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  • The original iPhone, unofficially named the iPhone 2G, was the start of it all about 10

  • years ago.

  • With 8 gigabytes of capacity, I'm holding the more deluxe of the two versions initially

  • launched; the other having a whopping 4 gigabytes of internal storage.

  • Apple sold about 6 million of these original iPhones.

  • So let's throw back and analyze how the build quality was back in 2007.

  • [Intro]

  • Now obviously with a phone this old, it is fairly difficult to find a brand new one like

  • I always do with my regular durability tests.

  • This phone does appear to be in original condition though, well, at least it was before I got

  • my hands on it.

  • We'll start with the scratch test.

  • The original iPhone is using the first generation of Gorilla Glass.

  • This is basically tempered glass used on cell phone screens.

  • And as we know, most tempered glass is a 6 on Mohs scale of hardness.

  • But we are seeing some nicks on this phone at a level 5, which never happens on the more

  • recent Gorilla Glass versions, like Gorilla Glass 4 or 5.

  • So some things have improved in the glass department since this phone was released.

  • It's almost interesting that you can almost see the individual pixels on the screen.

  • The home button does not contain a fingerprint scanner and is made of plastic.

  • But it does still have that satisfying physical click that has been removed on the newer versions

  • of the iPhone.

  • Up here on the front facing camerajust kidding, there's no front facing camera.

  • That feature was not implemented into the iPhone lineup until the iPhone 4.

  • The earpiece is buried pretty deep under that thick black glass.

  • It appears to be of a nylon variety but it does not pull out easily like we've seen

  • on some of the other phones.

  • I still think metal makes for the most ideal ear piece on a cell phone and luckily that's

  • what we've been seeing in the later editions of the iPhone.

  • The back of the phone is pretty curious.

  • Instead of antenna bands at the top and bottom of the phone, we have more of an antenna chunk.

  • This black plastic section of the phone makes up a pretty large portion of the device body

  • and is definitely not the most aesthetic looking piece of tech, but it did get the job done

  • way back in the day.

  • Lucky for us the silver portion of the phone is indeed real metal.

  • Solid.

  • Cold.

  • And quality feeling in the hand.

  • And look, it's an apple tree.

  • You can tell it's an apple tree from the apple there in the center.

  • It's pretty neat.

  • This incredibly small circle up here in the top corner is the 2 megapixel camera lens

  • for picture taking.

  • The video capabilities were not introduced until the iPhone 3GS, two years later in 2009.

  • The interesting thing is that this camera lens is made from plastic.

  • The little lip along the edge probably doesn't offer much protection either.

  • I am glad that Apple has improved on this with later versions of the iPhone, delving

  • into their own special blends of sapphire.

  • There is no flash, so good luck with your low light shots, and no flashlight either.

  • The side volume buttons are made from plastic, and even this mute switch is plastic.

  • Now normally I'm an Android guy, but this mute switch is actually a really good idea.

  • I find myself wishing that my Galaxy S8 had one.

  • I'd be more than happy to trade Bixby for a mute switch.

  • Take a look at that headphone jack.

  • There are 9 years of innovation between the release of these two phones, and I think it's

  • a bit funny that the smaller iPhone has plenty of room for the headphone jack, but Apple

  • claims that the bigger phone, which is almost twice the size, did not have room.

  • I think that there's always room for jackif you make room.

  • The power button is made from plastic.

  • And the bottom of the phone near the charging port is also plastic.

  • There are a lot of different materials used in the build of this phone.

  • The chrome looking metal around the screen is much harder than the soft aluminum on the

  • back.

  • It is much more scratch resistant as well.

  • And this is good if you were to ever set your phone face down on something, or drop it.

  • The lip around the screen would not be damaged or flake away like what happened with the

  • plastic lip on the Galaxy S5.

  • The original iPhone has a 3.5 inch TFT LCD display, with a 320 by 480 pixel screen resolution.

  • Proportionally compared to this 4K video you are watching, the original iPhone screen resolution

  • looked a lot like this, utilizing about 2% of the total available pixels on screen.

  • The iPhone7 currently has a bit better resolution at 750 by 1334.

  • And the Galaxy S8 is one of the higher resolution phones in the industry with a 2960 by 1440

  • display.

  • Remember, all of these sizes are just relative to the 4K viewing window that YouTube offered.

  • The phone lasted about 20 seconds under that flame test.

  • I think that the heavier and thicker front glass panel helped keep the heat off the pixels

  • for longer.

  • Luckily it did recover like the IPS screens that Apple uses now.

  • And the screen was totally functional a few seconds after the heat was removed.

  • And now for the bend test.

  • With all the different materials used in this phone it will be interesting to see if there

  • are any failure points.

  • The phone is so small, there's almost not even enough room to grab a hold of it with

  • both hands.

  • Even after flexing the phone, the plastic to metal joint along the back is still holding

  • very tight.

  • I'm sure the small form factor along with the body style is helping considerably with

  • the rigidness.

  • Personally I'd be totally fine if smartphones started trending thicker.

  • I'd much rather have a larger battery that could last a day or two over some arrow dynamic

  • dainty piece of fluff.

  • I use my phone has a tool and not a fashion accessory, so the more features it has and

  • how long the battery lasts are big selling points for me.

  • Apple did do a good job with this phone though, minus the plastic camera lens.

  • This phone definitely passes my durability test.

  • I'm excited to tear this thing down and see what it looks like on the inside.

  • Now that the phone is so old, I'm sure that there are plenty of old broken phones or phones

  • with dead batteries laying around just waiting to be brought back to life.

  • What other old phones would you like to see tested or torn down on my channel?

  • I think these throw backs are kind of fun.

  • Thanks a ton for watching.

  • I'll see you around.

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