In one example, Input‘s Motorola Razr is practically broken after just a week of use. The phone’s screen is peeling away at the hinge, without any real reason besides a temperature change which, frankly, should not harm any phone.
The Razr fared quite poorly in a durability test performed by Cnet, with its hinge failing after being folded just 27,000 times. But having the device fail after seven days of regular use is even more worrying – especially since the Razr is very, very hard to repair.
The Razr’s chief, vertically-folding competitor, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip, might turn out to be a bit more durable, given that Samsung has more experience with foldable phones (including a completely botched launch of the original Fold). But that doesn’t mean it’s flawless.
Samsung claims that the Z Flip’s display is actually very thin glass. But when JerryRigEverything put that to the test, scratching the display with a pen, it behaved like plastic, with basically every scratch leaving an ugly, visible mark.
This isn’t as bad as having the phone’s hinge break, but it does mean owners will have to be extra careful in order to not damage the Z Flip’s screen.
We should add that in another recent test, a drop test performed by Cnet, both the Motorola Razr and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip broke on the first 3-feet drop. Ouch.