RED Hydrogen One Durability Test – Scratching a Holographic Display?
RED Hydrogen One Durability Test – Scratching a Holographic Display?

The Red Hydrogen One is probably one of the
most expensive phones I’ve ever tested here on my channel, coming in at a whopping $1,300. I originally purchased the $1,600 titanium
version, but that’s been delayed for a few more months. Red was nice enough to send out the aluminum
version, along with this massive, sticky paperweight thing to help tide us over until the titanium
version comes out. One of the reasons these phones are probably
so expensive might be because we’re paying for the fancy metal and plastic emblems inlayed
into the plastic box. Do people normally display the box their phone
comes in? Announced over a year ago, with many delays,
it’s finally time to assess the build quality of the Red Hydrogen One. Let’s get started. [Intro] The first impression right out of the box
is that this thing is massive and hefty. Metal is everywhere. With deep, unique, rugged corrugated grips
along both sides and the back panel, it’s definitely one of the most unique looking
phones of this year. The biggest high point of this phone has been
the display. Red claims that their 4 view light filled
display creates an experience beyond 3D that the world never saw coming. The Hydrogen One has 2 cameras on the back
so it can take these 3D, holographic picture things. You can get a pretty good idea of what it’s
supposed to look like as I wiggle the phone back and forth. Just in real life you don’t need to wiggle
the phone to get this effect because it’s built right into the screen. It’s really kind of like an automatic digital
magic eye. It’s interesting for sure. And with a $1,300 price tag, we hold the advertising
promises to a whole new level. I’m not the biggest fan of meaningless advertising
buzz words. So when Red says “the world never saw this
coming,” I’ve got to step back and point out that HTC did basically this exact same
thing 7 years ago. Seven. Back in the year 2011, a year before my YouTube
channel was even born, the HTC released the Evo 3D with dual 3D cameras on the back. I just picked up this little guy for $60 on
eBay. We’ll do a little camera comparison between
the Evo 3D and it’s Red Hydrogen counterpart. Holding both phones side by side shows the
exact same 3D depth effect going on with each screen. We get the same shifting pop with both images. This is probably one of those situations where
Red would have been better off not hyping the display. The technology has definitely improved in
the last 7 years, of course, but it’s still been around for a long time. And it’s not the $1,300 display I feel we
were promised. Let’s jump into the durability with the scratch
test. Like always, we check to see what the holographic
screen is made from. Plastic will scratch at a level 3, glass scratches
at a 6, and real sapphire crystal scratches at a level 8 or 9. Red is using Gorilla Glass to cover their
holographic tech, and indeed we see scratches at a level 6, deeper grooves at a level 7. Similar to the Razer phone, we have some massive
speaker grilles at the top and bottom of this phone. The top grille houses dual 8.3 megapixel front
facing cameras that can also produce the same autostereogramic 3D effect as the rear camera. Both image sensors are protected with glass,
along with the other sensors on the right side. The speaker grille itself is made from black
plastic, similar to the Razer phone. The bottom speaker grille is the same black
plastic, which can be removed. Interestingly enough, even though the exterior
plastic grille looks like it has 2 speaker locations, there’s only one small interior
slit where the sound comes out. It’ll look super glamorous and pretty on the
outside, but rather underwhelming in reality. So far, the Red Hydrogen One is not quite
turning out like it’s hypothetical snap chat filter implied it would. These sides, though, are impressive. Made with thick, textured aluminum ridges. There is no phone quite like it. The volume buttons are both made from metal. The rugged aluminum finger grips are mirrored
on the opposite, and this includes a dedicated camera button with a small red plastic inlay. It seems to be Red’s theme. No complaints. The fingerprint scanner and power button is
also over here and can be scratched. Although, with the height of the ridges on
either side protecting it from rubbing against anything, I highly doubt scratching will be
an issue. Even then, if it does get heavily scratched,
it still recognizes my fingerprint and functions every single time. The top of the phone is made from aluminum,
along with the SIM and SD card tray. And strangely enough, this flagship still
has a headphone jack. Probably because this phone was announced
a year ago when headphone jacks were still cool. Either way, I’m glad it’s here. The bottom has a USB-C port and a lot more
metal. Now for the back of the phone. Red has put a lot of emphasis on their industrial
aluminum design with durable Kevlar panels…which I’m not really sure what they mean by “durable.” It scratches at about the same level as plastic,
and peels up like a giant sticker. At least the copper accessory attachment pad
doesn’t peel off…that would be awkward. That part might still be real, although no
accessories exist yet, so it’s hard to say for sure. The thick ribbed aluminum back plate is all
metal. You can see the silver shine through under
the black coating. I wonder if these ribs will help guide the
hypothetical accessories into place when they become available. The Red Media Machine logo is made from metal
with an unscratchable red inlay in the center. Kind of neat. The massive camera lens is covering dual 12.3
megapixel cameras, both of which are used for that 3D effect, and have no wide angle
or telephoto options. The dual tone flash is made from plastic,
and we have another scratchable Kevlar sticker panel up here at the top. I’m pretty sure I saw a dbrand version of
this for like $10 bucks. The design of the Hydrogen One is a lot like
getting catfished on Tinder. The pixel orientation of the Hydrogen One
might be a tad different than your standard LCD, so it gets that holographic depth effect,
but it is still an LCD. We should see the pixels on the Red Hydrogen’s
5.7 inch 1440p IPS LCD start to go black from the heat from my red lighter. But when the heat is removed, the pixels start
to recover. This proves that taking a lighter to the screen
has been useful at least one time in the last hundred smartphone durability tests. I knew it would be useful someday. Thumbs up to the hardworking lighter doing
his job. And now for the bend test. With how much metal is oozing out the sides
of this phone, it’s pretty reasonable to assume it’s built like a tank. And the only way to know for sure is to apply
unreasonable pressure to an unreasonably priced device. But when doing so, we get zero flex. Not even a creak or a pop. The Red Hydrogen One might be 7 years late
with screen technology, using misleading plastic speaker grilles with built-in Kevlar stickers,
but they sure did make a very rigid and structural smartphone. Is it worth $1,300? I’m not a big fan of the over-promising, under-delivering
premium costing buzz words, so I’m going to have to go with a “no” on this one…for
now. I definitely see potential down the road though
when the price drops by probably half. Hit that subscribe button if you enjoy watching
constructive destruction. And come hang out with me on Instagram and
Twitter. Thanks a ton for watching. I’ll see you around.

