Another test proves Apple iPhone 6 Plus bends, other phones don't

The Apple iPhone 6 Plus bendgate scandal broke up just a few days after the 5.5-inch phablet arrived on store shelves, and it’s been the source of so much controversy since then. Starting with the ‘of course it bends, it’s a thin aluminum phone’ reaction that dismissed the issue almost as if an expensive $750 gadget was supposed to bend in such a way, to more detailed analyses of the exact reason why the iPhone 6 Plus bends (it’s the large cutouts for the volume buttons that break the geometry, and it’s at those joints where the bending happens).

Now, we are seeing an uncut version that aims to put an end to all of the controversy. The iPhone 6 Plus bend test is performed out on the street with many witnesses, and it is compared to a different device (the Moto X 2014 edition).

The results are eye-opening: yes, the iPhone 6 Plus bends with a shocking ease, getting hugely deformed and practically unusable. The same and even larger amount of force applied to a different handset does not bend it at all. And with earlier tests showing how even kids are able to bend the phone easily, it seems that we have a legitimate reason to be worried about the iPhone 6 Plus durability even under regular use. 

It's also worth noting that there is a slightly different point of view: respected testers from Consumer Reports have used automated tools to apply various pressure to the iPhone 6 Plus and other smartphones, and did not find a huge reason to get worried about Apple's phablet bending.

At the same time, engineers have given their reasons about why the iPhone 6 Plus could bend, and the majority agree that we should not look at the thinness of the phone and the aluminum material as the main cause, but rather the fact that the geometry of the design breaks at the point around the volume buttons. These new elongated volume keys in the iPhone 6 Plus break the uniformity of the design, and coincidentally, all the bending issues happen around that point. A possible explanation for the difference between the results of different bend tests is exactly where they try to bend, and whether they test at that exact critical bending point or slightly off of - that is something that could alter the results significantly. 

You can see the uncut version of this new iPhone 6 Plus bend test right below. Note that this deformation could also puts you in danger of having a warped battery and that increases the hazard of battery damage (and you know that batteries in smartphones often explode).

Will this force an adequate reaction from Apple apart from a statement about ‘only 9 people’ officially complaining? Time will tell.

source: UnboxTherapy

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  • Storage 128 GB
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1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Hahahahhahaha. :)

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Don't bend it that way...

71. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

See my issue with Apple is the ball sack that they have... Nine people have OFFICIALLY complained, that's BS! This is now the second video showing it can happen so 11 total. There have been others online who have bent phones so that number is easily into & past the 20's... This is now OBVIOUSLY a HUGE design flaw & Apple needs to STEP up like Samsung & say anyone who buys an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus & bends it will get a replacement... DO THE RIGHT THING APPLE!

77. onyx143

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

is there sarcasm in your comment?

81. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Umm... No?

95. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

and that's +1 for you. :)

130. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

WWSJD? He'd go to each of those 9 or 20 as you say and punch each of them square in the jaw!

139. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Moral of the story, if you want a quality device, choose the Moto X over the iPhone.

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Lol...!!! They(pa) actually reopened the case. It's gonna be fun.

27. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I "BET" Apple doesn't steal this guys video, like they did with the "Store Front Line Up.

13. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Actually, I agree with MKBHD. It is not a big deal in the first place. This story is overblown. Also, a case helps in protect the phone as demonstrated by Jonathan Morrison.

26. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Of course a case helps. But I don't want to use a case. A phone is supposed to be strong enough so it won't need a case to remain usable in normal usage.

30. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

As far as I know, there is no regular or consumer grade phone as tough as Nokia 3310. I currently own a LG Optimus G Pro and I will never put a flat wide phone in any of my pants pockets because it restricts walking and puts unnecessary strain on the phone. It is just common sense which I believe many people don't have.

34. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Z2 seems to do well in everyday use without a case. I'm sure many others do too.

47. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

True, Z2 has no bending issues but others like Oppo, Samsung and even Sony have some issues of bending or damage inside the pants pockets in some of their models.

56. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Oppo, Samsung and even Sony have some issues of bending or damage. Now that's how you lie to cover up for your beloved Apple's mess. Next time you wanna claim something, make sure you back it up with a proof, because for now I am yet to see a bending phone other than the banana iP6+.

65. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

"Oppo, Samsung and even Sony have some issues of bending or damage. Now that's how you lie to cover up for your beloved Apple's mess." First: Google these a brands' bending issue. I will never do it for your lazy ass. Second: I have no Apple product ever and will never own one. Third: I am one of the most brutal critic in Phone Arena and I have some of nastiest comments here including against Apple. Fourth: All brands get equal praise or criticism. Fifth: I am just being honest with this issue.

