It isn't often that Nokia opens the inner sanctum of its research and development facility in the San Diego outskirt of Rancho Bernardo to journalists' prying eyes. Luckily for us, CTIA provided just the opportunity for Nokia to show us around--but only after carefully removing all traces of the in-development Windows Phones we all strained to spot.
The objective of the three separate labs we saw is simple: test the phones for durability standards, and identify the failure points. Design engineers take it from there, fixing fatal errors before a flawed phone hits the streets. Here, a robot presses a button on the phone face, hundreds of thousands of times.