100 thoughts on “RED Hydrogen One Durability Test – Scratching a Holographic Display?”

  1. Emery Thrash says:

    This phone is worth $400 tops

  2. Ali Erkurt says:

    New 3ds did this too

  3. Wanky Hank's Frankly Dank Spank Bank says:

    Should have tried a puncture test on that kevlar. That's it's purpose.

  4. Brandon Taubert says:

    I hate this guy, but he is very helpful when choosing to buy a new phone

  5. EvasyDB says:

    I have this phone im on it rn 😂😂

  6. Oliver Tedford says:

    Um…does no one k ow about the Nintendo 3ds, that did it in like 2010 for like $100?

  7. Беркут ВДВ says:


  8. Ivan Keca says:

    That's the ugliest phone I've ever seen

  9. Grandstrawberry says:

    This video is giving me anxiety

  10. Jason Grimmes says:

    Just give me the phone!! Instead doing something stupid to it!!! Jeezzz

  11. piyush patil says:

    Please make a Teardown video 📹
    For the RED HYDROGEN 1

  12. The Proto Channel says:

    So basically it’s a phone that comes with a dbrand


  13. Matt says:

    Ever hear of the Amazon fire phone?

  14. Rxonmymind says:

    I was so pumped when this phone was announced based on the hype. Only time I wished for something to actually deliver.
    Then came the real world reviews. Kinda like lying on eBay as a seller. What's the point? Buyers will eventually see the product so why lie?
    Damn disappointed with this phone.

  15. guy anello says:

    And now apple regularly charges $1300 for a phone, and they're about as good

  16. Andrey Gorobets says:

    Нахера это было делать? Такое чувство что все только и будут сидеть царапать, ронять телефон. Бред…

  17. Marc Charlton says:

    It’s a ugly thing 😂

  18. rickyay26 says:

    Trash phone with trash fake ass stickers

  19. Abanoub Rafy says:

    huawei New Design Came From Here ahaaaaa xD !!!

