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Follow-up 'Bendgate' video finds iPhone 6 less flexible than iPhone 6 Plus

One day after a YouTube video demonstrated that Apple's iPhone 6 Plus can indeed bend under focused pressure, a second test on Wednesday extends the process to the iPhone 6, as well as the HTC One M8, new Moto X, Nokia Lumia 1020 and Apple's own iPhone 5s.


Source: Unbox Therapy via YouTube


Lewis Hilsenteger from YouTube channel Unbox Therapy is back with another stress test exploring the so-called "Bendgate" kerfuffle kicked up by iPhone 6 Plus owners who found that carrying their smartphone in a front pants pocket can result in bending issues. Hilsenteger conducted an identical test on the iPhone 6 Plus yesterday, showing that the device's thinness and material choice makes it susceptible to flexing.

With his latest video, the YouTuber applies the same barehand lever technique to the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, HTC One M8, Motorola's revamped Moto X and Nokia's Lumia 1020. Compared to the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, it appears the iPhone 6 requires much more force to flex, and the final result is only slight bend in the frame. Hilsenteger notes that the kink can be reset by applying pressure in the opposite direction.

The result is unsurprising given the smaller surface area. Also, physics.



As for the HTC One M8, the bend test caused the screen to pop out slightly from the casing, while internal adhesive bonds can be heard crunching as they become unseated.

Coming out practically unscathed from the test was the Moto X, which sports an arched back and comparatively thick body design. Testing Nokia's polycarbonate Lumia saw the display break free in certain spots only to return to its original position once pressure was removed.

Finally, the 4-inch iPhone 5s was found nearly unbendable, which Hilsenteger believes is thanks to the smaller form factor.