iPhone Survives Car

By Casey Lynn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Most of the issues that I’ve had with the iPhone involved altercations with the carrier, AT&T, but my opinion of the device increased a little today when I discovered an unexpected perk: it’s more durable than I thought. The iPhone below survived being run over by my father’s Chevy Avalanche, which weighs around 7,000 pounds, and other than the cracked glass, came away unscathed. In fact, it still works perfectly. And though it was face-up during this unfortunate encounter, I’m sure that the case helped too, so it gets a plug: fifteen bucks, from Case-Mate.

Considering that I was pretty clumsy in college and managed to destroy not one but two Nokia cellphones just by dropping them, I’m impressed.  Oh, and I should note that the running-over incident was not some sort of experiment, though how it actually got behind the rear tire of the Avalanche is still a mystery.

Have you ever been a victim of a similar situation? Did your iPhone (or any other gadget for that matter) survive the incident? Let us know in the comments section!

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11 Responses to iPhone Survives Car

  1. Yup, I dropped my iPhone 3G on its face onto concrete and the touch panel cracked quite severely. (I'm pretty sure it stayed intact largely due to the ClearArmor skin I had on it.)

    But the most impressive part was that the LCD wasn't damaged, and continued to work fine. As did the touch panel. (Yes, I ~did~ replace the touch panel though – not fond of looking at everything through a cracked screen!)

  2. Yup, I dropped my iPhone 3G on its face onto concrete and the touch panel cracked quite severely. (I’m pretty sure it stayed intact largely due to the ClearArmor skin I had on it.)

    But the most impressive part was that the LCD wasn’t damaged, and continued to work fine. As did the touch panel. (Yes, I ~did~ replace the touch panel though – not fond of looking at everything through a cracked screen!)

  3. My dad built a portable TV set with a 7 inch screen in the early 70s which not only survived a car wreck in Libya where the car was a write off, but was still working over 30 years later. It also had a manual tuning dial which somehow managed to unscramble encrypted channels on analog cable in the mid 90s!

    I also had a cellphone which was in my pocket when I slipped on heavy ice. Of course, the phone was obliterated, but it almost certainly prevented me breaking my hip, so at least it died for a good cause.

  4. I'm a very klutzy person. I've dropped my Palm Centro (no case or protection) on concrete and other surfaces over 10x now and it keeps on ticking. Granted I haven't run a car over it or bashed the screen directly onto anything. Mostly I'm saying that any product that can't survive a drop or two should be a free giveaway (or never sold), because every phone gets abused eventually.

    • Had an old Sony Ericsson T28 survive a dunk in a bucket of muddy water and run over by a concrete truck only to expire 2 years later just sitting on a desk.

  5. I’m a very klutzy person. I’ve dropped my Palm Centro (no case or protection) on concrete and other surfaces over 10x now and it keeps on ticking. Granted I haven’t run a car over it or bashed the screen directly onto anything. Mostly I’m saying that any product that can’t survive a drop or two should be a free giveaway (or never sold), because every phone gets abused eventually.

  6. My dad built a portable TV set with a 7 inch screen in the early 70s which not only survived a car wreck in Libya where the car was a write off, but was still working over 30 years later. It also had a manual tuning dial which somehow managed to unscramble encrypted channels on analog cable in the mid 90s!

    I also had a cellphone which was in my pocket when I slipped on heavy ice. Of course, the phone was obliterated, but it almost certainly prevented me breaking my hip, so at least it died for a good cause.

  7. Had an old Sony Ericsson T28 survive a dunk in a bucket of muddy water and run over by a concrete truck only to expire 2 years later just sitting on a desk.

  8. My Ti-84 fell out of my backpack into the mud and was run over by a truck, and then was left out in the rain/mud for a couple days. Besides a pea sized dark spot on the screen, no problems.
    My Sansa 6gb MP3 has been dropped countless times, had water spill on it, buttons have popped off, but still it works great. I bought it for $40 as a refurbished product over 4 years ago.