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The $120 Phone Challenge

February 14, 2020

– 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.


  • Reply BlackTiger [GAMES] August 13, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I personally own a Nokia 3 and I bought it for just $90,-
    I use it on daily use, and I still use it!!!!!!!

  • Reply Arthur Morgan August 13, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    It scratches at a Level 6 with deeper gruvs at levl sevn whil te peexel scrates at a levil tree

  • Reply Flakez August 15, 2019 at 12:33 am

    4:14 cum or come

  • Reply Jayden Vienola August 15, 2019 at 6:36 am

    I have the Moto g6 play

  • Reply phairest August 19, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    just got one of these bc my last one was a moto too (nexus 6) and damn was that thing durable. Screen cracked to hell when I loaned it to my grandmother and she somehow ran over it in her car, but it still worked perfectly. Gma also lost the case for it and I was too lazy/forgetful to replace; it's been dropped countless times sans case until finally yesterday the screen went fubar and stopped responding to touch- it still works paired with my car etc, but ofc I had to get something new at that point. Hope this moto is as durable as yours is in vid and my last one was RIP

  • Reply Gaming with YT have fun August 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    7:29 aww man


  • Reply Irfan Khan August 26, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Just curious but doesn't Austin look like Dibb Membrane from Invader Zim?

  • Reply Tech ProYT August 27, 2019 at 12:35 am

    now its 300$

  • Reply Tasneem obesi August 30, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Dam these videos are getting like a try not to laugh challenge with Austin and Kim

  • Reply Peter Parker September 4, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Im watching this video with the same phone it's just better for some reason

  • Reply CarsoNation September 12, 2019 at 1:37 am

    I see why this is so popular

  • Reply Xenon Dominate September 15, 2019 at 4:19 am

    You should try it's younger brother, the Moto Z4.

  • Reply Cophee September 17, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    No one:

    Austin: plays PUBG M with Fortnite in the background

  • Reply RedstoneGodLike September 23, 2019 at 3:45 am

    Random comment
    Who has ear ringing right now?
    I do, its so loud that i can barely the left side of the headset
    (Not caused by vid)

  • Reply AndrewPlayz September 24, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    In Slovakia this phone costed 399. Lol

  • Reply Kornweed KW October 1, 2019 at 4:38 am

    This is why Moto is my favourite phone brand🙏😤

  • Reply Arnamo October 1, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    How can you live in LA and be whiter than white marble man xD get out in the sun and get some color 😂

  • Reply JOHN LEWIS October 3, 2019 at 1:16 am

    I have a Motorola G6

  • Reply Lux Bro October 4, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Ken made you wet

  • Reply Play 3rgg October 6, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Watching on MOTOROLA ONE

  • Reply Gregory Perkins October 6, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Your right it's no fortnite I hate fortnite and love pub g

  • Reply Alex Shvartz October 9, 2019 at 4:01 am

    I use a Moto photo and I like it , it has great battery life and works well

  • Reply gam3r b0y October 9, 2019 at 4:31 am

    I have a (Moto g6 play) as a phone

  • Reply Scotty Brown October 10, 2019 at 12:44 am

    The mystery tech and wish buy videos are the reason I subscribed to this channel.. there arent enough of them

  • Reply Lil' M October 10, 2019 at 5:37 am

    What is wrong with the pink tint?

  • Reply Anime swirl October 12, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Gave me that phone I have to up grade my moto please

  • Reply Tunatrain53 October 13, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    0:10 is #2 my phone?

  • Reply ScytheBlader ツ October 13, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Motorola is bad with their updates. Just now getting pie, Moto z2 play, 2017 Moto flagship

  • Reply 8-Bit Joker October 14, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Austin be savage.playibg pubg on fortnite

  • Reply James S October 15, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    No one:

    Apple sheep: bUt DoEs It HaVe ImEsSaGe?

  • Reply carson smit October 16, 2019 at 3:50 am

    $80 phone challenge for the next 10 years

  • Reply CashGamez October 16, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Why were you on HSPA+ lmao

  • Reply Daniel 12345 October 16, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    It's a phone what more do you want

  • Reply Jared Sheehan October 18, 2019 at 1:58 am

    damn he really does have the blood of a youtuber he looks photogenic even on a 120$ phone!

