1. ghostface147's Avatar
    So I was at the Houston rodeo carnival today and was riding Tango, which gets you high up and spins you around. I always keep my iPhone in my back pocket (I never use a case). When I got off the ride, I noticed the phone wasn't there. It had fallen about 80 feet onto the metal bottom. I saw it, picked it up thinking the worst. Bottom right corner was bent inwards, antenna seam is out of place, display came slightly apart, but glass is not cracked or anything. It did show an invalid SIM message. Reboot fixed it, works fine. A part of me wants to replace it (no insurance) because the aesthetics are screwed, but another wants to proudly show serious battle damage.

    Needless to say, I'm impressed by the toughness. Or luck?

    iPhone 5 took a licking, kept on ticking.-image.jpg

    iPhone 5 took a licking, kept on ticking.-image.jpg
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    03-16-2013 11:31 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    So I was at the Houston rodeo carnival today and was riding Tango, which gets you high up and spins you around. I always keep my iPhone in my back pocket (I never use a case). When I got off the ride, I noticed the phone wasn't there. It had fallen about 80 feet onto the metal bottom. I saw it, picked it up thinking the worst. Bottom right corner was bent inwards, antenna seam is out of place, display came slightly apart, but glass is not cracked or anything. It did show an invalid SIM message. Reboot fixed it, works fine. A part of me wants to replace it (no insurance) because the aesthetics are screwed, but another wants to proudly show serious battle damage.

    Needless to say, I'm impressed by the toughness. Or luck?

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    Nice! Now watch.... later on you might drop it on a pillow and see it shatter to bits...(laughing)
    03-16-2013 11:44 PM
  3. ghostface147's Avatar
    No kidding.
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    03-17-2013 12:06 AM
  4. Chase Isley's Avatar
    Nice! I am pretty sure that's a BER (Beyond Economical Repair) at Apple though.
    03-17-2013 12:14 AM
  5. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    How dare you be impressed by the iPhone's durability!? This phone is a fragile, un-innovative terd, remember?
    03-17-2013 12:25 AM
  6. thatgirl87's Avatar
    That's quite impressive that your phone took a beating like that and the glass didn't break. Either that's luck or Apple made the glass stronger.
    03-17-2013 12:41 AM
  7. Peligro911's Avatar
    That is quite impressive


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    03-17-2013 12:48 AM
  8. ghostface147's Avatar
    How dare you be impressed by the iPhone's durability!? This phone is a fragile, un-innovative terd, remember?
    Of course! How could I forget...
    03-17-2013 09:13 AM
  9. EauRouge's Avatar
    my 1st gen ipod touch has taken similar beatings, even being on the roof of a car and falling off as a I drove away, and apart from some scratches on the screen its in great shape!
    03-17-2013 09:24 AM
  10. ame's Avatar
    Wow! I would probably replace it simply bec you might have issues with it working well as the antenna is loose.
    03-17-2013 12:52 PM
  11. ghostface147's Avatar
    Wow! I would probably replace it simply bec you might have issues with it working well as the antenna is loose.
    It's been working fine. Data is rock solid, voice is working fine as well....Wi-Fi too. I probably will at some point, but I don't have AppleCare Plus or insurance, so it'd cost $229.
    03-17-2013 02:38 PM
  12. ame's Avatar
    Better than $600 or more.
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    03-17-2013 04:33 PM
  13. quamdar's Avatar
    Makes me happy with my choice to go naked (I have applecare+) cause all I'm worried about is the waist high drop from not making it in my pocket when I'm not paying attention which now I'm fairly confident it can handle LOL
    03-17-2013 05:05 PM
  14. ghostface147's Avatar
    Better than $600 or more.
    Ok, give me the $230 bucks and I'll go get it replaced. I'll give you my paypal when you're ready.
    03-17-2013 05:47 PM
  15. ghostface147's Avatar
    Makes me happy with my choice to go naked (I have applecare+) cause all I'm worried about is the waist high drop from not making it in my pocket when I'm not paying attention which now I'm fairly confident it can handle LOL
    YMMV. I am sure with the wrong angle of it falling, your luck may not be as good as mine.
    03-17-2013 05:52 PM
  16. Terrigno's Avatar
    That's a shame that it happened, but good news seeing how durable the phone is. Id put a bumper on it and call it a night. Until you get the funds and can get another.
    03-17-2013 07:22 PM
  17. ghostface147's Avatar
    That's a shame that it happened, but good news seeing how durable the phone is. Id put a bumper on it and call it a night. Until you get the funds and can get another.
    Thought about it, but I will still ride bareback.
    03-17-2013 09:11 PM
  18. ame's Avatar
    Ok, give me the $230 bucks and I'll go get it replaced. I'll give you my paypal when you're ready.
    I am not bankrolling your carelessness.
    03-18-2013 11:45 AM
  19. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Thought about it, but I will still ride bareback.
    When mine arrive on Wednesday, I will use it as-is without any protective covering just like I did with my 4S. It's my choice, my risk & my problem if it gets damaged.
    03-18-2013 11:59 AM
  20. ghostface147's Avatar
    I am not bankrolling your carelessness.
    I laugh that you think I was serious. Silly person. I don't need your funds, I just choose not to fix it until it dies. Or until it the aesthetics bug me enough to replace it. It 100% works in every way.
    03-18-2013 12:39 PM
  21. jorbjorb's Avatar
    there is no way that damage was from 80 feet. probably only 10 feet max.
    03-18-2013 12:53 PM
  22. ghostface147's Avatar
    there is no way that damage was from 80 feet. probably only 10 feet max.
    I am terrible at estimating height, so I am probably off, but this is the ride:



    It wouldn't have fallen off until it flipped me over and according to my family that was watching me, they didn't notice anything fall until it reached peak height (which is around the 1 minute mark) and started flipping me over. After watching the video, I don't think 80 ft. is even close to correct, but I can't guess how much it is. It's not 10 though...nor even as low as 20. Sure felt like 80 feet when spinning around.
    Last edited by ghostface147; 03-18-2013 at 01:21 PM.
    03-18-2013 01:04 PM
  23. moloes's Avatar
    Only a slight scratch on my iPhone would drive me crazy. I couldn't continue using my iPhone with that sort of damage. I will admit its the most durable iPhone so far and much more durable than most smartphones on the market that you only have to drop from waist height on to the corner and the whole screen normally shatters. Not going to point the finger cough (Galaxy S3) cough.
    03-18-2013 01:43 PM
  24. ghostface147's Avatar
    Only a slight scratch on my iPhone would drive me crazy. I couldn't continue using my iPhone with that sort of damage. I will admit its the most durable iPhone so far and much more durable than most smartphones on the market that you only have to drop from waist height on to the corner and the whole screen normally shatters. Not going to point the finger cough (Galaxy S3) cough.
    It'll get to me eventually.
    03-18-2013 07:48 PM
  25. SlcCorrado's Avatar
    How dare you be impressed by the iPhone's durability!? This phone is a fragile, un-innovative terd, remember?
    Un-innovative maybe, but everbody knows apple makes durable products
    03-18-2013 10:11 PM
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