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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge bends just as easily as the iPhone 6 Plus, more likely to break too

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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge bends just as easily as the iPhone 6 Plus, more likely to break too
SquareTrade, a company that offers smartphone insurance plans in the United States, has a lot of interest in finding out which smartphones bend and break more easily. The company recently posted the results of internal testing that proves that the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge bends just as easily as the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Furthermore, the Galaxy S6 edge is more likely to break and be rendered useless than the iPhone 6 Plus under the same test conditions.

SquareTrade tested three smartphones side by side in an attempt to find out how easily they bend and break. The devices in question are the Apple iPhone 6 Plus (the smartphone at the center of the famous "Bendgate" scandal), the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, and the HTC One M9.

To test the smartphones, the company used what they refer to as "BendBots", robots that detect how much pressure a smartphone can handle before bending and breaking. SquareTrade claims that the BendBots simulate the forces that occur when a person sits down with a smartphone in their back pockets.

The video that we've reposted below shows that it takes 110 pounds of pressure to bend the iPhone 6 Plus, which is the exact same force required to bend the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. However, although the iPhone 6 Plus only shows a bent chassis, the display on the Galaxy S6 edge cracked exactly on one of the curved edges. Both smartphones worked at this point.

By gradually increasing the pressure, the company found out that it takes 179 pounds of force to render the iPhone 6 Plus useless, while the Galaxy S6 edge was completely shattered at 149 pounds.

Wondering how the HTC One M9 fared in this bend test? As it turns out, the aluminum chassis of the new HTC flagship can take 120 pounds of force before bending. Unfortunately, once the chassis bended, the power button snapped, rendering the One M9 useless.

In the past week or so, we've seen a few videos which prove that the Gorilla Glass 4 on both the front and the back of the S6 edge holds up extremely well against scratches and drops. Unfortunately for Samsung, it looks like the situation may be a bit different when it comes to bending the smartphone.



source: SquareTrade

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posted on 03 Apr 2015, 04:41 12

1. Awesoman64 (Posts: 292; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


May I be the first to say, "bravo, Samsung".

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 04:55 6

13. LeBrownJames (Posts: 201; Member since: 17 Mar 2014)


SuperNova won't like this kind of article.

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 05:09 12

20. Finalflash (Posts: 3224; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


LOL got to love the Apple flock racing here to act like this helps them. Fortunately, everyone already knows the testing for the iPhone 6/+ bending was skewed in favor of Apple by applying pressure where it didn't bend as much. As verified by many youtubers and kids running into stores and bending iPhones with their bare hands, the iPhones bend like twigs under much less force than 110 pounds (unless those are some very buff kids).

Also, an insurance company telling you they need their product and conducting "independent" testing....that's probably reliable.

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 05:26 12

25. LeBrownJames (Posts: 201; Member since: 17 Mar 2014)


I'm no fanboy and I find these bending issues ridiculous. It's just a simple logic: Metal bends especially when it's thin. And those thin phones, whether they are Iphone or Samsung phones, will surely bend when applied with enough force.

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 06:09 1

31. Awesoman64 (Posts: 292; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


I'd highly disagree with you. It depend on the design of the phone as well as the implementation of aluminum. Plus, the test only shows that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is as bendable as the 6+ though I would say it's unclear whether a regular joe can bend it. Also bendgate is very rare and old news so why are you ignorant fandroids always bring it up?

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 07:50 2

36. Finalflash (Posts: 3224; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


It is about design and the Moto X 2014 shows that you can make a fairly thin and metal phone that doesn't bend. Also, the vast majority of phones didn't bend when simply using hands unlike both iPhone 6/+.

Also, it is because of Apple that bend testing is now a thing ("can't innovate my ass" indeed). It was never done before Apple made a phone that could bend easily under every day use and then defended it by saying it was only a handful of users affected when literally every 6+ was affected. They handled the situation fine, but for a company who boasts about quality and design as much as Apple does, a lot of their recent products have proven to be made cheaply and badly. They should be called out for it and they rightly were

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 08:35

48. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2227; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


The Moto X 2014 is not thin by any 2014/2015 metric. Hell, it is thicker than some Lumias, which is ridiculous.

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 08:25

44. Exempt1 (unregistered)


You say it's rare and old, but it's not. Every single unit which doesn't have the structure fix is still affected, waiting to get bent. It was/is a big deal. Also, to see the true strength of the S6, type in on google "S6 crushing walnuts", a whole bunch of crazy tests have been performed, and this phone is just insanely durable.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 10:34

91. zelase (Posts: 59; Member since: 20 Apr 2014)


WE are talking about SAMSUNG GALAXY S6 EDGE not galaxy S6 !!!

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 09:10

54. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10700; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


True, but how much force is to much.
I will say this. Phones have been carried in pockets for years, it shouldn't bend in your pocket.

