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Nokia N8 torture test

Before Nokia phones get released they go to some tough torture test to make the sure they will survive in real world situations and here is a video from Nokia’s official blog showing tests of N8’s being tested. enjoy 😀

In addition to the drop test, there’s more than 200 other endurance tests that we put new models through to see if they pass muster. Some of the highlights include:

  • Extreme weather: We use special machines to expose them to extreme temperatures from around -40°C to +85°C, helping them to withstand conditions from the cold of the arctic circle to the heat of the Sahara desert.
  • Humidity: We also test for use in tropical and humid parts of the world by placing devices in a special chamber for several weeks where they will experience humidity levels as high as 95%.
  • Clothing: When we carry devices in our back pockets they may bend when we sit down or rub on trouser fibres. We simulate these effects with special machines that bend and twist the device, and one that uses a real pair of jeans to test friction and wear and tear.
  • Pockets: Devices are often in bags or pockets with other items like keys or coins, so we place devices in a special “shaker” machine with hard particles to see how resistant they are.
  • Buttons: People press the main keys on their device an average of 200-300 times every day. To ensure the keypads can respond to this level of use, we press the keys up to one million times in the lab.

via Nokia Conversations

Categories: Nokia, Symbian^3, Test
  1. alex68
    November 11, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I remember some time ago I checked IPHONE4 spec. The temperature range is -20 to +35. Iphone is deemed not be a main stream phone. I am actually very curious how iphone performs in certain regions that temperatures can easily go beyond the range.

    • Rant
      November 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm

      +35? That is seriously low! Consider having your phone on a terras table in mid-summer. Ambient temp. about 24C but with the baking sun the phone can easily heat up to twice that.

      • alex68
        November 11, 2010 at 7:40 pm

        Read the spec here.


        I have heard the Iphone is very popular in Hongkong and Singapore. Actually I lived in Hongkong before. It is really hot in summer time. Not sure what Iphone users experience the temperature limit.

      • alex68
        November 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm

        Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F
        (0° to 35° C)
        Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F
        (-20° to 45° C)

        This is ridiculous. In finland, the temperature is sometimes below 0 already in late Oct. -20 is very common in winter time in Helsinki area which is the almost south most area.

        I guess Iphone users will have to have another feature Nokia phone. If a phone ie iphone can not perform like a phone first, why do people buy it as a phone in the first place!? This world is sometimes really crazy…

        • Rant
          November 11, 2010 at 8:38 pm

          WOW! Just had to check that for myself (no offence) That is just ridiculous, perhaps it will work at -10 but chances are that lower than that it stops working.
          For most people not a problem, but when I’m out on the slopes this winter I would like a phone that works, just in case.

          • alex68
            November 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm

            I have seen a lot of posts about Iphone 4 overheating problem. IPHONE warns about the overheating problem and only allows emergency calls. I doubt people in hot Asian area really know what is about actually…

  2. alex68
    November 11, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    The most ridiculous thing is now in North China (almost the same cold as Helsinki) people use a sausage to touch the screen of iphone 4. In the media it says this is the western way to use the phone in winter time. Can’t believe that operators and media fool people like this.to avoid the phone behaving strangely if the phone should not be in the suddenly warm or cold.


  3. alex68
    November 11, 2010 at 9:16 pm


  4. alex68
    November 11, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    This winter will be very cold. Iphone users from cold regions will experience the real Apple’s user experiences and may learn something.

  5. Lars
    November 11, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    my N8 sounds like this http://www.c0br4.de/n8_creaking.avi without doing anythinge like in the video 😦

    • alex68
      November 11, 2010 at 10:00 pm

      Can anyone having N8 verify if it prints AF 12MP or 12MP AF?

    • Cocco Bill
      November 11, 2010 at 10:44 pm

      You could try to loosen the Torx screw near the mini HDMI port a bit. I’ve heard that loosening the Torx screws has helped people who have had the plastic cap making a clicking sound.

      • Lars
        November 11, 2010 at 10:51 pm

        Don’t have a torx screwdriver 😦
        I’m bringing it to a service point tomorrow, hope they can fix it without sending it to Nokia, cause this is really annoying me

        (sry 4 double post!! – maybe an admin can delete the second post)

      • alex68
        November 11, 2010 at 10:51 pm

        Does your N8 print “AF 12MP” or “12MP AF” on the camera?

  6. Lars
    November 11, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Don’t have a torx screwdriver 😦
    I’m bringing it to a service point tomorrow, hope they can fix it without sending it to Nokia, cause this is really annoying me

  7. Don
    November 11, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Funny, last week it was quite cold (around 0 I guess) here and my friend’s SGS got quite sluggish, screen slow to draw and respond to touch, etc. Since everybody got their SGS in summer, am curious what’s going to happen when it gets _really_ cold 🙂

    (May have been some other reason of course, but this post reminded me of it)

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