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BendGate fears overblown? New phones prove to be 'pretty tough'

Did consumers use BendGate to poke fun at Apple?

After record sales of Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, scores of consumers have taken to social media to discuss BendGate and to diss Apple. BendGate is the term used to describe the fact that iPhones may bend or become warped when carried in trouser pockets.

Apple has responded to the media storm by saying it has only received nine complaints about bending phones and has tested 15,000 of them.

BendGate was a way for Apple haters to poke fun at the company, according to Michael Andronico, associate editor at Tom's Guide. "People love seeing big companies and products fail, and the mock images people posted on Twitter are indicative of that," Andronico said.

Consumer Reports put the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPhone 5, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G3 and HTC One (M8) to the test. In what Consumer Reports called a "three-point flexural test," it found all the phones proved to be "pretty tough."

Out of the new iPhones, the 6 Plus outperformed the iPhone 6 during testing. Consumer Reports says that while nothing is (evidently) indestructible, any of these phones should stand up to typical use.

Andronico points out that the iPhone 6 is Apple's first foray into the 5.5-inch phone market and that the bent phones could be a result of that inexperience. "Still, this is Apple, and it's rare to see the company show a significant design flaw," Andronico said.

"Some people did report canceling their iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders, but in the long run, I think the impact on Apple's reputation and sales will be minimal," Andronico added.