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iPhone 4 Survives Fall From Skydiver's Pocket

samzenpus posted about 3 years ago | from the indestructible-object dept.

Cellphones 233

tripleevenfall sent in a link with a story that is sure to be the basis for the next iPhone 4 commercial. From the article: "Jarrod McKinney's iPhone 4 — a notoriously fragile device — cracked when his 2-year-old knocked it off a bathroom shelf. So it's easy to see why McKinney, a 37-year-old in Minnesota, would be 'just absolutely shocked' when that same phone survived a fall from his pocket — while he was skydiving from 13,500 feet."

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233 comments

I loathe the smell of marketing in the morning. (5, Informative)

suso (153703) | about 3 years ago | (#36811354)

I've heard of dropped calls, but this is ridiculous.

Re:I loathe the smell of marketing in the morning. (1)

obergfellja (947995) | about 3 years ago | (#36811758)

he must have AT&T.

Surface (3, Insightful)

Tukz (664339) | about 3 years ago | (#36811420)

Doesn't it highly depend on the surface it lands on as well?
I mean, a bathroom floor is pretty hard and solid, while, say, a bush could soften the blow quite significantly.

Re:Surface (3, Informative)

slshwtw (1903272) | about 3 years ago | (#36811684)

The phone was found on top of a building, so its a decent bet the landing wasn't so gentle. However, the summary omits the fact that the phone had a protective case (and that the glass on the phone was completely shattered and the UI inoperable).

Re:Surface (2)

EraserMouseMan (847479) | about 3 years ago | (#36811798)

So an iPhone was dropped from 13,500ft and was destroyed. Why, again, does that make headlines?

Re:Surface (1)

larppaxyz (1333319) | about 3 years ago | (#36812052)

Because Slashdot i no more what it used to be 5-10 years ago - news for nerds, intresting stuff.

Re:Surface (1)

Fazed (21192) | about 3 years ago | (#36812192)

`News for nerds, Stuff that matters'

Re:Surface (1)

Baloroth (2370816) | about 3 years ago | (#36812064)

Because its an Apple product. And in case you haven't notice, Apple has one of the best PR machines on the planet. Only a Steve Jobs-magnitude iReality Distortion Field could say that phone "survived". It'd be a bit like saying a man "survived" a fall if, despite being dead, all his bones were still intact.

Re:Surface (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36812196)

Are you denying the GLORY of the body of the LORD, Steve Jobs?

Re:Surface (1)

geminidomino (614729) | about 3 years ago | (#36811924)

the glass on the phone was completely shattered and the UI inoperable

Must be a usage of the word "survived" that I was not previously aware of...

Re:Surface (1)

Chaos Incarnate (772793) | about 3 years ago | (#36812270)

One where it can power up and the data is still recoverable, perhaps?

Re:Surface (1)

Wovel (964431) | about 3 years ago | (#36812310)

If you could read, you would know it could still make phone calls...

Re:Surface (1)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | about 3 years ago | (#36811928)

Of course the UI isn't going to work, the front glass was shattered.

I think it's interesting that not only would the phone still power up and receive calls, but the GPS was working too. I think that is a pertinent fact that in an emergency situation might be good to know.

Re:Surface (1)

brim4brim (2343300) | about 3 years ago | (#36812148)

How can you make a call or answer a call if the UI is inoperable though? My friend has an iPhone with a broken power button and she didn't drop it from a plane so what should be taken from this article is really that it depends what way it lands much like a person.

Re:Surface (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36812230)

I think it's interesting that not only would the phone still power up and receive calls, but the GPS was working too. I think that is a pertinent fact that in an emergency situation might be good to know.

Is it nice down there sucking Jobs' cock?

Re:Surface (1)

Creepy (93888) | about 3 years ago | (#36811788)

I read about this yesterday, and the article says it landed on the roof of a building (it was the most read article on CNN for a while). Probably either solid stone or pebbles for a Minnesota two story*. He also doesn't know when it fell out during his skydive, but he landed 1/2 mile away from the phone, so it probably was a pretty good drop.

* - I have a bit of personal experience on roofs in Minnesota while I was in college at both UMD and the U of M for some reason - the roof of the U of M Science and Engineering building, the roof of Game Informer, several apartment complexes (including two at UMD - Grigg's hall and another building - the one next to the science building, but I never had classes there - astronomy I think), and a few others.

Re:Surface (1)

GooberToo (74388) | about 3 years ago | (#36811802)

Yes. It depends on the surface on which it falls as well as its orientation. The story is not really surprising or all that interesting assuming one knows much of anything about physics. Many many flat objects, Vmax is frequently its saving grace.

Re:Surface (1)

JonySuede (1908576) | about 3 years ago | (#36811870)

What is that Vmax you are referring to ? For me it is a maximum voltage and in context that does not make sense.

Re:Surface (0)

GooberToo (74388) | about 3 years ago | (#36811936)

Notice I said physics, not electronics. Do you honestly believe objects falling inside an atmosphere infinitely accelerate? Its the object's maximum velocity.

Re:Surface (2)

SilentStaid (1474575) | about 3 years ago | (#36812068)

Do you honestly believe objects falling inside an atmosphere infinitely accelerate?

No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die. [xkcd.com]

Re:Surface (1)

Toam (1134401) | about 3 years ago | (#36812108)

Vterminal

Re:Surface (1)

JonySuede (1908576) | about 3 years ago | (#36812160)

Do you honestly believe objects falling inside an atmosphere infinitely accelerate?

No, I just honestly asked about what Vmax means. For all I know it could have meant maximum Vector or maximum Viscosity or maximum Vhatever.

Re:Surface (0)

Idbar (1034346) | about 3 years ago | (#36811880)

The hardest thing could have hit on the fall, was Jobs' walled garden. Luckily, this one is in Cupertino, and fortunately, all Apple devices are protected with a surrounding distorting fields that may also soften the fall.

Re:Surface (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36812028)

We know you're trying really, really hard to be funny here...but please, just stop.

Re:Surface (1)

sloth jr (88200) | about 3 years ago | (#36811896)

FTA: found on top of a building.

Re:Surface (1)

Anomalyst (742352) | about 3 years ago | (#36811982)

Are you implying either or both of our former presidents are out of shape?

Re:Surface (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36812038)

Doesn't it highly depend on the surface it lands on as well?
I mean, a bathroom floor is pretty hard and solid, while, say, a bush could soften the blow quite significantly.

The article says it landed on a building roof. I'd say that's a hard surface. And no, it wouldn't be Apple propaganda, because the first phone died from a crack on a bathroom floor - hardly 13k feet.

survived? (2)

adamjcoon (1583361) | about 3 years ago | (#36811422)

Even though it may still make calls, as claimed in the article, I wouldn't go so far as to say it "survived..." Nobody would continue to use a phone in this condition..

Re:survived? (2)

Vectormatic (1759674) | about 3 years ago | (#36811694)

that's what i was thinking, the phone in the picture (and i actually clicked to TFA to verify it isnt the bathroom dropped one) looks absolutely unusable to me, even if it still powers up

Re:survived? (1, Insightful)

asdf7890 (1518587) | about 3 years ago | (#36811772)

At least it is in a fit state for any information stored to be drawn off onto a replacement device though. That is certainly a bonus over not powering up at all.

Re:survived? (1)

DemonGenius (2247652) | about 3 years ago | (#36811846)

I think the most useful point drawn in the article is this:

"It goes to show you if I crash land and need an ambulance, they can still track me down with the GPS"

Useable? Hell, no. Survived? Yes, both you and the phone in the above situation.

Re:survived? (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 3 years ago | (#36812018)

That's like saying that you survived the guillotine because your heart continued to pump for a while, after your head was severed. You survived the guillotine, but you died from bleeding. If you can no longer operate the phone, it is for all intense and purposes dead.

Re:survived? (1)

DemonGenius (2247652) | about 3 years ago | (#36812256)

Didn't you listen when I said "Useable? Hell no."? Your analogy is also deeply flawed and would make more sense if the iPhone 4 also went through a guillotine, which would break it beyond repair instantly, same effect as with a human being. However, people have survived falls from huge heights, just like this phone did, and both were mangled as a result. The key point here is that in this case, both can be repaired, whereas with the guillotine, both can not be repaired.

Re:survived? (1)

DJRumpy (1345787) | about 3 years ago | (#36811922)

Actually, according to the article, he does continue to use it. He simply uses it via bluetooth in his truck.

Even though it may still make calls, as claimed in the article, I wouldn't go so far as to say it "survived..." Nobody would continue to use a phone in this condition..

Re:survived? (1)

Servaas (1050156) | about 3 years ago | (#36812304)

Actually, according to the article, he does continue to use it. He simply uses it via bluetooth in his truck.

