How durable is your phone, and how does the company that made it find out how long it is going to last through typical wear and tear? Take a look through Nokia's test center.
As I have mentioned previously, I had to replace my BlackBerry after it
hit a rock when it fell out of the holster. This got me wondering about
how companies go about stress testing consumer products, and
specifically cell phones. A colleague sent me a link for "Testing time for mobile phones" found
on the BBC News program called >Click.
It is a really interesting story about how Nokia stress tests the
products that they put out into the market, which includes more than
200 physical tests. The story talks about durability tests, like how
often and how hard certain buttons are pressed, environmental test,
like leaving it in extreme hot and cold temperatures, drop tests (which
I would have like RIM to do more of :-), and physical build of the
What tests do you think should be done more or less of? Are there
situations that are missing? How about having a two year old
want to call mom on it and throwing it in the dog food bowl when you