When the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit the market, a few owners reported that their phone would bend after placing the device in their back pocket and sitting down. Apple was scrutinized by both Apple and non-Apple users alike regarding the bending iPhone 6, which caused Apple to eventually make an official statement:
With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus. As with any Apple product, if you have questions please contact Apple.
So it appears that the bending iPhone was blown a bit out of proportion, and Bendgate quickly died after apple released their statement. However, Bendgate has recently begun to resurface with the upcoming release of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. As Samsung prepares to release their flagship smartphone, should buyers be concerned about a bending Samsung Galaxy S6? Luckily, SquareTrade has already taken the Samsung Galaxy S6 to its limits.
To summarize the video, the iPhone 6 Plus bent at 110 pounds of pressure and eventually broke at 179 pounds of pressure, the HTC M9 bent and broke at 120 pounds of pressure, and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge bent at 110 pounds of pressure and broke at 149 pounds of pressure. Yes, you iPhone 6 users can cheer knowing the iPhone 6 withstood the most pressure prior to a full on break.
The tests performed were simple and not very comprehensive, but they still showed how much pressure the phones could withstand. As we don’t know how the phones would hold up when pressure is applied in different areas, we shouldn’t assume the results would be similar, but to be fair lets just say the Galaxy S6 would hold up the best! (Wink Wink)
Being a recent iPhone 6 owner myself, I have taken the iPhone 6 through various bend tests and have come to the conclusion that it would be difficult to bend the iPhone 6 under normal use. While I have not had the opportunity to put my hands on the Samsung Galaxy S6, I will in the coming weeks, and will run the Galaxy S6 through the same tests. Lets hope I will be able to debunk Bendgate for the Galaxy S6, like I have been able to for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
What are your thoughts? Have you been able to test your iPhone 6’s bend-ability? Did you find similar results? Do you think we should be concerned about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.