Consumer Report has taken a look at the durability of the new iPhones to see just how much of a problem it is. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have come under fire recently about being able to bend and flex with little force (snapping up the hashtag #bendgate), something that’s a worry for most manufacturers of today given just how thin smartphones have become.

The team actually took the tests to a new level by not only testing the new iPhones (the same way Apple does), but also the iPhone 5, HTC One M8, LG G3, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Consumer Report not only shows how much force the new iPhones can withstand, but also how this compares against the competition.

Deformation Case Seperation
Galaxy Note 3 150 pounds 150 pounds
iPhone 5 130 pounds 150 pounds
LG G3 130 pounds 130 pounds
iPhone 6 Plus 90 pounds 110 pounds
iPhone 6 70 pounds 100 pounds
HTC One (M8) 70 pounds 90 pounds

It’s clear to see the Note 3 coming out on top, but the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were not found to be less sturdy (by a sizeable margin) than other flagship smartphones available. The HTC One M8 is a highly rated smartphone ranking in at similar figures. But it’s with the iPhone 5 where the report gets interesting, showing just how durable the previous generation of hardware was.

Consumers report also shared a neat video walking viewers through findings.

It’s concluded that all phones tested should be able to withstand general use. Sure, we’d like to see the latest iPhones rank higher up in the above table, but they’re not likely to fall apart should you happen to press the screen a little too hard while playing Goat Simulator.

Read through the full Consumer Report for more details. Fear not, iPhone 6 owners, you should be absolutely fine. But it does raise the question again of just how thin should phones become?

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