  • Reply Junayd A.A October 20, 2019 at 9:01 am

    The Motorola uses gorilla glass one the front while pixel 3a has a Japanese dragon tale or something glass

  • Reply Cameron Morris October 20, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    3:25 that’s what she said

  • Reply BlazingTank 2 October 20, 2019 at 11:44 pm


  • Reply Minecraftlover 3 October 22, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Bru just get a galaxy s7 for just like $110

  • Reply -PLUG- October 24, 2019 at 3:40 pm


  • Reply -PLUG- October 24, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    When it said final challenge the last time i got an ad

  • Reply Electrify 15 October 26, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    You dummy plastic doesn’t crack

  • Reply Electrify 15 October 26, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Ken the next day: Guys my tire is malfunctioning

  • Reply JoshXP November 5, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Nokia 5.1 plus is the best cheap phone there is

  • Reply The BoyZ November 7, 2019 at 1:08 am

    Moto x is now nokia quality

  • Reply Spootwater Tires November 14, 2019 at 6:18 am

    Why did I get the pixel 3a, it's my main phone

    I should have switch to apple

  • Reply KAV12 FC November 14, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Watching a phone being peeled like a carrot makes me uneasy on the inside

  • Reply Aidan Land BcB November 17, 2019 at 4:28 am

    Austin: $120 Phone
    Me watching on $160 Redmi Note 7: Well there is finally a phone that is cheaper than mine

  • Reply Gamer_Boiii 77 November 19, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    YouTube being comfortable with 15 seconds of unskippable ads

  • Reply Cris_T107 November 19, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Do you do gay porn ? You seen so familiar in a good way 😈

  • Reply teCHamp November 22, 2019 at 9:47 am

    4:20 reminds me of a certain video

  • Reply Olivier Larose-de Billy November 23, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    This video is shit…. It's clear you had no idea what you were doing and we didn't learn anything from it.

  • Reply Fofsi Totsi November 23, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Who remembers when you could get an apple iphone for $120?

    What are you looking at?

  • Reply TheFourthWinchester November 24, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    The most popular phones are not always the best ones for the price. Case in point – iphones.
    Shut up iTards.

  • Reply Mr.kevin not home November 25, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Yeah the moto x4 lacks in the camera department

  • Reply Nachoz November 25, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    I have that 0hone

  • Reply Michael Jabbour November 25, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Hey guys this is austin

  • Reply Richard Blodgett November 26, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    So we just gonna ignore the iphone 8 being the most bought and popular phone on amazon? Google lol. Tells all

  • Reply Gus S November 29, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Does anyone know what game that sound is from 3:09

  • Reply kadief Mcleish November 30, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Think i cried a lil seeing this

  • Reply Emmanuel Bouncher December 2, 2019 at 9:48 am

    I watch this video in my Moto x4 😆

  • Reply NaibPlays December 3, 2019 at 5:26 pm


  • Reply tictech time December 4, 2019 at 9:07 am

    me 420

  • Reply abdullah abdulaziz December 8, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    That is why always get a phone with metal or plastic construction

  • Reply Raidiated Gaming December 11, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Ya I'm 12 and I dropped my glass phone and it went under my uncles car and he ran over it lmao no I have a Huwewai thingi

  • Reply Todd Barraza December 21, 2019 at 4:42 am

    That was crazy. One plus 7 vs iphone

  • Reply Misato Itsuke December 23, 2019 at 3:16 am

    This is Dragon what ever the fuqq(i forgot the glass that google use) glass advertisement

  • Reply Mistro Tech December 27, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    You should use the Samsung galaxy a10e.

  • Reply Deepjyoti Ojah December 30, 2019 at 9:04 am

    The Moto fell with its edge first so it survived that drop test. The pixel fell flat on its face.

