There are products that are designed to bend. For example, sippy straws are far more effective that way.
What about smartphones? Should they bend? Well, if by bend you mean "flex" and they quickly snap back into form, then sure. In fact, smartphones would be much better with that kind of flexibility.
Now what if they bend, accidentally, and do not snap back into form?
Well, there are now more than 16,000 complaints across social media with the hashtag #bendgate that say the iPhone 6 Plus is being misshapen in pants pockets.
Yes, it seems that users are reporting that the aluminum-backed smartphone bent to a noticeable degree after being carried in users' pockets.
Video evidence of iPhone 6 Plus's design concern
Gadget review site Unbox Therapy put the phone to the test and delivered this video to show their findings:
The video shows that the iPhone 6 Plus can and will bend with enough pressure. Unbox's Lewis Hilsenteger went so far as to say, "Now we have actual evidence, on camera, not just a picture of a bent phone after the fact, yes, it bends under the force of my hand pressure just pushing on it."
He also conceded that the device has a very large footprint and while the bending may disappoint, it shouldn't necessarily surprise, concluding, "It's an aluminum phone, it is going to bend."
While this may not be great news for new iPhone 6 Plus users, knowing it may serve to save the longevity and shape of your phone. Of course, we will let you know if and when Apple has something to say about it and if what they say will benefit you, the user.