You could say Mark Burrows' HTC DNA smartphone was the victim of chivalry.
Leaving a San Diego 7-Eleven with his arms full of purchases, Burrows had already let go of the door when a woman approached. "Quickly, I reached
back to open the door for the lady," he says. "That's when the phone slipped from
It landed on edge, on its top right corner, producing this effect. Burrows' contract wasn't up at the time, and the phone still worked, so he used it for a few more weeks while deciding which device to get next.
Ross Burke of Manassas, Va., shared this photo of his partner Janet's iPad 2, which she dropped on the floor almost two years ago. "She hasn't had the money to repair or replace it," Burke says, "but at least it's still chugging along...sort of."
You have to look closely to spot the crack in this Amazon Kindle (it's just above the keyboard, to the left). It got there after Dawn McCaleb of Ocean City, Md., accidentally left her e-reader on the roof of her car after a day at the beach and then drove away. Down the road a ways, she remembered her mistake and went back to retrieve the device from the street.
"It no longer works and I never replaced it," McCaleb says. "I don't know why I still have it. I'm hoping, perhaps, that it will resuscitate itself and come back to me."
Here's another story of a gadget left on the roof of a car, this one from Jordan Martinetti of Fargo, N.D.
He put his iPhone 5S atop his girlfriend's car while he changed the brake pads and rotors, planning to retrieve the device before he drove the vehicle. But when he took the car around the block for a test-drive, the phone got an unexpected joyride.
"To my surprise, it works perfectly fine," Martinetti says.
George Sanchez of Aloha, Ore., who's never been fond of screen protectors or cases, has dropped his HTC One S numerous times, including twice while building this deck. After the latest drop, Sanchez figured the phone would stop working. It didn't.
"It's still running," he reports. "Only had to add screen protector so I stop cutting myself from the first fall."
Gretchen De Silva of Bethesda, Md., says none of the three iPhone she's owned have made it to upgrade time without a cracked screen. This one got dropped during a jog, and though De Silva's had to cover some of it with tape to avoid getting cut, the phone still works.
"Can you read the screen? Kind of," she says. "You get used to it!"
Calvin Ing, a student who lives near Toronto, closed his Asus ROG G750 laptop, forgetting that his headphone adapter still sat on top of the keyboard. Then he put the weight of a binder and textbook on top of the machine -- something like 8 pounds in all, he estimates.
"At the end of class I noticed my screen was wedged open, and
opened the notebook to check why, only for the laptop to turn on,
revealing the destroyed screen," he says. "My heart sank as finals were coming
up, and my AutoCAD assignment was due the next day."
Puppies love to chew on things, even tablets apparently.
Last year, after working his way through power cords, rocks, slippers, headphones and remote controls, Dale Mickel's 5-month-old labradoodle, Obi, set his sights on Mickel's Nexus 7.
"He decided that my tablet was going to be his next great chew toy.
Destroyed the case. Cracked the glass and broke the digitizer," says Mickel, of Tacoma, Wash. "It still
powers up and kind of works, but I need to order the parts and fix it."
This is Ryan Gannon's new iPhone 6. "I got it the Monday before Thanksgiving. By Thanksgiving morning it was broken," the San Diego resident says.
Gannon's roommate cautioned him not to take his new device out without a case. He did anyway. "I dropped it on a short walk to my house while I was fumbling around
with my gate lock," Gannon says. "The phone without a case will literally slip through
Pooja Gautam's Samsung Galaxy S3 fell from a height of about 3 feet onto his foot and then bounced onto the sidewalk. The phone sustained a few cracks, and Gautam, a doctor, diagnosed himself with an "erythematous toe."
Kevin Vernon's Kindle HD was already cracked when he bought it on eBay for $35. "Works fine," says the Indianapolis resident. "Touch screen has some occasional minor issues with location of touch, but very live-with-able, for the cost."
Dion Houghton's nearly 2-year-old daughter can take credit for this one.
"The kaleidoscopic masterpiece that she managed to create during one
of her 'let's see how far I can throw this' moments certainly makes up
for any health and safety worries caused by the shattered glass," Houghton writes from Hong Kong.
Most of the LG G2's screen still works, "but having to constantly turn the device to avoid the dead part of the screen is wearing a bit thin," Houghton says.
Lewis Lott, who's in the military and stationed at Fort Bliss in the southwestern US, had to climb atop a radar system but didn't have his flashlight. So he used his iPhone to light the way. As this photo demonstrates, it took a tumble.