154. vikingsfootball09

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

hold on, i own da sony ultra z which comes with a 6.44 inch screen. the only protection i have in it is a screen protector...i dont have a case whatsoever and i do keep it in my front pocket most of the times and now and then in my back pocket... have had this ultra z phone for about a year and had it placed in my front and back pants pocket and not a single dent or bent.

48. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I have never had a problem with any smartphone in my pants pocket and worrying about bending. I had the Droid RAZR and didnt worry about it.. Scratches to the screen, yea. Bending? Never. Never had a smartphone restrict walking while in my pocket too.....seems its the skinny jeans effect then. Which I never have and never will own.

51. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Try using a Phablet like LG Pro or Samsung Note series. Even with regular jeans there are some walking restrictions.

58. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Ok, I'll give you

59. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I've had the Note 2, Note 3, and now the OnePlus One. Cumulatively my ownership time has been over 2 years. I've had no issues at all with any of these phones causing movement issues in jeans while in the front pocket. In fact I used to carry my Note 2 with my HTC One M7 stacked on top of it, and then I carried my Note 3 with a Moto G stacked on top of it, both in a single pocket. Currently I'm blessed to have to only carry my OnePlus One. Two phones, one work and one personal was getting frustrating. But I've never had issues like you claim. I hate to do it, but I'm dismissing you as a whinner.

66. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

But I have. I put my LG Pro in my front and pocket and the corners of the phone dig in my thigh and it is far worse in I wear office pants. I were a comfort straight pants and not straight cut(aka Skinny jeans). However, I have no issues with cargo shorts or pants.

82. onyx143

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

if you're a small person and use tight jeans im pretty sure you have restriction...i'm 6ft and use regular jeans, i can carry any phablet with no 2 cents

83. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Sammy Note 2 (admittedly with an Otterbox Commuter case) spent a year in the back pocket of Levi's 501s when it wasn't being used or charging with no ill effects. There were a number of times when I sat on the phone because I forgot it was in my back pocket. I weigh 175#. I really don't know how the +-sized iToy will fare even with a case. It is much more fragile than the Note 2 (or Note 3 or 4). A case that encases the phone should protect it more than a bumper style case or Apple's leather slim fit case, but will that be enough? Slim has a risk of bending. The 5 proved that point. 2 years ago.

97. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I'm quite surprised that a Note 2 with otter box fits in your pants pocket. I genuinely have issues with mine. May this is an issue of anatomy. Ask for slim has a risk of bending, yes there is a real risk of bending. I already hated the thin trend because of increase chance of dropping the phone. Now this.

136. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Levi's 501s back pant pocket takes a Note 2 in an Otterbox Commuter case no problem. I am not fat, but I am not skinny, either. An Otterbox case does a really great job of protecting phones. I have posted in other articles about how a friend with an iPhone 5 in an Otterbox Commuter has accidentally closed a car door on their phone with no damage at all. I have dropped my Note 2 off tables more times than I can remember and all that happens is the thing bounces. When I sold the Note 2, I got full value from Gazelle with no offset for damage, so the case protected it from all of the drops and general wear.

93. Bedz81

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 30, 2012

You sure? I had a G Pro and often put in my pocket, it didn't restrict my movement or bend and i have rugby player like thighs! Then again, that and the Note series are smaller than the iP6+ even the 5.9" G Pro 2 is a mm smaller

101. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I had put all these phones in my pocket no issues: Nokia 3520 and N93 and SE Aino. Currently I'm using Nokia N8 and LG G Pro. No only the G Pro won't fit properly in my pants pocket, the worst part is I can no longer run with this phone in my pocket. A small price to pay for a phone with a really sweet big display and very good standard in ear buds.

124. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

I've rocked the original Note and the Note 3 for the past 3 years. I wear fitted jeans and pants, not skinny by any means, but not baggy. I carry my Note in one front pocket and my cash and keys in the other. I've never once felt like my walking is impaired. I can even sit down for a short period and it feels okay. I do have to take it out if I'm going to sit down for a meal or drive my car for a bit. The Note 3 is a rock; not fragile or bendy at all. Let's not dismiss the problem with the 6+ by pretending all phablets have the same problem. And let's not dismiss the problem with the 6+ by pretending that carrying a phablet in your front pocket is unwise. Both premises are faulty.

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