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Bendgate II: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge bends just like the iPhone 6 Plus

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Bendgate II: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge bends just like the iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung may be eating humble pie on this Good Friday following the emergence of a stress test video showing its new Galaxy S6 Edge handset bending under the same weight as the iPhone 6 Plus.

Gadget warranty firm SquareTrade has released a video showing the new flagship device undergoing pressure tests, with the phone bending under the weight of 110lbs - just like Apple's handset did during the Bendgate crisis.

During the video, the Galaxy S6 Edge’s screen is shown quickly cracking, before the device suffers catastrophic failure once the pressure reaches 149lbs. The iPhone 6 Plus scored better in the earlier test, only coming apart under 179lbs of pressure.

While the test proves little, other than the pre-known fact that metal bends under stress, it could encourage Samsung to refrain from taking any more shots at Apple’s hardware design. The company mocked Apple with a “Galaxy Alpha plus Skinny Jeans = No Problem" tweet as Bendgate unfolded.

The test might also have offered a fairer fight it SquareTrade had used the standard Galaxy S6 model rather than the Edge.

The standard S6 would have likely scored better due to the greater amount of metal within the frame, which is of course displaced by the curved glass screen of the S6 Edge.

Read more: iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus review

The HTC One M9 is also tested during the video, bending under 120lbs of pressure and hence slightly outscoring Apple and Samsung’s top handsets. However, the HTC device did not function at all following the test.

HTC also indulged in a little light-hearted mickey taking during Apple’s mini-crisis following the launch of the iPhone 6 Plus last year. It too may choose to reel its neck in in future.

You can check out the Apple vindicating video just below.

Kullman_

April 3, 2015, 9:47 pm

The point is not if the phone bends... even an iron bar will bend under certain pressure, but if it will bend just for beeing on a pocket, and if it won't recover the original shape after bending...

John

April 3, 2015, 9:54 pm

Pretty unlikely you'd be exerting 120lbs of bending pressure whilst it's in your pocket. That's equivalent to a 15 year old boy standing on the middle of the phone between 2 pivot points.....

toboev

April 3, 2015, 11:09 pm

A pound is not a unit of pressure. And please, is it too much trouble to proofread? Maybe just start with the orange highlights.

Paul

April 4, 2015, 6:34 am

its a massive bender

CJ

April 4, 2015, 6:42 am

PSI: POUNDS per Square Inch?

shnatiw

April 4, 2015, 7:15 am

And lets face it. Anyone buying this phone, with this much glass on show, will be a fool not to put it in a case. And Samsung have some pretty nice looking (and expensive) rigid cases for it.

toboev

April 4, 2015, 10:54 am

yup, force *per unit area*. Otherwise it is akin to using metres as a measure of speed.

Does it matter? Maybe not. I guess the general thrust of the article is that these things bend if you put them in a machine designed to bend them, and that it takes a biggish amount of grunt to do so.

It just irks me that it is neither force nor pressure which is at issue here, and that those are two different things anyway. It is a tech site - one expects a measure of technical literacy.

Everlast

April 4, 2015, 11:58 am

Apparently, the Samsung S6 bends as easy as the iPhone 6 Plus, so if there are bent iPhone 6 Pluses, there will be bent Samsung S6'es

Everlast

April 4, 2015, 12:05 pm

But why not buy a plastic phone instead, if you going to keep it in a case at all times?

CJ

April 4, 2015, 12:22 pm

I get your point, and you're right. My guess would be that the surface area of the plunger is 1 square inch, and the machine likely outputs the result in pounds as the square inch is implied. The author was just passing on the information as it was given, more or less. I get what you are saying, however.

Everlast

April 4, 2015, 1:13 pm

The only thing thats wrong is the use of 'pressure' and I can see where this confusion comes from, the expression "bends under pressure".

They've made a good test setup and they are actually testing the phones as beams supported at both ends and loaded with a force in the middle, which is what they really want to test.

If they want to be absolutely technically correct they have to use newtons (N) which is the official international unit for measuring force.
However, in practice the units for mass (kilograms or pounds) are often used, implying that the force described is the equivalent Earth gravity force exerted on an object with the quoted mass/weight and this is also more descriptive to readers.

CJ

April 4, 2015, 1:23 pm

That's precisely what I was thinking. We're on the same page. :)

Everlast

April 4, 2015, 1:46 pm

Yep, I am surprised they've not consulted with an engineer, because the wrong use of only one word in one or two places makes their, otherwise decent, test sound unreliable.

CJ

April 4, 2015, 1:49 pm

That's a great point, but I don't think people come here to read a white paper. Lol.

shnatiw

April 4, 2015, 2:20 pm

I have bought plastic phones. My current phone is a S5 and my previous one was a S2. I have used a leather flip cover with both of them. Because I like my screens un-cracked. I have seen too many people toting phones with no covers and cracked screens.To me a phone is not a accessory, or a status symbol, it's an aid. And after playing with a S6 and S6 Edge at my local 3 shop I have made the decision to upgrade early to the S6 Edge. It's that impressive in the hand. And that little beauty will be going straight into another leather flip cover. I wouldn't carry my MacBook Air around without it's neoprene cover and the same will apply to a Smartphone which will cost almost as much. To me its the screen that differentiates a phone like the S6 Edge and that will be visible enough when I am making calls, checking emails, browsing the web, or taking photos. And at the end of the day, its enough that I know what I am using, a tool filled with cutting edge technology. I don't need to flaunt it.

Actionable Steps

April 4, 2015, 3:46 pm

Of course it has to be "Apple vindicating" at the end of this article. I don't think it is vindicating that someone else has the same problem as you have. If I got sick and then someone else got sick too, am I vindicated? We get it, you like Apple and will squeeze any little remark in to convince us they are the best ever.
Also, check your orange highlight box guys, it looks amateurish.

toboev

April 4, 2015, 5:55 pm

Try Nm, newton metres. What is at issue is neither pressure nor simply force. It is bending moment, force times distance. I'm sure the engineers who conduct the test know that. But something gets lost in communication.

jasonlowr

April 4, 2015, 6:30 pm

I am for once happy for samsung, this will definitely make the s6 and samsung more popular no matter in a good or bad way. Laugh everyone, share to everywhere you want, make this viral, and I’m sure this will make the s6 launch even more popular. :D ahahaha

Paul

April 4, 2015, 7:56 pm

lol okay funboy

jasonlowr

April 4, 2015, 8:02 pm

Thanks!

Prem Desai

April 4, 2015, 9:45 pm

Now S6 edge owners won't need to buy the S6 edge flex or whatever it will be called!!

RojMaj

April 5, 2015, 6:13 pm

It's not about Apple being vindicated because they have the same problem. They specifically pointed out the problem, then proceeded to design a new product that has the same/worse problem. It's vindication for the other companied using the problem as a way to say their product is better, not vindication for the actually flaw.

Frankel

April 6, 2015, 9:12 am

The Truth:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Jmac

April 6, 2015, 2:50 pm

Wait, you're telling me that a thin piece of consumer technology, whose structural components comprise principally a hollow aluminium shell and a thin piece of laminated glass, bends when subjected to stresses far in excess of anything it could expect to encounter in normal everyday use?? Stop the press!

shnatiw

April 6, 2015, 2:50 pm

Wow...this sounds amazing. I could buy an Apple Watch Edition with just a few hours work.

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