The $120 Phone Challenge

– Hey guys, this is Austin, and this is the most popular phone on Amazon – [Ken] Hey guys, Ken here, that is a Moto X4

That is not the most popular phone on Amazon, this is (bell chiming) But please, continue – At only $120, it really got me thinking Is this all the phone you really need? So we are here in beautiful Santa Monica for a series of challenges which Ken informs me will be fun and delightful What, what are we starting with? – [Ken] The first challenge: Take a photo in water

The phone's waterproof, right? – It is IP-68 water resistant, yes, not waterproof – [Ken] Good, let's go to the beach – Oh, right, you do realize that when it's water resistant that's not for salt water, right? – [Ken] Sure, we're gonna test how waterproof it is, but I also want you to take a picture – You mean take an underwater photo, that's dumb, that's just gunna look like garbage – [Ken] No, you're not gonna take an underwater photo, you're gonna take a half-underwater photo

– Like what, what do you mean? (laughing) Dude, I will not be able to take a photo- this is probably done on like a $5,000 DSLR with like a $1,000 underwater casing I mean, I know that this is like a decent camera but it's not gonna be- also there's a shark in this photo – [Ken] Also, he has to edit the photo, too – Why do I have to edit it outside? That makes no sense Oh, cause the screen is super dim so I can't see it in sunlight, oh I see

This is a bad idea, man, I'm about to get soaked! I'm literally wearing jeans right now! – [Ken] You told me to come up with challenges and now you're complaining – Yeah, it's my job I have to complain – [Jessup] Both of you, Oh my god! – [Ken] Nice to meet you – I watch your videos literally every day – We're shooting one right now, but it's an especially dumb one

You wanna take a photo? – Sure! – I need, I literally need to test this camera anyway (camera clicking) Nice to meet you man! Thanks for bein' in our video and bein' a photo demo for us – No, I appreciate your videos, man – Oh, thanks man! – Thanks very much – Well if you want a, if you want a show I'm about to walk in the water with my clothes on, so

– Oh, yeah, I'll definitely watch (all laughing) – I think my goal right now is to actually get a shot of the waves as they come I'm actually kind of cold, aw, man Aw, man, this is, this is bad Oh wait, it doesn't work! The water's hitting the touch screen! Oh, this is so bad

– [Ken] Credit where credit's due, he actually decided to keep the video family friendly and tough out being in the water in full clothing – Ah, I didn't get it! – [Ken] It didn't really help much, though – And, Ah! Ah, no! – [Ken] Well? – I don't know! I don't know what I'm doing right now but I'm getting out of the water This is stupid Look at me! Do you see me right now? Oh yo, this is, wait, yeah, I think so, right? – [Ken] So you have to edit and post it on your Twitter from here

– You want me to tweet from the beach? – [Ken] Yes – Does the editing really matter? I can't see anything I don't really know how I'm going to edit this – [Ken] Well that's the point – So, okay, how bout this, I'm gunna say my pop is gonna be 100%, my color's also gonna be 100% and my light is going to be, here I can't see that but I'm gonna assume it's fine

Taken on a $120 phone, right before testing how waterproof it is Yeah, okay Tweeted (bird calling) All right, so that is challenge one, completed The Moto X is actually not so bad, like, real talk I'm actually pretty impressed with how well this is working

What do we have to do next? So with a fresh pair of shorts, let's give the Moto X4 a try at E3 I feel uncomfortably wet right now, still So what better way to test the gaming capabilities of a phone like this than with one of the most popular games in the world: PUBG So in case you're curious, Fortnite doesn't actually work on this, it's not quite to the minimum spec, but PUBG works, I hope Oh, someone's shooting at me

(video game clicking) Mm, got em Okay, I will say one thing, no, this is not the greatest looking PUBG experience I've ever seen but it's a full PC game that's been ported all the way down to a $120 phone I mean, it's no Fortnite but – [Ken] But the real challenge was about to begin The goal: have Austin test the LTE capability and video on the phone by live streaming on Twitter and Periscope on the very busy and dark E3 convention floor, that is with one big catch

Someone has to come within 15 minutes of you starting the Periscope – Okay? – [Ken] And if no one shows up, the next mystery tech budget is $3,000 (cash register dinging) – Oh $3,000? How to waste $3,000 on Amazon? What happens when no one shows, oh man, this is bad All right, I've gotta get Periscoping, dude that's brutal, man, that's actually brutal

– [Ken] Someone has to say that they came from the Periscope in order– – No, no, no, no, no, someone just comes up, someone just comes up $3,000 on the lines – [Ken] Anyone can come and say "hi" to you, right? But we need to know if this phone actually did the job or not – Ready, set, go live! Hello, hello, my friends, I am live at E3 right now so the fun part about this is that I'm actually streaming on a $120 phone so not only is there terrible LTE in here, but also you could be a first hand judge of the quality of a $120 phone So, I need some help

If you are here at E3 can you please come find me because Ken is shooting a video right now and if basically, if this stream doesn't work and someone's not able to come and say "hi", he's about to spend a very large amount of money on mystery tech If you're right behind me, what where, are you here, are you here, are you here? It is pretty laggy, guys if it's laggy I apologize the issue is just there's just not great service here so it's probably going to be a little bit choppy – [Ken] It sounds like people can hear you, at least – Yeah So, quality LTE

