Just spent a long weekend in the mountains with a bunch of friends. Everyone but me had an iphone. None were bent, though only one was without a case and the owner is meticulous with his care. I was glad when the 2nd article posted that the number of bent phones was significantly less than originally reported. It's a shame it's not so true.
Most people I see use massive, strong cases for their phone. I wonder if the reports are rare simply because of this.