LG G3 + Samsung Note 3 Come Out On Top In ‘Bengate’ Pressure Test
What was revealed was that the iPhone 6 and not the iPhone 6 Plus was prone to bending more so than the big iPhone.
Consumer Reports weighed into the argument refuting claims that the iPhone 6 Plus could easily bend.
After testing both models of new iPhone, as well as some other smartphones and phablets, the lab found that while the new iPhones were indeed less resilient than the iPhone 5 or Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, the LG’s G3 smartphone was the smartphone that was difficult to permanently bend like the Note 3, but shattered at 130 pounds of force.
The biggest surprise in the testing was that the iPhone 6, the 4.7-inch model, was the more “bend-prone” of the two new iPhones, showing signs of permanent deformation (bending) at 70 pounds of force, with complete screen separation occurring at the 100 pounds of force mark. The iPhone 6 Plus, which has been the focus of the videos, withstood 90 pounds of force before bending, and 110 pounds before breaking, reports AppleInsider.
The HTC One (M8) was the most prone to bending of the models tested, bending at 60 pounds of force and with screen separation at 90 pounds. The “winner” of the testing was the Galaxy Note 3, which tended to recover from the force tests (although not 100 percent) until finally breaking outright at 150 pounds of pressure.
In second place was the iPhone 5, which bent at 130 pounds and broke at the same 150 pounds as the Note. LG’s G3 smartphone was difficult to permanently bend like the Note 3, but shattered at 130 pounds of force.
The revelation that metal tends to bend while plastic tends to snap should come as no surprise to most grade-school science students, but the testing does show that Apple’s decision to make the iPhone 6 10 percent thinner the iPhone 5 did come with a compromise, despite the strengthening efforts the company made. During its tour of the iPhone testing facilities, Apple noted that its new phones could withstand pressure of at least 55 pounds of force.
It should also be noted that the iPhone 6, at 6.9mm, and the iPhone 6 Plus at 7.1mm were the two thinnest phones tested. The iPhone 5 is 7.6mm thick, the Galaxy Note 3 is 8.3mm, the LG G3 is 8.9mm and the HTC One was 9.35mm.