Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone 6 Plus Bendgate controversy isn’t over. Oh no. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) is trying to capitalize on it by letting consumers know that if they get the Galaxy Note 4 instead of the iPhone 6 Plus, they won’t have a bent phone.
Samsung video takes a stab at iPhone 6 Plus
9to5 Mac spotted a video posted by Samsung. Of course the Korean electronics giant doesn’t say anything about Apple or the iPhone 6 Plus. But for those who are aware of the so-called “Bendgate” fiasco, that’s not necessary.
There’s a comment in there that states, “Our hips are strong—stronger than we give it credit for. Leaving things in your back pocket can lead to, well, bent things.”
Of course Samsung says that won’t happen to the Galaxy Note 4 if people carry it around in their back pockets.
Samsung pits testing against Apple
Apple has been battling reports of the bent iPhone 6 Plus handsets for weeks now. Several people said they just carried it around in their pockets and found later that it was bent. To fight this PR nightmare, Apple showed off its testing facilities to assure consumers—and the media—that it puts the iPhone through rigorous testing before the device hits the street.
Samsung, however, said in its video that it actually does tests involving human weight and scenarios rather than just bending tests performed with machines. The company actually tests what it would be like if someone sat on the Galaxy Note 4 with it in their back pocket.
What about Gapgate?
Judging by the sheer number of people who decided to see whether they could bend their iPhone 6 Plus and then post videos of it on YouTube, we’re probably going to see a bunch with the Galaxy Note 4 as well.
Of course Apple has an easy way to get back at Samsung. Some of the earliest shipments of the Galaxy Note 4 have a business card-sized gap between the edge of the display and the frame. That gap leaves room for dust to get in and negates the waterproofing feature Samsung touted. So maybe we’ll see Apple take a stab back at this problem, which we’ll just call “Gapgate.”