Consumer Reports Bend Test Pits iPhone 6 Plus Against The Competition

Sure, Apple's only received nine reports of bent iPhones and we highly doubt you'll have any reason to worry about your own, but do Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handle the pressure any better than competing models? Consumer Reports put that to the test, pitting the new iPhones against other giant handsets including the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Using an Instron compression test machine to squash the devices, the publication added force in 10 pound increments until the phones were permanently bent. Surprisingly, the plastic-bodied Galaxy Note 3 came out on top, withstanding an entire 68kg of force before giving out, while the iPhone 6 Plus took only 40.8kg.

The LG G3 had a strong showing at 59kg and the HTC One M8 and iPhone 6 came in last by withstanding just 31.75kg of pressure. Still, as the publication points out, even pressing down with 31.75kg requires quite a bit of effort: roughly the same as trying to break four full-size wooden pencils simultaneously.

Don't try it with your bare hands — or at least point it away from other people. Because splinters. [Consumer Reports]


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    Surprising that the iPhone 6 is worse than the 6+. Didn't see that coming obviously badly designed.

      obviously. Just like all those badly designed sports cars that get scraped when you don't slow down for speed bumps..

        Don't see the comparison. Sports cars are engineered for handling, hence the lower and stiffer suspension. Phones are designed to be carried in your pocket.

    The thing is the consumer reports test is different to the unbox therapy test. The stiffness of a unibody phone comes mostly from the sides of the casing. It just so happens that the unibody casing has cut-outs for the volume rocker, mute, and power buttons, and the sim card slot. You can visually see that the area near the volume rocker has the lowest section modulus. This is where unbox therapy applied most of the force, and exactly where the phone bent. A uniform load across the phone would not simulate the point load applied by unbox therapy.
    See this: http://imgur.com/a/FBegH

    Just found my old Nokia 1100 ! It was leveling up the sofa !
    Scratched - but still goes

      Good job they didn't test this one. That press machinery is expensive.

    They should have started by working out how these phones are supposed to have deformed in the real world:
    -And that was within the front pockets of jeans, possibly with the top portion of the phone abutting the person's hip, while the rest of the phone lay against the thigh.
    So for a start this isn't about phones bending in the middle; pressure is being placed on a specific area only, which is specifically where these phones are weakest due to the cut out portions.

    This was not a very good, or very cleverly designed test.

      Apple has had a lousy couple of months. First it was cloud security problems.

      http://www.slashgear.com/apple-knew-about-icloud-security-issues-dev-says-24347817/
      Then it was the event.
      http://metro.co.uk/2014/09/09/iphone-6-launch-the-8-most-awkward-moments-from-apples-event-4862673/
      Then bent iPhones and then to add to the miseries iOS 8.0.1 turned iPhones into door stops. Also their anti tracking Wifi only works when basically everything is turned off.
      And now this pops up. http://venturebeat.com/2014/09/24/iphone-6-has-serious-camera-problems-say-toms-hardware-testers/
      This has to be Apple's worst release.

    That's not really a "bend test", it's a destructive deformation test. The better test would be to see what amount of pressure is needed to permanently deform these phones. You don't want to bend them until they break, only until they bend so much as to remain deformed after the pressure has been relieved.

      That's exactly what the first part of the testing was, pressure until the device bent to the point of deformation...

        Was going to say the same. I applied a fair amount of force to my HTC One M7, doesn't budge, so if it's the same for the iPhone then this is a non-issue.

    I love this '9 complaints' figure. That just means 9 people have emailed or called Apple about it. It won't count anyone who has gone into an Apple store and got a replacement unit, or JB, Harvey Norman etc. Those are warranty replacements, not 'complaints'.

    I thought the problem was the weakness in the volume part of the case. They were testing the middle (strongest) part of the phone.

    Am I the only one who thinks this is just Apple's attempt to stop fat people buying their products? dirty 35kg skinny jean thick rimmed glasses wearing hipsters

    Don't forget the iPhone 5 was bending too.
    And the iPhone 4 was "Dont hold it like that".

    This video was helpful for those that want to know how much it would take to bend a phone. However, it is useless to me because I don't think that by putting your phone in you back pocket, it will allow your phone to bend. If that really were the case that it does bend, just put it in your front pocket!

      I believe people were reporting their phone being bent in the front pocket?

    I think the iPhone 6 plus won't bend from the middle because it got the battery in side to hold the pressure it will bend from the volume buttons. when put in the jeans pocket it may bend from the volume buttons because upper part of the phone is out of the pocket.I think during the test they apply the pressure to the middle of the phone and battery inside the cover may hold the pressure so it won't bend from the middle.I agree with simithy

    http://www.news.com.au/technology/gadgets/iphone-6-plus-display-models-targeted-by-apple-store-visitors-trying-to-bend-them/story-fn6vihic-1227075268742

    This bending of phones is getting really stupid. Seriously, every single year, when Apple releases new iPhones, people seem to have their IQ decreased by at least 15 percent! The madness that is revolving a simple phone is beyond my comprehension. How can people be this stupid?

    Is it that hard to understand that if you apply pressure/bending acceleration to anything, it will bend? Apply pressure on your car bonnet and it will bend, just about anything made of metal bends, because metals are malleable! The iPhone 6 is no exception: http://www.latestapplenews.com/iphone/everyone-is-bending-iphone-6 There you can about every other phone getting bent.

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