The buzz that was created around the #bendgate issue of iPhone 6 Plus last year must still be resounding in fan’s minds. It was supposed to bend in user’s pocket. The debate of whether Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is as bendable as Apple’s smartphone is picking up in the market. US Insurance firm SquareTrade has also joined the ranks of entities debating over the bend ability subject.
The company employed a new robot named ‘bendbot’ in order to test the devices from Apple, HTC and Samsung to compare the bend ability of each phone. All these handsets were bent to the extent of breaking point. This was the point where the phone did not work at all. A weight of 110 pounds had to be applied to bend iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy S6.
The breaking point of iPhone 6 was reached at 179 pounds. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge could bear only 149 pounds before it broke down completely. Moreover, the glass screen of Galaxy S6 Edge began to shatter way before the Apple’s device.
The other devices like HTC One M9 bent too, but broke down when a pressure of 120 pounds was applied to it. Since the power button is in the center of this device, once the bending started it was impossible to turn on and turn off the device.
According to Jessica Hoffman of Square Trade, “Bendability may be good in the yoga studio, but it is not what you want in a mobile device. Last fall’s Bendgate caught many by surprise, but as manufacturers strive for larger screens on thinner devices, they can be more susceptible to bending or snapping. SquareTrade Labs’ tests reveal that while the iPhone 6 Plus bends, the Galaxy S6 Edge cracks under pressure.”