Samsung Note 9 Durability Test! – Bixby is not Secure…

The Galaxy Note 9 – arguably one of the
most powerful and professional phones on the planet. Built for businessmen, hardcore gamers, and
smartphone power users. But…is it durable? There's only one way to find out. Let's get started. [Intro] One of the unique features of the Note series
is the s-pen. We'll break more into that in just a second. It's just one of the many things that allow
this phone to take productivity to the next level. Samsung has never failed one of my durability
tests before, and I have high hopes that this phone will continue the trend of solid build
quality. Let's start with the scratch test. These little Mohs picks with different tips
tell us what the screen is made from. Plastic would scratch at a level 3, tempered
glass at a level 6, and sapphire would be a level 8 or 9. Samsung is using tempered Gorilla Glass 5
this time around, so there's no surprise when we see scratches at a level 6, with deeper
grooves at a level 7.

Perfectly on par with other major manufacturers
like Apple or LG. Razor blades or keys won't hurt the glass,
but there are still plenty of other particulates out there that can damage glass and cause
micro scratches in your pocket. So a screen protector or skins might be something
worth looking into. The top of the phone is protected with the
same front glass, so no scratches will happen to the 8 megapixel front facing camera or
the iris scanner. The earpiece is made from metal and sits totally
flush with the glass screen.

And even with some aggressive persuasion,
it won't come out. So solid design so far. It looks like Samsung has again stuck with
the same glass and metal sandwich they've been using for the past 4 years. And…it's definitely still metal. The volume buttons are also made of metal
as well as the dedicated Bixby button, who even after much ridicule is disappointingly
still….oh…I did not see that coming. Bixby has exited the premises It looks like
every single one of the buttons on the Note 9 are removable, which is incredibly interesting. They are tight, so I doubt they would ever
come out on their own or during a drop. But we just managed to update Bixby right
on out of the frame. It kind of takes remapping buttons to a whole
new level. The sketchy part is someone could steal your
power button or volume button in about 2 seconds, rendering your $1,000 phone inoperable. But, I mean, it's a professional phone, which
means you probably have professional friends, and they wouldn't just steal your buttons
and walk off….right? When the buttons are replaced back into the
frame, they do continue to function just like normal, it just seems like a super annoying
prank just waiting to happen.

The top of the phone is made from metal. One of my favorite parts of this phone is
the expandable memory. This phone with it's docking ability and powerful
hardware, combined with the massive storage space, makes it more like a water-resistant
laptop in your pocket than anything else. The bottom of of the phone is also made from
metal. And it has more features on this one side
of the phone than Apple has in their entire ecosystem. We have a headphone jack, the quick charge
USB-C dock, and the integrated s-pen. Samsung is over here able to cram entire writing
utensils inside of their cell phone, while Apple is eating crayons, watching their whole
pencil poke out the bottom of an iPad. [Dan] Look how dumb that looks. [Zack] I know which design I prefer. The s-pen does have some new features this
year, which we'll check out. The entire thing is made from plastic, including
the chrome section up at the top near the clicky bit. The button on the side of the s-pen is also

It still has the removable tips, which come
included in the box, so you can swap them out for softer or harder rubber depending
on your note taking preference. One of the coolest things about the new s-pen
is that this time it includes low energy Bluetooth and a super capacitor inside, which makes
this the most advanced s-pen yet. It still has the copper induction ring around
the tip so the screen can sense where the s-pen is pointing, even when hovering over
the glass and not touching.

But on the circuit board itself is where we
find the super capacitor which fully charges after only 40 seconds inside the phone, and
lasts about 30 minutes as a trigger for your camera, or to change tracks on your music
remotely. The difference between capacitors like the
one inside the s-pen and batteries, is that capacitors charge almost instantly and keep
that charge contained in an electrical field, while batteries store their energy in chemical
form like lithium, and have a much longer lifespan. It's pretty cool technology. We'll reject Bixby's update and move onto
the back of the phone. The camera lens is made from glass protecting
the dual optically stabilized regular and telephoto lenses and that built-in heart rate
monitor. Samsung has stuck their variable aperture
lens in here again, which will be fun to see during the teardown. The fingerprint scanner is still scratchable. The camera lens and fingerprint scanner sit
pretty flush with the back glass. The camera it protruding every so slightly,
while the fingerprint scanner is barely recessed. Even with the scratches on the fingerprint
scanner though, it was still incredibly fast to recognize my fingerprint, and was still
responsive every time I unlocked the phone.

Thumbs up for that. I talk about protection a lot here on my channel. One way to protect against damage and fingerprints
is with a skin. Huge thanks to dbrand for supporting my channel
and sponsoring this video. Dbrand has protective skins in all colors
and designs, but this yellow carbon fiber is perfect if you're always losing your phone
or just really have a thing for bullet proof bananas. Skins are surprisingly inexpensive, and I'll
leave a link for you in the video description. If you like seeing yellow things on phones,
you'll love my burn test. This 6.4 inch, super AMOLED screen on the
Samsung Note 9 lasted an impressive 15 seconds under my yellow flame before the screen turned
white, and then surprisingly recovered…minus the evaporation of the oleophobic coating
on the glass of course. The screen is totally back to normal. And now for the ultimate test of structural
integrity – the bend test.

Samsung has pretty much always been a leader
in the well-built rigid smartphone department ever since the very first phone I tested back
with the Galaxy S6 in 2015. Samsung's newest flagship is no different,
with zero flex in any direction, front or back. This phone construction is worthy of the massive
price tag, except for the part where people can walk off with your buttons. Like I always say, keep your friends close
and your buttons even closer. Would you buy this phone? I'm still currently using my year and a half
old Galaxy S8 Plus as my daily driver and I'm still super happy with it.

So I think I'll hold out on upgrading for
just a little while longer. Customize your phone with the dbrand link
in the description. Hit that subscribe button if you haven't already. And in the next video, we'll be tearing down
the Note 9 to check out that massive fortnight ready heat dissipation system. Thanks a ton for watching, and I'll see you

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