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Apple iPhone 5 users complain of soft, bendy frame

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Apple iPhone 5 users complain of soft, bendy frame

The Apple iPhone 5 is expected to beat all sales a smartphone has ever held this Holiday quarter, but with so many iPhones out there it seems that more and more users are starting to notice that the new device is less rigid than previous iPhones.

Give it more pressure, and the iPhone 5’s aluminum unibody will bend in an ugly way. Well, by more we do mean that those users would forget they had the thin 4-inch Apple smartphone in their back pocket and sit on it. And that’s pretty extreme.

But the bending that occurs is too, and that is a problem. The new iPhone is taller than all previous ones, and it is thinner too, at just 0.34 inches (8.6mm).

If you are wondering why is this being reported now, more than 2 months after the U.S. launch of the device, it is because recently the handset became available in more countries, including China. And China is where most of those reports about the bendy iPhone seem to be coming from.

It’d be interesting to hear whether the same has occurred to you or any of your friends. Take a look at those deformed iPhones below, and just remember - it won’t be a good idea slipping the expensive gadget in your back pocket.

source: Nowhereelse

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posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:19 45

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2429; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


noooooooo way! what?? bending like that? LOL

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:26 45

4. iamfury (Posts: 59; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


Hmmmm, looks like icrap gave up under all that "tension" ;D

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 04:01 13

19. MeoCao (unregistered)


I think the problenm is iPhone 5 is too light so people forget about it when they sit down.

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 05:02 11

37. darkkjedii (Posts: 10928; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lol wow dude really

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 05:31 10

42. MeoCao (unregistered)


You know that electric car was faulted for being too silent.

A good design must take in to account all fairly possible situations.

But frankly I think scratching is much bigger flaw of iPhone 5.

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 09:16 6

58. darkkjedii (Posts: 10928; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That I agree with, by the way I purchased a Gnote2. ..awesome phone. I still love ios too.

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 09:20 2

60. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Wait a min....what was wrong with that? I have a orig Droid RAZR...and many times I forgot which pocket it was in and sat on it a few times. It never bent or cracked...but there were reports of RAZRs cracking from the same thing.

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 09:42 21

67. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3980; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


It looks like Apple is trying to beat Samsung with a flexible phone/display.

The Apple iPhone 5 is such a design fail. Just add this one to the ALREADY long list of design defects. lol

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 10:36 4

69. drnggaj33 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


lol that is funny

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 04:20 19

25. iamfury (Posts: 59; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


Tim Coock: You know what ? you were sitting on it the wrong way !!! haha :D

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 04:47 17

34. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


no you wrong that is innovation from apple 'premium material' LOL

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:53 58

11. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


first bendable device. beats samsung. haha

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 07:12 31

46. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3007; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Apple gonna patent the angle of the bend.

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 07:19 3

47. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Apple's bringing the sexy back

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 08:44 7

55. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3007; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


That compliment is to big for Apple!!

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 11:18 2

72. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


yeahh you're right. that title is already given to sony for it's arc s, t, tx, v, j :D

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:56 4

15. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)


c'mon.. We all sick of hearing problems with this IP5..!! :p

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 04:54 11

35. Hassan00107 (Posts: 8; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)


Shut up its normal...LOL

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 05:18 14

38. AnTuTu (Posts: 777; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


"You are using it wrong"

Hahahahahha they are trying to bend this one like Sammy's unbreakable and flexible displays lolzzzzz :p

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 06:50 7

45. zazori08 (Posts: 113; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


well at least they get a free arc design.

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 09:02 3

56. -box- (Posts: 3778; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


While this is horrific, I am mildly impressed that the screen seems intact. What glass does Corning make for these?

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 09:28 1

63. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I was thinking the exact same thing about the screen? It didnt crack? I can see the spin for this tho.....try that with other phones and if they crack or break....iPhone 5 would be more seen as durable...

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 09:40 4

65. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3007; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Now that Apple knows the screen can bend without breaking, the next version of iPhone will be iPhone 5 S flex.

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 11:48 9

75. Droiddoes (unregistered)


LMFAO, PREMIUM BUILD QUALITY YO!

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 09:30

100. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6364; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


It's Bending like Bender

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 15:20

101. gustavoace (Posts: 95; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


And thats is exactly what phonearena calls "excelent built quality"

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:22 51

2. TarunV (Posts: 28; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


I knew this was coming. Apple stole Samsung's bendable technology. Now they will patent it.
I don't want to live on this planet anymore. :/

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:45 15

7. MeoCao (unregistered)


LOL, the screen is not broken indeed

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 04:47 8

33. cheetah2k (Posts: 803; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


.......... The iPhone 5S, now with bendable display :p

On a more serious note, Apple just patented the bending of touch screen glass (I'm not kidding!)

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:25 33

3. flower99 (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 18 Nov 2012)


i never thought iphone 5 has flexible screen LOLOL

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:26 22

5. tiara6918 (Posts: 1390; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Samsung has to patent that bendable screen right now before apple does!

