Placeholder Image

Subtitles section Play video

  • This video sparked an online viral storm

  • about the new iPhone 6 smartphones And how they bend under pressure

  • From there, #bendgate took off on social media with people bending their phones

  • Blaming tight pants and spoofing the whole story

  • Consumer Reports wanted to bring some science to the matter

  • And find out how much force does it take

  • For a phone to bend and not bend back

  • So we took 6 smartphones, including the new iPhones, into our lab for stress testing

  • We used what's called an Instron compression test machine. Right behind me.

  • We started at 10 pounds of force for 30 seconds, then release

  • The we upped the force in 10 pound increments and noted it when the phone first began to deform

  • Our test lineup, the iPhone 6 Plus, obviously

  • Along with its comfortably sized competitors, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G3

  • We also tested the smaller iPhone 6 along with the HTC One M8

  • For apple fans still holding on their iPhone 5, we put that one in, too.

  • We tested 1 sample of each. Turns out,

  • it takes a lot of force to permanently bend one of these new iPhones

  • And all the other phones we tested for that matter

  • Even the phones that bent first, the iPhone 6 and HTC One took 70lbs of force before bending permanently

  • The iPhone 6 Plus took more punishment at 90 lbs

  • But the smaller, thicker precursor, the iPhone 5 outperformed both of siblings at our test

  • The no noticeable deformation until 130 lbs of force

  • Finally, there was the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3

  • which sprang back to form up until we applied 130 lbs and 150 lbs respectably

  • At that point, their screens separated from their cases and stopped working

  • For comparison, we put a few pencils in the Intron

  • It took 80 pounds of force to break 4

  • I've got 4 right hereI've got 4 right here. And I can tell you, that's pretty tough

  • Alright, maybe 3

  • And this is what 100 lbs of force look like on a tennis ball, fresh out of the can

  • One note, a bent phone is bad, but can still function

  • All the iPhones and HTC One looked beat up after our initial test, but were still working

  • So we went further to see how much more they could take. As we moved beyond 90 lbs of force

  • Screens on those phones started separating from their cases

  • The iPhone 5 held up the longest of these 4, maxing out at 150 lbs of force

  • Apple's official response is

  • "With normal use, a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, "

  • "a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus"

  • So what's the bottom line for bendgate? Well, based on our comparative here at Consumer Reports

  • While not the strongest phones on the market, fear of a serious structural design flaw in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus seem overblown

  • Follow our ongoing coverage of the new iPhone 6's and all of our electronic reviews

  • at

This video sparked an online viral storm

Subtitles and vocabulary

Operation of videos Adjust the video here to display the subtitles

B1 US iphone bend htc iphones bending bent

iPhone Bending: Consumer Reports' Lab Results

  • 4398 207
    Go Tutor posted on 2014/10/24
Video vocabulary