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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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

noooooooo way! what?? bending like that? LOL

4. iamfury

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 07, 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.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31092; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol wow dude really

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: 31092; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

60. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

69. drnggaj33

Posts: 127; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

lol that is funny

25. iamfury

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

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

34. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

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

11. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

first bendable device. beats samsung. haha

46. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Apple gonna patent the angle of the bend.

47. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Apple's bringing the sexy back

55. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

That compliment is to big for Apple!!

72. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 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: 34; Member since: Jun 15, 2012

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

35. Hassan00107

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 21, 2012

Shut up its normal...LOL

38. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 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: Dec 21, 2011

well at least they get a free arc design.

56. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

63. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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


100. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

It's Bending like Bender

101. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

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

2. TarunV

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 21, 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: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 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

Posts: 54; Member since: Nov 18, 2012

i never thought iphone 5 has flexible screen LOLOL

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