The iPhone 6 reportedly bends in users' pockets


— 9:15 AM on September 24, 2014

Oh, dear. After antennagate, here comes bendgate. Turns out there's a downside to making an extremely thin phone out of a pretty malleable material. MacRumors reports that some iPhone 6 users are finding that their phones bend under pressure—even from just sitting in their front pockets all day.

Unbox Therapy sacrificed an iPhone 6 Plus to confirm the validity of the reports, and it turns out that yes, the new aluminum handset is pretty bendy, if you apply a reasonable amount of pressure to it:

"Will this happen in your front pocket?" says Unbox Therapy. "That probably depends on how tight your pants are and how often you're wearing this in your pocket. I think it could."

Sweet.

Unbox Therapy conducted a similar test with Samsung's Galaxy Note 3. While that device definitely flexes under pressure, it also springs back into shape. The verdict: no damage even with "the same or maybe more force" as in the iPhone 6 Plus test.

In related news, Android Authority reported last week that Google may introduce its next wave of Nexus devices, including the Nexus 6 phone, on October 16. If I were in the market for a new phone, I expect I'd probably wait another few weeks at this point.

Update 4:41 PM: Unbox Therapy's latest video suggests the 4.7" iPhone 6 is much less bendy than than the iPhone 6 Plus.

   
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