So the LG G Flex can flex as well as the company says, but we naturally started wondering how much pressure this smart phone can take. We bumped up our test to 10 repetitions at the maximum capability of our 100-pound load cell. No problem for the G Flex. So we broke out our highest-capacity load cell and tried another 10 reps at 150 pounds, then 200, then 250. Still no problem. We increased the pressure by 50-pound increments, each time assuming the next 50 pounds would surpass the LG G Flex’s limits. At 450 pounds, we heard a crack. Everybody in our lab cringed, assuming the phone had finally broken, but it was just the case popping open a bit.
The phone still worked fine, and we were able to snap it back together by hand, so we kept going—500 pounds, 550, 600, 650, and so on (we even intermittently measured the arc of the G Flex to see whether all the pressure and repetitions were making it flatter, but found no significant difference pretest and post test). Flabbergasted, Tom finally set the Instron to the maximum pressure our load cell could handle: 1,000 pounds. When the G Flex came out fully functional, we all shrugged our shoulders—we had nothing more to throw at this phone short of running it over with a Mack truck or sitting a full-grown elephant on it. That would have been fun, but hardly scientific.
So we called it. The G Flex is not only an astonishingly resilient phone, but it also surpassed LG’s own claims by more than 1,000 percent.