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#Bendgate: Do Android users need to worry about bending phones too? The HTC One (M8), Moto X (2014), Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are put to the test

With the iPhone 6 Plus bending in users pockets, how do leading Android phones compare?

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Following complaints on social media that the iPhone 6 Plus could bend in people’s pockets, YouTuber Lewis Hilsenteger’s video showing him bending the iPhablet with just his hands went viral. Mass hysteria followed both on tech news sites and Twitter, and today Hilsenteger is back to test several other phones, including Android flagships the HTC One (M8) and the brand new Moto X.

While the bend test is far from scientific, with no real objective measurement beyond how hard Hilsenteger feels like pushing on a device, Android users will likely be happy with the results. We’ve embedded the video for you below, but we’ve also summarised a few of the highlights.

HTC One (M8)
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“The screen popped out and I heard a nasty noise […] but it’s fine and the screen is fine.”

Remarking on the similar design to the iPhone 6  with an aluminium finish and attenena bands, the HTC One (M8) was the first non-Apple phone the vlogger put through it’s paces. Though at first it looked like the One (M8) wouldn’t fair well, audibly groaning under  the pressure of Hilsenteger’s thumbs, it made no lasting damage and booted up without issue.

Moto X (2014)
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“That baby is solid: I can’t get anything out of that. No noises, no movement, that is a robust device right there. Whatever they’ve done with the metal frame here – OK, the Moto X, the new Moto X, is legit.
As of right now, that’s the device to beat.”

While HTC made a few creaks, Motorola’s new flagship was unflabbable. Exhibiting no signs of stress, Hilsenteger was bowled over by the Moto X (2014) and crowned it his ultimate bend test winner.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
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“This is amazing. With the same or maybe more force, it didn’t bend at all! I mean it it bent while I was doing it, creaking and making all sorts of crazy noises, but ultimately with no damage. […] The Galaxy Note 3 survives the exact same bend test the iPhone 6 Plus failed. That, I did not expect.”

What about Samsung? In a seperate episode of Unbox Theraby, Hilsenteger tests the Galaxy Note 3 on the grounds it has a similar form factor to the iPhone 6 Plus. While the phablet did experience some warping, the results were so good we expect Samsung to release a whole new campaign of online anti-Apple ads and billboards quoting the vlogger.

 

Let us know your thoughts on these bend test results on our Facebook and Twitter and, of course, don’t forget to use the hashtag #bendgate.

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