  • Reply Andre Giuria January 1, 2020 at 1:43 am

    My phone is 150 dollars and it's waaaaaaaaaay better than a moto x4
    Motorola is famous for selling bad shit for high prices, is like a shitty version of apple in terms of prize

  • Reply Stephan Grobbelaar January 2, 2020 at 3:39 am

    At 3:18 there’s a girl breastfeeding

  • Reply Review Phone January 2, 2020 at 5:11 am

    I want to buy use 1

  • Reply AbdulMuiz Khan January 3, 2020 at 3:08 am

    I understood something totally different from the title

  • Reply Arman it is January 3, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Austin: doesn't take t-shirt off

    Me: >:(

  • Reply Blasecube January 5, 2020 at 10:30 am

    So this is why I've been a Motorola consumer since 2013… Sure, they've got "Worse" over time, but damn those things are sturdy AF. My Moto G (The first one) is still working, the buttons have wore up and the back cover has a crack, but for all the times that thing has felt from a second floor level threat, it's actually pretty amazing. Only one that broke was a G4 play that I sweat on overnight cuz I had the habit of sleeping with my phone, and even tho' Motorola made my Warranty valid. Also my G5 Plus that once fell on a specific angle and the metal chasis got a small bump, but besides that, Motorola phones are great if you know you are going to drop them.

  • Reply Pbamanley January 6, 2020 at 7:27 am

    iPhone 6s Plus thank me later

  • Reply Fizz Fury January 6, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Who else low-key wished that no one found him?

  • Reply Jake Gutteridge January 8, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Please make a video on the Samsung Galaxy A10.

  • Reply Inkydink January 10, 2020 at 6:48 am

    4:34 Ken is actually Kenneth 👀

  • Reply woohoo2491 January 11, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    X4 give it to ya
    Spend hundreds for you to get it on your own?
    X4 deliver to ya

    I love my x4

  • Reply RandomDudeWhoLikesKpopAndGaming And anime January 12, 2020 at 1:15 am

    Austin is that one nerd in elementary school that went to gym and got so fucking buff in college
    But still looks like a nerd

  • Reply TheRubiksNugget January 12, 2020 at 10:51 am

    you fart your face is fart thats why you are a big fart

  • Reply Melku Ménélik January 14, 2020 at 5:13 am

    Join the cyrus cult

  • Reply PJ January 16, 2020 at 2:21 am

    A moment of silence to all the gays who were disappointed he went in with his clothes on 🥺

  • Reply Elijah Vincent January 16, 2020 at 7:45 am


    Wilhelm Scream.

  • Reply Tophersm January 17, 2020 at 4:47 am

    D O N G L E T O W N

  • Reply FuckinWeeb January 18, 2020 at 5:40 am

    Or just get a google pixel for 100$

  • Reply Fionn Nolan January 20, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Meanwhile unbox therepy has a $4 phone

  • Reply Advait Pingle January 21, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    I never realized he had glasses till he took them off

  • Reply Zachary Zand January 22, 2020 at 2:46 am

    That's the phone I'm watching this video on

  • Reply Henrique Bertuol January 23, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    10:40 should be on r/praisethecameramen

  • Reply XxmacwarfarexX January 26, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    9:55 as Zack says "Glass is glass and glass breaks"

  • Reply epicthehamster January 29, 2020 at 1:36 am

    120 dollar phone with ip68 or something
    Airpods be like 220 bucks

  • Reply a.kiran chakravarty January 30, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    I use that 120$ phone of 6gb RAM version.
    And, it's still the best.
    Atleast for now.

  • Reply slipperynoodle January 31, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    As I watch this on my $1100 note10+

  • Reply Tann - Brawl Stars February 5, 2020 at 1:20 am

    Plastic is actually better

    -Austin 2019

  • Reply TheLegend _47 February 9, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Everyone:we love fortnite
    Austin:plays pubg infront
    At fortnite*

  • Reply Balkanska Kifla February 13, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    austin you ca just set time for 5s and take a picture, very easy

  • Reply Disguiseiwa98 February 14, 2020 at 2:59 am

    motorola still good phone

  • Reply Disguiseiwa98 February 14, 2020 at 3:02 am

    moto z4

  • Reply Hbeast 7 February 14, 2020 at 4:35 am

    Did you know you can get an iPhone 7 for $100

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