Tech YouTuber settles foldable phone debate of 2023.

Tech YouTuber settles foldable phone debate of 2023.

The Ultimate Flip Phone Showdown: Motorola Razr Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5

If there’s one thing we can count on YouTubers to do, it’s put technology products through the absolute extremes – from freezing iPhones to running them over with a car. Case in point: Mrkeybrd, a Polish YouTuber, spent the past seven days flipping open and closing the Motorola Razr Plus and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 to see how many reps each one can support before breaking. It’s basically a sit-up contest between the best flip phones of the year, with the last one standing being the most durable of the two.

While both devices are rated for 200,000-fold lifespans by their respective manufacturers, the results were drastically different, for better and worse. Here’s the breakdown, what it means, and why it’s worth taking the testing process with a grain of salt.

Mrkeybrd’s folding test involved repeatedly opening and closing the two flip phones, with team members taking turns every 30 minutes. The test, which was live-streamed starting on August 2 and ending on the 9th, showed the Motorola Razr Plus lasting for 126,300 folds before breaking and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 lasting for 401,146 folds.

In fact, while the Moto was on the sideline, Mrkeybrd stress-tested the Z Flip 5 by folding it underwater for 30 minutes, in a bucket full of sand, and even in flour batter and other coarse materials. The Z Flip survived it all. Some quick math suggests that the Galaxy foldable is more than three times longer-lasting than the Moto, and that’s a big deal considering 1) both devices cost the same ($999) and 2) that’s more than double Samsung’s marketed fold rating of 200,000. Did Samsung purposely underpromise so it can overdeliver?

The answer is not so simple, as is often the case with these stress test videos. As Mrkeybrd suggests in a follow-up, the main reason why neither device matched Samsung and Motorola’s durability claims is because manufacturers typically use a machine to calculate the fold rating, not humans sitting at a table (I hope not, at least). That means that, unlike a human tester who unconsciously applies varying levels of force when holding, flipping, and managing the phones, a factory machine produces a controlled, consistent amount of pressure per fold.

The big takeaway here is that no matter which of the two foldables you plan on buying (or have already bought) you can expect them to last long enough before your next big upgrade. At an average of 60 folds per day, the Motorola Razr Plus, based on Mrkeybrd’s video, should hold up for at least five years. And for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, the lifespan can reach as high as 18 years.

This stress test not only gives us a sense of the durability of these smartphones but also raises questions about the marketing claims made by manufacturers. It’s impressive to see the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 surpassing its rated fold lifespan by such a significant margin. It makes you wonder if Samsung intentionally set a conservative fold rating to surprise and delight customers with its actual durability.

However, it’s important to keep in mind the limitations of these stress tests and that real-life usage might not always match the extreme conditions simulated. While it’s reassuring to know that both the Motorola Razr Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 are resilient devices, it’s always wise to handle any piece of technology with care.

The trend of extreme product testing by YouTubers continues to entertain and inform consumers. It showcases the lengths to which these creators go to provide us with insightful and entertaining content. Whether it’s freezing phones or challenging their durability, these tests offer a unique perspective that helps buyers make informed decisions.

In conclusion, the Motorola Razr Plus and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 have proven to be sturdy flip phones, with the Samsung model showing impressive durability in the stress test. No matter which one you choose, you can rest assured that these devices will last long enough to meet your needs. So go ahead, embrace the nostalgia of the flip phone era with these technologically advanced options.