Nexus 6P enters torture chamber: scratches and bends with troubling ease


The Nexus 6P is awesome.

We've reviewed it and found it to be great on just about every level: it features a beautifully built aluminum body, a very zippy Snapdragon 810 system chip and Android 6.0 Marshmallow in its pure form that seems to run faster than pretty much every Android phone we've tested. And it's got a great camera.

What could go wrong? Well, it turns out that the phone has its weaknesses too: first, iFixit tore it down and found it a pain to repair, and now YouTuber JerryRigEverything put it through its paces in a torture test. Spoiler: the results aren't pretty.

Of course, a disclaimer is due: a torture test is - as the name suggests - an extreme test that is in no way there to mimic real-life conditions. Yet, it's still quite revealing: the aluminum on the Nexus 6P seems to get scratched with troubling ease and the phone bends and breaks under pressure in a way similar to the iPhone 6 Plus last year (it actually seems a bit worse).

Watch the video below and draw your conclusions, but our advice would be to take some extra care with the 5.7" Nexus 6P: avoid carrying it in the same pocket as your keys, think about investing in a case and... don't sit on it.


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Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)

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62 Comments

1. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

#bendgate Sorry, I had to

2. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

#Bendgate 2.0

28. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Nexus 6P DOES NOT BEND! here is proof: youtu.be/jlG2qlqadRI?a

59. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Lol funny how last year PA posted the article about how the iPhone 6 Plus doesn't bend any worse than other phones (in a flawed/biased test none the less) But now this year they are refusing to post about how the 6P doesn't actually bend any worse than other phones (no "scientific" tests yet, but still) PA hates Nexus phones, its obvious in their reviews

60. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Found a more scientific 6P testhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=SHBPjCa2_xI It survives 90 lbs with just minor damage Pretty good considering the 6 Plus failed at around 50 lb IIRC

49. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I don't think you can call it that, Apple has a trademark on that as well a patent on bending. Bring on the lawsuits.

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

The difference is that no one said this had a revolutionary design build.

6. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Exactly! This phone is excused for any issues that arises. /s

24. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Here is some dub for you: http://i.imgur.com/o2iYpua.png Obviously you dont have an anaconda size sausage

26. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

in the video, it isn't the final product of the phone FYI. There are NO logos to be found (from what I see). take this with a grain of salt, before you storm the Nexus 6P.

35. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=eye+exam The Nexus branding is there and you can see it. The Huawei logo is also there but it's hard to see.

37. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

What the heck are you talking about, man? that can't be a true Nexus 6P!!!

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

This is the stupidest comment I've read in a while.

9. mynameisPZee

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I know you are trolling as usual, but how does Apple calling it a revolutionary design which am very sure they didn't except for fanboys like you change the fact that this Nexus phone bends easily. The problem is that you are being a fanboy and can't possibly understand that it cost people a lot of money to buy these phones, whether the iPhone 6 (which was even more durable than this) or Nexus, its not fun when a phone bends thats easily. If true, hoping they sort something out soonest.

12. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Actually, Google uses some similar language on the product page for the 6P. Things like "Inspired design...", "Crafted from aeronautical-grade anodized aluminum...", "...is a sculpted design piece...".

27. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

This is called marketing. Every company says, it is the best what they have created. I have seen cheap Chinese phones, saying great camera, great chipset, great design, bla bla bla. No company ever say that their product is inferior than some other brand.

18. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

When did Apple claim that the iPhone 6 had a revolutionary design build?? Enough with the fanboyism man, this has nothing to do with Apple, it has every bit to do with Huawei and Google for their lack of quality control on one of the main flagships of 2015.

43. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And you don't see the irony there? The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were Apple's only phones, and they had issues.

15. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Yes, Nexus 6P bends under torture, which is very logical... whereas, iPhone 6 bendgates without torture! not to mention it's LAG. just give it a rest. *meh*

38. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

So you can bend an iPhone 6 with your dumbass brain?

25. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

This is the reason that I hate cheap aluminium. What you can expect from it? Nothing. Huawei's built quality is always very bad.

51. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

PhoneArena should update this article, because it has been proven that the dude in the video is using a pre production unit(some are also claiming it is a chinese clone). No Nexus branding on the back was a start to dismiss his video, and the dozens of other bend tests that debunked the theory that the Nexus 6P bends and gets destroyed this easily.

52. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

There are a few places where you can CLEARLY see the word nexus. 11 seconds 3:09 etc Which Quad HD phone are you using to watch the vid?

53. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Huawei** branding. And i am using the Note 5, but with 360P resolution, my internet speed is 1mbps at best :( Anyways even with this horrible resolution i can see the nexus branding, but definitely not the huawei branding.

54. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

56. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

If you notice the white strip on the back, that doesn't come on the production models. Preproduction models also have the branding on them. http://forums.androidcentral.com/attachments/nexus-6p/203749d1446202664-6p-bend-scratch-test-not-good-viewing-2mr7kmd.png

55. Acer_Predator unregistered

that guy who made that video is BIGGEST RETARD on this planet ! he should be prosecuted to blacking this product !! It is some bastard paid by apple

58. cocoy

Posts: 455; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I think its not that easy to bend. I've seen videos proving that its not that easy to bend. It can take 90 plus pounds of force or weight to bend

4. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

The new definition of project butter. Ouch.

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