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Consumer Reports: “iPhone 6 and 6 Plus not as bendy as believed”

September 26, 2014

Bender performing Bending Test on iPhone 6

Consumer Reports:

All the phones we tested showed themselves to be pretty tough. The iPhone 6 Plus, the more robust of the new iPhones in our testing, started to deform when we reached 90 pounds of force, and came apart with 110 pounds of force. With those numbers, it slightly outperformed the HTC One (which is largely regarded as a sturdy, solid phone), as well as the smaller iPhone 6, yet underperformed some other smart phones.

iPhone 6 starts to deform at 70 pounds and the case separates at 100 pounds. Even after the deformation and case-separations, the iPhone 6 still functions.

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Photo credit: Consumer Reports.

To no surprise Apple showed off its own testing facility, firing back at the assumptions that Apple did not properly test iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus design.

My view of this so called “bendgate” was blown out of proportion from the start, and that can be attributed to:

  • Lack of understanding of Physics
    Also lack of common sense.
  • Competition
    Blackberry, HTC, LG and Samsung were quick to make fun of the situation.
  • Sensationalism
    Many news media love the page hit.
  • Fanaticism and Antagonism

In the end, people still love their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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