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The HTC One may be a well built device, but it was certainly not built to withstand the assaults of keys, knives, and hammers.

Still, the guys at PhoneBuff tried all of the above, and HTC’s flagship device held up pretty well (at least as far as the screen is concerned). But we already knew that Gorilla Glass is incredibly resilient to scratches. What we were more concerned about is the much touted aluminum unibody of the HTC One. After all, metal phones have a reputation of scratching easily.

In the key test, there were absolutely no marks on the screen, while the scratch marks on the back could easily be wiped off with a cloth. The same can’t be said about the sides, where some scuffs remained visible.

Not even a kitchen knife could damage the screen, but the scratch marks on the back were visible, even after trying to wipe them off. The beveled sides of the phone were especially affected by the brutal mistreatment.

The hard rubber mallet that the tester used to pound the HTC One had virtually no effect on the device:

While this may be a pretty extreme test, it still doesn’t compare to how our Joshua Vergara mistreated the HTC One in the HTC One vs iPhone 5 Drop Test.

Looking at PhoneBuff’s video, it seems that the back side of the HTC One is actually pretty resilient. While the device will certainly be damaged if you subject it to brutal shocks (like scraping it on concrete or tarmac), it’s surprisingly hard to scratch in milder conditions, like keeping the phone in a pocket with keys or coins.

On the other hand, the sides of the device seem especially sensitive, and given that phones tend to drop on their sides, it’s likely that most nicks and scuffs will show in that area. A full case, or at least a bumper, is highly recommended.

How much do you take drop and scratch tests into account when deciding to buy a new smartphone? Let us know in the comments.

Bogdan Bele
Bogdan is a tech writer and blogger, passionate about everything mobile in general and Android in particular. When he's not writing about technology or playing with various gadgets (which he's doing most of the time), he enjoys listening to a lot of music and reading.