Consumer Reports: Smartphone Bend Test

Consumer Reports: At what force do smartphones deform? Here are the answers (in pounds):

  • HTC One (M8): 70
  • Apple iPhone 6: 70
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus: 90
  • LG G3: 130
  • Apple iPhone 5: 130
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3: 150

In his interview with Charlie Rose, Tim Cook boasted, “It’s never been about just making a larger phone… it’s been about making a better phone in every single way.” I realize heads of companies exaggerate, bend the truth a little, in the name of marketing. I also realize I am being a bit picky, but the Consumer Reports bend test shows the iPhone 5 — I assume the iPhone 5s will have similar results — can withstand up to almost twice as much force than the iPhone 6 before it deforms. I do not think anyone would consider that better.

Read The Blind Pursuit Of Thinness for more of my thoughts on why it was a mistake to make the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus so thin.