Does the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge bend under pressure or not? That depends, it seems, on what kind of test you conduct on the oversize device. In a study released last week, protection plan provider SquareTrade swore the Edge bends, breaks and ceases to function at certain pressure points. Samsung swears it doesn’t.
Here’s the backstory: On Friday, SquareTrade introduced BendBot, a robot that tests the bendability of smartphones. The company developed BendBot in response to the Apple iPhone 6 Plus “bendgate” to simulate the forces produced in the average person’s back pocket. In September, there were claims that a possible flaw in the design or manufacture of the iPhone 6 Plus caused it to bend in users' back pockets.
"Bendability may be good in the yoga studio, but it is not what you want in a mobile device," said Jessica Hoffman, vice president of global communications for SquareTrade. "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.”
Samsung Answers Back
SquareTrade’s testing determined that the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge deformed at 110 pounds and created a crack in the screen. When pushed to catastrophic failure, its breaking point was 149 pounds, at which point it ceased to function.
By contrast, the HTC One M9 deformed and broke at 120 pounds. The Apple iPhone 6 Plus deformed at 110 pounds but kept functioning normally. It finally reached its breaking point at 179 pounds. So for all the flak Apple took, this test shows its device outperforms others on the market when it comes to bendability.
Samsung, however, is taking exception to the BendBot test. First, the test assumes a “very specific condition” that rarely occurs under normal circumstances, the company said.
“The normal force that's generated when a person presses the back pocket is approximately 66lbf (30kgf),” the company said. “Our internal test results indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are not bendable even under 79lbf (32kgf), which is equivalent to putting pressure to snap a bundle of five pencils at once.”
Samsung also noted that even though both front and back sides are exposed under the same level of pressure in normal circumstances, the BendBot test does not show the strength of the back side.
“Some smartphones have different durability in each the front and back sides respectively,” Samsung said. “SquareTrade has only tested the front side, which may mislead consumers about the entire durability of smartphones.”
Drawbacks of Curves
Samsung is asking SquareTrade to conduct the stress test again and target both the front and back sides and open the test results to the public. No word yet on whether SquareTrade will oblige.
“All our devices are put through rigorous high-quality validation tests before they are delivered to consumers,” said Samsung. “These tests include various conditions, such as dropping, bending, and breakage. And we are confident that all our smartphones are not bendable under daily usage.”
Bendgate or not, Avi Greengart, an analyst at Current Analysis, prefers the standard Galaxy S6 model over the Edge for two reasons: it costs less and the curved display has drawbacks.
“The curved display on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge makes the side edges somewhat sharp. It’s a big phone because that’s what people want. But a big phone with narrow sharp edges digs into your hands and is not that comfortable to hold,” Greengart said. “The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge also introduces optical distortion because the screen is not flat. That drives me nuts. The real reason to buy the Edge is style. People will be intrigued by its looks. Personally, I would not spend the extra money on one. I would actually spend more not to have a curved display.”
Posted: 2015-04-07 @ 6:51pm PT
It is well documented that iPhone 6 bends not in the middle like the rest of the phones, but around the volume button. How much force can iPhone bear there before permanently bending? Lets see:
Yeah 30 kg of force, while Galaxy S6 can hold 50kg. Almost double.
That is why even kids could bend the iPhone in the Apple Store.
Posted: 2015-04-07 @ 12:25am PT
I am for once happy for samsung, this will definitely make the s6 and samsung more popular no matter in a good or bad way. Laugh everyone, share to everywhere you want, make this viral, and I’m sure this will make the s6 launch even more popular. :D hahaha