Nexus 6P Fails Bend Test, Users Report Microphone Issues and Cracked Glass

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November 23, 2015 | 1:55 pm

Last year’s iPhone 6 ‘Bendgate’ controversy created a brand new trend amongst smartphone critics and vloggers. When people found that the iPhone 6 Plus would bend under certain circumstances (e.g in tight, skinny jean pockets), those in the industry began to conduct bend tests. While the tests are mostly designed to grab attention and headlines rather than offer suggestions about practical usage of the handsets (it’s generally unlikely that the phones will face the same type of pressure during normal consumer use), they have become a standard for reviewing phones.

The latest handset to get the bend test treatment is Google and Huawei’s Nexus 6P, which is the premium offering of the two Android 6.0 powered handsets that Google unveiled back in October. Following an initial video from JerryRigEverything.com, which saw viewers question the test’s legitimacy (some weren’t convinced by the testing methods and the phone used), the site again took to YouTube (watch that video here) for another test where the Nexus 6P cracked in exactly the same way. The phone seems to have a design flaw in that Huawei has connected aluminum and plastic together with a dovetail joint, and this, along with the weak metal on the sides of the phone, lead to the Nexus 6P being not so strong. That said, the video is more a cautionary tail about holding your phone and exerting an abnormal amount of pressure than it is about using dovetail joints.

Less easy to brush off as sensationalistic fluff, however, is the sudden glass cracking that some Nexus 6P users are reporting. Reddit users are saying that the black glass panel across the top of the back of the phone is cracking, despite just laying the phone down on a surface, and long cracks are appearing on the Nexus 6P’s touchscreen as well. While there’s an argument to be made that maybe the users are putting the phones down too roughly, causing the glass to shatter without them realizing it, it’s important to note that 2012’s Nexus 4 smartphone (which was made by LG) also suffered from a similar issue, with the handset’s glass rear breaking. This was due to prolonged usage warming the phone up, followed by putting it onto a cool counter and causing a quick temperature change that the glass couldn’t handle, but it’s unclear whether that’s the case here.

And finally, Nexus 6P owners also say that during normal phone calls and VoIP calls such as Google Hangouts, they have found that the person on the other end of the call is often unable to hear them. And this doesn’t seem to be a small glitch either, as not only is it cropping up during the use of speakerphone mode and/or via earpieces, but people are complaining about it all over the web, including reddit and the official Google forums. Google is on the case though, which is a positive.

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