I think my 12 year old nephew also tried that trick when he rammed his quad into my brother in law's car. "Yeah... but you can still open the door!!" It's a known trick all 12 year old learn.

Sponsored by Apple (5, Informative)

dokc (1562391) | about 3 years ago | (#36811432)

"Sponsored by Apple" is missing at the end of the article.

Re:Sponsored by Apple (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36811594)

I think this is the Jobs bowel movement article of the day.

Re:Sponsored by Apple (3, Informative)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | about 3 years ago | (#36811632)

Yeah, I thought I was on CNN for a minute. They have their obligatory "Isn't Apple just great?!" articles daily.

Re:Sponsored by Apple (2)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | about 3 years ago | (#36811646)

LOL, didn't even check, but it is the CNN article. Gotta love it....

Nonsense (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36811448)

Unicorns don't fall. It flew to the ground and landed majestically. Yet more anti-Apple propaganda from the nerd crowd.

Re:Nonsense (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36811534)

Slashdot? Anti-Apple? I'd say the Apple fan demographics outnumbers the non-Apple fan one here. :(

Deja vu (4, Informative)

xnpu (963139) | about 3 years ago | (#36811516)

Didn't we have a similar story not too long ago?

Anyway, I think the consensus at the time was that there's a difference between falling on a rock hard bathroom floor versus a bush or even grassland.

Re:Deja vu (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36811680)

Yes, although I didn't find it. I believe it was some member of the military who accidentally dropped his phone from a plane and later found it using the tracking feature. AFAIK it wasn't damaged at all because he was using quite a beefy case.

Re:Deja vu (1)

slshwtw (1903272) | about 3 years ago | (#36811832)

there's a difference between falling on a rock hard bathroom floor versus a bush or even grassland.

He found the gadget, its glass surfaces shattered, on top of a building about a half-mile away from where he landed with his parachute.

Chances are it was a bit harder landing than grassland. However the phone did have a protective case, and was still quite banged up from the fall.

Re:Deja vu (1)

DJRumpy (1345787) | about 3 years ago | (#36811964)

The article states that the case itself was broken by the fall as well.

From TFA:

The iPhone had protective gear of its own -- an Incipio-brand phone case that was broken after the fall but still was on the phone.

Well, of course (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36811518)

It can survive a fall from 13k feet, but not a two-year-old. And all the parents say, "Par for the course."

Cracked screen.. yep It's an iPhone alright.. (1)

EasyTarget (43516) | about 3 years ago | (#36811540)

And in case you are thinking 'Of course it's bl***y cracked, it fell from thousands of feet' I would point you to the TFA where he notes it had a cracked screen -before- the accident, which just made it worse.

Terminal Velocity (3, Insightful)

DiademBedfordshire (1662223) | about 3 years ago | (#36811548)

I'm no physicist but wouldn't something small like an iphone hit terminal velocity very quickly?

Re:Terminal Velocity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36811584)

That's still a pretty fast speed to hit the ground at. I think the main factor is how hard the surface that it falls on is.

Re:Terminal Velocity (1)

witch-doktor (1592325) | about 3 years ago | (#36811804)

It's more density than pure size. I would think that electronics are quite dense (and apple products go for heavy cases on top of that). So I would think that the terminal vel for such things are higher and attained later than for a similarly sized object like a pencil case or box of chocolates and so on.

Re:Terminal Velocity (1)

Deadstick (535032) | about 3 years ago | (#36811874)

Nearly all objects will hit terminal velocity within a few hundred feet, but they don't have the same terminal velocity. The back of this here envelope says an iPhone should fall at very roughly 1/3 the speed of a human body. If a skydiver "drops" it, it will actually decelerate and he will see it going up relative to him -- until he opens his parachute and it whistles past him.

rj

Re:Terminal Velocity (3, Funny)

Swanktastic (109747) | about 3 years ago | (#36811926)

A better story:

Careless Skydiver Killed by His Own iPhone

Re:Terminal Velocity (2)

Anomalyst (742352) | about 3 years ago | (#36812088)

whistles past him

To the tune of "Dixie":
I wish I was in Jobs walled garden
Ol' times dere am not forgotten
Lookee down, lookee down, lookee down
Crappple fanboi!

Re:Terminal Velocity (1)

braindrainbahrain (874202) | about 3 years ago | (#36812250)

The back of this here envelope says an iPhone should fall at very roughly 1/3 the speed of a human body. ...

