New iPhones underperform in strength test but it's really not that bad

The Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus underperformed some of its competitors, and an older iPhone model, in a strength test. But it really is not as bendy as people think.

Consumer Reports tested six different smartphones for strength—the HTC One, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the LG G3, the iPhone 5, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3—to see at which point the phones will bend and break. Each phone was subjected to an increasing amount of force from 10 pounds to 150 pounds.

A customer holds an iPhone 6 Plus, left, and an iPhone 6 after the phones went on sale at the Fifth Avenue Apple store in New York, Sept. 19, 2014.
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A customer holds an iPhone 6 Plus, left, and an iPhone 6 after the phones went on sale at the Fifth Avenue Apple store in New York, Sept. 19, 2014.

"All the phones we tested showed themselves to be pretty tough. The iPhone 6 Plus, the more robust of the new iPhones in our testing, started to deform when we reached 90 pounds of force, and came apart with 110 pounds of force. With those numbers, it slightly outperformed the HTC One (which is largely regarded as a sturdy, solid phone), as well as the smaller iPhone 6, yet underperformed some other smartphones," Consumer Reports said.

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The Galaxy Note 3 performed the best, followed by the iPhone 5 and the LG G3.

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