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  • iPhone 6 Shown to be More Durable to the 'Bend Test' Than the iPhone 6 Plus


    Following the myriad of reports of the iPhone 6 Plus apparently bending in people's front pockets from the force of their pants pressing the device against the natural curve of their thighs, Unbox Therapy made a bend test video showing the weak spots of the iPhone 6 Plus.

    Immediately following the unveiling of just how weak the aluminum unibody of the iPhone 6 Plus is, questions began to arise as to whether or not the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would bend similarly to the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Unbox Therapy has followed up with another video putting the iPhone 6 through the same bend test, which can be viewed below:



    The video reveals that the iPhone 6 is far more durable than the iPhone 6 Plus is, although it is still susceptible to a slight bending under extreme force. It's worth noting however, that because such an extreme amount of force is required, it's probably far less likely to bend in your pocket than the iPhone 6 Plus. These results are expected being that the iPhone 6 has a much smaller surface area than the iPhone 6 Plus.

    The video also performs the same bend test on the iPhone 5s and on popular competing phones like the HTC One M8, Motorola Moto X, and a Nokia Lumia smartphone. The iPhone 5s wasn't very phased by the test. Like the iPhone 6, the HTC One M8 seems perfectly usable despite some cracking noises and a screen that comes loose, but it pops right back in and doesn't appear to hinder performance. The Motorola Moto X and Nokia Lumia smartphones appear to be very solid and don't appear to really be phased by the test at all.

    Sources: Unbox Therapy
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 6 Shown to be More Durable to the 'Bend Test' Than the iPhone 6 Plus started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Just don't sit on your phone. I can understand Antennagate being Apple's fault, but people abusing their stuff really has nothing to do with Apple. Is it Apple's fault if you drop your phone, or dunk it in water, or place it in the microwave? Nope.

      This isn't an Apple problem, it's a stupid people problem.
    1. stulaw11's Avatar
      stulaw11 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      Just don't sit on your phone. I can understand Antennagate being Apple's fault, but people abusing their stuff really has nothing to do with Apple. Is it Apple's fault if you drop your phone, or dunk it in water, or place it in the microwave? Nope.

      This isn't an Apple problem, it's a stupid people problem.
      My opinion- I think there is a design flaw in the 6 Plus that the 6 doesnt have. I think there are WAY too many apple apologists out there saying this is the person's fault. Sounds a lot like "you're holding it wrong" antenna-gate too; blame the user for a product fault. I'm sure someone did not randomly think up to intentionally bend their $800-1000 phone to complain on the internet about it. There is a design flaw and you can see it when in the video he intentionally flexes it.

      It is very clear where the weak point in the 6 Plus is; right below the volume buttons. Knowing that there was a much larger surface area of aluminum, it should have been reinforced and likely wasnt to cut costs. Whether or not it should bend under force (most of the other devices did not) is irrelevant. I have seen pictures of many with very slight bends that are simply from front pockets.

      And seeing how easily the 6 Plus bent (vs the 6 that showed rigidity) it seems very plausible due to how large the surface area is. Obviously, Apple is not going to retool the casing now and reinforce that weak area of the metal. Likely, they will simply offer free repairs/swaps for anyone who has a bent phone. It is likely many many fewer units that prior issues swapped out anyways, and the bend seems rare so far- only under a dozen instances out of probably 1-2 million 6 Pluses sold. I wouldn't anticipate more than a .1% or less replacement rate.

      Could it be a few idiots abusing it or sitting on it in their back pocket? Yes sure. But there is just too much flex in the video compared to other devices and tendency to bend at that spot. I just don't buy that it is not possible it could happen in a front pocket if you bumped into something or sat the wrong way by accident.
    1. eightyk88's Avatar
      eightyk88 -
      The reason i purchased a 6 over the 6 plus is because I like to be able to comfortably carry my phone in my pocket. It seems that I am the smart consumer in this instance and as a bonus I got 64gb for the price of... what, 16gb? Fools... Bend yourself.
    1. Thai702's Avatar
      Thai702 -
      I guessit's possible.
      i.e. pants/jeans are too tight.
      bend over while the phone is sticking out/the pocket is not deep enough.
      accidentally bump into something.
      lifting/carrying heavy stuffs.
      accidents.
      etc..
    1. ThuD Muffin's Avatar
      ThuD Muffin -
      Sigh of relief!!! Did not want the same bending as the 6+!
    1. copper_maximus's Avatar
      copper_maximus -
      I find this test to be very stupid, don't sit on your expensive device.... be careful with your stuff plain and simple..
    1. RyoSaeba's Avatar
      RyoSaeba -
      It's funny that when Apple does it, it's the user's fault. There have never been any stories about large Android phones being bent in pockets. But when Apple does it, people are obviously using it wrong. What's worse is people making excuses for Apple. I guess spending so much on a faulty device is really hard to swallow.

