A Phone you can SHAVE with?! - Durability TestFeb 27, 2020
So we have a weird one today... something I saw on the Unbox Therapy channel a while back. It has to be one of the weirdest
phones I've ever seen, but surprisingly it only cost me $35 on eBay. A self-proclaimed dustproof, shockproof, waterproof and rugged dual SIM cell
phonewith a built-in
shaver. Yes. Like the kind of razor you would
shaveyour face with. In the box it even has one of those little bristle cleaners for the aluminum head. I'll be
testing all of these features, if it ever comes on, along with a regular razor blade from Dollar Shave Club, which is sponsoring this video, all in the name of science of course.
Let us begin. Turns out the phone wasn't dead out of the box. The phone has a huge, old school 3800 milliamp hour removable battery that has a bit of tape over the battery contacts. And once I got the tape out, everything started working. We do
tests here on my channel to make sure... ...to... make sure that manufacturers are giving us quality, durable products. And that includes this Frankenstein monstrosity of a cell phone shaver. Let's see what this thing is made of, starting with the screen. I have a set of Mohs spikes that visibly show us what the screen is made of.
The glass is a level 6. A diamond screen would be a level 10. But since this unique machine is only $30 on eBay, the screen is plastic, scratched at a level 3 with deeper grooves at a level 4. It has the brightest flashlight I've ever seen on a phone yet. So if you've ever wanted to call your grandma while shaving in the dark, this phone is for you. The face buttons are painted plastic, sort of what we'd expect to find at the lower end of the quality scale. An example of a high-end plastic button would be the buttons embedded in the Nintendo Switch.
However, we're not here just for the buttons. Let's shave the razor. The side buttons are made of plastic. It seems to be a recurring theme throughout this phone. The rear panel is also made of plastic. The center logo has more than a clear rubber on top. The flashlight at the top of the phone has a plastic lens that is thin and normal. However, the camera lens is also made of plastic. It's a bold move. That little piece of plastic shields all of the camera's .3-megapixels, so it's pretty safe to say that quality images weren't the first priority on this flashlight shaver that makes phone calls.
The little flap at the bottom protects the micro USB and the full-size USB slot, and it hasn't stayed closed since I unboxed this thing. So I think the waterproof claim is completely false. However, it will be nice to use that full-size USB slot to charge up a few other accessories. It is interesting that the dedicated shaver switch on the side does not have a safety lock. I imagine this razor randomly shutting off in your pocket is going to be a real problem... though still more useful than Bixby. Let's give this thing a chance to shave. You might be thinking, why is this grown man shaving his arm with a cell phone?
And you are right. This is an incredibly strange situation. I think maybe we should delete your search history and never talk about this again. But if I'm being completely honest, this is the best shave I've ever had with a cell phone. 10 out of 10. I'm legitimately surprised it even works. However, fair is fair. Let's see what a real razor can do. Dollar Shave Club has this starter box that they ship for $5 with free shipping. It has all kinds of goodies. They even have things like toothpaste and hair styling products, for those of you with hair, that you can add to the kit later.
Not just razors. And the best thing is that there are no contracts, so if being clean is not your thing, you can quit anytime you want. Not a bad deal for only $5. Replacement blades ship for a few dollars a month after the first batch and I'll leave a link in the description. The razor is just as efficient, if not more, than the phone's shaver. And it won't clumsily go off in your pocket. Get your own kit for $5 with a link in the description, or head over to dollarhaveclub.com/JerryRig. It's pretty easy. Thanks to Dollar Shave Club for sponsoring this video.
Let's wrap up the
durabilitytest and see how this razor phone performs from the inside. One of the biggest flaws of this phone is the lack of games. There is no Snake game, which is a deal breaker for me. The 2.6-inch screen is covered in that thick layer of plastic so the heat from my cigarette lighter doesn't penetrate the screen below. But we can see it melting the outer plastic. It lasted for about 18 seconds before turning into a molten mess. Which is good to know if you're shaving outside by a campfire. Structurally, if it looks like a brick and feels like a brick, there is a good chance that it is actually a brick.
And that is, in fact, the case with this random conglomeration of devices. The shaver phone is surprisingly tough. I still have big doubts about the waterproof claims though, as there's no actual IP rating and the back panel and bottom flap keep opening on their own. So maybe don't get this wet while shaving...you could lose your $30 investment. I vote we open it up and see how the shaver works from the inside. It's actually quite simple with 2 screws holding down the bottom, 4 invisible screws holding each of the gold metal side rails, and 2 more phillips head screws on top.
There is one last small type that protects the battery case, and then the whole phone can start to open. The problem with opening this phone is that the screen is semi-stuck on the front casing, and since there are no Lego connections holding the screen to the motherboard, I broke the entire ribbon cable soldered between the two. Kind of like we saw on the world's smallest cell phone, except I didn't break that one. The motherboard has the silver grounding strap all over it, but once it's removed we get our first glimpse of the circular vibration motor and even larger speaker subwoofer.
Remember that catchy little jingle that would play when you turned on your phone? This speaker is probably the biggest speaker I've ever seen inside a cell phone. The shaver motor, which is slightly larger than the Nex S's front-facing camera motor, is soldered directly to the main board. There are no Lego connectors anywhere inside this phone, but there is an aluminum heat sink on the back of the LED flashlight diode. The thing is so powerful and brilliant that it needs its own mini heat dissipation system, which is actually pretty cool. Thumbs up for that. Let's see how the shaver part works.
The top circular metal sheets come off allowing the interior to be left clean. But below those triangular pins is another hatch with huge white circular gears. The big motor inside spins its singular gear, which in turn spins the two larger gears attached to the bottom of each of those silver triangular posts. Which then rotates the shaving mechanism under the circular metal blades. pretty shiny. We can hook a closer look at the bottom of those blades. You can see that the gaps in the foil are just big enough to let your hair through, but not big enough that the little twisted metal prongs can snag your skin.
The same basic principle applies to all shavers, it's very interesting to see it here on a cell phone. I would put everything back together, but someone accidentally tore off the screen and destroyed the tapes. So he's a little disabled right now. It's still a super interesting phone though. Get your own $5 shaving kit from Dollar Shave Club using my code and link in the description. With free shipping, it's cheaper than even at your local grocery store. Would you ever use a phone like this? Let me know in the comments, and then hang out with me on Twitter and Instagram.
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