Ever since Unbox Therapy's iPhone 6 Plus
'bend test' video went viral on YouTube, Apple's competitors have fired several shots at the Cupertino giant on social media - taking a jab over claims that the new 'bigger' iPhone could be bent easily, popularly being termed as 'bendgate'.
Apple had to defend its iPhone 6 Plus on the bending issue, saying it wouldn't happen during normal use and that only 9 users had reported the issue. The company even invited journalists to observe its testing procedures.
However, it seems there is no end to Apple's misery as competitors like Samsung, HTC, Asus, and even the chocolate-maker KitKat have taken digs at the Cupertino giant over the iPhone 6 Plus bending issue. Additionally, LG France attempted to cash in on the bendgate issue, though it completely backfired for the South Korean giant.
First it was Samsung UK that claimed the new Galaxy Alpha sporting metal frames will have no problems even in skinny jeans. There's no doubt that Samsung wants to leave no stone unturned as the company is gearing to roll out the new Galaxy Alpha in many markets including India. Samsung India is hosting an in New Delhi event on Saturday where the company is expected to unveil the new Galaxy Alpha. It's worth mentioning that Samsung's new Galaxy Alpha at 6.7mm is even slimmer than Apple's iPhone 6 (6.9 mm) and iPhone 6 Plus (7.1 mm).
In another post, Samsung tried to highlight that its last-generation premium phablet, the Galaxy Note 3, is a better device than Apple's iPhone 6 Plus. The post showed the bent iPhone 6 Plus bowing to the Galaxy Note 3.
HTC also took swipe at Apple's bendgate issue and claimed that its HTC One (M8) "hasn't suffered from bending issues so far." Notably, shortly after the main 'bendgate' video was posted, Unbox Therapy went ahead and 'bend tested' a whole range of other handsets and achieved mixed results, with the One (M8) coming through relatively unscathed after.
Interestingly, Nestle's KitKat - the current brand name behind Google's most-recent general release Android iteration - also joined the 'bendgate' bandwagon and took a gentle swing with a tweet that said, "We don't bend, we #break." KitKat also created a Tumblr post where it listed several products, and asked users to decide which would bend, and which would break, including everything from an iPhone 6 to a rubber ducky.
Asus, not too far behind, also took a dig at Apple, sharing an image that shows an iPhone 6 Plus tagged as iBend, while the ZenFone 6 is tagged as iDon't. Asus further notes, "The clear choice is the one that stands out."
Next, LG's most-recent attempt to take a dig at Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus backfired . Cult of Mac pointed out that LG France's Twitter handle tweeted about the bendgate issue using an iPhone.
The tweet in French roughly translates to, "Our smartphones do not bend, they are naturally curved ;) " The tweet was pulled down in no time; although many had taken screenshots of the tweet already as it had gone viral.
Notably, back on Monday, when the 'bendgate' controversy was just kicking off, LG UK fired an eloquent shot across Apple's bow, pointing to its G Flex smartphone, which as the only flexible phone from a major manufacturer truly has the right stuff to scoff at bending problems. LG UK's tweet simply said, "#bentgate??? #GFlex."