February 6, 2012 11:35am
We’ve been inside Nokia’s testing lab to see the punishment their devices go through. Now RIM has released a few new videos that showcases the durability of their BlackBerry devices. RIM says they put devices through these tests to “help ensure it lives up to the high standards that BlackBerry is known for”. Ryan P from RIM’s Hardware Engineering Technician in the Hardware Support Lab put together 3 videos: water test, a drop test and a bend and flex test.
For the water test a Curve 9360 was dropped into water, or what they call the “Moisture Ingress Test”. This water contains dye so that they can tell where imperfections are in the design to “improve the device’s water seal”. The actual drop test is cool and apparently every Berry gets dropped on concrete “hundreds of times” to ensure it’s ready for a full rollout. In the video it’s never states the amount of pressure that used for the bend test, but does confirm “your BlackBerry smartphone can withstand the pressure of your posterior”. Finally, the keys. Majority of BB users love the QWERTY keyboard – it’s one of the main reasons that makes a BlackBerry so “iconic”. The keys have been pushed, zapped and tested “literally millions of times to sure they click with the right pressure and can withstand all the e-mails, BBM messages and tweets that you type. Have you ever been shocked by a door handle… We zap them with what is called an Electrostatic Discharge, or ESD, to make sure that the sensitive internal components are protected.”
It’s actually pretty cool for them to do this kind of video. Check them out below: