FYI, the Nexus 6P doesn't have a bending problem

FYI, the Nexus 6P doesn't have a bending problem
There is a video going around that appears to show the Nexus 6P having a pretty big problem with bending. Unfortunately, the guy that made the video is probably nothing more than a troll looking to get views (and he seems to have succeeded). As for his conclusion that the Nexus 6P is "a joke" with a huge bending problem? That is false.

Now, to be fair, the scratch test portion of the video seems pretty reasonable, so we would suggest you be careful about putting your Nexus 6P into a pocket with keys, but the bend test portion has one major flaw: it is done after all of the other torture tests. This means that the bend test wasn't performed on a Nexus that has full structural integrity, but was done on a Nexus 6P that was already weakened with fire (as if anyone needed to know that fire was bad for electronics) and more importantly, the glass on the Nexus had cracked. The glass of a smartphone is a major component of the overall strength, so if you have a cracked screen, the entire device is going to bend much more easily. 

There are a number of videos on YouTube that show the Nexus 6P undergoing bend tests without a cracked screen and the device stands up to every one of them. Our favorite (below) is one where a guy rigged up a way to simply stack weigh onto the device rather than using the incredibly unscientific test of bending with your hands. He got it up to 90 pounds with only a very slight bend and would have needed more if you wanted anything significant. For reference, last year's iPhone 6 Plus would deform under 90 pounds of pressure, according to Consumer Report testing. So, at most, the Nexus 6P has the same amount of a bend problem as the iPhone 6, which is to say not one that most people will notice. 

So, if you have a Nexus 6P, you probably don't have to worry, and we're certainly not in a new #bendgate by any means. 

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1. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

My nexus 6p feels strong as hell, and honestly the best phone I have ever used.

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I knew the video was fake anyway. Seemed like the guy had an early production model. What an attempt to mock Nexus owners.

5. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

LOL at phonearena making one article titled "Nexus 6P bends with ease" and not just updating that article. Now they are like "Just kidding, it doesn't have s problem lolz" Maybe merge the articles since people may search google and think phonearena is a contradiction

14. KParks23

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Exactly.. lol a video going around? ohhh u mean the video yall posted and promoted yesterday that same video that ur now saying that the guy is nothing but a troll looking for hits? A troll looking for hits that phonearena is promoting. Just making sure where talking about the same video!

52. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

10/10 journalism right there. PhoneArena.txt

42. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its different writer i guess.. but they should write "video of Nexus 6P bends with ease that we spread last week"

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So we're going to do this for the Nexus 6P but for the iPhone it had a bending problem? Hypocrisy at its finest.

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Funny you would say that, weren't you the one saying the issue with the iPhone was a non issue? And as I recall, after the initial report PA said it was a non issue, same as they are here.

48. Mxyzptlk unregistered

But with it being Apple, everybody was ready to cry foul. When it happens to the 6P, even though it was done by a troll, everybody is hastily defending the 6P and saying bending isn't possible, blah blah blah.

61. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And there's the point right there. This was done by a troll, the other wasn't. The biggest thing you're overlooking is that the processes for each test were radically different. As I said below in post 8, on the test for the iPhone they took a device that was essentially untouched and performed the bend test, whereas with the 6pp he cracked the screen, heated it to the thermal limits of the glass material, and THEN did the bend test. If he had done the test the same as what was done with the iPhone, I may have been skeptical, but I wouldn't have dismissed it outright, especially since I have one on order. I wouldn't defend something if it's going to end up costing me money, and I'd be looking my device over like a hawk during the return period.

65. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The guy said his little sister could bend it and shortly after people attempted to bend their device and they didn't get the same results. That's why the 6P was defended.

90. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The problem is simple. The iPhone has a design defect that made it easy to bend with just your hands. The average person can exert as much as 100lbs or more of pressure with just bare hands. But the iPhone had a defect. Also Apple lied in claiming only 9 people at the time has reported a bent phone. Or maybe only 9 reported it at the time. One we site Oneofthenine has over 2000 images of usares who had bent phones that posted photos and several commented on the fact Apple refused to replace them. Again the problem is, the defect was in the design of the phone. Whether of not the phone would bend on you isnt the point. The point was the defect made it easy to bend, thus potentially damaging the battery and making it explode, which did happen to a user. As one poster said, if you set out to destroy your phone, eventually you will. We shouldn't go around bending phones. The whole thing came up because the iPhone 6 was poorly designed an bent inside someone pocket.

7. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

No no no. Don't be biased here. The iPhone was easy for people to bend under NORMAL USE. Putting the phone in your backpack or pocket could be a hazard. You can't say the same about many other phones orthe nexus.

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Here are links to the original videos from Unbox Therapy that started the controversy. The original bend test. And an uncut bend test on the street. The difference between those tests and the one on the Nexus 6p is that on the ones for the iPhone, he simply takes a working iPhone, unsubjected to any other tests, and bends it. On the Nexus 6p, it was scratched with picks with varying hardness levels (to the point of going beyond the glasses physical strengths and cracking it) and burning it it with a lighter (GG4 can take up to 912°F and lighters can get around 900°F which would've significantly compromised the glass) and after all that, THEN doing the bend test. There's an article on Reddit from an engineer who equates the situation to that of a car. The front and rear auto glass in a car adds structural integrity, which is why people are cautioned against driving with a damaged Windshield or back glass, since it compromises the frame of the vehicle as well. Now if this guy wants to do another test doing the same as the videos by Unbox Therapy, with an unaltered device, THEN I would see them as equivalent tests.

35. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Civil engineer here, can confirm the cracked glass would cause a significant difference. We have similar theory, but with beams (e.g. I beam vs box beam). And the reason it cracked easily is because when Gorilla Glass is toughened it leaves a high compressive stress at the surface of the glass. So those deep scratches left it unstable. Also the 6 Plus failed after only about 40-50 lb There were videos of kids bending them

12. Mike.H

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

As we have noted before, the iPhone problem was real but blown way out of proportion. Your claims of hypocrisy would work better if they had fact behind it.

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

"Your claims of hypocrisy would work better if they had fact behind it.", Micke.H is my new favorite writer on this site!!! Thanks Mike!

37. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

The irony Mike. We all know how you(phonearena) loved to protect apple. Let's just get over it, quit with the bs. Let's not use the word hypocrite anymore.

41. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Michael was always one of the most unbiased voices on this site. But to the resident iPhone haters, not criticizing the iPhone is just as bad as praising it.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Him having facts behind his hyperbole would be a first.

47. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The iPhone problem was a few isolated incidents. I still stand by with what I said.

51. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Only because you stand alone.

55. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

But didn't a teardown reveal the inner brace that was the weak point, allowing bending? And why did Apple play up the use of improved, 7000-series aluminum in the 6S/Plus if there was nothing wrong with the 6 Plus? Yes, actual bending was rare, but it was not a hoax.

58. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Isolated your troll @ss! And standing alone is par for the course for you being that you have no friends.

62. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Considering there are NO reports by actual users of this happening with the 6p outside of this test so far, I'd say there is a big difference. He pushed the device WELL beyond what would happen in everyday use. With the iPhone incident last year, there were reports that people were having the issue without trying to make it happen, regardless of how small the number was. With any structural defect, it doesn't necessarily translate into users affected by the defect, just that it can happen. Since they have added bracing in the area in question around the physical buttons, there was obviously a problem. But I have been monitoring the Nexus 6p forums for any issues of bending and nothing has come out yet. If there is an issue with the 6p, mine will be going back and I'll stick with my Turbo until next year.

70. Macready

Posts: 1829; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Unlikely when at least 3 reviewers already found theirs to be bent during normal use within 5 days and tests (Computer Bild) focused on the weak spot rather than the center found that it would bend at less than just 20kg of force (kids fingers or just in a pocket), less than a third of what competing products could withstand. And that's especially telling since physics tell us that the one shorter arch should normally make bending outside the center much harder, which means that the spot at the volume buttons had to be really weak indeed for making it almost twice as easy to bend there, compared to the center (which Consumer Reports fruitlessly focused on).

22. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Butthurt aren't you iFangirl. Lmao!! You mad? Yeah... You're mad. Salty tears everywhere.

46. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're just as salty as the 4 users who thumbed this up. You don't really have a proper response to what I said.

57. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Lmao!! Salty tears from a whiny troll! Mad because your iToy is bendable crap. You're the one with no proper response troll.

71. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

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