RUSSIA – We wrote at the back of last year about the myriad tests Nokia devices go through. Well, some clever peeps in Russia have come up with their own tests, devised specifically for the 5800 XpressMusic. Testing devices rigourously takes a lot of time, effort and ingenuity to get right, make sure the tests are consistent and that the product is improved in the process. Testing finished devices happens on a regular basis – even after the device goes on sale – but the process is somewhat different to what one 5800 went through recently.
The tests on the 5800 XpressMusic were conducted by the people behind mobile.Mail.ru. Things started off gently enough with a simple drop test, followed by a “walking on” test, where someone, erm, walked on the phone. Everything was fine, and remained so as the device was heralded, and we kid you not, into a washing machine (on a spin cycle), a freezer (at -20 degrees centigrade), dropped into a jug of champagne, held under a running tap, placed in the dustbag of an electric sander before being placed under the wheel of a car. Whilst the phone itself survived this final test, the screen didn’t, unfortunately.
Not surprising, reckon the testers and an easily repairable fix should such an event occur (in 15 years of owning mobile phones, I’ve never had one go under a car). It’s worth a look for the entertainment value of the tests, which whilst not conclusive, and vastly different to Nokia’s own rigourous testing, the videos do make interesting viewing.
Image from Mobile.Mail.ru