Nokia’s Handset Test Laboratory in Farnborough

Here we go!

I took an exclusive tour around the Nokia Handset Test Laboratory in Farnborough yesterday — see what you think. It really has given me a different viewpoint on (and a new-found respect for) Nokia handsets. I’ve always found them reliable and generally well-built, but when you take a look at the level of punishing tests they subject every revision of their handsets to, it really does demonstrate why they’re so well made.

(This is one of Nokia’s 11 handset test laboratories around the world).

I’ll be posting more shortly…

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28 Responses to Nokia’s Handset Test Laboratory in Farnborough

  1. TrevorBennett November 20, 2008 at 10:16 am #

    Why can't they do this level of testing on their software before it hits the market?! Hardware excellent – software not so good.

    A really good review of the place Ewan, I too now have a greater respect for Nokia.

    Trevor.

  2. constantine November 20, 2008 at 11:21 am #

    I thought everyone knew about these tests =P

    Guess I was wrong, either way this is fantastic PR

    Glad you enjoyed yourselves. I have a picture of the OLD test heat test which was literally a cooking tray that went inside an ordinary oven.

  3. Ross Derrick November 20, 2008 at 11:36 am #

    i think my 5 n95 insurance replacements came from this department then 😀

    THose poor phones do go through a lot! 🙁

    Coincidently my n95 screen has developed a band of dead pixels at the bottom of the screen. Probably because of the steam (from shower) that someone did warn me against.

    Anyone know where i can get the correct screw driver to open an n95?

  4. Micky November 20, 2008 at 12:59 pm #

    OMG..!! Im so so jealous of you guys! Every boys dream indeed. Well, for us Nokia enthusiasts anyway, I would of loved to had visited too. I would be like a kid in a sweet shop.

    Well done guys, great report, and superb video!

  5. kevx November 20, 2008 at 1:51 pm #

    Nice to see you on Camera Iwan!!! Well I am surprised to how much testing they do. I knew they were tough. But didnt know they could take extreme conditions. Why not on the software. They wanna make sure that the phones dont switch off whenever they feel like it!

  6. MartinSFP November 20, 2008 at 2:32 pm #

    Wow – interesting to see what they put the phones through. I have to say I'm grateful thinking back to the number of times I've dropped my phones over the years!

  7. DanLane November 20, 2008 at 3:50 pm #

    I REALLY enjoyed seeing that! Good to see you actually on-camera too 🙂

  8. Ben Smith November 20, 2008 at 7:01 pm #

    Top vid – well done! Thankyou to Nokia for the visit.

    Now… about that trip around the prototype design lab 🙂

  9. Anthony Carroll November 20, 2008 at 9:06 pm #

    I live down the road from there and didn't get an invite! :o(

    I'm dead jealous! ;o)

  10. bernard November 21, 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    Who is the Irish voice @ min 7:41 to 7:43?

  11. edgar1013 November 22, 2008 at 8:37 am #

    this vid is making want to get a N79.

    i think these guys stole your idea and made their own video after you guys left!!

    http://www.nokiausers.net/General/Ever-Wondered

  12. Ronald Cummings-John November 28, 2008 at 6:00 pm #

    wow

  13. Ronald Cummings-John November 28, 2008 at 7:00 pm #

    wow

  14. Ed Grant March 6, 2009 at 1:49 am #

    Thanks Ewan and Nokia for giving us these insights. Nokia really puts their phones to the test!

  15. Ewan @ MIR March 6, 2009 at 3:12 am #

    Ed — thanks for the comment although it's all down to Nokia for giving us permission to visit in the first place — nice one Nokia!

  16. Ed Grant March 6, 2009 at 7:49 am #

    Thanks Ewan and Nokia for giving us these insights. Nokia really puts their phones to the test!

  17. Ewan March 6, 2009 at 9:12 am #

    Ed — thanks for the comment although it's all down to Nokia for giving us permission to visit in the first place — nice one Nokia!

  18. Chris February 10, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    wow i didn`t know they do this kind of testings.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Paul Webster - February 25, 2009

    @BBCClick first film crew at Nokia UK testing lab … see Mobile Industry Review http://bit.ly/Ao6CW

  2. Dan Lane - February 25, 2009

    RT @whatleydude @BBCClick Checkout @MIReview Test Centre coverage published back in November – http://tinyurl.com/6bcx7n

  3. Ben Smith - February 25, 2009

    @BBCClick You’re not 1st camera crew to visit Nokia test lab. >150000 people have watched the @MIReview vid (http://tr.im/gM1m) from Nov

  4. Vikki Chowney - February 25, 2009

    RT @Whatleydude: @BBCClick Checkout @MIReview Test Centre coverage published back in November – http://tinyurl.com/6bcx7n

  5. bennycrime - February 25, 2009

    RT @whatleydude: @BBCClick Checkout @MIReview Test Centre coverage published back in November – http://tinyurl.com/6bcx7n

  6. Paul Webster - February 25, 2009

    @BBCClick first film crew at Nokia UK testing lab … see Mobile Industry Review http://bit.ly/Ao6CW

  7. Dan Lane - February 25, 2009

    RT @whatleydude @BBCClick Checkout @MIReview Test Centre coverage published back in November – http://tinyurl.com/6bcx7n

  8. Ben Smith - February 25, 2009

    @BBCClick You’re not 1st camera crew to visit Nokia test lab. >150000 people have watched the @MIReview vid (http://tr.im/gM1m) from Nov

  9. Vikki Chowney - February 25, 2009

    RT @Whatleydude: @BBCClick Checkout @MIReview Test Centre coverage published back in November – http://tinyurl.com/6bcx7n

  10. bennycrime - February 25, 2009

    RT @whatleydude: @BBCClick Checkout @MIReview Test Centre coverage published back in November – http://tinyurl.com/6bcx7n

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