"Do you mind if I try to bend your phone?"

mikethebigo

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Like others that have posted here, I've run into a lot of people in the real world who see my iPhone 6 and say "I've heard it bends" or some variation of that.

I used to have a full defense ready (1: the initial video was faked, 2: 9 out of 10 million have been reported to bend, 3: consumer reports found it no more bendable than the HTC One or other smartphones, and 4: the opposite of love isn't hate, it's indifference, and the fact that so many people are passionate about the phone means Apple is doing something very right).

Of course, most people tune out halfway through that. So now I have a new strategy.

1. They ask if it bends
2. I ask them what phone they have
3. No matter what the response, I then ask "do you mind if I try to bend your phone?"

People always immediately respond "no!" They often look somewhat defeated when they realize their phone could also bend. Then, if I want to use a finishing move, I say "the fact that objects bend under force isn't a surprise, it's physics."

This actually so far has worked remarkably well, and just wanted to give this option to you guys that are still having to deal with this question as well!
 

MattMJB0188

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Tell them they can bend all the iphones they want. Just go to the Apple store. Tell them not to get caught, and don't foolishly video tape it. They'll be good to go.
 

vgamedude

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Like others that have posted here, I've run into a lot of people in the real world who see my iPhone 6 and say "I've heard it bends" or some variation of that.

I used to have a full defense ready (1: the initial video was faked, 2: 9 out of 10 million have been reported to bend, 3: consumer reports found it no more bendable than the HTC One or other smartphones, and 4: the opposite of love isn't hate, it's indifference, and the fact that so many people are passionate about the phone means Apple is doing something very right).

Of course, most people tune out halfway through that. So now I have a new strategy.

1. They ask if it bends
2. I ask them what phone they have
3. No matter what the response, I then ask "do you mind if I try to bend your phone?"

People always immediately respond "no!" They often look somewhat defeated when they realize their phone could also bend. Then, if I want to use a finishing move, I say "the fact that objects bend under force isn't a surprise, it's physics."

This actually so far has worked remarkably well, and just wanted to give this option to you guys that are still having to deal with this question as well!
not really sure what your point is, but I guess you're cool dude or something, that's what you want?

Honestly you better hope someone doesn't say yes and them own the new moto x or you're in for some hardcore embarrassment.
 

mikethebigo

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not really sure what your point is, but I guess you're cool dude or something, that's what you want?

Honestly you better hope someone doesn't say yes and them own the new moto x or you're in for some hardcore embarrassment.
I want to make a point, and it makes one. But sure, I want to be the cool dude :rolleyes:

EDIT: I'm also positive I am strong enough to bend a new Moto X
 
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yaboyac29

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i've already been responding like that.

"let me bend yours first, if it bends, i won't let you bend mine"
 

mikethebigo

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Even if you could its far far far harder to bend than an iphone 6 or 6+.
Even the Note 3, currently the hardest smartphone to bend, can have some of its plastic warped with hand strength. The Moto X's frame is metal, and it can most certainly bend. Hence the physics thing.
 

movieator

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I'll do what I do when most people ask me stupid questions.

Give them my "Are you serious? **** off" look.
 

PegasusTenma

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When I exchanged my Iphone 6 for the Plus, everyone, absolutely EVERYONE I talked to about it asked the same first thing as if it was the most original question ever. "Oh! Does it bend?"

9 people out of 9 people! including my parents!

Oh, the envy is so bad.
 

bmt134

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I used to have a full defense ready (1: the initial video was faked, 2: 9 out of 10 million have been reported to bend, 3: consumer reports found it no more bendable than the HTC One or other smartphones, and 4: the opposite of love isn't hate, it's indifference, and the fact that so many people are passionate about the phone means Apple is doing something very right).!
That's some really flimsy defense. 1 is wrong. 2 is wrong. 3 is wrong. 4 is wrong.
 

Surf Monkey

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When I exchanged my Iphone 6 for the Plus, everyone, absolutely EVERYONE I talked to about it asked the same first thing as if it was the most original question ever. "Oh! Does it bend?"

9 people out of 9 people! including my parents!

Oh, the envy is so bad.
The answer there is easy "No, genius. Consumer Reports testing shoes the Plus is structurally MORE ridged than the 6. That's why I exchanged for it."

You know. Just to rub their ignorance in. :)

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That's some really flimsy defense. 1 is wrong. 2 is wrong. 3 is wrong. 4 is wrong.
4 isn't wrong at all.
 

mikethebigo

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That's some really flimsy defense. 1 is wrong. 2 is wrong. 3 is wrong. 4 is wrong.
1: http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthony...nd-viral-iphone-6-plus-bender-are-both-right/

The video was 2 tests spliced together, and no one knows what happened off screen.

2: http://gizmodo.com/apple-iphone-6-plus-wont-bend-under-normal-use-only-9-1639173696

9 official complaints in the first 6 days of sale. Yes, probably more phones have bent than that, but I wonder how many were intentional.

3: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/iphone-6-bending-not-so-easy-consumer-reports-says/

The HTC One M8 requires the same force to deform, and actually less force for case separation than either of the two new iPhones.

4: I'll simply say, "no publicity is bad publicity." If you want to see the difference between hate and indifference, ask people what they think of the Blackberry phone that just came out ;)
 

bmt134

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1: http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthony...nd-viral-iphone-6-plus-bender-are-both-right/

The video was 2 tests spliced together, and no one knows what happened off screen.

2: http://gizmodo.com/apple-iphone-6-plus-wont-bend-under-normal-use-only-9-1639173696

9 official complaints in the first 6 days of sale. Yes, probably more phones have bent than that, but I wonder how many were intentional.

3: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/iphone-6-bending-not-so-easy-consumer-reports-says/

The HTC One M8 requires the same force to deform, and actually less force for case separation than either of the two new iPhones.

4: I'll simply say, "no publicity is bad publicity." If you want to see the difference between hate and indifference, ask people what they think of the Blackberry phone that just came out ;)
1: wrong
2: wrong
3: wrong
4: wrong
 

Bahroo

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I want to make a point, and it makes one. But sure, I want to be the cool dude :rolleyes:

EDIT: I'm also positive I am strong enough to bend a new Moto X
I wonder how the Note 4 and Alpha stand to the bend test, it has a aluminum frame with a plastic back and the Alpha is super super thin
 

mikethebigo

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I wonder how the Note 4 and Alpha stand to the bend test, it has a aluminum frame with a plastic back and the Alpha is super super thin
I think they will bend a little easier with the metal frame.

But that's just guesswork, for some reason no one has felt interested enough to test it yet.
 
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