Early on Tuesday, September 23, a series of reports surfaced that cited several owner complaints about the iPhone 6 Plus, and the new handset bending in their pockets.
We also saw a YouTube video that put the iPhone 6 Plus through a “bend test,” to see how it fares.
Not surprisingly, if you apply quite a bit of force on your iPhone 6 Plus it does bend. This has promoted YouTubers to do the ridiculous (I’ll explain why shortly) bend test on Android based smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4, and I’m sure we’ll see many more.
As you can see in the video below, the Galaxy S4 not only bends, but the screen also cracks.
I find these videos a little ridiculous as no one in their right mind will put so much pressure on their device, and if they do then they’re most likely going to damage it. It won’t come as a surprise if a person ends up bending their iPhones when he or she puts it in the back pocket and sits on it. If you do a quick online search, you will find that Samsung and Sony smartphones bend in people’s pocket too. There were reports of iPhone 5 also bending in the pocket.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s are made of aluminum casing. Aluminum is a malleable metal, and the fact that the new iPhones are thinner and in the case of the iPhone 6 Plus much bigger, probably makes them even more prone to bending depending on weight of the person, how tight the jeans is, and how the phone is secured in the pocket.
Should we be concerned? Personally, I am not concerned, but I will certainly be more careful about how I put my iPhone 6 Plus in the pocket, which I think is the positive from this fiasco. If I was using an iPhone 6, then I would be even less worried.
Samsung Galaxy S4 was launched in early 2013, and the bending issue as seen in the video has never been an concern, or it would have been blown out of proportion like some people are doing currently. These videos are nothing but the “Will it Blend” videos of 2014.
It will be interesting to see if this issue turns into a “Bendgate” like iPhone 4’s now infamous Antennagate issue, which I thought was a non-issue. I wouldn’t be surprised if the tech media does it again.
Let me know what you think? Are you concerned about the bending issue?