  20. Ismail Alamtamser says:

    Please make a durability of Samsung a70

  21. TheTechCguy says:

    This is a cool looking phone!

  22. Alif al sad says:

    How can I get a free phone

  23. Ish Kibble says:

    Ok but the new 3ds follows the 3D to your face.


  24. Eggs with random videos says:

    Can we get an OXYGEN test next? ✌😸

  25. steve RealplayeYT says:

    Hydrogen one: 1,300
    iPhone X: hold my beer

  26. Wooongngn Woioioi says:


  27. Jester says:


  28. frozen- pheonix47 says:

    Can we please mention the Nintendo 3ds?????

  29. 100 SUBS WITH ONE VIDEO says:

    Aha you just wait till all of the iPhone X variants were released. 0:03

  30. ArJhey says:

    Sooooo…. It's a 3DS with a phone built in?

  31. Ferdz says:

    worst phone

  32. DeeJay LJ says:

    Y'all forgetting the real OG Nintendo 3DS 😤😤😤

  33. Zareli Noise says:

    I think JerryRigEverything was afraid of even attempting to test the durability of that older HTC minitank. Phones were tough back then and Jerry preys on the weak.

  34. Kristoffer Lindeborg says:

    Idyff uuhvuthu

  35. Kristoffer Lindeborg says:


  36. FrostBite Dude says:

    The evo 3d wiggles even more thanthe ripoff hydrogen thing

  37. Matt Berthel says:

    1:15 apple HQ “TAKE NOTES TAKE NOTES”

  38. Its Cheq says:

    "Thumbs up to the lighter for doing it's job" What a fucking heartwarming dude

  39. Desu Vult says:

    when you start getting used to the sound of the razor blade scratching the phone, you probably watched too many of his videos

  40. baterdene batjargal says:

    wife durability test

  41. Leonardo Hero says:

    2018 Jerry “the most expensive phone I’ve done at $1030”

    2019 Jerry “finally Apple is making phones with features that compare with the other $1100 flagships”

  42. Zhou Yufei says:


  43. BayRise says:

    It’s so ugly

  44. Jumbo Doughnut says:

    The iPhone 11: you think I’m a joke to you?

  45. Joshua Anderson says:

    Apple nibbas still say camers is better on apple

  46. Evi1 Drifter says:

    Can you do the Huawei y6 2018

  47. Jack Isbell says:

    How much was the HTC phone 7 years ago?

  48. Daniel Redskleeve says:

    Somehow I thought it’s a hydrogen powered phone

  49. The dirty Dan says:

    This phone looks like it could launch a nuke.

  50. ghostman2361 says:

    Wasnt their an Amazon phone that did exactly what the red dose

  51. Raul Əsədzadə says:

    Red Hydrogen One: worlds first Holographic phone

    HTC Evo 3d: HoLd My BeEr

  52. Christian V. says:

    Didn't LG do it before?

  53. Prabhu Balamurali says:

    Test one plus 7T

  54. Narendra Chettiar says:

    Lg optimus prime aswell

  55. kang pailan says:

    Sayang buat q aja hpnya

  56. Country boy mechanics Fisch says:

    I had a phone like that it last me forever

  57. DodgerBoy 05 says:

    This phone isn’t worth the amount it’s selling at

  58. sam says:

    Has anyone said you sound like John Krazinski? Because you do

  59. 70 CC says:

    What a gimmick lmao

  60. Kekse says:

    Amazon Fire Phone

  61. fatboi 1111 says:

    Jerry: this is the most expensive phone I’ve tested

    Apple: hold my drink

  62. Kevin Phoenix says:

    Well the price has dropped. $645 for the regular and shadow versions and $895 for the titanium version. But after watching this video, I doubt I’d accept this phone if it were free.

  63. Last Man says:

    …stop scratching it … The sound makes me cringe

  64. DudACCO says:

    Zack: this is the most expensive phone I’ve ever tested.
    Apple: 👋 🤗 sup poor people

  65. Steven Gunderson says:

    5:39 scratchable Kevlar sticker panel hahaha

  66. Joe Orton says:

    You love that box cutter
    Just smash it and show us the inside

  67. Brigante Antiitalia says:

    Red Hydrogen are cloned from Motorola for camera e connectors only.

