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Apple iPhone 6 Bendgate: Top 10 Tweets

Apple says a bend in the iPhone 6 Plus is "extremely rare" but that didn't stop anyone from poking fun.

iPhone 6 Plus users are bent out of shape -- quite literally. Bendgate, as the scandal has been dubbed on social media, surfaced this week after photos and videos went viral showing how easily the device bends in users' back pockets.

Apple addressed concerns Thursday and said that only nine customers have complained about the device being too flimsy. In a statement, the company backed the construction of the iPhone 6 Plus, which it says is made with a lightweight aluminum shell and reinforced with stainless steel and titanium inserts.

"We also perform rigorous tests throughout the entire development cycle including 3-point bending, pressure point cycling, sit, torsion, and user studies," Apple said. "With normal use, a bend in an iPhone is extremely rare."

Nevertheless, the Internet was more than happy to poke fun at Bendgate, with a number of brands and users chiming in with some great reactions. Here are our favorites -- share yours in the comments section below.

1. Samsung

2. The iPhone 6 Plus repair kit

3. LG USA

4. Dali meets the iPhone 6 Plus

5. iPhone 6 Flex

6. Lenovo UK & Ireland

7. Spatula 6 Plus

8. KitKat

9. iPhone 6 Plus origami

10. Heineken

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Kristin Burnham
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10/3/2014 | 3:57:54 PM
Re: very funny
Glad you liked them. There was another that I didn't include that showed what happens if you put a MacBook Pro in your pocket (hint: it wasn't pretty). 
Kristin Burnham
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10/3/2014 | 3:55:48 PM
Re: Market power
A number of brands capitalized on Apple's (debunked) misfortune -- and a lot of them were really funny. I don't blame Samsung for cashing in, either. When an opportunity arises, of course a competitor is going to hop on it.
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10/3/2014 | 3:51:53 PM
Re: Does make you wonder
@Stevew928 -- spot on. Bendgate has pretty much been debunked by now, but it cause such a stink that nearly everyone questioned Apple and whether or not it should have brought the 6 Plus to market. Ye of little faith...
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9/29/2014 | 1:26:53 PM
Bendgate the Consumer reports version

According to today's report from Consumer Report testers bendgate is being overblown, while the iPhone 6 is a little less sturdy that previous versions the mass reported bending appears to be exaggerated. This week we should test the battery life! Can't wait for the video!

Thomas Claburn
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9/26/2014 | 5:18:40 PM
Market power
It's interesting that all these companies seize on social controversy surrounding Apple. Social media appears to me to be fundamentally parasitic.
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9/26/2014 | 3:11:34 PM
Origami iPhone
I would like a phone with a fold-out display someday...but not an origami iPhone like this. Funny stuff.
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9/26/2014 | 1:34:52 PM
Salvador Dali wins
I vote for the Salvador Dali iPhone. Great visual pun.
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9/26/2014 | 12:33:29 PM
Physical wear and tear

I love the creativity in all the videos, LOL! Seriously though, not enough people have had the phone long enough to determine if it's a real issue or just a defect in some of the phones. Time will tell if the iphone bends, breaks or is just fine under regular wear. I would be interested in knowing if Apple tests the physical phone for wear along with the software testing.

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