The new Nokia Lumia 900 is hard as nails -- literally. The screen can not only survive having nails hammered into it, it can even be used in lieu of a hammer when there's some nailing needs doing.
Nokia set out to prove the toughness of the Lumia 900's screen by heading down to the hardware validation lab with a hammer, a two-by-four and some nails. The phone emerged unscathed from being nailed, thanks to its toughened screen.
Press play on the video below for the proof:
The Failure Analysis Specialists at Nokia -- no jokes please -- got the idea when they spotted a video made by Sonim. Sonim makes tough phones designed to tackle extreme conditions and has been demonstrating phones by hammering nails into them for years. But this is the first time we've seen a consumer smart phone repeat the trick.
There's no doubt Sonim phones are harder than Chuck Norris' inside leg, but like most journalists we take a perverse glee in doing damage to the self-styled "toughest phones in the world". One of my favourite moments in this business was when a colleague of mine smashed a Sonim XP2 Spirit while performing the nail test. Oh, how we laughed. And then ran away.
Like Sonim phones, Nokia's Lumia phones have displays made from Corning's Gorilla Glass, the toughened glass that protects the screen of many smart phones, tablets and laptops these days. The Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3, the HTC One X and the Asus Transformer Prime -- to name but a few -- all benefit from the protection of a simian-strengthened screen.
We should of course point out that using your phone to address a pointy bit of metal is a bit daft and will almost certainly void your warranty, so if you do copy this video and things go pear-shaped, don't tell Nokia that's why you need a new phone. And don't blame me, either -- as my mother used to say, "If the UK's best technology website told you to jump off a cliff, would you do that too?"
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