The American magazine Consumer Reports suggest that the issue of bending of the newly released iPhones has been overblown. These reports have been prepared based on an independent inspections carried out by non-profit testers in the United States.
Other than finding out that reports of bending of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are not something as big as they are appearing to be, the tests also showed that the HTC One M8 also bends when the force capable of bending an iPhone 6 is applied on it. That’s not all; these testers also proved that the 5.5-inch phablet-like iPhone 6 Plus is much stronger than both its small brother and the HTC smartphone. However, it’s true that the two newly launched iPhone models have less strong body than the iPhone 5 released by Apple in 2012 (iPhone 5’s body was also used in the iPhone 5S marketed in 2013).
During the tests, the two new iPhone models and their predecessor iPhone 5 were tested against other popular smartphone models such as the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and LG G3. Testers used a compression testing device for carrying out a 3-point flexural test on the phones; the device was used to apply a measured force on each phone’s centre when it’s supported on both ends.
After the tests were over, the testers concluded that although it’s wrong to expect anything to be indestructible, the test results definitely present reasons to believe that all these smartphones are sturdy enough to endure typical use.
The test showed that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, which has a 7.1 mm thick body, would be bent permanently only if the centre of its rear is exposed to pressure exerted by an object weighing 31.8 kg (70 lb) or more than that. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6, on the other hand, will be deformed permanently when 40.8 kg or 90 lb of weight is placed on it. The test clearly showed that the iPhone 5 is much stronger than its two younger brothers as to bend it permanently one would require placing 58.9 kg or 130 lb of weight on it.
The 5-inch HTC One M8 also bends when exposed to 70 lbs of weight; and when an object weighing 90 lbs was placed on the HTC phone, its casing separated. The LG G3 was found to be as sturdy as the iPhone 5; it comes with the ability of resisting weight of up to 130 lbs. The phone that was found to have the strongest body was the 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3; it can withstand pressure exerted by objects weighing up to 150 lbs.
Consumer Reports’ electronics editor Glenn Derene explained that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus might not be the strongest smartphones the market currently has, but these Apple products cannot be categorized as devices carrying structural flaws.
Owners of the two new Apple phones can finally breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the features of their new smartphones.