I have zero intention of starting an argument here about the Tom Brady situation. I just have a question about text messages... Would destroying a cell phone make the contents, specifically text messages, unretrievable? I believe that Brady was using a Samsung phone, not an iPhone. But my question is more general. Aren't such communications available for retrieval somewhere? Or is it purely based on the underlying operating system and/or software being used? I know in my case, if I destroyed my iPhone, my Mac would still have texts visible within the Messages app. Further, I would imagine I could retrieve via backups.