Motorola’s Razr was put to a fold test, and the results are far from being nice. The company claims to have the foldable phone working for 2 years, but the test has rubbished the brand’s claims. In fact, if you are keen to know the numbers of the folding cycles, the phone has even failed to complete 30,000 folds, forget the hopes of having it operated till 100,000 folds which the company has claimed.
The test was performed by CNET that made use of the FoldBot machine from the company named SquareTrade, which is a San Francisco based brand. Such a machine comes handy when foldable phones are tested for their folding capacity. This is a company that also ensures warranties in the cases of consumer electronics and appliances. The FoldBot machine had been made initially to open and close the Galaxy Fold. The Galaxy Fold, in fact, had been opened and repeatedly closed more than a thousand of times.
At that time, when CNET had tested Galaxy Fold handset, it had actually survived around 120,000 folds before it started showing damage. Although, it was far short of the company’s claims of reaching up to 200,000 folds; the numbers can still be called durable. But the same cannot be said by Motorola Razr even by the farthest margin.
Thus, CNET had started out on this expedition at 12 p.m. on Thursday, 6 Feb 2019 and they expected the whole thing to be lasting a more than 12-hour show which had to be streamed live for the audience. They actually had been very careful to time it at exactly 12 p.m. so that keeping tab of the time over the expansive 12-hour duration would become easy. Keeping that in mind, CNET began streaming what they expected would cross 12 hours’ border to find out if the phone could resist up to being folded 100,000 times.
It should be known and noted that they used a Moto Razr which they had purchased themselves. But as soon as they started, they were displeased to see the folding getting problematic all the way. They were troubles in closing the phone every single time after that. CNET stepped in, to check the functioning of the phone in terms of how good it was getting closed and opened. They were shocked to find that hinge had become very stiff.
The hinge was resistant to getting closed completely in one go. It was as if something had been blocking it and a part had come loose. So, next up, they tried to loosen the hinge themselves. They shook it by hand to loosen it up a bit, and it did get loose and better than before. By hand, the team tried flexing the hinge a few times to get it working like before. When it had started loosening up slowly, the performance got better than before, but the folding was not the same.
The folding was usable but merely okay. It was nothing close to being called graceful. It was then they tried to put the Moto Razr once more in the machine, but it was getting increasingly difficult to rock the phone every other time. The hinge was getting more and more stiff. Finally, with around 27,000 folds, the team had to end the test and called quits. Thus, a counter of 27,000 cycles was sufficient enough to damage the folding ability of the device by Moto.
The phone has simply failed the test of longevity. And it was, by no means, a hard test! The folding durability of the handset means it would last for several years. Often, while calculating the number of days it would last, experts make use of the average number of times it is opened or closed per day which is given by how often people tend to check their smartphones per day. This has been estimated to range anywhere between 80 and 150. But 100 times should be a fairly good count.
As per CNET host Chris Parker, the machine could not be properly calibrated towards folding the Razr, and we are ready to consider the benefit of the doubt. It should be known that the phone is already getting sold and many people have begun to receive their pre-orders. An average user tends to check their phone somewhere between 80 and 150 times a day. If we take into account this estimation, then this Motorola Razr would have been dysfunctional after 6 and 12 months of use.
Many buyers have started complaining of the groans and creaks in the foldable Moto Razr. This is unfortunate for the new phone. The phone is a premium $1499 device, and hence the event is disappointing. The makers have to traverse a long way before concretising foldable phones so that they appear in the mainstream.