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Tests show that a Samsung Note 3 is far less bendy than an iPhone 6

You can’t help but have heard over the last few days that Apple appears to have something of a problems with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets bending when carried in owners' pockets. #bendgate has become something of a phenomenon, and concerns have been raised about other similar large phones' susceptibility to bending. Now, independent tests have shown that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is much more robust than the new iPhone, although the new Galaxy Note 4 is yet to be tested.

Don't worry – your Note 3 is far less likely to bend in your pocket than an iPhone 6. / © Consumer Reports

Lots of photos and videos have sprung up online, apparently showing that Apple's latest handset is prone to serious damage when carried in a front pocket. While this is concerning for anyone who has invested in an iPhone 6, it is also a worry for anyone who owns – or is thinking about buying – other large phones or phablets. Just how likely is it that your handset will bend?

Stress tests carried out by Consumer Reports found that it took 90 pounds of pressure to deform an iPhone 6, while 100 pounds was needed to cause major case damage. Interestingly, the larger iPhone 6 Plus actually provided to be more resilient in pressure tests; it took 90 pounds to cause deformation, and 110 pounds to cause case separation.

The tests were carried out on a number of popular handsets – iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, HTC One (M8), LG G3, and Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Of the six phones, it was Samsung's phablet that fared the best, proving itself able to handle the greatest forces. It took an incredible 150 pounds of pressure to cause damage. When less force was applied, the Note 3 bent, but returned to its original shape

It's possible that the whole #bendgate story has been blown slightly out of proportion, but it's fair to say that not all phones are built equal. Hats off to Samsung for producing what appears to be one of the stronger handsets on the market.

Will you take these results into account when deciding between plastic or metal smartphones?


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  • I like what Motorola did with the Moto X and its plastic backing (which already has that soft rubber surface) and I truly <3 what they did with the 2nd gen Moto X (replacing the plastic sides / front with metal) ....

    No bends in the Moto X / Moto G (regardless of complaints about the batter and lack of micro sd card slot - both are a better phone then the iPhone 6) ...

    As much as I fancy a leather backing on the new Moto X? I am seeing reports online that it does scuff easily (another issue - if you’re purchasing online? your choices are only Natural leather (light brown), Cognac leather (medium brown), Navy leather (almost black) - Black leather is only reserved for contract carrier (Boo! Hiss!) ...

  • Plastic is better than metal in every way. If you drop your iPhone, it will have dents on the back. If you drop your S5, it won't. Even if it does, you can change the back cover with a new one. Let's see you do that on an iPhone! And then this. Plastic returns to its original state after being bent, whereas metal does not.

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