in the very near future. So if you love reparability, sustainability,
or just seeing technology from the inside, you’re in the right spot. Thanks for watching. I’ll see you around.

100 Replies to “Moto G5 Durability Test – Scratch and Bend tested

  1. Pero que haces un celular asi hijo de puta que tan Caro cuesta ese celu concha tu madre pobre celular. No se hace asi un celular sos una mierda mas yo te voy hacer asi como le estas aciendo al pobre celu

  2. The problem on this phone is the charging port, they really cut corners there and use a really cheap and thin metal piece, compared to other phones I opened, it was the thinnest and cheapest piece, not really a surprise when it breaks constantly, at least it's easy (and cheap) to replace

  3. Hey I'm watching this on one, I've had it for 2 years and upgrading to a g7 power. I've dropped this to many times to count, corner of back panel came loose and bent but but, no screen shatters. Honestly it's a great phone but doesn't hold up to games anymore, which is why I'm upgrading.

  4. Hah! This test proves why I love my mine! Also, I collect phones so I deffinetly do help preserve the envirnment.

  5. For reference, i got my E4 bent due to a vertical fall(screen pop out a little but still worked), then i changed to the 5S+. An actual full metal frame and doesn't flex even in the slightest, at the cost of non-removable back panel

  6. Hey Jerry could you do a durability test on the Moto E5 plus? It seems to have good weight and with the shake on and off camera and other neat things I think you would like to take a look at it, but I'm just not sure how durable it really is.

  7. Still using this phone today! Definitely one of the best phones ive owned. Every other G model I had became so slow that it was unbearable.

  8. Hey you had tested Moto G5 before which was plastic but Motorola released the Moto G5S Plus which has full solid aluminium body so can you please do a durability test on that device. I know it's late but still though it would be appreciated

  9. Watching this on it locked down stock android 7 moto G5. Holding up nicely without planned obsolescence update(8.1) that killed speaker and storage for many. Great phone, but battery life is pretty bad with 28nm SoC. The plastic makes it light to hold and feels much better than glass! Hope i can buy a new battery when this craps out. Best phone after my samsung s4 mini and moto started making phones with removable back again!(e6 plus)

  10. Enquanto ele faz teste de durabilidade com um iPhone 11 pro Max, vcs tão aqui reclamando cara testar a durabilidade de um celular barato da porra que nem esse mano, puta que pariu, eu tenho um e é bom pra cacete pra um celular que custa no máximo do máximo 800 conto (se vc achar por esse preço ainda é roubo)

  11. Down the line, the first thing that is gonna die in this phone and g5 plus, is the power button. 2 years is what its designed to take apparently

  12. 3:50 i can get any risks by doing this? like battery explosion? because my moto g4 is bend naturally, and i am scared because of the batery, ho has being utilized for now 4 years! sorry for my poor english!..

  13. First thing to die in this phone is gonna be the power button, or vibration motor. Not the battery, imo. Great phone. Gonna miss it if it kicks the bucket before i get to swap the battery for a new one in one more year time

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