On a reply to the bending video posted on reddit : (click for source) This counters the idea of people discussing here and around different forums that aluminum usage in the iPhone was a bad choice. Someone actually replied here and told me it was a bad decision from their part that they chose aluminum, hopefully this explains that they use alloys to strengthen the material, they're not using aluminum foil. Further explanation to the type of alloy Apple chose in their design. Many people, including me, were wondering why does it always bend near the volume buttons, indicating a possible structural weakness there. This sheds some light on the issue and explains why. Further explanation to design choice and avoiding plastic. Apple wanted to keep the premium feel and did not want to incorporate other materials because that might delay production and release dates, something no one is fond of. The final argument. This has been aggressively discussed on all networks regarding how the galaxy note does not bend because it is plastic, and is therefore more superior to the iPhone's design. However, they do mention that this whole bending issue could have been avoided by a redesign to the phone's structure. I advise you continue reading at the source's link as it is an interesting one, and can aid in understanding what was going on based on the commenter's thoughts (they sound like they know what they're talking about). You can also follow up with the hundred replies to that post with opinions from all sides. I hope you find this thread useful, what's your thoughts ? Agree or disagree with what they say ?