OK, the chances of your brand new Samsung Galaxy S21 UltraÂ smartphone ever coming into contact with the sharp edge of a razor knife are admittedly slim, but that didnâ€™t stop popular YouTuber Zack Nelson from going ahead and demonstrating what will happen if it does.
One of the main reasons Nelson takes the blade to a range of smartphones on his JerryRigEverything channel is to test the durability of the device so potential customers can make a more informed choice when it comes to parting with their hard-earned cash. The videos also offer a bizarre form of entertainment thanks to his deadpan delivery, dry wit, and very sharp knife.
So, how did Samsungâ€™s latest flagship fare? Well, after removing the screen protector for the screen protector (yes, there were two), Nelson gets to work on the $1,200 Ultra, subjecting the 6.8-inch, Gorilla Glass Victus display to a range of enthusiastically administered scratch tests. As youâ€™d expect, it holds up pretty well, scratching at level six on the Mohs hardness scale â€” just like Appleâ€™s iPhone 12 with its Ceramic Shield display.
He also focuses on the Ultraâ€™s display-embedded fingerprint scanner, giving it some extra work with the scratch tool. â€œEven with that damage, the fingerprint scanner can still read my fingerprint and unlock the phone every single time,â€� Nelson comments, adding, â€œNot too shabby.â€�
Those who cringe easily may want to avoid the rest of the video as Nelson takes his infamous razor knife to all parts of Samsungâ€™s new handset, dragging it across its various surfaces to see how much damage it incurs (spoiler: a fair bit). The YouTuber, who now has more than 6.5 million followers, also holds a naked flame to the display to see how long the glass lasts before it starts to deform.
On the matter of whether Samsungâ€™s pricey handset is worth buying, Nelson suggests the decision rests with the quality of the camera. He then pulls a neat trick that will give you pause for thought about whether or not itâ€™s time to upgrade from your current phone. Check the video (top) to find out more.
For more on the phoneâ€™s durability, find out what happened when Digital Trendsâ€™ senior mobile editor accidentally dropped his Galaxy S21 Ultra onto concrete from a height of three feet.
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