Now having said that, because phones are much bigger and don't fully fit in pockets of "some" clothing, then it would mean you need to not use your pocket which is lame or get a rigid case.

The pocket I use isn't tight, So I don't worry about either.

But this is something to consider. Metal is a terrible material for a phone that needs to be thin and can handle some rough handling.

There are better material which can handle extreme stresses like Titanium.

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 08:17

42. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


Plus don't forget Apple fixed most ip6 by changing design to stop bending

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 10:39

63. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


This article is the biggest click bait ever. I want to see a video of someone bending a Galaxy S6 Edge by hand. The iPhone 6+ was bent by everyone & their mother! Yes & they were using their hands!

SMH!

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 11:20

67. miket1737 (Posts: 3027; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


That damage control though , LMAOOOOOO

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 11:37 2

69. Sauce5 (unregistered)


I don't understand why you have to result to trolling to vindicate for the comments you don't like reading. Just because the S6 Edge bends just as easily as the 6 Plus, and is more likely to break too, doesn't mean -you- should race here and start spewing angry hate around. Calm down man, Samsung doesn't pay you to defend them. You get nothing. Stop racing to comments like a fanboy and contribute some healthy debating and commenting =)

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 16:17 1

81. darkkjedii (Posts: 22128; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Per the title of Walking Dead season 1 Ep3: Tell it to the frogs.

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 08:14

40. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


These bend machine are pointless everyone in the world knows that problem is it bends because of force in one point all of them, correct way is to have bend points at 1/3 and 2/3 of the phone for real test put a diamond under a pressure plate and it will break around the same force as steel or others but diamond is still the "toughest"

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 16:15 1

80. darkkjedii (Posts: 22128; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dude, SuperNova has exploded, and turned into a white dwarf. He'll be a black hole a few weeks after the launch, and YouTube is flooded with bendedge gate vids.

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 05:00 4

17. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 421; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


The test doesn't say which iP+ was used. Was is the current model or the original one that was prone to bendgate? Although Apple never admitted a problem, as they never do (nor compensated any customers that had faulty units) they did quietly add reinforcement to the inside of the iPhone6+ chassis.

One should look up these results from when the + was first released. Bends at 60 lb? Who knows....

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 05:10 7

21. vincelongman (Posts: 4576; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The main problem with the iPhone 6+ is that its volume buttons cause a weak point due stress concentration
If they moved the loading pin to where the volume buttons are it would take much less force before it snapped

But to Apple's credit, they have added extra metal support to the frame, which is why it doesn't bend as easily any more

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 05:33 1

27. Retrospective1 (Posts: 45; Member since: 24 Feb 2015)


Bad Samsung press so BGR/Verge etc will defo post this.. Is it bending in pockets though or via the hand is the issue. Hope these guys are not USA shills for Apple like BGR and Verge etc.

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 14:59

79. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


Samsung will always be the best Company, no matter how many mistakes they make. Well actually, they can't make mistakes, because the Company is perfect.

Anybody who thinks otherwise can fill up a pillowcase with 367 skittles bags and beat themselves with it.

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 09:06

53. quakan (Posts: 1381; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Best solution to prevent your phone from bending.
http://youtu.be/-LH2Ii3kryM

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 09:14

55. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10700; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Stupid.

I have a better answer. How about, a phone that cost above $1000 shouldn't bend in your pocket.

We've been carrying phone sin our pocket for years and the vast majority have never bent. I expect that the more expensive a phone is, the better it should be. Not worse.

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 09:16 1

56. Jast2015 (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Apr 2015)


Square Trade did the bend test at the center. The iPhone 6 Plus was actually pretty sturdy at the center. It was near the corner area where the iPhone bent with just by hand.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 14:39

94. keithtae (Posts: 442; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


I am actually happy for samsung, the whole "bendgate" thing 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. :DD

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 04:44 8

2. hung2900 (Posts: 956; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


I don't know how they came to the result, but from what I saw, S6e's frame is definitely sturdier, but just the glass broken. In real life, we cannot put the pressure the same way as the test.

And as I remember, Apple did something to fix the bending problem of iPhone 6 Plus.

Here the test's result is different
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0-3fIs2jQs

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 05:12 2

22. vincelongman (Posts: 4576; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Yep, Apple have added extra metal support to the frame, which is why it doesn't bend as easily any more

Also the main problem with the iPhone 6+ is that its volume buttons cause a weak point due stress concentration
If they moved the loading pin to where the volume buttons are it would take much less force before it snapped

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 11:21

68. miket1737 (Posts: 3027; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


How and where did you hear this,? I'm pretty sure Apple can't put in a silent fix, as the masses would be enraged and apple could get sued for that. Apple did not do any "silent fix"

posted on 03 Apr 2015, 16:35 1

85. vincelongman (Posts: 4576; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Nope, OEMs do this all the time
They are called hardware revisions

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 07:39

90. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


why would they get sued? As long as its replaced under warranty for hardware problems, nothing will come of it.

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