Nathan Olivarez-Giles, The Wall Street Journal:
Having put the new iPhones through its gauntlet of durability tests this weekend, SquareTrade found that the iPhone 6 holds up impressively well in drops, spills and slips — despite the fact that the new, thinner iPhones are tougher to hold onto given their smooth edges and bigger screens.
The iPhone 6 Plus fared well, too, managing to beat out Samsungâ€™s Galaxy S5 as â€œthe most durable phone with a screen larger than five inches.â€ This comes as a surprise, and not only because the Galaxy S5 is known for its waterproofing, but also because hundreds have already taken to Twitter to gripe that an iPhone 6 purchase means a case purchase, too.
If I were to purchase an iPhone 6 or a 6 Plus I would definitely get a case. For two reasons: one is the ugly toyish-looking antenna bands, and the other is for insurance, just in case I have it in my pants and sit on it. It would not be a leather case or a thin plastic case; it would be one of those foam-polycarbonate-metal-constructed rugged cases. John Gruber on the iPhone 6 Plus getting bent:
I cannot believe that this â€œbent iPhone 6 Plusâ€ thing is becoming a thing. […] If you feel pressure like this on your iPhone 6 in your pocket, you need looser pants. And if you put your phone in your back pocket and sit on it, Iâ€™m not sure what to tell you.
I think it unreasonable to assume no one will ever sit down with an iPhone 6 Plus in her front or back pocket. We all make mistakes, but this kind of â€˜mistakeâ€™ should not lead to a bent phone. You are wearing the wrong type of pants? I think the more accurate assessment would be: Apple needs to make the iPhone 6 Plus more resilient to being bent inside pockets.
In the meantime perhaps the UnderTech Undercover Womanâ€™s Concealment Short Shorts (takes you to Amazon.com) can be modified to carry an iPhone 6 Plus.