How durable is the Xperia XZ? This bend/scratch/burn test video reveals all

by XB on 4th November 2016

in Videos, Xperia X series


sony-xperia-xz-bend-testYouTuber JerryRigEverything has made a name for himself by stress testing the latest smartphones and this time he has the Xperia XZ in his hands. It can be quite torturous seeing the Xperia XZ being put through the ringer with scratch tests, a burn test and then a bend test.

However, the videos do serve a purpose in giving an idea of build quality and how durable your phone will be over the long run. We won’t spoil the surprise, but the phone holds up reasonably well, although the prevalently use of plastic versus other flagships may surprise some. You can check out the video below.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Sad that fingerprint sensor is plastic and stopped working after the scratch :(

  • Hideg Jenő Péter

    @rockstar2005:disqus look that frame is plastic crap but back panel camera is glass resistant better than Z5.

  • adeceku

    pain to watch!

  • BarKohba

    Dunno about the fingerprint sensor, could care less what material it’s made of, since it has the highest dpi of any fingerprint sensor and is arguably the best/fastest.

    however, for the life of me I can’t understand how Sony, which used to be one of the very few smartphone manufacturers to make premium products, with glass and metal only bodies, got to this point, where they’re making, still, a very attractive product but with so much plastic. I’ve the Z5. Frosted glass and aluminium. Beautifully built. TBH, it’s still performing silkly smooth and fast, camera is great and all that. I was seriously considering getting the XZ due to the design.

    Almost preordered it in fact. Then, I saw some reviews and realised the whole fucking frame is lame-ass cheap plastic. Nope. For God’s sake Sony, please stop it already with this cheap plastic on the next Flagship. I’m seriously considering moving to another OEM if you come up with another plastic slab like the X Performance or XZ. Shame!

  • Drakomord

    Poor XZ. I cried so much..

  • Emil Oskarsson

    This is pure tort and waste of a perfectly fine phone… That’s why I hate tests like this :p

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Cheap plastic? It’s made or polycarbonate which is a high quality plastic with almost the same durability as an aluminum frame though…

  • BarKohba

    Polycarbonate is just another nane for the generic plastic material used in most non flagship phones. For a flagship from sony to use so muchbplastic is a shame. All their competitors use metal. Plastic is cheaper and cheaper feeling im the hand than metal. They should only use metal

  • Talos the Robot
  • dragonsneeze

    I agree. That much plastic is disappointing, also if the back was seamless metal It’d be more forgivable. IMO frame is more important than the back bacause that’s generally where your fingers sit.

    If the frame was really rigid so it did not bend or break like this It’d still be OK. At this point I don’t see any logical reason for this degradation of material.

  • motleyfeelgood

    I hate this kind of videos

  • Since I had Lumia 920 and Lumia 1020, I cannot agree with you, it is plastic, but is more durable than other generic plastic material, read Galaxy S series till S5.

    I don´t know about XZ, I haven´t testet it yet. but this is unacceptable to go from aluminum frame to plastic. I agree that they should use metal.

  • BarKohba

    Those links dont say anything about metal frames, just about phones in genral. So what are you talking about?

  • BarKohba

    Yup. That is literally why im sticking with the Z5 for another year. And why I didnt get the x performance either.

  • Jer

    a lot more plastic than i expected on my platinum Xperia XZ

  • Bezels for the win !

    Z5 has plastic frame , just metal bars on top which is perfect solution .

  • Well, just for your information, the plastic part sometimes make the price for spareparts eg fingerprint sensor etc incredibly cheap (2-5$). You can easily purchase it online and change it if it stopped working. Also the buttons, flap etc.

  • Annuluv33

    Cum on sony,what u did,,was just about, to order one,,in titanium,, but that video just made me cry,,,was such a diehard fan,,of yours,,,, posting from my z2,,,

  • Jacky

    I feel like the plastic part on the back is where the antennas are. I remember when they first came out the x performance they said they have boosted the signal strength by 25%, compared to the z5.

    I personally own a z5, it’s an awesome phone but I do notice that the WiFi signal is slightly weaker than my ZR when I have them side by side.

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  • minimaL

    Sony = lies. Xperia X compact doesn’t support ANT+, however they claim to support it…
    Can anyone confirm?

  • Talos the Robot

    Metal blocks the radio signals phones use to communicate and thus increases the cell phone radiation. That’s why some parts need to be free of metal in order to prevent that.

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  • Malih

    I like JerryRigEverything, he doesn’t just break phones, he also analyzes the structural strengths and/or weaknesses of a phone. This year I decided to let go of my 2015 Xperia, and turns out my new non-Xperia phone is on the weaker side (especially compared to my previous one) which I wouldn’t have known without this channel, and I decided to put it in a case, which I hardly ever did before.

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  • Luís Alberto Pérez

    Watching this video makes me realise I love my Z2 even more. ;)

  • Amir

    They could make just a small part of the top or bottom plastic for the antenna but no, they cut corners and made top, bottom and sides all plastic. Cheap ass undesired poly-carbonate. *facepalm*

  • marcyff2

    problem is that waterproof phones (Sony [pioneer], Samsung and Iphone) when opened they usually loose waterproofness as the connecting rubber is not as sticky anymore,

  • Michal Fox,Blacha

    Guys I already change my z3c on Samsung S7 flat . Is very good choice performance, screen and battery is 20% better than z3c. Worse thing is mono speaker and pictures are worse when you zoom

  • Darni187

    I have had the XZ for a week now after selling my Z5, and I can tell you the feel of the frame feels premium and solid. It does not feel like lame ass cheap plastic lol.. People are quick to jump at Sony for using this plastic frame and fail to understand the reasoning or benefits behind their decision. I can confirm for you I’m getting better signal and data from this better than my Z5 at work and at home. For example when I used to exit my Underground station it took my Z5 30secs when I exit the station to find signal, the XZ gets signal inside the station as I am coming up the escalators near the top before the ticket barriers, this never happened with my Z5 in 9 months of use. The design and looks are amazing of this phone.

  • plastic everywhere what happened to premium materials?

  • Saeed

    Xperia Z3, Z3+ and X Performance, the masterpiece of SONY

  • Bernhard F.

    The plastic frame is lacquered, just as the metal frames, and therefore feels pretty much like them. Compared it in store to my Z3. In fact it’s actually pretty likely that the paint used for the metal frames contains plastic as well.
    I’d say you should test it in store yourself and decide based on that, not just saying plastic=shit.

  • InspectorGadget80

    This idiot is wasting his money by destroying the phones. Who cares how much it can bend

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