The rule of thumb for skydivers is that terminal velocity in the flat stable position is about 120 mph, reached after 9 seconds of free fall. This would put the iPhone's terminal velocity at about 40 mph, which ought to provide some perspective about the magnitude of the impact.

Very silly story (2, Insightful)

assantisz (881107) | about 3 years ago | (#36811558)

This phone may still be able to make calls but would anybody in his/her right mind say the phone "survived" the fall? Look at it. Also, one snippet from the linked article: That's especially amazing since the iPhone 4 can suffer from cell reception issues. When the Apple smartphone debuted in 2010, a saga the tech media called Antennagate followed. Consumer watchdogs claimed a design flaw on the phone's antenna caused it to drop calls unexpectedly. Apple gave out free phone cases to address the issue. Whoever wrote this garbage did not know what he was writing about. Why is this on slashdot again?

Re:Very silly story (1)

JBMcB (73720) | about 3 years ago | (#36811602)

This phone may still be able to make calls but would anybody in his/her right mind say the phone "survived" the fall?

If it works, it "survived." If a person fell out of a plane with no chute, hit the ground sustaining massive injuries but wound up living - that person survived the fall.

Re:Very silly story (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36811894)

Ah, but do you honestly think he'll keep his iphone?

If a person fell out of a plane with no chute, hit the ground sustaining massive injuries and was subsequently euthanized because of those injuries, did they survive the fall?
 

Re:Very silly story (1)

SpeedyG5 (762403) | about 3 years ago | (#36811690)

I think its a planted story from competitors to bring back the antennagate issue. I can't otherwise explain the preoccupation with that part of the story. its hardly a success story for a fall at best its freakish that it would survive and no would would expect it would pass. On the other hand mine did not survive its recent transgression into a heavy H2O atmosphere and the Apple Store replaced it without even a fuss. Which is more likely to happen, a fall while sky diving or a drop in the drink.

Thats nothing (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36811586)

My iPhone 4 fell off of my snow pants while I was shovelling the driveway this winter. I then shoveled snow ontop of it without knowing. It was lost for 2 weeks through below 0 tempratures and another snow storm. I found it two weeks later when clearing the last of the ice from the bootom of my driveway. It was in the flowing snowmelt by the curb. 33 degree water was flowing through it for at least 1-2 days. I took it inside and pulled the battery and left it in a sealed bowl of rice over night. Took it fully apart the next day and pushed it back into the rice and then used a hair drier with a diffused to circulate hot air through the rice. Put the battery back in and put it on the charger. A couple of minutes later it had enough charge to start up. The screen still had some moisture but otherwise worked. It took over a week for the moisture to clear from the screen only leaving one small bright spot about 2 pixels wide at the top. The only loss was the Wi-fi and bluetooth died. Phone still made calls and 3G worked fine. After about 4 months I took it to the Apple store and made an appointment with a Genius. They looked at the phone tried the normal stuff to get the wi-fi to work with no luck. Shined the light in the phone to check the moisture stickers and saw they were pink. Said it looked like my phone had been exposed to water but would give me a new phone anyway. W00t W00t, replacement phone!!! Thanks Apple. Now I can go back to playing Angry Birds.

How is that "surviving"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36811592)

I don't think I know a single person that would qualify that as "surviving" the fall. The phone is destroyed beyond any reasonable use.

Of course, one can expect a fair amount of denial in such cases; after all, the loss of an Apple product is often a very emotionally tumultuous time for Apple fanboys. I hear they even have support groups now.

a skydiver dropping things (1)

kubitus (927806) | about 3 years ago | (#36811610)

should absent from this sport as he endangers other living beings!

Yawn (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36811650)

I use to work for a skydiving company, we've had a few Nokia's survive these sorts of incidents even if we only found half of them, they all rang when we called them, the one's we did find we're usually just scratched or had plastic from the corner of the case has come off. You hear these stories all the time with many various small devices, so this is either a fanboi article about how good the iPhone is or it's a flamebait article about how amazing that an Apple product actually survived a fall for once, either way no one cares.

Fall off of a Harley (3, Interesting)

repetty (260322) | about 3 years ago | (#36811652)

My daughter's iPhone 4 fell out of her back pocket when she was riding a Harley. She didn't realize it until she reached her destination; then her husband took off to look for it. He found it laying in a busy road, with tire marks on it.

It was fine.