      Edit: I just watched the video and I have to agree that it is retarded. When he did the HTC after the iPhone 6, he is using a lot more force then the iPhone because you can see his hands shaking where as it was not shaking at all during the iPhone.
    1. ChicagoV's Avatar
      ChicagoV -
      Show me some "tight jeans" with pockets big enough for an iPhone 6 Plus to fit in SIDEWAYS... LMAO
      That's how it had to happen... think about it. I call bulls**t. These people (this person?) - bend testers not included - SAT on the phone. Period.

      Probably did similar with prior phones, sure. But to call this one an Apple design flaw is reaching. Everyone's on this "thinner, bigger, lighter" kick - there are going to be tradeoffs. Spread out half-inch thick aluminum wafer bends under body weight... yeah. That's physics. I'm impressed it didn't destroy the screen.

      Don't sit on it... problem solved.
    1. Carlos's Avatar
      Carlos -
      Im sorry. I think it's kinda stupid that ppl are blaming the bending of the phone on Apple. You bought the device, you see it's obviously thin, be careful with it. Plain and simple. I feel like this is just common sense and people are looking to blame it on Apple because they're not careful with their expensive devices. It would be different if the device fell apart in your hand but people doing drop test, microwave test, bend tests to see if it holds up I just kinda dumb to me. Sorry. Take care of your device.
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      back in the day, corvettes bodies were fiberglass shells. In fender benders, instead of a ding or dent, huge parts of the body would crack -- and it would be a huge crack that spidered. the more "fragile" aspect of the body was a feature, not a bug/defect -- but it was also the risk of having a lighter, quicker, faster car.

      if you want a light, super-thin, large phone, you make a similar risk/benefit calculation.
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Quote Originally Posted by RyoSaeba View Post
      Edit: I just watched the video and I have to agree that it is retarded. When he did the HTC after the iPhone 6, he is using a lot more force then the iPhone because you can see his hands shaking where as it was not shaking at all during the iPhone.
      Yeah I saw that too. It was hilarious how much harder he was trying to bend the android phone. Trying to prove a point I guess….

      On the first video test that surfaced yesterday when he was bending the 6+ there was different time (by hours) on the clock of his phone within the same video as if the video had been edited. Made me very suspect of The legitimacy of the video testing.
    1. yatezy's Avatar
      yatezy -
      Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoV View Post
      Show me some "tight jeans" with pockets big enough for an iPhone 6 Plus to fit in SIDEWAYS... LMAO
      That's how it had to happen... think about it. I call bulls**t. These people (this person?) - bend testers not included - SAT on the phone. Period.

      Probably did similar with prior phones, sure. But to call this one an Apple design flaw is reaching. Everyone's on this "thinner, bigger, lighter" kick - there are going to be tradeoffs. Spread out half-inch thick aluminum wafer bends under body weight... yeah. That's physics. I'm impressed it didn't destroy the screen.

      Don't sit on it... problem solved.
      Why does it have to be sideways? If the phone is sticking out the top of your pocket it will then be in the crease of your leg. Sitting down with tight jeans not allowing the pocket to flex outwards and holding the phone in tight means the top of the phone has a lot of pressure on it.

      I've had to reposition most of my phones from this position because it's uncomfortable when you first sit down as it digs in and I don't wear tight jeans.
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post

      On the first video test that surfaced yesterday when he was bending the 6+ there was different time (by hours) on the clock of his phone within the same video as if the video had been edited. Made me very suspect of The legitimacy of the video testing.
      I posted this in the other bend test topic, too, but it's totally weird.

      I thought maybe it was over a couple days (different takes or something), but the date is Tuesday Sept 23 in both screenshots. First one also shows status bar (with very low battery) and second shot (after bend) doesn't even seem to have the status bar.

      weirdness.
    1. edoutmax's Avatar
      edoutmax -
      Apple ONLY uses premium materials.

      Apple: you're storing it wrong!
    1. Brewko's Avatar
      Brewko -
      I have the iPhone 6 and my phone is slightly bent near the volume rocker. I noticed my phone gets extremely hot in my pocket occasionally which must soften the metal just enough to slightly bend it if pressure is applied. I work construction so trying to baby the phone is just not possible in my line of work. In my opinion the phone is to thin for its size.
    1. ggrassmid's Avatar
      ggrassmid -
      Make the back rounded instead of flap. That will help create strength
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      I love my i6 Plus, and will buy the new model next year in a Plus again. Time for men to stop wearing skinny jeans!
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      We should have an official response from Apple by now. No phone should bend that easily. We all saw the video..I then looked at the Note 3 bend video. The thing stood up to the test and was slightly warped. No real damage at all. I have been an iPhone buyer/lover since 2007 and I feel we the consumer should have an explanation to this issue.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      And this guy also failed to mention that half the phones he was trying to bend or twice as thick.
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      Obviously, people aren't bending it as badly as they are in the video but this wouldn't even be an issue if people hadn't had the phone bend by just being in their pocket. A lot of people carry their phone in their front pocket and the fact is, the 6 plus can bend if you carry it there. This isn't an issue for me because I don't wear tight pants and I never carry my phone in my front pocket. I always carry it in my cargo pocket. I think they focused too much on making the device super thin and neglected to think that having a phone that is 5.5 inches and that thin might be too easily bent.

      I wonder if Apple will start shipping out free bend protective cases? LOL