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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 (unregistered)


noooooooo way! what?? bending like that? LOL

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 03:26 45

4. iamfury (Posts: 62; 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: 22128; 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: 22128; 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: 6015; 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: 4857; 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: 62; 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 (banned) (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: 4003; 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: 4003; 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: 1580; 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: 3991; 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: 6015; 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: 4003; 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 (unregistered)


It's Bending like Bender

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 15:20

101. gustavoace (Posts: 183; 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: 1599; 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

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