If ‘bending’ is all Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus rivals have left, they’re roadkill

“I cannot believe that this ‘bent iPhone 6 Plus’ thing is becoming a thing,” John Gruber writes for Daring Fireball. “Watch this jackass’s video — inexplicably promoted by TIME magazine.”

“Should not we be amazed that his phone didn’t snap in half under this pressure?” Gruber asks. “That the glass didn’t fracture? Under pressure like this, bending but not breaking seems like an extraordinary feature.”

Brief article in full here.

“Now, it’s bent iPhones,” Kirk McElhearn writes for Kirkville. “Because someone didn’t realize that, when you sit on something, there’s this thing called physics that says that, when there’s enough pressure on something, it will either bend or break.”

“And, now, lots of websites are showing videos of them bending iPhones,” McElhearn writes. “As if it’s worth the cost of on iPhone to get a bunch of mindless people to watch a video of an iPhone getting bent.”

Read more in the full article here.

“Any phone made of metal is still subject to the laws of physics, but to reiterate that this isn’t exactly a problem exclusive to the iPhone 6, here’s a look at other Android and Apple phones that have bending problems,” Buster Hein reports for Cult of Mac. “Samsung’s phones are dominated by plastic, but it’s new metal-friendly Galaxy S4 devices are prone to bending in pockets too. XDA forum user Phonage reports his Galaxy S4 bent when he put it in his front jeans pocket.”

“Many Sony Xperia Z1 users reported their metal frame mysteriously bent for no reason at all after being left in rear pockets,” Hein reports. “One unfortunate CrackBerry user posted pics of his Q10 that never fell but is bent. ‘I’ve no clue what happened .. I’m so pissed.’ Other BlackBerry owners in the forum thread reported seeing similar bendings.”

Hein reports, “The HTC EVO 4G LTE is particularly susceptible to bending and breaking if you sit on it while docked in a cup holder.”

Bent HTC EVO 4G LTE
Bent HTC EVO 4G LTE

 
Read more and see all of the bent phones in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Here’s the recipe for iPhone FUD:

1. Identify an issue that all other smartphones have (i.e. cellular antenna attenuation, screens that can be scratched with materials that are harder than the screen, metal casing that can be scratched with materials that are harder than the metal casing, phishing easily-guessed passwords from people who fail to utilize two-factor and other provided protections to obtain photos taken with smartphones from online storage, metal cases that bend under extreme force, etc.) or concoct an issue which has no factual basis at all (i.e. iPhone 5c, which outsold all other non-iPhones on the planet, is a “failure.”)

2. Important: Pretend that issue is only attributable to Apple’s iPhone. Feign “concern.”

3. Make goofy videos using iPhone only to illustrate this issue that all other smartphones have. Continue to feign “concern.”

4. Blow said issue wildly out of proportion via the media echo chamber with much wringing of hands.

5. After Apple’s iPhone destroys you in premium smartphone sales, wonder why your iPhone FUD failed yet again.

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The Telegraph reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6 Plus: ‘It’s peerless’ – September 17, 2014
TechCrunch reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6: ‘The best smartphone available’ – September 17, 2014
USA Today’s Baig reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6/Plus: ‘Smartphone stars’ – September 17, 2014
Walt Mossberg reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6: ‘The best smartphone on the market’ – September 16, 2014
The Wall Street Journal reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6: ‘The best smartphone you can buy’ – September 16, 2014
Macworld reviews 64-bit iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Bigger is better (in the right hands) – September 16, 2014

80 Comments

    1. The iPhone 6 plus is more expensive than than the MacBook Air and therefor, it is expected that a $1000 investment would last more than few days before bending. Thinner is not always better. Few extra millimeters of aluminum would’ve made this device more durable. The first Macbook air had a similar problem triggered by slipping the notebook in and out of a case / backpack or by simply just using it on your lap. Apple fixed that issue in the next generation by simply adding a little more metal. I’ll wait for another year before I upgrade my 5S which is slightly bent as well.

      1. That doesn’t even make sense. A Ferrari is more expensive than most cars on the road, yet run it into a tree and see what happens. If you carry your iPhone (or any phone that has such a relatively large glass face for that matter) in a back pocket and sit on it often enough it’s going to bend (especially since aluminum is a relatively soft metal, combined with the heat from the device itself) or brake.

  1. The iPhone competition is very, very scared. 50 percent of iPhone 6 purchasers are comming from Android. Another 25 percent of purchasers are new to smartphones. This number is more impressive than it appears given the fact that many iPhone 4,4s,5 and 5s/5c customers that are now on yearly contracts are also upgrading. 49 million iPhone 5 users that purchased in the December quarter 2012 are eligible for upgrades. Extrapolating this out, 100 million or more Android users could upgrade to the iPhone 6 in just the December quarter. Apple is not going to make 200 million iPhone 6’s in the December 2014 quarter, but what this exercise proves is that Android is in deep shit.

    Using one’s entire strength to bend the Plus at the weakest point isn’t going to deter the vast majority of these upgraders. Although, It might deter the geniuses that thinks it is OK to microwave the thing.

  2. Some feckless Fandroid flounderer threw a new one by me today as a reason for Android selection – water resistance! I’d never heard that one before as I have never heard of anyone losing an iPhone to water (though I’m sure it’s happened). The new iPhone 6 is supposed to be more water resistant than it’s predecessors (but I wouldn’t go skindiving with it).

    As the noose tightens Fandroid go from larger phones (now denied to them) differences to whatever the next imagined desperate reason to own an Android phone is. Totally in 32-bit Antique Dealer denial. As in Malificent style “NO! – this cannot be!” Hilarious!

    1. I saw a video earlier today, it showed iphone6 and + submerged in water for 10 seconds and they survived. I did not expect that.

      Apple just does the right thing and it does not even mention it.

      Looking forward to a variation with no port using wireless charging and bluetooth headphones aka iPhone7.

  3. Anyone who is willing to put $AAPL iPhone in their pocket & then seat on it or force it to bend with extreme pressure should check to see if their parents are closely related.

    This is natural selection at work to ensure stupidity does not survive into the future.

  4. I sat on my banana it squished it must be defective, i sat on my sandwich its smashed sue subway, my candy bar melted in my pocket sue the candy maker, i put my glasses in my pocket and sat on them defective glasses. This is the lamest thing ever. And yeah the guy next to me at the bar 3 years ago had his “other” type of phone bent in his pocket.

  5. I see people breaking their electronics all the time, but that doesn’t mean I will break mine. In fact, taking care of what you own is a measure of the quality of your character, IMHO.

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