With all the recent controversies surrounding the iPhone 6 Plus bending in people’s pockets, Apple is facing quite some criticism. Though Apple confirms the number of complaints has been limited to 9 so far, that figures haven’t stopped videos of various people trying to bend the new iPhone 6 Plus making their way to the online circuit and the results have not been so good for Apple. In every such video, the iPhone 6 Plus can be seen bending to some extent when people try to bend it with their bare hands. But Consumer reports have gone a way ahead and tried bending the iPhone 6 Plus using machines which also let them measure the force required to bend the iPhone 6 Plus and Cupertino’s finest was not the only device undergoing the test, it had some competitors too.
Smartphones that took the test include the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G3 and HTC One (M8). All these smartphones went through the “three point flexure” test which is somewhat the same test that Apple uses on its products before bringing them out. The test had two phases: the first part of the test was aimed at finding the force required to bend the smartphones mentioned above. In the first phase of the test, the iPhone 6 Plus did not perform too good, only ranking above the HTC One (M8). The iPhone 6 took about 70 lbs (32 kg) of force to bend while its elder sibling, the iPhone 6 Plus could take some more before bending at 90 lbs (40 kg). These figures are higher than what Apple claims its flagship smartphones can take (55 lbs or 25 kg).
Wondering how did the other smartphones rack up? Samsung Galaxy Note 3 came up on top with it requiring a tremendous 150 lbs (68 kg) to bend, with the iPhone 5 coming in close at 130 lbs (59 kg). LG G3 too required the same force as the iPhone 5 while the HTC One M8 fell behind with the iPhone 6 at 70 lbs.
Coming to the second phase of the test which was finding out the force required to bend the smartphones to such an extent that the screen separates from the body of the smartphone, iPhone 5 and Galaxy Note 3 emerged winners this time at 150 lbs (68 kg). The iPhone 6 came in at 100 lbs (45 kg) while the iPhone 6 Plus took about 110 lbs (50 kg) of force to get the screen separated from the body.
Here is the video for you to check out the results and watch the smartphones getting bent yourself:
With these recent claims of the iPhone 6 Plus getting bent easily, Apple needs to come out with a solution soon and replace the bent smartphones. Though the complaints have been only 9 so far, the numbers could increase in the future.
What do you think? Now that you know the results, which smartphone would you prefer going for? Leave your views in the comments below and stay tuned for more updates.