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 04:29 7

28. techspace (Posts: 616; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/27/apple-patents-in-screen-speakers-flexible-displays-and-tactile-keyboards-for-future-iphones-and-ipads/
http://www.macworld.com.au/blogs/iphone-6-rumour-rollup-for-the-week-3-83051/
http://www.oled-info.com/samsung-patents-flexible-display-device-concepts
...........both the companies have the flexible screen patents, but apple has already made a flexible iphone 5 lol
anyways, we shouldn't see any lawsuits in this category

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 04:33 3

30. tiara6918 (Posts: 1390; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


They should have named the device Apple iBend5 instead of iPhone5 LOL!

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 05:29 3

40. techspace (Posts: 616; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


lol, that's funny......but it think it should be called as an iphone5 with ibend technology

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 07:43 4

49. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Since when has that prevented apple from suing people? Never.

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:40 3

6. big.e927 (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


How is (cr)@pple gonna go ahead and try to hold out on the people that make the damn icrap in the first place? That's a damn shame, they might as well get sued for this too, stealing bendable screen technology and forgetting to advertise it.lol

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:46 4

8. AbuSymbian (Posts: 5; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


obviously they were holding it wrong

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:57 4

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2429; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


haha this never gets old....lol

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:50 1

9. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


this is the obvious problem that will come out with thin aluminum which is a soft metal, and thin glass. iPhone 4 and 4S shatter easily but because of the glass they're very rigid. it could be because of the material or apple just tried to saved all the money on the production line

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:57 3

17. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


aluminum is used because it is light yet strong. I didn't see my n8 bend like that eversince i had it.

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 08:23 3

54. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


n8 has pretty thick aluminum, that's why they feel sturdier and heavier. apple uses very thin aluminum for the iPhone 5. aluminum might be strong but in metal category it's pretty malleable

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 11:17 2

71. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Yup, malleable but its malleability only applies when a great force was used. That's why it's commonly used on aircrafts. Maybe you're right, iPhone 5's aluminum is so thin that with a slight force, it bends. ORRRRRR the guy who owns the device is a jedi :))

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:52 2

10. Luuthian (Posts: 210; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


It's aluminum! What were people expecting? Aluminum is light but highly malleable. People are only making a big deal of this because it's an Apple device and they're popular. This is no worse than someone complaining that the iPhone 4/s is made out of glass when they drop it.

Buy a case people... Or better yet don't damage the phone by doing anything common sense would denote you do not do, such as putting the phone in your back pocket or texting while on a staircase.

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:55 4

14. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


sarcasm?

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 05:01 2

89. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Yeah, aluminium is malleable, but I have not had any bending whatsoever with my one-and-a-half-year-old Desire S, not even a dent..

Am I defying the rules of material science here?
Or is there something magical about this iPhone?

The first one sounds better to me, although any person who has common sense and doesn't sit with phone in the back pocket would agree that the latter makes more sense..

A good designer should be able to know a material's properties when designing a product.. Explain to me why my phone, which is quite abused by me has not bent yet, while this phone, barely few months old, can bend like nobody's business..

There's no excuse for a badly designed product..

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:53 8

12. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Flexible phone, flexible screen, that is a feature my friend!

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:55 3

13. chocolatebear76 (Posts: 121; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


Apple iphones are made with premium materials,it looks like a not so true,LOL

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:59 1

18. Windsponge (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)


If that had been a galaxy 3 it would have broken in two. Great IPhone!

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 04:42 8

32. easymomo (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Hom many Galaxy S3 broken into 2 have you seen in last 6 months ?

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 04:05 1

20. UnlimitedSkye03 (Posts: 27; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


tsss.. now that's an iCrap..

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 04:07 3

21. SleepingOz (unregistered)


PREMIUM MATERIAL!

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 08:05 7

53. Aeires (unregistered)


After all those articles where this phone got the credit for better build quality due to the aluminum chassis. Go figure.

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 04:08 3

22. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Curve contoured display. Taking to a whole new level. REVOLUTIONARY. *Pukes.

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 04:14 2

23. brucewayne (Posts: 29; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


they think the thinner it gets the better it is..thats where nokia excels.they dont try to wow everyone with thin-ness.but dumb ppl say that thinner it is the better it is..now !!

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 04:20 3

24. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3984; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


ANOTHER problem with the iPhone 5. Beta product. Nobody should have bought it, they all should have waited for the 5S. I'll bet, there will be much less purple flare on the 5S, it will be more sturdy, and there will be no chips/scratches in the metal out of the box. All the things that Apple wants you to believe are "normal" and not a problem will be magically gone.

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 04:25 2

27. tiara6918 (Posts: 1390; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Then better wait for the iPhone 6, 6s,7....

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 15:30 1

85. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2429; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


hopefully enough pressure will make them THAT concerned.....

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 04:25 2

26. BiN4RY (Posts: 81; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


How the actual hell can you even manage to bend your phone like that unintentionally

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 04:29 1

29. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Copper-Tin-O's use of Aluminium makes it easier to copy the Bond phone design (curved) ... :D

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 04:35

31. marchels14 (unregistered)


Is it now feature from apple mold your own I phone (apple has the best build quality) what I fans say.

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