10 Typical iPhone Accidents (and How to Avoid Them)
To every coin there are two sides. Owning an iPhone is a delightful experience… but when accidents happen the turned tables can bring about quite sour feelings. Even though these devices are reasonably sturdy, you’d be surprised with how mishaps can sometimes occur in the least expected manners. Since hindsight is the best insight to foresight, here are the most common iPhone accidents we’ve heard of in our field experience.
For the sake of your treasured iPhone: may you take stock of other users’ sour mistakes so you are not doomed to experience them when you least expect! Interesting enough, we believe all these accidents can be avoided quite simply. With that in mind, let’s look over the most typical iPhone disaster scenarios.
Drop into the loo
This is a classic blunder, and yet it keeps happening consistently to people from all walks of life. It’s one of those life events that can be as comically ridicule as outright unpleasant. Though it’s not waterproof, the latest iPhone models are actually sufficiently airtight to sometimes withhold a few seconds of full immersion. Trouble is, this will give you a few seconds to choose between losing your iPhone or seize a possible chance of salvaging it by getting wrist-deep into your own sewage… which may be a very tough call indeed. To avoid this experience, why not keep your phone away from your water closet? Or at least lay it out on a flat surface away from the bowl, during those critical moments when you’re using the throne.
Left on the car rooftop
Picture this: you’re out gazing into the sunset at the beach. Leaning against your car and reveling in the wonders of life. You’re feeling so inspired with life, you decide to call your closest friends for a special dinner party. You make a few phone calls, start running the list of to-do’s through your head, then jump into your car and excitedly drive on to make things happen. Only much later you realize you can’t find your phone anywhere. Tracing back the day’s events, you realize you must have left it on the car rooftop after making those phone calls. You decide it may be worth going back to the beach with your heart full of hope, but all you find is a misshapen battered ghost shell of an iPhone lying on the pavement.
The scenario above may vary, but you’d be surprised with how many people inadvertently wreck their iPhones by forgetting them on top of their cars and just driving away to imminent regret.
Death by washing machine
The iPhone is such a useful gadget that you will easily integrate it into your daily routine, much like your wallet or keys. Trouble is… much like the aforementioned items, it’s something you’re likely to forget in your pocket as you distractedly throw the day’s laundry into the washing machine. It’s always a good idea to go through all those pockets before throwing any garment into the washer!
It’s actually bizarre how the iPhone will occasionally take full submersion unscathed, and other times a little sprinkle of beer will be enough to kill it on the spot. Maybe it’s something to do with how alcohol changes your perception; maybe it’s just a matter of tough luck. In either case, you will be wise to avoid placing your phone in the vicinity of any type of glass, bottle or container you’re drinking from.
Past the Tipping Point
Sometimes you will actually try to safeguard your iPhone by placing it away from the beverages, only to place it dangerously close to the table corner. Other times, you just neglect to consider how an incorrectly placed phone near the edge of a table can make it so easy to brush it past the tipping point. There’s a fine balance at play here, and you will do well to develop an eye for it.
Suicide by Stove
Electronics and fire don’t go well. In fact, high temperatures are usually enough to cause irreversible damage to a smartphone. So next time you’re cooking, make sure your iPhone isn’t. Get it laid down at a safe distance from the hot stuff.
Butter fingers blues
Juggling is a fun activity that you may find quite enjoyable and even therapeutic. Not when you’re doing it with your iPhone, though! If you’re known for having butter fingers, you should take a mental note to keep a tight grasp on your phone at all times and just avoid fumbling around with it.
Back pocket blues
Since the iPhone is so neat and compact, you may sometimes be inclined to carry it in your pants pocket. Nothing necessarily wrong with that, except sometimes you may distractedly slip it into your back pocket as well. This may not bode so well when you happen to sit down to the sharp sound of expensive electronics, getting smashed… by your behind.
Sport game mishaps
Are you an enthusiastic sports fan? The kind of person that gets so drawn into the game that you phase out of reality? Then you may want to keep your phone away from you while you’re watching sports. There is a unbelievably large number of people who just smash their phones into the wall or let it slip from their hands during the heat of the game… only then to realize what they’ve just done.
The iPhone is not fully waterproof… and quite possibly neither are your clothes, or your bags and purses. So when you’re out and about and the weather turns against you, it’s always a good idea to be mindful to keep your iPhone from getting humid. Unlike yourself, it won’t catch a cold … but it may catch an irrevocable malfunction that won’t be fixed with a couple aspirins.