Otterbox fail.. phone shattered (pics)

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  1. SaMaster14, Apr 16, 2012
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    Well, my friend dropped his iPhone4 today. Literally maybe 4 feet from the ground onto normal tile. (he tripped and it just landed flat). And the phone literally shattered. I thought the Otterbox was supposed to protect the phone from drops WAY crazier than that. The Otterbox was damaged too. I mean, if his phone wasn't in the case, MAYBE it would crack a bit from the fall. But I mean its SHATTERED.

    Any comments? Ideas? This was just weird!

    Here are pics of the device, if you want pics of the Otterbox I can get those too.

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    The device even BENT a bit...

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    The back was fine...

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    So, I'm assuming he can just go to Apple. Not sure how it works for him. I have insurance on my phone (Blackberry Bold 9930), and I just call insurance/Verizon and I get a new phone shipped immediately.

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    Oh my god, that's unbelievable. :( its actually bent! All from a 4 foot drop. Does it even still work (make calls, receive messages?)
     
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    You sure you didn't accidentally smash it with a sledgehammer?
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I saw my friend trip. Normal fall. I would have expected a few scratches if the device was caseless, but it was in an OTTERBOX DEFENDER, the whole nine yards. Legit, less than a four foot drop..
     
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    Not sure how Apple would handle that one. Aside from the frame being bent I don't see how it would be treated different than a normal broken screen. AppleCare+ would also help his situation.

    Are there any providers that have actual insurance on the iPhone 4s? My naked phone has fallen several times and hasn't a scratch on it, but it would be nice to have the piece of mind. Accidents do happen and that's why we have car insurance and home owners/renters insurance and health insurance...
     
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    That really sucks!

    Piggy backing on an earlier remark though, I don't know how so many people crack their screens either though. I have owned 3 versions of the iPhone for a total of 4 years and never had one scratch or chip. I have a lifeproof case on my 4s now but prior to this, I have never had a heavy-duty case.
     
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    I'll see what insurance he has on his device. I never buy a smartphone without some sort of insurance.

    I'll probably drop by the apple store with him tomorrow and try to see what we can do. (I need a phone things for my 'new' iPad anyways haha)
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    I'm gonna guess apple treats it as normal glass break. 150+tax to replace.

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    didn't otterbox used to replace iphone if they were broken while in one of their cases?
     
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    Thanks. I've never owned an iPhone or ever cracked any of my iPads or iPod touches, so I don't know their policy on fixing screens/insurance.

    Not sure about Otterbox, I will check up on that one!
     
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    That doesn't look like a 4 foot drop, I have literally driven over my iPhone 4 in a otterbox defender case and threw it about 30 feet in the air and there was not a single scratch/dent or crack on the device.
     
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    I know, that is why I'm so confused. I was standing right there as he tripped and it fell. I heard the shatter noise and was like "oh the case must have snapped off or something" and he picked the device up and glass shards were literally falling off as he took it out of the case.... so crazy
     
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    The phone actually looks bent...
     
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It is. I have NO idea how that happened... I'm serious, it was a normal drop. Phone/Otterbox case had NO prior damage
     
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    You said he tripped. Did he fall on it? Was it clipped to his belt?
     
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    No way a 4 foot fall alone would bend the case like that. Looks like he had it in his back pocket, it bent but did not shatter till a drop did the dirty work.
     
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    No. He didn't fall. It slipped out of his hands as he stuttered. Just fell onto the floor. Maybe it his a 'sweet spot' or something with the case? I have no idea.

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    Maybe there was prior damage that wasn't seen before? Cause the device was fine before the drop. Completely normal. The case also cracked and broke. I don't have pics of that though
     
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    I did the same thing...

    I had an iPhone for over 2 years...not one scratch or crack. I bought an upgrade iPhone...the 4S...had it 1 month and dropped it from not even 4ft face down on a tile floor...shattered my screen. I cried. I didn't think it could happen either. It's a sickening feeling when it does.
     
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    Holy God, that's horrible. I actually dropped mine from about the same height onto a tile floor tonight but got lucky--I had a knockoff Element Vapor case on it and there's a ding on one corner of the case but no phone damage. I was literally holding my breath when I bent down to pick it up to inspect it, though. Scary feeling.
     
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    4feet?:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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    I honestly don't care what others think. I know what I saw. If you drop a piece of glass from four feet it will shatter, even if encased in something. I guess it just hit a sweet spot when it fell and the whole thing shattered.
     
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    Yikes, I've dropped my iPhone in a commuter case higher then that and it's mint. That sucks.
     
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    Yeah right.
    And the phone bend like that with just a 4 foot drop?:rolleyes:
    Looks like a train hit it.
     
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    I know... Hey, not my phone, so I really don't know what damage it took before except for the fact that it was working perfectly before it fell tonight. Otterbox was totally intact, no scratches or cracks.
    And again, maybe he just got unlucky. It's definitely plausible for something like that to happen if it just fell the wrong way...

    Also... 'food' drop?
     
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    *Looks at pics*
    *Looks back at iphone 4*
    *holds it tight gets to store and buys the most strongest case*
    And that summarizes the shock of seeing THAT damage.
     
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    Cmon OP. there is NO WAY that the phone fell 4 feet, landed flat, and the frame bent like that. Just NO WAY physically possible for that to happen the way u explained it even if the phone was naked. Throw an otterbox on it and the story is even more ridiculous. There is no "sweet spot" that would cause damage like that from the innocent 4' trip and drop scenario u explain. You can swear up and down that that's what happened, but I'm telling you either ur friend is lying to you, or ur not telling the whole story.

    You took the time to show all the pics of the phone, but not one of the damaged case? That's weird. The case would have to look way worse then the phone, and the whole point of the story is that it was in an otterbox, but no pics of it?? C'mon. :rolleyes:

    A genius is just going to laugh at u guys if u go in with that story. Not trying to sound like a jerk, but it didn't happen the way u explain it. No way, no how!!
     
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