What does one expect when you subject a deliberately thin electronic device to the full force of your body?
It's not unusual for a fair amount of strain to be applied there.
For you and other people, apparently not.
My Samsungs, HTC's, and older iPhones did just fine with me exercising exactly no intelligence when I put them in my pocket.
• I then make sure to buy pants with front pockets deep enough that my phone is not being pressed into my groin when I sit;
• and I take my phone out of my pocket if someone is about to sit on [or straddle] my lap, charge into me at waist height, or drop a large object on my leg while I'm laying on my side.
You know, common sense.
I mean, I do approach the problem from the other direction as well; one reason I don't buy a phone that's approaching phablet size (other than not being able to hold the things in one hand) is that it wouldn't fit in the pockets of most pants, greatly narrowing the range of pants I could wear (or necessitating an—admittedly probably cheap—tailoring to add deeper pockets.)
But as it stands, I'm not limiting myself much—my phone is only slightly larger than my wallet, so I'm just avoiding clothes that not only wouldn't fit a phone, but wouldn't fit a wallet. There aren't that many pants (for men, at least) that have pockets that small/shallow/tight.
An expensive slab of metal and glass that, surprise, bends if you do things like sit on it with it in your back pocket or other unnecessary forces.
100% completely, completely different. One is an actual danger (Samsung), the other is mistreating and not respecting the device (People who spend a ton of money on an iPhone and then treat it roughly).
Theres no real hate, its more because they lied. People reserve a right to sue about a product if there are fraudulent claims.
¹I never even heard of "touch disease" before this article, I didn't realize bendgate actually affected touch sensing in the slightest.
And you know what? In reality it wasn't a major issue. For most people it was just a minor one. My phone was slightly bent. It bothered me that it was slightly bent. Beyond that mild bother though, it had no impact on my life. For the people who suffered "touch disease" (which again, I never even heard of until this article so it can't have been terribly widespread) it obviously was a problem, though one that's easily fixed by having the phone replaced under warranty. Obviously, having a widespread issue affect your flagship phone in this manner is a problem, but it's largely a PR problem rather than a serious issue with the device.
Meanwhile, having your phone end up as a ticking time bomb that could explode at any moment is a pretty major issue.
The Ford Pinto and the Yugo GV were both bad cars. The Pinto would kill you. The Yugo was made poorly with substandard materials. Splitting hairs over which was the biggest failure is something for a top ten list. They were both bad for consumers who spent their money on them and were stuck with a product that they couldn't continue to use.
The Ford Pinto and the Samsung both suffered from fuel/power problems that caused them to be dangerous. (Although, the Pinto was worse because they knew about it beforehand and calculated the monetary loses from deaths.)
The Yugo and Apple both suffer from problems with structural stability and reliability, yet one is a joke to a punchline and the other one is Yugo.
None of these scenarios are good for consumers and none of them should be excused as biased or unfair. Bad products should get bad press coverage. In this case, people should have fair warning that the premium that they paid for a prestige brand doesn't mean they're getting prestige level materials.
iPhone 6 probably sold 100x times as much as the HTC One
> The thing that annoys me a little is that if any other
> phone had a similar bending problem, nobody would
> give a hoot.
Maybe nobody notices when other companies sell phones that are unfit and, later, lie to the public about it. On the other hand, nobody would defend them either.
Maybe people who want to carry a phone in their pockets should be more careful when they sit down, or wear pants that aren't so tight.
Do those sticking up for Apple in this thread want Apple to continue releasing flimsier products than they used to? I do not understand why there is so much positivity about this story.