Even if you’re a firm believer in phone cases and screen protectors, keeping your smartphone in one piece is no easy feat, they seem to love tumbling through our hands, off our laps, and out of our pockets! Fortunately, most of the time our phones emerge unscathed, but sometimes we’re not quite so lucky. That’s why we thought it’d be fun to scour the internet for the 10 weirdest, funniest, clumsiest or just plain silliest ways that mobile phones have been damaged or broken. If you’ve got a story of your own mishaps let us know in the comment section below!
1. Leaving it on the roof of the car.
One of the most common ways to completely and utterly destroy a handset is to leave it on the top of your car. As soon as you get in and drive away, your phone (and wallet, and shopping, and house keys if you’re unlucky to leave them up top too) will be nothing more than a memory in your rear-view mirror!
2. Throwing it into the washing machine.
There are few jobs as boring as laundry carting around dirty clothes, and then carting around wet clothes, and then finally folding and *shudder* ironing. To get you through it, we wouldn’t blame you for playing a few games of Candy Crush. Just make sure you don’t accidentally place your phone on top of a pile of laundry that’s bound for the washing machine or tumble dryer!
3. Switching the protective case.
With protective cases coming in a huge array of shapes, sizes, and colours, there’s no excuse not to have one for your phone. But what happens when you buy a new one? We’ve found that there’s nothing quite as infuriating and ironic as dropping your phone as you struggle to swap its protective shell.
4. Sitting on it.
Oops. Your phone doesn’t normally live in your back pocket, but you were in a rush when you put it away, and that pocket on your rear-end was the closest one. Or perhaps you were in a rush and didn’t check to see if your phone was on that chair you just plonked yourself in? Either way, you’re left with one dead phone.
5. Leaving it in the car.
You might think that leaving your phone in your car is a great way to keep it safe if it’s on your dashboard or car seat, you can’t drop it with your clumsy fingers. Unfortunately, leaving your phone in your car can also kill it. especially if it’s hot out. With cars trapping heat in the summer, your phone can get cooked in a surprisingly short space of time.
6. Letting your kids play with it.
Look, we’re not saying that all children are unstoppable phone-breaking machines. But they do tend to have sticky fingers. And bang things about. Maybe don’t leave them unsupervised for too long with your handset, okay?
7. Dropping it whilst falling asleep.
If you’re anything like us, catching up with Facebook, shooting off a tweet or two, and playing a couple of levels of Angry Birds is a necessary night-time routine. When it’s time to fall asleep, however, we haven’t always put our phone away leaving it to fall. Sometimes it only falls as far as our faces (which is the worst), but other times it’ll bounce off the bed and onto the floor (which is also the worst).
8. Dropping it down the toilet.
According to ZAGG Mobile, 6% of all broken smartphones have taken a trip down the toilet. Whether it’s popped out of your pocket and plopped into the toilet as you’ve sat down, or taken a tumble after you’ve had a drink or two too many, any phone you manage to fish out is probably as good as dead. Also, ewww.
9. Dropping it and trying to catch it with your foot.
Don’t worry, this is the last variation on dropping it. But, you know, we’ve all been there, watching in slow-motion as our £500 phone hurtles towards the ground. And then you realise you can catch it with your foot, and swing your leg round turning what would’ve been a 4 foot drop into a 20 foot punt right into the wall. Good job!
10. Accidentally throwing it because you’re excited, or angry, or startled.
There’s a ton of reasons why you might suddenly jump up in the air, arms waving as you do. Maybe your favourite team just scored a goal. Maybe they conceded one? Either way, that phone you had in your hand is now sailing through the air, Just cross your fingers that it doesn’t break anything on its way to the floor!