Durability test reveals the Moto Z2 Force display is easily scratched

It’s that time again where a newly released smartphone undergoes a bend and scratch test. This time, it’s the turn of the durable Moto Z2 Force, Motorola’s newest flagship that sports a plastic shatterproof display, Snapdragon 835 processor, and Moto Mod compatibility. Join us after the break to find out how it fares. 

The bend and scratch test is orchestrated by JerryRigEverything and shows that although Moto Z2 Force is a phone that is toughened against drops and knocks, its plastic display is susceptible to scratches. As illustrated in the video below, the plastic shatterproof display is very easily scratched, with the panel being marked with a level three pick. Even your fingernails are capable of leaving permanent marks on the display. Because it is under the same plastic display, the front camera lens is also easily scratched. Basically, the display will never break, it’s going to collect a bunch of scratches as time goes on, so it’s advisable to install a screen protector. The fingerprint reader is also easily scratched, but it seems to work perfectly well despite the cosmetic damage.

Being made of plastic doesn’t do the display any favors in the flame test either, with the panel lasting 10 seconds before being permanently scarred with a molten plastic bump. The rear and sides of the Moto Z2 Force are made of aluminum that can be scratched with a razor blade, but the rear camera bump is made of glass and is thus impervious to being scratched. The Moto Z2 Force excelled on the bend test, with its display barely popping out of the phones’ frame.

Is a shatterproof display worth the inconvenience of installing a screen protector? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: JerryRigEverything (YouTube)

About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).