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Bending Perspective

Bending perspective

The recent news of the iPhone 6 Plus possibly being susceptible to bending has caused strong reactions, from all sides. Another year, another controversy that hasn’t gone quietly, at least yet. A new iPhone is big news and an even bigger target. People love to find a chink in the aluminum-clad armor of Apple’s iPhones. Within hours of the first report on MacRumors, there were trending hashtags for #bendgate and in less than 24 hours, it was being woefully distorted by major news networks.

Bending perspective

The Pocket

Let’s clear something up. No phone, regardless of its size, should ever find its way to your back pocket. That’s never a good idea, despite a bevy of ass shots posted on the Internet showing how the bigger iPhone 6 fits in rear pockets of skinny jeans. Skinny, Cargo, Loose fit. It doesn’t matter, your rear-end is not an Otterbox.

Rear ends iPhone 6

For most folks, the front pocket has been a safe haven of sorts for their iPhones. These are mobile devices and it seems a bit incredulous to me at the suggestion these phones shouldn’t be pocketable. If you wear skin tight jeans that can’t hold your car keys, than no. If you’ve been able to comfortably pocket your previous iPhones, in theory, you should be able to do the same with the iPhone 6, allowing a bit more room for the Plus. If this causes your phone to be at a bend point when sitting, you might need to re-evaluate your plans or pants.

That leads us to the gentlemen who bent his iPhone 6 Plus as a result of carrying it in his front pocket. His iPhone 6 Plus was in his pocket for 18 hours. During that time, he was sitting, dancing and driving. If he were carrying the iPhone 5s, would it have bent? Just how much pressure was applied to the phone and would most consider it reasonable? Because he got the Plus, he shouldn’t carry it in his pocket? Or maybe he should buy baggier pants?

Bendgate iPhone 6 Plus

I have no idea if this is an isolated issue and if the stress was beyond an acceptable amount of pressure. No one does, save for the guy whose phone is now curved. I would think he would have felt the stress on the phone, to the point where maybe it was uncomfortable. Maybe that’s the bar for the rest of us. This is just one data point, but one that’s worth noting, should more folks start reporting this as a problem.

The Video

Within a day of this news, this video showed just what happens when you take your $1k iPhone and attempt to bend it. Guess what, it bends and ultimately, breaks. Unfortunately, this has become the story. It’s a wild perversion of the original report. There is a big difference between dancing the night away with your iPhone and intentionally inflicting damage. I’ve seen people respond in different ways to the video. The less technical are being led into the direction that it bending under extreme force is somehow not entirely normal. The more rational crowd accepts this as nothing more than craziness. Either way, the focus has shifted from a mildly concerning report to this year’s version of will it blend¬†bend.

It’s important that we have perspective. The iPhone 6 Plus is incredibly thin. For its size, it’s light thanks in part to the aluminum body. It stands to reason that it might be more susceptible to bending than the iPhone 6, which has been proven out by the latest video comparing a number of big phones. The video, while incredibly popular (it’s approaching 12 million views), is infotainment and offers little in the way of knowing if this is a real-world issue. To his credit, he’s destroyed about $4,000 in high-end smartphones to provide us with a better understanding of which phones bend more than others. What matters should be regular users and how these phones respond to typical use. For now, there are only a handful of reports of bent iPhones and no substantial information on whether the damage was a result of an inordinate amount of stress. If and when that number increases will we know if this is a thing. For now, proceed with caution. Don’t drop it and for the love of Pete, keep it out of your back pocket.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Kevin

    September 24, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Well said! A little perspective is nice!

  2. zr_freak

    September 24, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Good article! It’s too bad this will be Samsung’s next commercial right after they air the iOS 8.0.1 debacle.

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