OnePlus 3 survives bends, scratches, and burns

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If you’re the type to enjoy brutal videos of new devices getting put through the ringer, we finally have a torture test on YouTube for the OnePlus 3.

The video does a very brief overview of the build of the device and even compares it to the Galaxy S7, but then very quickly moves into trying to destroy it.

The good news is that it actually holds up pretty well to scratches, with the Gorilla Glass screen only scratching with extremely hard test picks. The home button, which is made of ceramic, doesn’t scratch easily at all. The camera lens is the same way.

The back aluminum doesn’t fare so well. It’s just metal, so a box cutter brutalized the back of the device.

The burn test (yep, that’s a thing) has a lighter held up to the device to see how long it takes to damage the AMOLED display, and if you’re wondering, it lasted 14 seconds before pixels starting turning white. However, after being removed from the heat, the pixels regained their color and went back to normal.

Lastly, the OnePlus 3 got bent out of shape, but it didn’t break. The screen almost popped out of the frame which is terrifying but the back of the device didn’t warp at all and the screen could easily be popped back into place. It worked fairly normally after all of the abuse.

So if device durability is a big factor for you when deciding what phone to buy, OnePlus actually did a pretty great job here. The Gorilla Glass does its job well, and all of the other materials that OnePlus used are fairly sturdy. That’s good news for anyone that wants to buy a phone and hang on to it for several years before upgrading again.


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.


  • Jeena Bittenbender

    So not impressed with their ram management that the fact that it can bend and not break doesn’t excite me. On another note, what’s up with that ram management??!!!!

    • PennyAndDime

      Basically they said the ram management was a purposeful decision to maximize battery life and performance. There’s a relatively easy fix if you root it, but some people have claimed if they restore it to allowing 42 apps open, it does negatively affect battery life

      • Jeena Bittenbender

        Of course it will affect battery life. But if that’s their reasoning then, why install 6gigs of Ram at all? Go with 4 and be done with it. Sounds to me like they don’t trust their consumers to make sound decisions about app and battery management. 6gigs is good on paper, not so good when you can’t access all 6gigs.