Nexus 6P Bending Tests Show It Has Serious Design Flaws
The iPhone 6 Plus bendgate controversy last year advised great caution in how they handled their phone. Many eyebrows were raised, questioning the design decisions by Apple.
Now, it seems that Google’s own Nexus flagship phone is suffering from a somewhat similar issue – one that could unfortunately be even worse than the iPhone 6 Plus.
The Google Nexus 6P by Huawei seems like a pretty impressive phone, both in-terms of hardware and performance, but apparently it seems to be susceptible to bending to breaking point way more easily than last year’s iPhone 6 Plus.
A viral video last week posted by JerryRigEverything questioned the structural integrity of the Android phone with the well-known bend test, which it seemed to have failed miserably. Many follow-up videos suggested the initial bend test had flaws and some suggested that the device had taken damage prior to the test.
Unfortunately, the YouTube channel followed up the test with a new one, this time conducted on a brand new, boxed Nexus 6P. Sadly, the results were very much the same.
According to the reviewer, the major design flaw from Huawei directly responsible for the device’s fragility is that the metal frame inside the rear shell isn’t fixed to the chassis with screws. Instead, a weak plastic is used to connect the pieces together.
This is further exacerbated by a second design flaw, which is the thinness of the side walls. This is normally something that is encouraged, but since the mid-frame floats freely, the side walls of the rear frame become worthless.
Does this mean you shouldn’t buy the Nexus 6P? I wouldn’t go as far as to say that, since the video shows that you need to put the phone in stress in a very specific way to actually make it bend. The best thing though would be to make sure you’re informed before buying one, so you can be careful not to do what is required to destroy what is otherwise a fantastic device.