The hottest news about the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus is unfortunately not the best news: the phones are bendable. While this was a selling point for some phones, like the LG G Flex, it is a design flaw for the new iPhones, as many disgruntled iPhone 6 users have discovered since the devices’ release earlier this month. When subjected to an iPhone bend test, initial results indicate that the iPhone 6 is significantly less bendable than the iPhone 6 Plus.
Lewis Hilsenteger of YouTube channel Unbox Therapy recently subjected both iPhone 6 models to the bend test. In Hilsenteger’s videos, he applies various amounts of pressure to different parts of the phone to gauge how it responds. When comparing the iPhone 6 video to that of the iPhone 6 Plus, it seems like the bendability issues that have made the news are much more likely to occur in the iPhone 6 Plus than they are in the iPhone 6.
“The smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 appears to be much less malleable than the larger iPhone 6 Plus. While the 6 Plus bent significantly near the volume buttons under the force inflicted by Hilsenteger, he is unable to do as much damage to the iPhone 6,” MacRumors reports.
It seems that the added length of the iPhone 6 Plus has compromised the durability of the sleek phone design, but damage can still be prevented by keeping the phone in a case or not keeping the phone in a back pocket when sitting down. While the iPhone 6 Plus bent significantly at the volume buttons, “it’s unlikely that the force Hilsenteger used in the original video will be replicated inside of a pocket,” says MacRumors.
It’s important to note that this is not the first issue Apple has had with iPhones bending. According toCult of Mac, “Back when the iPhone 5 first came out, there were a surprising number of reports of people whose iPhones suddenly bent themselves,” with the bending occurring around the volume buttons, similar to the current iPhone 6 issue. The problem persisted with the 5s.
iPhone Versus Android
While it has been proven that the iPhone 6 is sturdier than the iPhone 6 Plus, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the iPhone 6 will get a free pass from the critical eye of the media. To put it to the real test, Hilsenteger made a follow-up video to see how the iPhone 6 compared to Android phones. According toCNET, the HTC One M8 “cracked under pressure,” the Lumia “did apparently make some cracking noises,” and the new Moto X was declared a solid phone.
In the end, the iPhone 6 falls somewhere comfortably in the middle of the durability spectrum with most other phones, while the iPhone 6 Plus, according to the iPhone bend test, is a little more pliable than most. While it would be better if the iPhone 6 Plus were made a bit stronger, extra precautions can be taken to ensure that the phone doesn’t bend, such as buying a protective case and being mindful of tight pockets.