What’s yellow and bends in the middle? No, not a banana: if the latest media storm is to be believed, it’s the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. It’s the biggest phone Apple has ever built, but some reports suggest that its aluminium case makes it too easy to bend. Does the same problem apply to Samsung Galaxy Note owners?
It’s important to get some perspective first. Because it’s Apple the story is guaranteed to get lots of internet traffic, so it’s being blown out of all proportion. The truth is that anything made of aluminium, which of course includes the iPhone 6 Plus, can be bent if you apply enough force.
How much force is enough, and how does the Galaxy Note compare?
Bend me, shape me, any way you want me
It’s a bad idea to drop £700 on a phablet and use it as a chair cushion. Unsurprisingly, some iPhone 6 Plus users who’ve done that have ended up with misshapen phones. Do the same with any reasonably large smartphone and you’re running the risk of cracking the case, the screen or both.
It’s certainly possible to bend an iPhone 6 Plus with your bare hands (although why you’d want to, we don’t know), but then it was possible to do it with the iPhone 5 and 5S too. The bigger phone is easier to bend than its predecessors, but you still need to try pretty hard to do it.
How does that compare to similarly large phablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Note? It turns out that we don’t need to guess. The YouTube Unbox Therapy channel, whose video showed them bending an iPhone 6 Plus, subjected a Galaxy Note 3 to the same test. The Note survived unharmed.
You’d expect that, though. First of all the Note 3 is chunkier - 8.3 mm compared to the iPhone 6 Plus’s 7.1 mm - and shorter, and it’s made of plastic, not aluminium, so it’s less likely to bend. Plastic is more brittle, though, so it’s more likely to crack than bend if you apply enough force. The same is likely to apply to the Galaxy Note 4, which once again is chunkier than the iPhone 6.
Update: Now manufacturers are getting on the bandwagon in making a bit of a mockery of the bendgate iPhone 6 Plus bending fiasco. LG, Samsung and HTC recently posted a tweet which definitely added some fuel to the fire.
Designed to withstand the most demanding environments. Like your pockets. #HTCOneM8— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) September 24, 2014
What do you think? Do you live in constant fear of flattening your phablet or bending your phone?