(bell dinging) – I found you! – Oh, what, dude! (both cheering) – Dude, what's goin' on? – Are you watching Periscope right now? Oh wait, wait – [Man] No, Twitter – [Austin] Look at this, look at this, he's watching right now! Dude you are the – I saw you go live and I was right around the corner – All right, this guy, this guy right here, aw, okay, so, thank you for saving $3,000 on the next mystery tech budget

– Oh yeah for sure (laughing) – [JerryRigEverything] Wireless charging is a slightly convenient gimmick that I do enjoy having but is not totally mandatory [plastic scraping sound] – Do I have to do this? (production beep) – [Ken] So you know the channel, "JerryRigEverything"? – Yeah, Zack, the greatest YouTuber alive – [Ken] Oh, his name is Zack, not Jerry? – Yeah, his name is Zack, you've met him before, we've had dinner with him before – [Ken] So, he does the thing where he scratches the screen, so we should do that

– I actually think this will do pretty well though, cause it's glass and metal like that's actually one of the main points that the Moto X has is this is a properly built phone for only $120 – [Ken] But since we don't do many stress tests, I figured it would be a good idea to add another point of reference – With deeper grooves at a level seven Oh, oh, so this, is a Google Pixel 3a XL, huh, I see what you did here (bell dinging) So, that's one of the main downsides of the 3a is that even though this is a budget price flagship, it still costs a full $400-$480 depending on the standard vs XL, not only does it lack waterproofing but it's made of plastic

Awe, man In a video full of questionable ideas this is pretty much up at the top All right, ah look at that, literally nothing, it's sliding off How about the screen? Nothing man Uh, actually it's not doing that much

– [Ken] You're just sharpening it – Dude actually like straight up, look that just wipes right off I don't think the Pixel is gunna be the same thing man I think it's about to get, it's about to get wiped out, man, that is really nice Pixel 3a time, again the screen is totally fine as it should be but the back as well as the sides are plastic

Oh, dude look at that, look at that, man – [Ken] That's not good – [Austin] Awe, dude Like the sides as well? Look at that, it just chunks right off Okay, yeah, plastic to the surprise of no one, less durable than metal and glass

– [Ken] All right, well, the next one– – Next one, no, that's it, that's all he does Oh, you want me to do a bend test? – [Ken] So, you might have noticed that my car is actually – [Austin] No – [Ken] We'll just see how it fares if we drive over it – Drive over it? – [Ken] Yeah, drive over it

– It actually might, it might be okay Goodbye little Pixel, it was nice knowing you (car starting) Oh what, it's fine, it's totally fine! Wait, wait, wait, stop – No, no, no, no – Wait, what are you doing? Wait, no! Why, it's fine! It's totally fine, stop, I'm gonna get the phone now, don't run over my hand

I'm actually slightly worried about this one because it does have a very large camera bump I wonder if that's like enough pressure to like crack the phone? It feels pretty sturdy though, man, like I think this'll be okay – Wouldn't it be a shame if the one that we thought would actually survive didn't survive? – Plastic is actually better! All right, I'm going to do something like, actually I'm gonna do – Long-ways – Yeah, that's probably better, right? – [Matt] That's unfair

– Let's do it like this – That's unfair, but when have we actually been fair? Let's do it long-way – All right (phone crunching) – Oh! That was a bad noise (both gasping) Okay, so one of the nice things about plastic is that it doesn't shatter like that

It's a pro tip, kids, don't run over your phone with a car – Long-ways, the short-way's fine – I think we've got to be done now, right? – No – What do you mean, you already you destroyed the phone! – We're at a parking garage – Yes

– It's also, you know, like five levels high Don't worry – It's already shattered, it will definitely break it – We won't drop it five levels, we'll drop it two levels – But the thing is as soon as you break a glass phone it looses all structural rigidity

– Yeah, but the front's fine – And these were two perfectly good smartphones and now they're, there's no way they're gonna survive, like zero chance Zero chance Three, two, one (phones crashing) Oh, wait, the Moto's still on! I can see it from here! – [Ken] Go, go, go, go, go

– Are you serious right now? I mean, it's dented, it's basically fine! Screen totally works I don't know if you can see that or not Like, I mean it's definitely sort of beat up on the side and the glass totally shattered but it literally doesn't look much worse its just got a few extra scratches Oh, not so fortunate with the Pixel Oh man So, not only is it cracked but that screen, I don't know if you can see but its got a bunch of green broken pixels here

I'm legitimately so surprised that any phone survived that, especially considering that the Moto was already broken on the back, I mean seriously the only real issue here, is that the car ran over it, I mean yeah it probably would've shattered the back anyway, but like this is a 100% functional phone after being submerged in salt water, after being run over by a car, after being dropped, after being attacked with a knife, I mean it even takes good photos, it streams, dude, this thing's legit If you guys enjoyed this video be sure to smash that like button and subscribe to the channel If, if you guys want I think Ken might be persuaded to do you more of these happy, fun, delightful challenges – [Ken] Or $3,000 mystery tech, I'll take either

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