Independent researcher downplays Apple’s ‘bendgate’ woes

Non-profit US tester performs formal tests; concludes iPhone 6 models ‘stand up to typical use’

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Independent researcher downplays Apple’s ‘bendgate’ woes Users complained that the handsets were bending, even when carried in a front pocket. (TWITTER/Nelson Cardoz)
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 30, 2014

A US non-profit bench-testing firm has downplayed the significance of recent complaints made against Apple Inc's iPhone 6 series, which several users had claimed bent in trouser pockets.

GALLERY: iPhone 6 handsets

GALLERY: Apple Watch

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As ITP.net reported earlier this week, YouTube review blog Unbox Therapy posted a video where a presenter claimed his iPhone 6 Plus was slightly bent. He then performed a bend test on the phone using his bare hands. It was not only impossible to gauge the exact force he exerted, but also impossible to determine if he used the phone that was already bent as the test subject.

According to a report from The Guardian, US company, Consumer Reports, conducted formal three-point flexural tests, in which it measured the force exerted on a number of different handsets from different vendors.

Consumer Reports found that the 5-inch HTC One M8 bent under the same force as the 4.7-inch iPhone 6; the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus proved stronger than both. Other handsets included in the tests were the LG G3, Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3, all of which proved more robust than the One M8 or either of the iPhone 6 models.

According to Consumer Reports, deformation occurred at 70lbs of force for both the One M8 and iPhone 6; at 90lbs for the iPhone 6 Plus; at 130lbs for the G3 and iPhone 5; and at 150lbs for Samsung's Galaxy Note 3.

Consumer Reports regarded the results as demonstrating the resilience of all the handsets involved.

GALLERY: iPhone 6 handsets

GALLERY: Apple Watch

ANALYSIS: Just another iLaunch, or a new line in the sand?

EDITOR'S CHOICE: Apple rivals poke fun at 'late-to-the-party' iPhone 6 Plus

"All the phones we tested showed themselves to be pretty tough," the company said in its report. "While nothing is (evidently) indestructible, we expect that any of these phones should stand up to typical use."

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