Nokia Lumia 920 run over by 24 ton earth mover still works

Nokia has taken great pride in how well its Lumia smartphones are made. In 2012, the company released a video showing the Lumia 900's screen being hammered into by a nail and showing that the Windows Phone 7.5-based device still worked.

Now an even more extreme test of a Nokia Lumia device has come to light. The Finland-based newspaper website lltasonomat.fi reported that a local mine worker lost his Nokia Lumia 920. As it turned out, the phone had been buried in the ground by one of the 24-ton earth movers on the site.

The worker decided to call the phone and actually heard it ringing, even though it was buried under one and a half feet of earth. It took six men to get the Lumia 920 out of its burial place and while the screen was shattered, the phone could still send and receive calls. However, the phone could not actually hang up on phone calls. The mine worker was so impressed, he decided to buy a new Lumia 920.

In a statement posted at AllThingsD.com, a Nokia spokesperson said, "Before any Nokia device is released to the world, they undergo a series of quality tests to ensure they stand up to the wear and tear of everyday usage. Tests for extreme weather, humidity, and repeated drops onto a hard surface are the norm. I guess you can add being run over by a 24-ton tractor to that list."

Source: lltasonomat.fi | Image via lltasonamat.fr
Via: WMPoweruser

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Ehm....I'm Finnish so I've read the original article. The 52800 pound earth mover did drive over the phone. Also....you might wasnt to add in the payload of tons upon tons of earth. The rubber tyres are so hard and thick they can wistand a bullet from a hand gun without piercing the main layer. The earth of the dig site is not sand but large pebbles and pieces of rock, in the addition the ground is frozen solid as it is place close to the arctic circle and it's still winter there. The ground is also a bit uneven, so when running over a small mound of earth on which the phone was, the mound was flattened and the phone sand in to the ground. The depth was inaccurate as the person admitted later. In the interview he acted out with his hands: "it was like thiiis deep". More like between half and 1 foot really. So just abit of exaggeration. It took 6 men because it was hard to exactly pin point the phone, so they were digging more than one hole in a small area.

I think it's FAKE !!! Nokia is a Finland company and it's happen in Finland (help promote the phone?) ... No way this thing can withstand a 24-ton earth movers.... unless the ground is soft and phone get bury in the ground before it get crush...

I don't find that very impressive. The phone is no good anymore.
If it were on hard concrete or cement, the phone would have been flattened.
The soft earth let it sink in, displacing the weight.

volodoscope said,
Is this a joke? Rubber tires?

Are you suggesting rubber tires mean it will cushion 24 tonnes of weight? Roll a car over your foot and tell me you didn't feel it.

SK[ said,]

Are you suggesting rubber tires mean it will cushion 24 tonnes of weight? Roll a car over your foot and tell me you didn't feel it.

+1.
volodoscope one day will realise he's dump.

You say that as if the phone survived intact, when it's clear the phone was wrecked. Perpetuating Nokia's viral marketing campaign isn't funny or clever - it's simply mindless propaganda.

theyarecomingforyou said,
You say that as if the phone survived intact, when it's clear the phone was wrecked. Perpetuating Nokia's viral marketing campaign isn't funny or clever - it's simply mindless propaganda.

boy, the tin foil hat manufacturers must be rich

theyarecomingforyou said,
You say that as if the phone survived intact, when it's clear the phone was wrecked. Perpetuating Nokia's viral marketing campaign isn't funny or clever - it's simply mindless propaganda.
A phone internally working beyond the shattered glass (and clearly the touch sensitivity) after being run over by a 24 ton truck is impressive. I would not expect any phone to even be in a single piece, let alone a solid one with shattered glass.

Mindless hate about what was clearly a joke is far more mindless.

pickypg said,
Mindless hate about what was clearly a joke is far more mindless.

It's viral marketing and should be highlighted as such. People think they're being funny when really they're advertising for the company. It's propaganda.

theyarecomingforyou said,

It's viral marketing and should be highlighted as such. People think they're being funny when really they're advertising for the company. It's propaganda.


You didn't read the article?
Now an even more extreme test of a Nokia Lumia device has come to light. The Finland-based newspaper website lltasonomat.fi reported that a local mine worker lost his Nokia Lumia 920. As it turned out, the phone had been buried in the ground by one of the 24-ton earth movers on the site.

This wasn't Nokia's doing, but one of the people that happily purchased a 920.

The phone got pushed into the ground by those things, so even if it was covered with a lil bit of sand...
No matter how you put it, it is absolutely impressive that it still works. Look at the screen, you can clearly see it has taken allot of stress. And considering the curvature, since the 920 is absolutely straight, it drove over its back and the phone has been twisted and bend, even IF it was covered by a foot of sand.

It is impressive, if you don't think so, pick any other flagship phone from any competitor, you sure the S3 or iPhone5 will survive?

Edited by ShadowMajestic, Apr 8 2013, 9:06pm :

You may want too reword this "As it turned out, the phone had been buried in the ground by one of the 24-ton earth movers on the site." so it reads that the phone was indeed ran over by an unknown sort of earth mover and pushed into the ground by a foot and a half.

My only beef is there isn't a lot of info to gather how it exactly happened and by what kind of truck. If it was a dump truck I can see if being in the payload as it dumped dirt and than ran over by motor grader which would explain it being at that kind of depth, but to be ran over and pushed into the ground on that alone is rather insane unless it was a lot of loose dirt that was packed down. Who knows..

Assuming the story is true, I imagine that the 24-ton truck causes mud/dirt to move around its tires as it drives. In doing so, I suspect that the mud/dirt covered the phone before it was run over. Being under the mud/dirt probably helped to spread the pressure; I cannot imagine that the phone would have survived direct contact with the truck's tire.

According to the source the wording used was " a Lumia 920 phone was recently run over by a 24-ton earth mover."

Either way there's not a lot of information to determine a viable outcome of how the screen was cracked and could very likely be exaggerated. I've found many phones with cracked screens that still worked so without more info on the "run" over I'll assume its not 24-TONS of pressure directly ontop of the phone.

A truck is not going to put all of its weight on one tire. It's most likely 6 tons (give or take based on how even the weight distribution is in the truck itself), which is still a pretty impressive feat.

It's just a fun story about the durability of a durability-minded company's product. Chances are, we could not reproduce the results, but it's a fun story all-the-same.

Sly_Ripper said,
I don't think it was ran over by anything, just "it was buried under one and a half feet of earth".

Article isnt to specific. Was it already buried and then run over, or was it run over and then buried. I am sure 4 tons would damage a phone if it is already buried.

If it were me, then I would always be expecting something to break down the road. Plus it appears to be warped, so I imagine the techs would be a bit out of luck.