Carphone Warehouse blasts multiple smartphones with fire in awesome durability test

Just when you thought your smartphone couldn't withstand much of a drop, UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has decided to test a number of devices to see which could potentially withstand the depths of hell. The company selected the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, HTC One Mini 2, Nokia Lumia 630, LG G2 Mini and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact for a specific test – to be blasted by a flamethrower.

While not a test that will likely alter your decision making when it comes to choosing one of said devices (come on, who owns a flamethrower capable of heating smartphones of up to 1000 degrees Celsius?), it's a humorous look at how smartphones of today can withstand some unusual circumstances. As an added bonus, it looked as though the Lumia 630 came out on top, but that shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

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Carphone Warehouse blasts multiple smartphones with fire in awesome durability test


haha lumia bitches...now all you have do is to nomianate samsung and all others to #flamethrower challenge. Nokia rocks!!! proud to be an owner of nokia....

Right. And if we recall, samsung phones already have the ability to light themselves on fire anyways.

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Sony phones are glass covered, rest all are plastic. I wonder how shall metal body phones react.
Btw the Samsung s3 survived after being left in a washing machine

The HTC One Mini 2 in the picture looked reasonably unscathed. The 630 did a good job to beat a metal phone, if the One Mini 2 is metal.

Yeah use it as your special powers, one throw gives 100,000,000,000 damage, even the Diablo would be like WTF before it gets hit.. Lol

First a Lumia took a bullet for a cop and now it can survive hell's flames. Just what kind of machines are Nokia testing and making (gotta love tho)

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More importantly, who actually comes up with the durability tests?! Who sits there and wonders if the latest prototype can withstand hell, a drop from Everest, maximum sea pressure, and maybe even maximum G force...

but htc one mini look better than l630

Moral of video is - L630 will be the best partner of criminals because they are the who will face hell fire. Lol!

The HTC's back is saved by the metal but even that got cracked and messed up. Up front though, it ate crap. 630 came on top.

It looked better on the back but the lumia looked better in the front. I'm not sure if the HTC being positioned the the far end gave it an advantage. The Lumia was dead center.

I'm from Dominican Republic, here we can take up to 37'C (98.6'F) during the summer. Not that close in order to compare with this test but still.. #Lumia FTW!

Nite I'm glad that I don't live in either of these countries. I would die right away xD
Though Germany could have a little more sun ... the weather here is really depressing at the moment :/

Surprisingly, British weather has been holding up recently (although one can definitely tell that autumn is coming with winter not far behind...)

Here in the US we have death valley which can reach temperatures of 47.5 C which is the world record.

It's probably humid thought. Here in the SW US we average in the mid 100s in the summer. Today is a cool 108*F...

Lol wanna know the last time someone tested a Nokia's durability?
It's why its the Leaning Tower and not just Tower of Pisa e3e

Just kidding but still x3

Really ? All I have to ask is....Why ?

Let's see if you had the phones in your pocket when this type of heat hit you I dont think you would really care.....as you would be dead....

Views. It's all about views! That's the YouTube business ;)
And marketing in general! You don't think they are doing this because they have money to waste, do you?

Go to youtube and go to the channel TechRax, you can see some crrazy shits done with all types of smartphones!

Not at all surprised to see that the Samsung was obliterated. The HTC's back looked to be still in decent shape. The Lumia showed its durability, not surprisingly.

Not sure why they picked the Lumia, all phones from the front were either blackened totally or destroyed but from the back the only one that looks pretty perfect was the HTC One Mini 2


"If you happen to live in Hell, the Nokia Lumia is probably your best bet." I want that on a t-shirt.

I dropped my iPhone 4 in fire and I tried getting it out for 15 minutes but it was to hot to get even with tongs

So really.... What's the point of this test tho.. Are these phones aimed at fire officers? If they are, I doubt these people with be making phone calls in the middle of a burning building.. Lol. These types of tests are pointless and ridiculous.. Or maybe it's just my dislike for tech being destroyed needlessly..lol

I live in the Philippines and a lot of people are using nokia phones specially the basic phones like 5years ago models. That is because of the quality of the hardware. I still own n6630 and it still working fine. I have lumia625 and im planning to get the 830 soon

amazing test but  from Nokia would not surprise me that  withstands  that test althought  the HTC too look like      resisted the heat but  if watch carefully is melted inside