Samsung, HTC, BlackBerry, and Others Mock 'Bendability' of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Competition between mobile phone manufactures is fierce with handset companies using social media and other public platforms to call out their competitors. It's not surprising then to see a wave of tweets and comments from big name companies like Samsung and HTC mocking Apple following its recent iPhone 6 Plus bending controversy.

    LG and HTC were among the first to attack Apple, commenting on Twitter shortly after the #bendgate controversy began to escalate. At the same time, BlackBerry CEO John Chen mentioned the bending issue during the company's launch of its new Passport handset, saying "I challenge you to bend the Passport," reports CNET.
    Samsung, Nokia Deutschland, and even candy maker and Android sponsor KitKat also joined in on the mockery, noting that their products don't bend.
    These social marketing efforts are a response to Apple's controversy in which some iPhone 6 Plus users were accidentally bending their 5.5-inch handsets after placing them in their pockets. While the prevalence of the issue appears fairly low, photos of warped iPhone 6 Plus units spread like wildfire, with subsequent "bend test" videos showcasing how much the iPhone 6 Plus was susceptible to bending.

    According to The Next Web, Apple reportedly is looking into the issue "with an insane amount of detail." A support representative also confirmed Genius technicians may replace bent phones under warranty following a visual inspection. Such inspections typically reject bent iPhones for warranty coverage, however, and it is unclear how much latitude Geniuses will have with this issue.

    Article Link: Samsung, HTC, BlackBerry, and Others Mock 'Bendability' of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus
  2. arian19 macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2008
    This was expected... this is going to be a hard time to be a Apple fan.

    But seriously though, how hard is it to take out your iPhone when you sit down. The phone only bends if you are sitting for long periods. Sitting down with a iPhone 6 Plus is uncomfortable if anything. Who drives with an iPhone in there pocket for long distances, just take it out and put it somewhere in the car.
  3. JoshDoug macrumors member


    Apr 25, 2014
  4. Screwtape macrumors regular

    May 10, 2009
  5. Adam490 macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2012
  6. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Waiting for all the fake attorneys to come to Apple's defense how its not their fault and they shouldn't put a phone in their pocket because they wear skinny jeans!


    BTW: I love Apple and own an iPhone 6 and will rarely defend anyone other than my REAL family, not my "Apple family". Just saying.
  7. xmichaelp macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    I am sure this will help them sell more devices than Apple.
  8. afro-ninja macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2013
    "Curved, not bent." What are they talking about...?:rolleyes:
  9. anova macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2014
    except, the are beating apple in durability
  10. bmt134 macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2012
    If you can't beat them, make a weak phone that bends.
  11. realeric macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
  12. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    No, no it won't lol. But its funny nonetheless.
  13. mmomega macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    The world is a ridiculous place

    where businesses act like 4th graders.
  14. linkgx1 macrumors 68000

    Oct 12, 2011
    Shots fired.

    But let's be honest, Apple fanboys have been mocking the quality of Android devices for years. Just a little time for a little revenge.

    My advice: haters gonna hate and benders gonna bend.
  15. jlake02 macrumors 68020


    Nov 2, 2008
    Yet NONE of them will sell anywhere close to 10M units in the opening weekend.

    That's really gotta annoy them to no end. :cool:

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    proline macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2012
    The douche bag index is high for this story. First we have MR continuously relinking to a video of some guy bending an iPhone so hard his hands are shaking before it finally yields and using that as proof of an actual issue. Who needs scientific results with objective comparisons to other phones, right? Certainly not MR.

    Then we have these competitors grasping at straws. They are going to need a lot more than this to stop Apple from taking over what little's left of the high-end phone market that Apple doesn't already control.
  17. timmodugdale macrumors member


    Feb 13, 2009
    Madison, WI
    AppleCare and bent phones

    I called Apple yesterday to ask this exact question. After a long time on hold, I was told that a bent iPhone 6 Plus would be covered under a warranty and not under and accidental damage by the user. They did, however, recommend that users have a case on their phone. I have ordered an Apple case, so I assume this should meet their needs.
  18. bmt134 macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2012
    Yup sales will prevent your weak phone from bending. :rolleyes:
  19. Rot'nApple macrumors 65816


    Dec 27, 2006
    I DID build that!
    I was looking at my old fashion landline corded phone handset on my office desk… guess what? It's bent too!

    Don't care about this. I'm still getting a 6+ dammit!!!!

    To the rest of you handset makers… Get bent! :D:apple:
  20. lincolntran macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    Our products don't bend. We made them thick, heavy, and include as much plastic as possible. We also make sure that apps are sucks so you won't wear your phones out more often by not using it more. How can they bend with these incredible materials and design?
  21. Mtmspa macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2013
    Did all those companies combined ever sell ten million devices in three days?
  22. aloshka macrumors 65816

    Aug 30, 2009
    Meanwhile Apple sells another million phones...
  23. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT

    A few years back, while at the gym I was talking to this younger guy (around 19-20 years old) and he told me how happy he was to to no longer be in high school because of how "fake" people were and how "real" he was.

    I laughed and said kid, it only gets worse and to be honest, high school kids are far more real than anyone in the real world, especially the corporate world. Sad but true, immaturity doesn't discriminate, it consumes almost everyone, if not everyone, forever. Just an IMO.
  24. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    Samsung is correct, they don't bend, they crack.

    Can't count how many times our IT department has had to send out multiple user's Galaxy Note phones to have screen replacements.

    No doubt the Note is more durable, but for Samsung to act as if their products are idi......bullet proof, is a bit of a stretch. Any of these large screen portable devices are going to be susceptible to damage.

    As for Apple, I hope they do a quick revision change on the 6+ . Perhaps remove a bit of battery capacity, to put in a thick internal aluminum spine, or something to make it a bit more rigid.
  25. doomfront macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2012
    I think you're missing the point.

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