Long before the iPhone, Nokia phones like the 3310 were beloved for their virtually indestructible designs. Despite no longer being the company it once was, Nokia has returned to its rugged beginnings with the XR20.
Nokia makes some bold claims on the XR20’s ruggedness such as 1.8-meter drop protection, 1.5-meter underwater protection, and the ability to survive extreme hot and cold temperatures (conditions regular phones usually can’t). You can just tell from the hard shell plastic that surrounds the screen and the texturized rubber backside that this phone is tough.
To test the XR20 in real-world scenarios, I dropped it from waist and chest height. I also dropped it on my bathroom tile to recreate how I broke my Pixel 3 XL. The Nokia XR20 survived every drop, with only a few scratches to tell the tale. No damage to the screen either, which uses the latest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus that’s rated for protection for drops from 1.8 meters.
Since winter is still a few months away, I did the next best thing to test the XR20’s cold temperature rating: I threw it in the freezer for a little over 30 minutes. When I went to remove it, I was a bit scared. It had the thinnest layer of frost, but the screen came to life as quickly as before. The phone read -13° C (8° F) on my temperature gun, which is only a little under Nokia’s -20° C (-4° F) rating.
Panoramic, timelapse, and nights photography modes are present, which is standard fare on modern phones these days. The most unique feature is Cinema mode that has features like wind reduction, video stabilization, and can shoot in H-Log. Log is a type of flat color profile that makes your videos look dull, but captures richer color, shadows, and highlights through color correction and grading. Tap to see the difference in the next card.