Apple's new iPhones get dunked, dropped, bent and frozen in extensive durability test

Shawn Knight

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Apple’s latest batch of iPhones is constructed of Series 7000 aluminum, an alloy that’s said to be much strong than the metal used in last year’s model. But is a change in aluminum enough to resolve last year’s “bendgate” controversy?

Square Trade put Apple’s latest through the wringer over the weekend, dunking, dropping, bending and freezing the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and comparing the results to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5. I won’t spoil it all for you but it looks like we can officially put bendgate behind us.

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davislane1

Apple’s latest batch of iPhones is constructed of Series 7000 aluminum, an alloy that’s said to be much strong than the metal used in last year’s model.

No doubt what the Chinese spec sheet says, verbatim.
 

H3llion

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Ultra Series Pro 7000 Super Aluminum version 3.0 2015.

I am actually tempted to jump ship over to iOS. I had my S4 since the release but thinking of upgrading next year or year after. Of course, we will see what will happen.

I was on CyanogenMod, its pissing me off too much with camera issues and app crashing (apps which use camera). However maybe I should use nightly for my S4 (4core).
 

trparky

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Ultra Series Pro 7000 Super Aluminum version 3.0 2015.

I am actually tempted to jump ship over to iOS. I had my S4 since the release but thinking of upgrading next year or year after. Of course, we will see what will happen.

I was on CyanogenMod, its pissing me off too much with camera issues and app crashing (apps which use camera). However maybe I should use nightly for my S4 (4core).
Go ahead, the best thing I did was go to the iPhone. Enough with Android's garbage heap of an OS platform.

I had four Android phones, all of them had issues with them.
 

H3llion

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Go ahead, the best thing I did was go to the iPhone. Enough with Android's garbage heap of an OS platform.

I had four Android phones, all of them had issues with them.
There are few things that would suck to loose such as the phone buttons (back buttons) on the Samsung side as well as the perfect Google eco system integration, however the phone is not very "fun" and the OS is little bit bland. Will see, still at least a year away from upgrade.
 

ctm17

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Go ahead, the best thing I did was go to the iPhone. Enough with Android's garbage heap of an OS platform.

I had four Android phones, all of them had issues with them.
There are few things that would suck to loose such as the phone buttons (back buttons) on the Samsung side as well as the perfect Google eco system integration, however the phone is not very "fun" and the OS is little bit bland. Will see, still at least a year away from upgrade.
H3llion I made the switch a bit back... I'm still a big google fan, however, I'm glad made the flip. Personally for me, I find the "S" much better than intro models (example for me iphone 6 seemed laggy and bit of early release, 6S is fast, everything 6 had that gave me troubles works fine. Same happened for 5 Series with me).

Eco system, just my opinion, however I've found iOS to have much better eco system - loss of buttons, at first I hated that, almost went back, though after some time with Apple I miss them not anymore...

I really commented as you nailed my thoughts which caused me to jump ship on Android - bland, from being a bit more unified with solid hardware technology (and our phones certainly aren't cheap to buy these days) - Apple has the Marketing power, perhaps gives their products a bit more flash than they really have, though I'd not go back to Google on the phone or Tablet.

I'm not certain which carrier you're with, I'm with Verizon, if you made the jump, they give you some time to do a return if you change your mind without things being too messy - guessing more companies have a like policy.