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  • Consumer Reports Takes on 'Bendgate' and Finds Surprisingly Durable Results


    While the iPhone 6 Plus has been getting a lot of negative rap about being reportedly easy to bend in one's pocket in a new scandal called "Bendgate," Consumer Reports has taken to its testing facilities to see just how resistant the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and many other competing smartphones on the market are to the bending claims of everyday use.

    Consumer Reports put the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G3, and HTC One M8 under a pressure test on an Instron compression testing machine, which is ultimately a giant hydraulic press. After all, hydraulic presses are cool!

    The results may surprise you; the iPhone 6 Plus is apparently more durable than the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 Plus required a hefty 90 pounds of force to bend permanently, while the iPhone 6 only took 70 pounds of force to bend permanently. Competing smartphones took other numbers the HTC One M8 also took only 70 pounds of force to bend permanently, while the iPhone 5 took 130 pounds of force, the LG G3 took 130 pounds of force, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 took 150 pounds of force.

    You can check out Consumer Reports' video below:

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    What it seems like is that Unbox Therapy's claims that the device is easy to bend under normal pressure could be easily contested. After all, Apple did claim that only 9 people out of its 10,000,000 sales even complained about having a bent iPhone 6 Plus, which is a very small and almost negligible number.

    If you're sure that your device has bent in your pocket, you can always take your device to an Apple Store and have it visually inspected. It's possible to have it replaced under warranty at no cost to you if it passes.

    Sources: Consumer Reports
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Consumer Reports Takes on 'Bendgate' and Finds Surprisingly Durable Results started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 45 Comments
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      My problem with that test is how it allows the stronger side of the phone to support the weak spot. If you bend it with your hands (or pocket) it can bend at the corner instead of having to bend the whole phone.
    1. jamiebarr's Avatar
      jamiebarr -
      If your responsible with your phones like adults then this isn't an issue.
    1. BloodSh0t's Avatar
      BloodSh0t -
      Guys apple is a quality company but even apple or samsung isn't idiot proof
    1. Apple.'s Avatar
      Apple. -
      Quote Originally Posted by jamiebarr View Post
      If your responsible with your phones like adults then this isn't an issue.
      Exactly. I'm in the Marine Corps and work a very active lifestyle. My phone is ALWAYS in my front pocket and have not had any issue. You would have to deliberately try to bend this phone in your pocket or be dumb enough to keep it in your back pocket. You purchased it knowing it was a different playing field, you wouldn't keep your mini tablet in your back pocket; so why keep a phone nearly just as big?
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      I've never held an iPhone 6/6+, but you wanna talk about thin, the iPod Touch 5 feels like a sheet of paper.
    1. HCWHunter's Avatar
      HCWHunter -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      My problem with that test is how it allows the stronger side of the phone to support the weak spot. If you bend it with your hands (or pocket) it can bend at the corner instead of having to bend the whole phone.
      While that may be true, you can see that their apparatus also concentrates the force over about a 1/2" band of area on the phone which isn't realistic for a phone in a pocket in normal use. Neither the Unbox Therapy Youtube video nor the Consumer Reports bend "test" are representative of any kind of normal use of a phone.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Quote Originally Posted by jamiebarr View Post
      If your responsible with your phones like adults then this isn't an issue.
      putting it in your pocket is not acting like an adult, ok point taken; we should strap them to our heads with silly string

      Edit: on a more serious note, has anybody tested the amount of force your hip joint can produce, cause I'm betting it's a lot more than your fingers and thumbs
    1. Noodles46's Avatar
      Noodles46 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpidermanAPV View Post
      I've never held an iPhone 6/6+, but you wanna talk about thin, the iPod Touch 5 feels like a sheet of paper.
      My iPhone 6 doesn't feel too thin, the iPod 5 is only 6.1mm tho while the 6 is 6.9.
    1. sheltons.iphone's Avatar
      sheltons.iphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      putting it in your pocket is not acting like an adult, ok point taken; we should strap them to our heads with silly string

      Edit: on a more serious note, has anybody tested the amount of force your hip joint can produce, cause I'm betting it's a lot more than your fingers and thumbs
      Your hip joint, sure. But you have muscle and flesh between the hip joint/thigh bone and phone so it's going to take a lot more force to bend. Now if you're talking about your hip bone, that can only happen if you leave your phone in your pocket and sit down.....with skin tight jeans.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Quote Originally Posted by jamiebarr View Post
      If your responsible with your phones like adults then this isn't an issue.
      Adults are just as irresponsible as younger people.

      If you take care of your of your possession they'll last a long time as my Motorola V3 will attest to and my 14 year old cars. Sadly we live in a disposable consumerist culture. We always have to have the new thing every year so it doesn't matter. The phone only has to make it until next September.
    1. Brewko's Avatar
      Brewko -
      I have been a fan of the iPhone for a long time but recently I feel Apple is cutting way to many corners to push out a product that is not quite ready. A premium product to me should feel strong and sturdy and unfortunately the iPhone 6 feels flimsy in the hands. The all aluminum body, rounded corners and light weight makes the iPhone easier to slip from your hands.
      Sure we could all put a otter box on our phones but why should we need to if the phone is of such high quality materials?
    1. mtwiford's Avatar
      mtwiford -
      Ok seriously MMI, enough with the ads. I can understand the need to generate revenue and ads are fine but something is wrong when you cannot even scroll down the news feed without having to click out of ads that are popping up on the screen.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      So it takes half as much force to bend an iPhone 6 than it does a Note 3 and Apple considers this a win?

      This story is questionable at best considering all the videos I have seen depicting the iPhone 6 as being harder to bend than the 6+.
    1. Rob_1980's Avatar
      Rob_1980 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mtwiford View Post
      Ok seriously MMI, enough with the ads. I can understand the need to generate revenue and ads are fine but something is wrong when you cannot even scroll down the news feed without having to click out of ads that are popping up on the screen.
      You my friend, need adblock. simples
    1. nichgus's Avatar
      nichgus -
      No one in the real world will bend their phone the way these people are in these videos. I can easily bend a spoon but does that make it defective?? Absolutely not. It's purpose is not to be intentionally bent. The same goes with phones. It's purpose is not to be taken and held the way these people are and then forcefully bent. It's funny how ignorant and gullible people are these days. I have an iPhone 6 plus and have had no issue with the phone other than it working exactly how it's suppose to. Now if I go outside its intended uses which is exactly what these people are doing then yes it won't work properly

      No one in the real world will bend their phone the way these people are in these videos. I can easily bend a spoon but does that make it defective?? Absolutely not. It's purpose is not to be intentionally bent. The same goes with phones. It's purpose is not to be taken and held the way these people are and then forcefully bent. It's funny how ignorant and gullible people are these days.
    1. Brewko's Avatar
      Brewko -
      Quote Originally Posted by nichgus View Post
      No one in the real world will bend their phone the way these people are in these videos. I can easily bend a spoon but does that make it defective?? Absolutely not. It's purpose is not to be intentionally bent. The same goes with phones. It's purpose is not to be taken and held the way these people are and then forcefully bent. It's funny how ignorant and gullible people are these days. I have an iPhone 6 plus and have had no issue with the phone other than it working exactly how it's suppose to. Now if I go outside its intended uses which is exactly what these people are doing then yes it won't work properly

      No one in the real world will bend their phone the way these people are in these videos. I can easily bend a spoon but does that make it defective?? Absolutely not. It's purpose is not to be intentionally bent. The same goes with phones. It's purpose is not to be taken and held the way these people are and then forcefully bent. It's funny how ignorant and gullible people are these days.
      I think your forgetting that these devices should not be able bend this easily for a premium product. Why is Apple charging a premium price for a subpar phone? Your phone may be fine as of right now but that doesn't necessarily mean you won't have issues in the coming months.
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob_1980 View Post
      You my friend, need adblock. simples
      Hes probably talking about the mobile page, its horrible. Can't even scroll down properly without having to flick the stupid ad page down and half the time it comes up anyway. It feels like you playing a game of "stop that ad" while trying to read an article. Very annoying.
    1. teddy2789's Avatar
      teddy2789 -
      Quote Originally Posted by BloodSh0t View Post
      Guys apple is a quality company but even apple or samsung isn't idiot proof
      I just don't get it, why would 2 try 2 bend or break it :scratch head: just 2 prove a point, I wish 2 had mines 2 even use, i have 2 wait 2-months just 2 get it.....
    1. murtnabila's Avatar
      murtnabila -
      They're bending in the wrong direction. The photos I've seen were bent the other way. The screen should be on the bottom and the back cover should be facing up in this test to get more accurate results.

      Quote Originally Posted by teddy2789 View Post
      I just don't get it, why would 2 try 2 bend or break it :scratch head: just 2 prove a point, I wish 2 had mines 2 even use, i have 2 wait 2-months just 2 get it.....
      You try to bend it to see if regular daily uses will or will not cause permanent damage to your phone. People have claimed putting the phone in the pocket has.
    1. charliebordelon84's Avatar
      charliebordelon84 -
      Quote Originally Posted by murtnabila View Post
      They're bending in the wrong direction. The photos I've seen were bent the other way. The screen should be on the bottom and the back cover should be facing up in this test to get more accurate results.



      You try to bend it to see if regular daily uses will or will not cause permanent damage to your phone. People have claimed putting the phone in the pocket has.
      Uhhhh your joking right? The screen is on the bottom. What's your argument now?