New iPhones 'don't bend' says CI Member

29 Sep 2014

Claims that the Apple iPhone 6 has a major design fault that makes it ‘bend’ have been disproved by CI Member Consumer Reports (CR).


Apple’s smartphones  - and its competitors - were stress tested with a “three-point flexural test,” in which the phone is supported at two points on either end, with force then applied at a third point on the top.  You can see the testing in this video.

CR applied and measured the force using a high-precision Instron compression test machine. Along with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and HTC One (M8) were tested as well as the iPhone 5.

Results showed that all the phones tested proved to be pretty tough. The iPhone 6 Plus, the more robust of the new iPhones, started to deform at 90 pounds of force and came apart with 110 pounds of force.

With those numbers, it slightly outperformed the HTC One (which is largely regarded as a sturdy, solid phone), as well as the smaller iPhone 6, yet underperformed in comparison to some other smartphones.

Throughout most of the testing, the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 bent, then recovered completely from each step up in force. But at 130 pounds, the case of the G3 fractured. At 150 pounds of force, the Note 3's screen splintered and it stopped working.

Despite some serious damage, some of the phones continued to work, CR reports.

CR said any of these phones should stand up to typical use.

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