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That's not fair, says Samsung of critical bend test video

Technically Incorrect: Miffed at a video showing its Galaxy S6 Edge bends under the same pressure as iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung posts its own experiments and demands a re-test.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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A scene from Samsung's own stress tests. Samsung/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Samsung isn't happy.

Yes, it did laugh once or twice when Apple's iPhone 6 Plus was shown to bend under extremely stressful conditions. It went on Twitter, for example, to titter that its phone was "curved, not bent." It produced a video to show that its Galaxy Note 4 allegedly wouldn't bend.

But everyone's supposed to laugh at Apple once in a while, aren't they?

Now, after a video produced by SquareTrade showed the new Galaxy S6 Edge bending under just the same pressure (110lbs) as an iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung isn't chuckling. It's fuming.

I contacted the company to ask for its reaction. The company didn't immediately reply.

However, it did release a blog post in which it insisted that the SquareTrade video offered an unnatural scenario. The company said: "The video assumes a very specific condition - 110lbf (50kgf), which rarely occurs under normal circumstances. The normal force that generated when a person presses the back pocket is approximately 66lbf (30kgf). 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."

Moreover, Samsung says that the video doesn't show how strong the back side of the Edge is, focusing merely on the front.

Therefore, Samsung is petitioning SquareTrade to repeat its test. The company also posted a video that shows its own three-point bending examinations, both on the Galaxy S6 and on the S6 Edge.

I have no doubt that Samsung's new phones are well made. It's clear that the company is trying to catch up to Apple in build quality and design taste.

The only way any phone is going to be subjected to the kind of force shown in these tests is if someone does it deliberately or if someone puts it in their back pockets and has an extremely large, oddly shaped and unusually muscular bottom.

Samsung, though, has invited such comparison tests upon itself. Its own vice president YH Lee said at the Galaxy S6 launch that the phones wouldn't bend. It's laughed more than once at Apple's supposed Bendgate problems.

If you decide you're going to constantly poke at a competitor, your fingernail might just come off.

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Samsung laughed at Apple's supposed Bendgate problems. Samsung/Twitter screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET