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HTC One Goes Up Against .50 Cal and Wins….Just Kidding

50 Cal HTC One

It might seem a bit odd that we complain whenever we see drop tests of the newest and top devices, but deep down it’s fun to watch phones be destroyed. When it comes to turning these devices to scrap, there is only one thing better than the drop test, and that’s the .50 cal test. Well, maybe two, the second being the “Will it blend?” test. Either way, this is the better one of those two. 

YouTube personality RatedRR has a brand new HTC One smartphone and a Barrett M82A1 .50 caliber sniper rifle. Without giving too much away, when it comes down to it in the choice between plastic or metal, neither stand up really well against a gun.

  • Hatyrei

    Why won’t phone manufacturer’s make a bullet proof phones? It might save lives 😛

  • Tyler

    Is it bad that i enjoyed watching such an awesome phone be blown to tiny little pieces?

  • Idiocracy

    Is that covered by mobile insurance???

  • meh..not impressed. try this experiment again with a nokia. I bet you the bullet would shatter into pieces.

    • TylerChappell

      hah. we got a comedian over here!

  • Spider210

    that was awesome!

  • Tyler Casilio

    Maybe if this phone had Gorilla Glass then it would have been okay

  • KG

    Do not attempt with a Nokia phone

  • Prime7

    I would buy any phone that shrug off a shot from a .50 cal. I don’t imagine dark matter is currently a viable build material, though.

  • Chris512

    Tim’s title made me LOL

  • emoney

    should have had a case and screen protector

  • Warwick

    Well there goes HTC’s pride.

  • Steven Rothermel

    I would have liked to see him shoot it head on (through the front of the device) he might be able to do SOMETHING with it then….like a tech death lanyard or something of the sort.

  • Great title!

  • Nice shot!

  • benjamin forehand

    Meh. If he did it .75 to 1 mile out then I’d be impressed.

    • michael arazan

      Who the EFF fires a Barrett from 10-20 yards away, how bad of a shot is he? the range on that thing is a lil over a mile if you adjust for wind speeds. Plus it has different types of ammo. steel jacket, armor piercing, explosive, and tracer.

  • EvanTheGamer

    It honestly makes no sense that you would shoot at a target, especially a defenseless, innocent HTC One, that doesn’t shoot back. I find it annoying. Also amusing.

    • KleenDroid

      I could understand a thunderbolt owner want to shoot his phone. Especially after it sent the text to your wife instead of your girlfriend.

      • EvanTheGamer

        LOL! Agreed about that.

  • Eric

    Gun enthusiasts are salivating over this video while the tech nerds cry.

    • EvanTheGamer

      I’m both salivating and crying at the same exact time. I’m a gun nut(not crazy, honest!) and a tech enthusiast.

      Okay, no, I don’t cry, but I find the video pretty amusing though.

      • Richard

        lol, I like how you have to say you’re “not really crazy” since the FBI probably monitors a lot of this stuff now. I know tinfoil hat, I’m not a gun owner, just funny to see a gun owner say that.

        • EvanTheGamer

          We really do live in a very crazy, unpredictable world now. Can’t be too careful. Ya never know who might see what.

          • KleenDroid

            I carry my Springfield XDS 45 or my S&W 38 snub everywhere I go.

            And I would love to do some target practice with a few phones I’ve owned.

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          • EvanTheGamer

            NO! Leave the poor, defenseless and innocent phones alone! They did nothing wrong except feel obsolete!

  • monkey082506

    As dumb as it was to waste that much money…that was awesome!

  • RBI411

    Hey, some bouncer’s Evo’s battery saved him from getting shot. Never know whats gonna come in handy.

  • MichaelFranz

    Not going to lie….that thing got destroyed, and that is one hell of a shot dead on to make it explode like that

  • Remember “Will it blend?”

    • I think they still do that infomercial with current tech

  • punkroyale

    All this video production and effort for this? Silly.

    • steve30x

      lol, sadly i just cant get over this, a video based on shooting a … phone. why.

      • PhoenixPath

        It takes all kinds. The “Tech Assassin” video series on YouTube from this guy has a HUGE following.

        For an idea of who this might appeal to:

        You’ve never wanted to kick the crap out of a printer or piece of hardware that wasn’t doing what you wanted it to?

        • steve30x

          well yes im looking at my printer now that you mentioned lol, but a pretty phone thats not even a month old, well i guess the curiousity is the point of the video.

  • zombiewolf115

    u know u have alot of money when ur able to spend 100 bucks on 50. cal bmg rounds on a 700 dollar smart phone lol

    • Gotta love that YouTube money! lol

      • MichaelFranz

        easily the bets part of the video is iron man kid FTW

      • Dylan Patel

        So that’s why you always upload videos to your channel then the Droid life channel.

      • beat it kook

        You sir have just made 1 million theoretical dollars!

  • Dean

    That won’t leave a dent in the Xphone.

    • Phillip

      Xphone is gonna have rubber armor.

      • I already have rubber armour….

    • Liderc

      X phone will be made out of weapons grade plutonium! Luckily for us it’ll kill Bionic after he holds it for a few weeks rofl.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Because the X Phone is indestructible? Okay then.

  • Phillip

    Well that was gut-wrenching. A beautiful HTC One gone to pieces.

  • Bionic

    The X phone would laugh and shoot a photon torpedo back at him

    • JoshGroff

      Adding that to the feature list and holding you to it.

      • Bionic

        haha, it also has type 8 phasers

        • JoshGroff

          It’s sad that I had to look that up to get the reference, my parents weren’t Star Trek fans. 🙁

    • EvanTheGamer

      No, the supposed X Phone would just turn into a Black Hole of Death and suck the shooter and the .50 Cal into another dimension.

    • Geoff Johnson

      Did Sarge tell you that?

  • jamie stevens

    i just wish i could afford the htc one.

    • Ibrick

      I wish I could afford the Barrett.. My AR’s are expensive enough.