brick style cell phoneBending wasn’t an issue with the original cell phones. You could use them as wheel chocks. They were bricks. They’d pop the rivets off your Levis pant pockets. It hurt you more than the phone if you sat on it. They were hard to misplace. Today’s cell phones are light and slim and surfaced with glass – just what we want them to be. To look at their sleek lines is to know that they will bend if you apply enough force across their weakest planes.

Bendgate is the meme for the bendability “problems” that have gone viral over reports that the iPhone 6, especially the iPhone 6 Plus, is too flexible. Apparently, if you stuff it into a tight pocket and bend, it might bend with you. Yeah?

I’ve held the iPhone 6 Plus. I wouldn’t even consider putting that phablet in my pocket. It makes me think “Honey, is that an iPhone 6 Plus in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?” At 6.22 inches long and 3.06 inches wide, it’s got to ruin the pant line, right?

In case you think bendability is an issue exclusive to iPhone 6 alone, it isn’t. There have been complaints about phones from many models and manufacturers bending for years . It seems that no one can really guarantee their phone won’t get ruined if you put it in a hip pocket and plop down on it.

SquareTrade, the folks that sell extended warranties for mobile phones and other electronics, says that the iPhone 6 performed better in the drop test than any mobile phone they’ve ever tested. The iPhone 6 Plus came in with a slightly lower score. Here’s the video. 

The iPhone 6 is slim. Very slim. It’s not much thicker than a couple of credit cards stacked on top of each other. It’s a gorgeous slice of technology but it, like most of today’s mobile phones, is really not engineered for extreme stresses – like being sat on.  But I’d bet the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be just fine with normal use.

For more on just how Apple tests iPhones check out this article on The Verge.