@tweezak I’ve never broken a phone, despite never using a case. Meanwhile, one of my friends breaks them constantly without mishandling them at all.
I’ve been with him when it happened before. He gently set his phone down on the table after answering a text and the screen shattered for no apparent reason. Another broke from the shock of plugging in the charging cable. Another broke as he pulled it out of his pocket.
@shahnm After writing my comment I remembered sending a Motorola RAZR through the laundry once. It actually survived but the display was full of liquid and since I had insurance it was worth it to just get a new phone.
As far as smart phones, I’ve had 2 Samsungs crap the bed just after their warranty was up. Coincidentally my Samsung plasma TV also spontaneously cracked while my wife and I were watching it. There were lots of cases of this on the web and talk of a class action suit. Samsung dismissed it as “user damage.” I swore off Samsung devices then. They will never get a penny of my money if that’s how they treat their customers.
@endi1276@kuoh I have a burner phone I use for audiobooks and music- I’m not even sure how but the screen got busted and had a very uncomfortable chunk out of it. Screen protectors were 3 for $6. Now it’s nice and smooth.
@kuoh@sammydog01 I’m clumsy and unlucky with my phones. That particular one had glass screen protectors, so i had broken the ones i had (the phone glass was also broken) and it was also time for an upgrade. I could’ve gone in and gotten another glass screen protector for cheap, but if i was going in, I might as well just upgrade the phone. I waited until the broken glass started to lift and get in my fingers, and then i just went in for a new phone.
My current phone is about to be 2 years old, intact glass but the back is shattered. Haha.
Start a new trend and become a billionaire by selling pre-distressed cellphones and sweat soaked headphones with frayed cables at significantly marked up prices to pair with the pre-distressed fashion market.
I’ve replaced a screen on my old Nokia… They’re fairly easily replaced, in my experience. But recently bought a Kindle Fire and, five months, it slid all of 18 inches off a futon and the screen just shattered. And I can’t bring myself to replace this, because it’s been a pretty cheap, lackluster device.
If it’s a phone that you like, fix it. If it’s a phone that you hate, replace it. If it’s a phone that has a service plan…you are about to discover that a lot of service plans will hit you up for $100 for a swap-out on a phone with a street value of $50. (And it usually costs a lot less than $100 to replace the glass, as long as the digitizer’s still OK.)