iPhone 6 less susceptible to bending than iPhone 6 Plus

Harry Tunnecliffe
25 September, 2014
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iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, bend, macworld australiaAs was reported yesterday, stories describing how people bent their iPhone 6 Plus surfaced, including a video posted to YouTube, confirming the bending issue. A follow-up video has been released today, testing the flexibility of the smaller 4.7in iPhone 6, as well as the HTC One M8, Moto X, Nokia’s Lumia 1020 and even the older iPhone 5s. The results revealed that the 4.7in iPhone 6 does not share the same flexibility issues as the 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus.

The original story, now dubbed ‘bend-gate’, hit fever pitch yesterday, and was widely reported across all Australian media. Today’s video is the second from YouTube channel Unbox Therapy, and shows Lewis Hilsenteger testing out the various phones.

Hilsenteger discovered that the iPhone 6 requires a lot more force to produce only a fraction of the bending that is possible with the larger 6 Plus. The HTC One M8 and Nokia Lumia 1020 made loud cracking noises as the screens were slightly dislodged, but then returned to full working order. The Moto X performed the best, proving to be completely bend-free.

Although it is an older phone, the 5s was also tested, achieving a similar result to the Moto X. Hilsenteger made the obvious point that these results reflect the size of the devices when compared to the larger iPhone 6 Plus. The smaller form factor is the main reason for these phones being able to withstand a greater force and resist bending.

So while the iPhone 6 can still be slightly bent under large amounts of force, it is highly unlikely to be the subject of stories involving iPhones that bend in people’s pockets.

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