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Consumer Reports says iPhone 6 not so easy to bend

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A respected consumer product test site has weighed in on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus 'Bendgate' controversy, and has found that while Apple's new smartphones aren't the strongest around, they're not quite as weak as some are suggesting.

Internet hype would have you believe that you only need to put an iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6 in a snug back pocket, and it'll come out at the end of the day shaped like a banana.

Consumer Reports is widely respected for its rigorous and honest consumer product tests, so many were interested to see what it would have to say on the issue.

The site subjected the two new Apple smartphones, as well as an iPhone 5, an LG G3, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and an HTC One M8 to a "three-point flexural test" to establish their relative rigidity.

This test involves the devices being suspended between to chocks of wood and struck in the unsupported middle with an increasing amount of force.

So how did the two under fire iPhones fare? The iPhone 6 Plus bent under 90 pounds of force, and was completely destroyed under 110. That made it a little tougher than the iPhone 6, which bent under 70 pounds of force and completely came apart at 100 pounds.

Of course, the most important thing is how they compared to the other devices in the test. All but one of the other devices tested were stronger, but there wasn't a huge amount in it.

The smaller, chunkier iPhone 5 managed stand up to 130 pounds of force before bending, and 150 before coming apart. That made it the second toughest of the group, just behind the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at 150 for both (in other words, it didn't bend at all).

Sandwiched in between the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 Plus, the LG G3 came apart at 130 pounds of pressure (again, no bending). That means that the worst handset in the group was the HTC One M8, which bent at 70 pounds and came apart at 90 pounds.

So, while the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are certainly weaker than many of their rivals and predecessors, they're not unusually weak. Indeed, the HTC One M8, which many consider to be the top example of premium handset design thanks to its solid unibody metal body, proved to be weaker than both - and there was certainly no controversy when that came out.

We imagine Samsung, which has just given in to public pressure to make its phones out of metal, doesn't know whether to laugh or cry.

Read More: iOS 8 Metal explained: How does it affect your iPhone or iPad?

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Charbax

September 29, 2014, 12:16 pm

Hey TrustedReviews, why don't you bend the iPhone 6 Plus yourselves? Just take it and try to bend it in your hands, and try to bend other phones, and then post your videos and results. The iPhone 6 Plus is easy to bend while all other phones, even HTC One M8 is hard if not impossible to bend with your bare hands, review it yourself!

Keith

September 29, 2014, 2:32 pm

I assume basic physics come into play here, if your trying on purpose to bend something by hand, then the bigger it is the easer it will be to bend. Saying all this, I still think the whole issue would have been avoided if Apple were not so obsessed with thin. Also with the Note 3 been way more stronger, its still not good news for Apple. I wonder how the Note 4 will fair, as that's the one I'm gunning for now.. Samsung just create a nice watch will you, and it doesn't need to be round, so don't do a Moto 360 as that's ugly too. Just don't make it look like I've strapped an ipod touch to my wrist that's all. The one thing I do think Apple got right was the watch.!!

danielfrisbee

September 30, 2014, 1:03 am

the way this machine was set up had the load spread very evenly over a smaller area than the guy who used his hands, as his hands wobble the stress is moved around the chassis and can find the weak point by the volume buttons where all the phones are bending. I don't understand the wilful stupidity being employed around this new stress test video- the way to see if he's right or not is for others to try bending phones in their hands. Interesting to see how the 'too big to fail' maxim seems to be playing out- I've never seen such a media blackout operation before, at least it's only about phones.

toboev

September 30, 2014, 6:58 pm

"Samsung, which has just given in to public pressure to make its phones out of metal"

*Public* pressure? Public? I don't think so. Plenty of bored hacks at TR looking for sport have been banging on about "premium" for ages, but I've not seen much support in the comments sections. I'm not indifferent to the feel-appeal of a metal chassis, but I'd still rather have one made from the optimal material for the job. Bling be gone!

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