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9/25/2014
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Eric Zeman
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6 Things Not To Do With iPhone 6

Got a shiny new Apple iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? Here's a tip: Don't bend, blend, shoot, drop, submerge, smash, or otherwise destroy it.
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Every year, people buy Apple's latest products only to destroy them. Rather than destroying them in private for their own amusement, however, these folks film, photograph, or otherwise document the event and share it for the entire world to see.

This year is no different. Both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been subject to an array of abuse that should make everyone wince, considering the money and materials being wasted. But of all the torture tests published so far, only one stands out as a legitimate concern. Yes, I'm talking about Bend Gate.

Reports have surfaced across the web suggesting the iPhone 6 Plus is bendable. First, let's clarify that statement: Yes, the iPhone 6 Plus can be bent. And, no, it is not bendable. If it were bendable, it would return to its original shape. Numerous images show the phone torqued to a certain degree so that it no longer sits flat on an even surface -- in other words, people with iPhones have bent them. One person claims his iPhone 6 bent while in his front pants pocket. It's easier to believe the device was in his back pocket, and he accidentally sat on it. Surely that's how some iPhones have been bent by their owners.

The iPhone 6 Plus is not meant to be bent, but some smartphones are. For example, the LG G Flex and the Samsung Galaxy Round both feature curved displays and flexible, bendable frames that return to their original shape after being torqued. As you can probably guess, the G Flex and Galaxy Round are both made of plastic, not metal like the iPhone 6 Plus.

Interestingly, the bent iPhones don't have broken displays. Some have a significant bend in the metal frame (most often right below the volume buttons). It's a testament to the flexibility and strength of the glass protecting the screen that it hasn't shattered.

One possible reason people are reporting bent iPhones is because the device is so thin. At 7.1 mm, it is thinner than most other smartphones on the market. The obvious principles of thickness and strength apply to the iPhone just as they do to everything else.

Beyond being bent, the iPhone 6 has been abused in a number of different ways by people seeking pageviews. In this slideshow, we recommend what not to do to your iPhone 6 -- or any other pricey gadgets you may own.

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ikhlas ahmed
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ikhlas ahmed,
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10/16/2014 | 3:24:00 AM
about note 4 and iphone 6, urgent help needed..
hey guys i want to buy a phone. i have my choice note 4 and iphone 6? which phone would be more better? as i have heard about iphone 6 damage i am bit confused. please guide me, thank you
mejiac
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mejiac,
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10/2/2014 | 10:35:21 AM
Re: "Don't bend your iPhone"
@Li tan,

One thing my wife is noticing after you got a really rugged case for her Iphone 6 is that the size increase to the point that is no longer comfortable for her to carry around in her pocket.

So like most of the media has pointed out, the added screen size does come it a set back, and it's the ergonomics or carrying and using the phone.

But like any technology, things grow and mature to the point that they become the norm (big screens)
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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10/2/2014 | 10:32:38 AM
Re: "Don't bend your iPhone"
I have to buy an iPhone 6 to support my wife - she works for Apple. I don't believe that you can bend an iPhone 6 so easily - at least it should have some strength, right? But anyway for the god's sake I will purchase a good plastic back-cover.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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9/30/2014 | 4:59:54 PM
Re: "Don't bend your iPhone"
@jgherbert,

Because of your same concerns, I got the protection plan just in case (at least for the first 6 months)
mejiac
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mejiac,
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9/30/2014 | 4:58:23 PM
Re: Bent Samsung S4
@TMagrini850,

 

Agreed, all devices are subject to Use Cases, and durability tests are done based on the most common forms of use, wear and tear.

So agreed, if you apply sufficient force to any phone (any device for that matter) it will break
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PedroGonzales,
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9/26/2014 | 10:07:43 PM
Re: Bent Samsung S4
@TMagrini850.  You are right.  In the end, people do not take care of their electronic devices.  If i'm buying a $600 Smartphone, you bet I will take care of it as good as some people take care of their pets.  May be Iphones should come with warning labels as they do with plastic bags. Do not drop, shoot or drop in water.    
TMagrini850
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TMagrini850,
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9/26/2014 | 12:26:46 PM
Bent Samsung S4
My son's Samsung S4 lasted exactly 10 days before it bent and stopped working.  He carried it in the front pocket of his jeans.  Any large, thin device is subject to bending under the right pressure.  Whether it's an Apple or Samsung device, it's an expensive piece of electronics.  Take proper care of it.
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micjustin33,
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9/26/2014 | 9:54:54 AM
Re: "Don't bend your iPhone"
Less than a week after the release of the iPhone 6 (and the iPhone 6 Plus), several users have already posted incriminating photos showing that the iPhone totally BENDS when put in certain pockets.

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tzubair,
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9/26/2014 | 8:31:48 AM
Not as sturdy...no problem.
Well I have done one of these (dropped the iphone) though it was by accident and the result, to my relief wasn't as devastating as my friends who had the similiar misfortune experienced. And the next thing I would welcome in iphone7 would be for it to be water resistant. Until then I am most inclined to try the water-test to check out the stopwatch timer till i lose my iphone to my curious instincts
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9/25/2014 | 2:36:36 PM
Well played
@Jgherbert gets bonus points for Legally Blonde reference. Nice.
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