That’s right, the OnePlus Nord 5G combines premium-looking glass with… premium-looking but cheap-feeling plastic, which is not inherently a bad thing, especially in this particular handset’s price bracket. The real problem is the unusual fragility of the phone’s frame, which isn’t necessarily connected to the use of plastic. After all, we’ve seen plenty of devices constructed this way or even entirely made from plastic pass Nelson’s grueling durability tests with flying colors in the past.
Instead of doing that, the OnePlus Nord catastrophically breaks after a couple of bending attempts, which means back pockets are to be avoided at all times and hard protective cases used in most day-to-day circumstances. Of course, that’s generally advised even when dealing with significantly tougher phones made from real metal and glass, so if you like the specs and price of the Nord 5G, you shouldn’t consider this apparent structural weakness an absolute deal breaker.
Interestingly, the handset doesn’t physically snap in half like other similarly fragile gadgets in past durability experiments, but the functionality of its display is ruined beyond repair. For what it’s worth, the screen itself is protected by a standard Gorilla Glass 5 coating, the volume rocker, power button, and mute switch are all made from metal, and the in-display fingerprint scanner withstands quite a bit of scratching.
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