A YouTube gadget reviewer last week claimed that the Nexus 6P is prone to bending. The video, in which Jerry Rig subjected the Google's flagship smartphone to a range of torture tests, was, however, heavily criticised by users and experts alike for the involved methodology. To further prove his testing method and result, the tester has bought another Nexus 6P and performed another bend test.
In the previous video, the YouTuber had performed a range of tests on the device before trying to bend it. Many people claimed that because he had broken the glass of the handset, the overall rigidity of the handset was long compromised. To prove them wrong, Rig has unboxed a new Nexus 6P handset. As seen in the video, it's a brand new Nexus 6P handset with no prior damage to the display or any other component. Sadly, however, Rig managed to snap it in half by applying the "same level" of pressure on the body. He noted that the Huawei-made handset is indeed fragile to bending.
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Does this mean we're up for another "bendgate" show? While the jury is still out on whether the Nexus 6P is really as bad at rigidity - as some videos suggest different conclusions - Jerry's methodology and conclusion do seem more credible now. Perhaps the handset does bend. But then again, if you're on a mission to bend a smartphone, perhaps there aren't many of them that wouldn't fold. It is amusing how quickly this benchmark test has become a norm to assess the structural integrity of a device.
The bend test became popular last year when Unbox Therapy ran what became a viral bend test of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. In the video, the YouTuber demonstrated how prone Apple's smartphones were to the bending. While Apple denied such accusations, and said only a few units were affected, the test itself became part of the several assessments reviewers and enthusiasts conduct to evaluate a handset.