Consumer Reports Refutes iPhone 6 Plus BendGate
Consumer Reports wasn’t buying into the mania around BendGate — the uproar that the iPhone 6 Plus might be bendable in your pocket — so the publication put the phone and several others to the test. It found that the iPhone 6 Plus isn’t nearly as malleable as some videos make it seem.
Consumer Reports used a “three-point flexural test” on the iPhone 6 Plus, in which the phone is gripped by a machine at either end and force is applied to the top. (Apple invited CNBC inside its testing facility after bending phone complaints began surfacing, and it apparently uses the same test.)
Along with the iPhone 6 Plus, Consumer Reports conducted the same tests on the iPhone 6, the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the LG G3 and an HTC One M8. It found that it took 90 pounds of force to begin to deform the iPhone 6 Plus case, and 110 pounds of pressure to make the screen come off.
While Consumer Reports didn’t offer much context as to what those numbers meant, it did say that 55 pounds of pressure, which is what Apple apparently uses to test its phones, was enough to snap three pencils.
Surprisingly, the iPhone 6 Plus actually outperformed the iPhone 6 during testing, which bent at 70 pounds of pressure and had the screen come off at 100.
The strongest phone was the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which bent and lost its screen at 150 pounds of pressure. Just behind that was the sturdy iPhone 5, bending at 130 pounds of pressure.
The phone that performed the worst was the HTC One M8, which, like the iPhone 6, bent at 70 pounds of pressure, and lost its screen at 90, though it’s worth nothing that this seems like a large amount of pressure to apply to any phone.
Apple commented earlier this week, saying bends in the 6 Plus were ‘extremely rare.’
“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.”
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