Feb 06 AT 8:55 PM Taylor Wimberly 16 Comments

Warning: Do not try this at home with your Nexus One

I didn’t want to repost every single video from the story of the Google Nexus One, but I find some of them fascinating. The latest episode in the series gives a behind the scenes look at HTC’s testing process for new phones.

We get to see to see a variety of stress tests that the Nexus One had to endure including:

  • Button test: simulates lifetime use of trackball
  • Tumble test: multiple drops probe phone’s structural integrity
  • Drop test: drops device from multiple angles based on tumble test results
  • Compression test: simulates interaction stress caused by objects in pocket
  • Bend test: simulates maximum bend stress phone can withstand

A reader mentioned in some previous comments that these would make for a great TV commercial. Google has generally kept away from television ads in the United States, but a recent Tweet from their CEO indicates a change in strategy.

Can’t wait to watch the Superbowl tomorrow. Be sure to watch the ads in the 3rd quarter (someone said “Hell has indeed frozen over.”)Eric SchmidtCEO of Google

What do you think Google has in store for the big show?

Source: YouTube

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  • http://Website coggy9

    D: Those poor Nexii. ….on a somewhat unrelated subject,I wonder if HTC/Google will upload that 1.5 Android build used in the video…. :P

    • http://Website Name (required)

      Any reason for you to believe that’s Android 1.5? I find it more likely to be closer to 1.6, since 1.5 didn’t support high-DPI devices and the screen is clearly using the right proportions (rather than having tiny icons).

      • http://Website coggy9

        The Market app icon looks 1.5ish…not like the one on the 1.6+ Market(all 1.6+ builds I’ve used had that new icon,so correct me if I’m wrong.) And I’m sure they wouldn’t have made the old market work on 1.6.

    • http://Website rick

      this drop test are bull i dropped my phone one and the whole screen chattered so those test are bs.

  • http://rossingram.com Ross Ingram

    These episodes keep getting better. Pretty cool stuff.

  • http://BabbleDroid.BlogSpot.com Ian Wheat

    Wow. That’s all I have to say.

  • Manly Man

    Im flabbergast with the durably of this marvel of a phone! got to get this asap!

  • http://Website AndyH_STi

    The Google Super Bowl commercial isn’t anything Android-related, according to info I’ve read. It is a Google search commercial:

  • http://schwiz.net schwiz

    HAHA I would love to have the job of the person who has to press the big green button labeled “DROP”

  • http://Website just some dude

    they should of done some more radio tests, lol. but it seems that the update has fixed that now.

  • http://Website Bench

    I can confirm the NS1 survival the “dunking” test, after a small accident I have with my NS1 in the toilet (30 sec to get up enough courage to stick my hand in, remove battery, dry, clean, sterile and left in a bag of rice for 4 days). Everything works fine afterward!

  • http://www.androidui.net ExtremeT

    They obviously missed my wife’s G1 in their testing, she dropped it once and the screen cracked all over and that was with a protective case too lol

  • http://Website Ali

    its easy to see how HTC would have missed out how on sprint hero the buttons scrape off.

  • http://www.mobilebrazzers.com Mobile Brazzers .com

    I saw a guy on youtube scratching the $%^& out of his Nexus’ screen with keys, etc..

    didnt seem to do any damage. Can anyone confirm that the glass is pretty much scratch proof?

    Anyone get a scratch on one? My G1 looks like heck these days

  • http://www.mobilebrazzers.com Mobile Brazzers

    On youtube, I saw some guy taking a set of keys to the screen of his Nexus, apparently with no damage.

    Has anyone scratched the screen of a Nexus yet?

    My G1 looks like heck and I’d be happy to hear there is truly scratchproof glass in my future..

    • http://Website alphea

      Hi Mobile Brazzers,

      The video on youtube is just an wrong advertising. I did scratched my nexus one has I did put it into my pocket – only ONCE !!! – with my keys.

      And now I’ve that scrash…

      Trying to get rid of it, I made a second damage on the screen !

      No more comment !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!