After the “bendgate” saga that followed the iPhone 6 Plus generated so much interest, it was always inevitable that Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge — which are also made of metal — would be subjected to the same tests. And now even Samsung is doing its own to prove that its latest flagships aren’t as weak as others would have you believe.
The move follows a SquareTrade video that was released last week, which showed that both the Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge can be bent just as easily as the iPhone 6 Plus. In fact, the S6 edge seemed even more fragile, as its curved display shattered under less pressure that the iPhone’s display did.
But Samsung feels that SquareTrade’s test wasn’t fair. In a statement, the South Korean company said that the test subjected the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge to a very specific set of conditions which smartphones do not suffer during everyday use.
For instance, SquareTrade applied 110lbf of force to the devices it tested, but according to Samsung, our smartphones are rarely subjected to more than 66lbf when they’re in our back pockets. That’s a lot less than the 79lbf Samsung says the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge can withstand before bending.
Samsung, unlike SquareTrade, also uses a three-point test that applies pressure to the back and sides of its devices rather than just the front. You can watch the whole thing below.
Samsung insists that SquareTrade’s test may “mislead consumers about the entire durability of smartphones,” and so it is calling for the company to conduct the test again using the same three-point system.
If you’re thinking about picking up a Galaxy S6 or S6 edge, you really shouldn’t let tests like SquareTrade’s put you off. As Samsung says, they subject these devices to conditions that wouldn’t face under normal use, so you shouldn’t read too much into them.
So long as you look after your device — and keep it in a case if necessary — you shouldn’t have any problems with its durability.