Well it seems that the bendgate that plagued the iPhone 6 and 6 plus devices has hit Samsung’s latest flagship the Galaxy S6 Edge. This video shows a comparison between the iPhone 6, HTC One (M9) and the Galaxy S6 Edge.
For those of you who don’t feel the need to watch the video, here’s the comparison of the three side by side. Personally I find it fascinating that despite (to our knowledge) no S6 Edge or One (M9) devices being brought back bent that companies are already trying to bend the phones but more importantly that Square Trade find it important enough to build a machine with the specific purpose of bending phones and measuring the force taken to bend and break them.
|Phone||bend pressure||total failure|
|iPhone 6||110lb (49.9kg)||179lb (81.2kg)|
|HTC One (M9)||120lb (54.4kg)||120lb (54.4kg)|
|Galaxy S6 Edge||110lb (49.9kg)||149lb (67.6kb)|
So as you can see, by the numbers; the iPhone 6 holds up really well but the question needs to be asked: What are people doing that is creating 60kg+ of pressure on an electronic device in their pockets without them noticing it occurring?
Samsung have responded to this video with a statement and video of their own. The statement questions the validity of the test, not only in day to day use (and abuse) of mobile phones. Noting that in their testing, a “normal use” case of someone perhaps having their phone in their back pocket and sitting on it will generate 66lb (30kg) of force on the phone which is well inside the bend point of the device.
Samsung also note that the tests only pressure the front of the phone, where the rear has been left alone. Some devices have different durabilities to the front and rear of the device which may adversely affect the results of the test.
For this reason being, Samsung will officially deliver our statement to SquareTrade and ask them to conduct the stress test again which targets both front and back sides, and open the test result to the public.
Regardless of the reasoning, it’s great to see Samsung conducting independent testing of their devices to such a high level and responding; rather than dismissing the tests conducted by Square trade. Only time will tell if the new Android flagship devices hold up to the rigours of day to day use, but rest assured that we’ll be on top of it should anything erupt.
Is this Bendgate for Android, or is it a storm in a teacup?