January 31, 2023

The ROG Phone 6 Pro, it seems, won’t be known for its durability. Though we aren’t exactly surprised by that fact since the design was for the most part unchanged structurally. And the ROG Phone 5 Pro didn’t do too well in a durability test last year. In his latest video, Zack from JerryRigEverything puts the ROG Phone 6 Pro through the durability test gauntlet.

First checking the durability of the screen to see when scratches show up, before moving onto scraping the frame, burning the screen, and eventually bending the phone in half and effectively sending it to the shadow realm from which it can never return.

It’s a bit tough to watch if you really love your tech and can’t stand to see it destroyed. Especially with such a high-end device. But these tests also do serve a singular purpose. To demonstrate that you should really try to take care of your stuff as much as you can. Basically, don’t treat your fragile belongings like crap.

ASUS didn’t build the ROG Phone 6 Pro for durability, but should it have?

It’s obvious that ASUS didn’t design the ROG Phone 6 Pro to withstand high levels of physical abuse. Then again, most people aren’t going to be trying to actively bend their phones in half. And there’s not much of a point in hinging which phone you buy on how much of a beating it can take, unless your daily routine involves many scenarios where your device could easily get damaged to this degree by accident.

Otherwise, just simply take care of your tech. All that being said, there is probably a case to be made for ASUS attempting to improve the durability of its gaming phones. Even if only just a little bit. When you factor in the cost of the device, which is $1,300, that’s a lot of money down the drain if happens to break.

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Plus, let’s be real, accidents do happen. And there’s nothing wrong with wanting your phone to be ok should an accident occur. Only, it looks like the ROG Phone 6 Pro is less likely to survive those accidents. It’s still the most powerful smartphone out there and it’s a beast for gaming. But, try to be gentle with it.

If you’d like to see the full durability test video, you can watch it below.