Consumer Reports Bend Tested a Variety of Smartphones(▼)(▲)
September 27, 2014
Two days ago, the Internet erupted with photos of bent iPhone 6s, and a very-viral video of a guy creasing an iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands. It seemed like a serious concern, yet everything about the uproar was highly unscientific. We don’t like unscientific, so we promised then that we would use our lab equipment to find out just how delicate the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus really are. We also promised to run the same tests on comparable smart phones. We’ve done that now, and our tests show that both iPhones seem tougher than the Internet fracas implies.
So much for Bendgate.
On a somewhat related topic, I'm impressed that pockets are strong enough to concentrate 110 pounds of pressure on something without ripping or otherwise relieving the force. I've never really thought about it, but as John Siracusa noted in the latest ATP, cloth is a surprisingly strong material. Also, you have to be a special class of stupid to feel that much pressure accumulating and continue trying to force your device into that position instead of just taking it out of your pocket.