We’re big fans of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform here at BGR, but we have to admit that the OS is seriously lacking when it comes to top-notch hardware. Even the 4.3-inch display touting HTC HD7, which we thoroughly enjoyed in our review, felt a bit light and plasticky for our taste. Right now the Dell Venue Pro is easily the most solid Windows Phone available, but that will soon change thanks to a little deal Nokia announced earlier this month. Nokia has a laundry list of strengths and hardware is definitely somewhere near the top, as any Nokia fan will attest to. If you haven’t had the chance to play with a recent Symbian phone to see for yourself, which is pretty like if you live in the U.S., Russian site hi-tech.mail.ru put together an N8 torture test video that should help convince you. We can’t say we approve of this Russian Nokia fan’s choice of swimwear  — you’ve been warned, readers — but he definitely helps stress just how solid and durable Nokia handset are. The N8 laughs in the face of a key, a blade, snow, ice and even sand before finally dying after being submerged in seawater. Of course, Nokia’s N8 isn’t a waterproof phone, so we’re not sure why this smartphone sadist chose to submerge it in the first place. Hit the jump for the full video.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than a decade, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.