You’ve just bought your dream cell phone for e-reading, calls, social media, you name it. You can’t wait to show it off to your friend. But it’s icy outside, and while you’re making a quick call, you drop it. Sure enough, your $500 phone falls on its screen, against the sidewalk. Welcome to Crack City.
Now you must either give up on the phone or face a nasty repair bill or other damage to your wallet.
What’s going on? Murphy’s law? Have you offended the gods? The answer is more mundane—simple physics (somewhat related to the buttered toast phenomenon), reflecting such variables as the way people tend to hold their phones and the typical height above the ground.
Android Pit has the details, including one of the best counter-measures: just let the phone fall, rather than fumbling further to prevent catastrophe.
Needless to say, screen protectors won’t hurt, such as the tempered-glass one I bought to augment my case to help safeguard my Google Nexus 6. Or you can succumb to Motorola’s marketing campaign and buy a phone said to be shatter-proof. See CNN video above.
Here, at least, hype is truth, as long dents on the phone don’t count.