A new video showing the Huawei-made Google Nexus 6P being mercilessly destroyed is making waves online. This brutal video, however, doesn't accurately depict the phone's durability.
Last year, a highly-mediatized fiasco known as "#Bendgate" surrounded the iPhone 6 Plus, as numerous owners of Apple's then-latest flagship reported that the phablet bent under normal circumstances such as keeping it in a pocket. That sparked a whole frenzy and a number of other top flagship smartphones were subjected to bend tests to check whether they were as bendy as the iPhone 6 Plus.
It now seems that #Bendgate has still not died down and the new Nexus 6P is the latest phablet to come under scrutiny. A questionable YouTube video from JerryRigEverything now claims that the Nexus 6P is a "joke," showing how the handset miserably fails bend, scratch and burn tests.
In this video, the Nexus 6P's ability to survive overheating, scratching and bending is put to the test in a rather extreme manner, and the author claims the device doesn't bode well in either of the tests. The video sparked lots of controversy because it's more like a horror show than a reasonable test to determine a device's durability.
First of all, the display is cracked early in the video, then heated with a lighter. By the time it actually gets to the bend test, the structure of the Nexus 6P is already compromised, and it's understandable why. Needless to say, people should not and don't normally burn their phones with a lighter or any other source of fire to test its durability. Doing so and then claiming that the device is not durable enough is hardly an accurate depiction of its durability.
Breaking the handset's display screen only to heat it with a lighter afterward and proceed to a bend test will clearly not yield satisfactory results in terms of durability. Glass is an essential component for the structural integrity of the device and after breaking that sheet of Gorilla Glass, the YouTuber is basically bending a sheet of aluminum.
In other words, the cracking and heating severely compromised the strength of the frame and structural integrity of the device, leaving it to be very easy to bend. As plenty of other bend test videos show, the Nexus 6P in its new, undamaged form is impossible to bend.
Following the controversial video from JerryRigEverything, several other videos showed up online with various people attempting to bend the Nexus 6P. The phone's display does not crack and the phones do not bend in the other videos, and nearly all Nexus 6P owners who tried it reported that the device is actually quite sturdy.
Check out the videos below to get a better idea of this new Nexus 6P Bendgate controversy. The first video is from JerryRigEverything, while the other two are from users who proved the contrary.