Apple iPhone 5 users complain of soft, bendy frame
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.
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iPhone 5 frame stability issues
1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
noooooooo way! what?? bending like that? LOL
4. iamfury (Posts: 58; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
Hmmmm, looks like icrap gave up under all that "tension" ;D
19. MeoCao (unregistered)
I think the problenm is iPhone 5 is too light so people forget about it when they sit down.
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.
58. darkkjedii (Posts: 9316; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
That I agree with, by the way I purchased a Gnote2. ..awesome phone. I still love ios too.
60. jroc74 (Posts: 4006; 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.
67. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; 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
25. iamfury (Posts: 58; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
Tim Coock: You know what ? you were sitting on it the wrong way !!! haha :D
34. zuckerboy (Posts: 715; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
no you wrong that is innovation from apple 'premium material' LOL
11. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
first bendable device. beats samsung. haha
46. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Apple gonna patent the angle of the bend.
55. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
That compliment is to big for Apple!!
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
15. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 33; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
c'mon.. We all sick of hearing problems with this IP5..!! :p
38. AnTuTu (Posts: 599; 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
45. zazori08 (Posts: 113; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)
well at least they get a free arc design.
56. -box- (Posts: 3568; 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?
63. jroc74 (Posts: 4006; 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...
65. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; 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.
75. Droiddoes (unregistered)
LMFAO, PREMIUM BUILD QUALITY YO!
101. gustavoace (Posts: 66; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
And thats is exactly what phonearena calls "excelent built quality"
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. :/
7. MeoCao (unregistered)
LOL, the screen is not broken indeed
33. cheetah2k (Posts: 738; 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!)
3. flower99 (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 18 Nov 2012)
i never thought iphone 5 has flexible screen LOLOL
5. tiara6918 (Posts: 1246; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Samsung has to patent that bendable screen right now before apple does!
28. techspace (Posts: 394; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
...........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
30. tiara6918 (Posts: 1246; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
They should have named the device Apple iBend5 instead of iPhone5 LOL!
40. techspace (Posts: 394; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
lol, that's funny......but it think it should be called as an iphone5 with ibend technology
49. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Since when has that prevented apple from suing people? Never.
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
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
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.
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
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 :))
10. Luuthian (Posts: 184; 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.
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..
12. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)
Flexible phone, flexible screen, that is a feature my friend!
13. chocolatebear76 (Posts: 121; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)
Apple iphones are made with premium materials,it looks like a not so true,LOL
18. Windsponge (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)
If that had been a galaxy 3 it would have broken in two. Great IPhone!
32. easymomo (Posts: 88; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Hom many Galaxy S3 broken into 2 have you seen in last 6 months ?
53. Aeires (unregistered)
After all those articles where this phone got the credit for better build quality due to the aluminum chassis. Go figure.
22. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
Curve contoured display. Taking to a whole new level. REVOLUTIONARY. *Pukes.
23. brucewayne (Posts: 27; 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 !!
24. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3660; 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.
27. tiara6918 (Posts: 1246; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Then better wait for the iPhone 6, 6s,7....
85. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
hopefully enough pressure will make them THAT concerned.....
26. BiN4RY (Posts: 80; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
How the actual hell can you even manage to bend your phone like that unintentionally
29. rusticguy (Posts: 2811; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Copper-Tin-O's use of Aluminium makes it easier to copy the Bond phone design (curved) ... :D
31. marchels14 (unregistered)
Is it now feature from apple mold your own I phone (apple has the best build quality) what I fans say.