Here's what Consumer Reports thinks about the Apple iPhone 6 Plus and #Bendgate

Here's what Consumer Reports thinks about the Apple iPhone 6 Plus and #Bendgate
Back in 2010, when Apple iPhone 4 users noticed that they were losing signal strength when the phone was held a certain way, the phrase Antennagate was coined. Consumers Report refused to rate the model until the problem was corrected. With the new #Bendgate issue affecting the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Consumer Reports decided this time, to conduct a series of tests to see how easily Apple's new 5.5 inch phablet bends in comparison with other models.

Using a device called the Instron, the not for profit magazine conducted bending tests on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, the Apple iPhone 6, the HTC One (M8), the LG G3 and the Apple iPhone 5. The results showed that both the HTC One (M8) and Apple iPhone 6 were the easiest to bend, with both models doing so at 70 pounds of force. Consider that it takes 55 pounds to break three pencils held together. The Apple iPhone 6 Plus was next with the case bending when 90 pounds of force was applied. That was followed by the 130 pounds of force required to bend the LG G3, the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Suppose you measured how much pressure it took to have the case separate from the screen. The HTC One (M8) had that happen after applying 90 pounds of force. 100 pounds of force did that to the Apple iPhone 6 and 10 additional pounds of force separated the case from the screen on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. The Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 both did the best in this test with 150 pounds of force required to perform the task.

So what is Consumer Reports view of #Bendgate? After further review, the magazine says that it is nothing more than hype. Now that we've seen a neutral test, will that put an end to this? Not likely. Unbox Therapy, whose video helped start all this madness, took a brand new iPhone 6 Plus to Toronto, where it easily bent in front of witnesses.


source: ConsumerReports via Engadget

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167 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

How quickly things go viral nowadays. Especially stupid things.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Welcome to the internet.

12. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

The initial bending video and the following ones speak clearly for themselves. So taking the 6+ and bending it again with a machine by pressing it exactly on the center of it, says some things but doesn't say it all

20. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

First Apple took the engineer and "shot him in the backyard" and now is paying too much people to prove that ther's no real problem

27. Aploine

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Right, the problem is where the volume rocker lies and is a real structural design flaw

29. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

All that money they took from patent trolling now they will lose it by stupidity

31. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Actually the Bendgate video doesn't speak clearly at all. Because there's plenty of evidence the "test" is tampered with all shown by its editing. During the Bend test, the time is 2:26 on the iPhone. After the Bend test, the time is 1:58 on the iPhone. Here's your source. http://www.businessinsider.com/bendgate-truthers-claim-to-have-found-the-real-story-behind-the-flexible-iphone-6-2014-9?utm_source=slate&utm_medium=referral&utm_term=partner Have a nice day.

41. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Wow, "Apple is merely the patsy in a wider conspiracy to defame the company's not-bendable products"

50. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

6+ may lack of a metallic nerve somewhere but you hit the nerve of the iZombies. Be careful, they will come after you... iArrrrrrgh!

94. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I think this is a case of insecure fandroids that have nothing better to do then litter forums with hate for some reason. The best part...they call us zombies yet they are getting offended that another phone has the attention and cry for some. I can't open up a single review anywhere where the phone is just being talked amongst people normally.

140. Ashoaib

Posts: 3243; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

this article is totally boring, I need some fun.... where is dumby? aba71983 most of the commentators here seem sensible, which is kinda boring

129. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3048; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

And Samsung was spotted in the Grassy Knoll.

49. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Maybe they were bending it for 11 hours....

75. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

This time signature argument went out the sh*tter even BEFORE that bendgate video due to this:- he did mention the reason for the video's objective is because of PRIOR user reports he got whiff off. So it doesn't matter if the test's method were manipulated when end results is to differentiate between these >>> 2 things:- 1. Asses on BACK pockets? OK let's all move on with our lives now. 2. Warped after hours or days in FRONT pockets? Sorry no matter what this one is a completely another level of snafu altogether. Full force ass sitting on a back pocket versus stretched skinny pants fabric pulling down the top and bottom sides of the phone. Bring me a same warped >out of shape< after hours non-alum NEW phone then we'll talk. 3. That so called "confirmed" NINE unfortunate 6 Plus affected users can't all be thumb pressing shysters, wait till this sh*t goes global for weeks to come to all of the millions of would be owners then we'll see. At least half won't have the guts to go public and will instead duke it out at service centers. Should any of us have paid good money for a 6 Plus (when you can easily pay for a goddamned Macbook Air 11 256Gb SSD if you opt for that max 6 Plus) and for this to happen after just 48 hours up or even days or weeks tops just because it's been in and out of front pockets is >just unacceptable end of discussion.

78. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Yet here are Germans doing the same thing, also a plot?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-DcUASffHU Also you can see him bend the thing in the video realtime (the unbox therapy video). They are looking for straws here.

79. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Also the phone after the bending with the different time is less bend than the one he bends. Could be just montaging different shoots, cos he got the words wrong or something. It's called editing.

84. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2122; Member since: May 29, 2014

Everyone knows that Business Insider is nothing more than an iFanboy site. Sorry. That story you posted proves nothing at all save how far iFanboyz will go to defend an obviously flawed from the gate product.

130. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

BoobyAnalog is a Troll? That was a negative post about a company. Why are you commenting on a Apple article. Because nobody cares about Blackberry.

131. meanestgenius

Posts: 21134; Member since: May 28, 2014

Kindleblower is a troll? That much is true. For someone who claims it's "just a phone", and "I'm not married to any....", you sure are defending Apple, especially as of late. Apple Fanboy until the end.

133. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Call me what you want. But I'm sitting on some serious iProfits. And that is all that counts. Like I told you before, check back with me in 3 years and let's see who made the better investment. Apple will be here still selling hundred of millions of products. Blackberry??? #iProfits

136. meanestgenius

Posts: 21134; Member since: May 28, 2014

Spoken like a true iFan! Your last bastion of hope is profits! However, what goes up, eventually comes down. How long do you think it will be before the buying public gets wise? You can only pull the wool over someone's eyes for so long. 3 years it is, iFan. I look forward to it.

142. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

For a person that claims to own a business and own Blackberry stock, you're not to bright. You buy the stock of a company that you believe can make you money. So of course I want to see my investment increase in value. Duh. Name one company that has never had any bumps in the road. Even Warren Buffett has made mistakes. So that being said, this time next year, Apple will have the iPhone 7 Plus for sale after selling over 40 million 6 Plus, and 100 million or more of the 6. The stock will be sitting in the $120 range. More iProfits for me.

144. meanestgenius

Posts: 21134; Member since: May 28, 2014

For a person who appears to be as intelligent as you are, you sure don't use said intelligence so well. You don't read well either. 1) I never said I OWN a business, I said I RUN a business. Two totally different things. Learn to read. 2) I know full well why an individual would buy stock. No need to explain that to me. But you clearly don't have any morals. You are investing in a company that is clearly cheating it's buying public. Buggy software. Even their software patches are buggy. For a company as prestigious as Apple, something like this concerning software bugs should not be taking place. And the build quality is horrible! How can Apple claim they use premium products and they bend in your front pocket?? 3) I keep telling you I don't give a rat's scrawny butt about you making iProfits. The company released a half baked product, and instead of them admitting it and fixing the problem, they attempt to sweep it to the side. You go ahead and continue being a blind follower of a company with more than questionable tactics just to make a quick buck. That's your preference and you're welcome to it. I choose to invest my money elsewhere. You don't like it? I could care less.

145. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Morals? Me, No! I own Phillip Morris stock for the past 6 years where I double my money. Full Disclosure. I don't feel bad at all about owning a cigarette stock? Why? Every state has a cigarette tax and most of the money goes to your local state general fund. So you benefit as well. Google it. Back to Apple. So you are saying a company with a history of making quality premium products, release a product a week ago, is now cheating the public. That's a leap. This is not a GM key iginition situation where the problem was ignored for years and people died. As far as the software issues, There has been so many bad software updates with Android over the years, but the android lovers seem to have forgot about that. So software issues on android, IOS, is the norm. I did not mention Blackberry because they took what, 2 years to release Blackberry 10 and lost the remaining portion of their market share. So they should have got it right. BTW I will never feel bad about making money. Not sure what world you live in.

148. meanestgenius

Posts: 21134; Member since: May 28, 2014

You own stock in cigarettes?! You really have no morals! Apple's software has always been shoddy. Full disclosure: I've owned iProducts in the past, from every iteration of the iPhone up until the 4s, to the first and second generation iPads, to both iterations of the iPad mini. Each and every product that I've owned has had horrible software issues. But Apple claims it's the "most advanced OS in the world". I just can't own something like that from a company that makes a living off of pulling the wool over people's eyes. BlackBerry took two years and definitely got the software right! Enterprise, government, and regulated industries know this, that's why they choose BlackBerry over the rest. I hope you don't think that Apple came up with iOS over night, though. I'm pretty sure it took them a few years at the drawing board until it's release, and they still haven't gotten it right. And now the hardware is suffering as well. By the way, iPhones have ALWAYS been far more fragile than other smartphones, so I really don't believe that "history of making quality, premium products" BS. BTW, I will always put my money in something worthwhile and trustworthy to make me more money. I live on PLANET EARTH, and have NO PROBLEMS with having morals. Apparently, you do.

158. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

That's funny, I have no morals because I own a cigarette stock. Okay. But every state has a cigarette tax and most of the money ends up in your local state general fund. Then there is the federal tax on cigarettes as well. Is your local and federal government immoral? They're making money off smokers? It's our government's dirty little secret. Fun fact. Phillip Morris is one of the best performing stocks of all time on the US Stock Market. And it's been good to me.

160. meanestgenius

Posts: 21134; Member since: May 28, 2014

I know about Phillip Morris stock. How they perform means nothing to me. I wouldn't purchase a cigarette companies stock. EVER. If you're asking me is the government immoral, then you truly are clueless. Good day to you, sir. And NO, you don't have any morals.

163. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I feel sorry for the owner of the business that you say you run. Because you have no clue on how to make money. Maybe that's why you love Blackberry, and hate Apple. The company that makes billions is immoral and the company that's on the borderline of surviving, you feel a kinship with. And No, I do not have any problems with buying the stock of any company that's publicly traded on the NYSE, Nasdaq to make money. Regardless of what they sell. I sleep well at night. You should be thankful that you live in a country where you can call the government immoral.

167. meanestgenius

Posts: 21134; Member since: May 28, 2014

Don't feel sorry for the owner. I'm the go-to guy when stores need to be fixed and become profitable again. Kind of like Chen! Maybe that's why I feel a kinship towards him. I make the. business I run LOTS of money. I do my job and I do it well. I never claimed to "hate" Apple. I don't like their products or their work ethics. I don't like any company that feels they need to dwindle the buying public just to make a buck. I'm sure you do sleep well at night. Most immoral people do. I just feel sorry for those that would befriend you, or worse, be your mate. You'd trade them in for a quick buck, quick-fast, and in a hurry, no questions asked! WHATEVER country I lived in, if the government was immoral, I'd say so. Period. By the way, you sound like every other person that doesn't have a clue about BlackBerry beyond the consumer market. I thought you were more intelligent than that. Guess I was wrong. This little back and forth between is has been interesting, but I feel DIRTY conversing with someone of such low standards. Conversations over.

149. BlankSpaceNai

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

Actually, your completely wrong. Apple has had several problems with its ecosystem that it didnt even bother to fix for years. They have had issues with their app store as well for littering out unchecked apps that scammed people, as well as false advertisement. They didnt bother to FIX these issues till they got in trouble for it. Theres also the issue with Imessage, their 'texting' app that pretty much subjugates people who dont use Iphones. Google and its play store made applications to fix this issue for android users that apple still refused to fix. Apple creates an ecosystem that can downright PUNISH anyone who tries to leave it, that can hold your personal information for ransom at times. For a long period of time, there have been people who have wanted to leave iphone for other devices, yet were scared they couldnt get any of their stuff back if they left, like their itunes library or investment in apps, and so forth. If you joined a gym, where you purchased merchandise from them and enjoyed its services, but you couldnt use any other product than that gyms products, and if you tried to leave, would KEEP all the stuff you paid for, down to the shoes, would you not consider that unethical? The reason why your called out is because you have no idea how android works. You proved it with this 'There has been so many bad software updates with Android over the years, but the android lovers seem to have forgot about that.' Most android users are aware of the updates that come to their phone, not only this, but the amount of issues on android as compared to apple devices are much more disastrous on the apple side, due to everything revolving around the apple software. Most people on android have many different ways to get around issues, or can eliminate the corrupted problems on their devices themselves. Apple, you have to WAIT for them to fix it. Thats putting ALL your control into their hands, so if they decide to just say screw it, your doomed completely. As a man of money, tell me. How many people do you trust to give all your money to, or a large portion to, that has complete control over what happens to it?

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