  68. Max Amazing says:

    I would rather get a Samsung then this

  69. Isler Ryan says:

    Ugliest phone ive ever seen

  70. COSMICKILLER 17 says:

    Good gaming mobile

  71. Cradle Media Group™ says:

    they should have marketed this as an add on for RED cameras. that way its not an expensive phone, its a cheap red accessory. i know 1300 isnt cheap but for a red accessory it is.

  72. Jhon Dumaop says:

    At first I thought its about science, different variation of hydrogen.

  73. Andi Van says:

    I love how he mentions something about apple and their new lack of headphone jacks every chance he gets, lol

  74. liubodimaka (359) says:

    I have the HTC Evo from 2011, awesome phone

  75. NickJussen C. says:

    So ugly

  76. T2's EpicTravel says:

    Did you ever feel pity while tear-down a phone?

  77. Nochito says:

    Nintendo 3ds: novatos

    Nintendo 3ds: amateur

  78. Freddy J says:

    I don't get this channel, all he does is scratch shit. He doesn't exactly test anything! What a waste of products and time!

  79. Purz3l says:

    wow this phone is such a scam

  80. Sukhdeep Singh says:

    Jerry has a kid

    “Hmm it’s cute but is it durable?

  81. Ele Os has a gun says:

    First iPhone: advertises headphone jack
    iPhone 10/11: advertises no headphone jack

  82. Michael Reynolds says:

    Those peeling off stickers on that phone earn a "no" from me.

  83. Volcan4698 says:

    I wish i had. Enough money to spend on a $1300 phone just to scratch it all up like he is

  84. Dalton DeLeon says:

    That video is good, ty!

  85. Moosedraw says:

    Ok this looks kinda shit.

  86. neoj zekat says:

    Didnt the nintendo 3ds have this

  87. Thorson Wong says:

    That's one ugly phone. Gimme something sleek, not a phone that looks like it's ribbed for vaginal insertion.

  88. Matt Elder says:

    Are they forgetting about the Nintendo 3DS as well?

  89. dpm9a1 says:

    Cringe everytime I see that razor scrape the aluminum, goosebumps. 😱

  90. DrogoXbox Drogo says:

    Is it me or does anyone find it satisfying when he says megapixel?

  91. Ouew says:

    Anyone who robs you will be veey confused to find a bunch of scratched phones

  92. Boss Man says:

    I legit had the HTC phone 7 years ago

  93. Thieves Refuge says:

    I wonder how many razor blades this guy goes through

  94. BobbieJean Turgeon says:

    You said that the camera on the red hydrogen one is 12.3 megapixels yeah my LG Stylo 5 has I mean just the one camera but it is 13 megapixels there's actually a few other phones out there like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 I don't think they are camera is a 13-megapixel I think it's at 12 which I can't quite understand with such an expensive phone why can't you have a better quality photo like my cheap $200 LG Stylo 5 that just came out Ivar's Lee don't give a shit if it just came out or not I just needed a phone and two of the phones I was looking for work in stock so it's just like hey I'll grab that one I guess so anyways it drives me nuts because the back is a 13-megapixel right but why the hell is my front camera 5 megapixel the last time I text when there was an 8 megapixel back camera the front was usually 5 no I don't understand why they can't get a letter Pitbull and better quality camera on the front of a damn phone I'm pretty sure the bad right like I'm not text Savvy but I'm pretty sure you can make a camera as small as you want with the highest quality pixelation is possible but hey I like your videos so that's why I'm here

  95. BobbieJean Turgeon says:

    And you said that their screams only a 5.7 inch screen the LG Stylo 5 that I just bought I believe in the 6.2 inch screen so they're $1,500 I mean they could have made it a little bit bigger and a little a lot of it more durable and rugged I mean it is a full phone a crap you know it took her phone but looks can be deceiving just like your proving right now

  96. Jaron Dove says:


  97. Jaron Dove says:

    What is the point in taking a razor to a phone? Of course it will scratch you dipshit… There is nothing you can't carve with a razor stupid fuck

  98. Pablo Gamer says:

    Plastic 1 and 2 Glass 5 6 and 7 safire 8 or 9 diamond 10……..silicone -2

  99. Untidy Films says:

    so basically a nintendo 3ds but its a phone.

  100. FilmKunGツ says:


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