The iPhone 6 bends…when you apply unreasonable and unnecessary pressure to bend it? Who would have thought! And like many things we read on the Internet, the less-than-scientific hysteria over #Bendgate doesn’t stand up to a rigorous stress test. That’s exactly what Consumer Reports did, and came away with the conclusion that the problem is non-existent, at least within the boundaries of normal use.
The lab used a standard crush test instrument made by Instron (this is what computer labs like HP have used for decades, and it’s what all phone manufacturers use to check their devices), and engaged in a ‘three point bend’ test. The iPhone 6 Plus, the more robust of the new iPhones in our testing, started to deform when we reached 90 pounds of force, and came apart with 110 pounds of force. With those numbers, it slightly outperformed the HTC One (which is largely regarded as a sturdy, solid phone), as well as the smaller iPhone 6, yet underperformed some other smart phones.
So yeah, the iPhone 6 Plus does bend, but not more so than other phones. It actually outperforms the iPhone 6, although in all fairness, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 came come out much sturdier, requiring more than double the amount of force to deform. Still, unless you’re actually trying to bend it, or performing extreme sitting (as MKBHD would say), you have nothing to worry about.