"a notoriously fragile device" is anti-fanboy hyperbole.

Re:Fall off of a Harley (2)

lymond01 (314120) | about 3 years ago | (#36811764)

I've dropped my phone running across the street, on the bathroom floor, etc. It has a slight scuff on the metal edging (I have a 3GS). Glass is completely unmarred and all I had was a thin plastic surround. My boss has broken two by sitting on them while they were in her back pocket. It just sort of depends on how it falls, how it takes its damage. I wouldn't call the phone fragile though -- I doubt many of the less expensive plastic phones would survive a fall onto pavement regardless of the landing.

Re:Fall off of a Harley (1)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | about 3 years ago | (#36812036)

I've dropped my phone running across the street, on the bathroom floor, etc. It has a slight scuff on the metal edging (I have a 3GS). Glass is completely unmarred and all I had was a thin plastic surround. My boss has broken two by sitting on them while they were in her back pocket. It just sort of depends on how it falls, how it takes its damage. I wouldn't call the phone fragile though -- I doubt many of the less expensive plastic phones would survive a fall onto pavement regardless of the landing.

Plastic phones take a lot more abuse than fragile glass phones. My old RAZR and older Nokia survived a dozen drops that would have probably shattered a recent iPhone. Rigid aluminum and glass = fragile. Good flexible plastic body = durable.

Re:Fall off of a Harley (1)

alex67500 (1609333) | about 3 years ago | (#36812258)

You obviously have a boss with a rock-hard ass. Can you share a few pics of her? Just for future reference of course...

Re:Fall off of a Harley (1)

mdm-adph (1030332) | about 3 years ago | (#36811868)

Either it was in a strong case, or the "busy road" was made of marshmallows, because that story reeks of bs. Or by "fine" you mean "was still working, but was cracked to hell and back." There's a reason why Apple made the back of the iPhone 4 glass -- it's so they have a fragile, yet easily replaceable part you have to buy from them when it inevitably breaks.

Re:Fall off of a Harley (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36811990)

>>it's so they have a fragile, yet easily replaceable part you have to buy from them when it inevitably breaks.

[CITATION NEEDED]

Re:Fall off of a Harley (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36812008)

it's so they have a fragile, yet easily replaceable part you have to buy from them when it inevitably breaks.

I don't know how the Apple Stores itself handles these, but AASPs and mobile repairs in other countries aren't allowed to buy the parts from Apple itself. So any 'repair' you're offered is a replacement unit. I suspect Apple does the same thing, but I don't know.

Re:Fall off of a Harley (4, Insightful)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | about 3 years ago | (#36811998)

My daughter's iPhone 4 fell out of her back pocket when she was riding a Harley. She didn't realize it until she reached her destination; then her husband took off to look for it. He found it laying in a busy road, with tire marks on it.

It was fine.

"a notoriously fragile device" is anti-fanboy hyperbole.

A literal majority of the iPhone 4 owners I know have dealt with shattered glass causes by a sub-meter drop onto a hard surface, and none of them were riding a moving vehicle at the time. One was dropped from a pocket while sitting on a stationary motorcycle, and yes, it was shattered front and back.

Maybe Harleys have special iPhone protecting fields, or maybe we should remember that a single survived drop doesn't have any meaning.

Re:Fall off of a Harley (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | about 3 years ago | (#36812266)

I've never dropped my phone, lost my phone, left it behind or anything like that. My phone is important to me, and not just an expensive toy. I'm simply amazed at the number of applications for finding a lost phone, having it ring you when you send a txt, email you with its GPS location when lost etc.

Chances are, all these people are the same ones texting while driving.

Launched from a Cannon (5, Funny)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about 3 years ago | (#36812282)

My commanding officer's iPhone4 accidentally fell down the loaded barrel of an M1-Abrams Tank. He didn't find it until AFTER it was fired from the barrel -- It smashed through a brick wall, decapitated 42 terrorists, then ricocheted off of a Nexus-S and a Kin (destroying them both). We found it embedded in a granite counter-top with bits of skull and a congressional medal of honor on it.

It was fine.

Re:Fall off of a Harley (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36812306)

My daughter's iPhone 4 fell out of her back pocket when she was riding a Harley. She didn't realize it until she reached her destination; then her husband took off to look for it. He found it laying in a busy road, with tire marks on it.

It was fine.

"a notoriously fragile device" is anti-fanboy hyperbole.

Amazing! I didn't know iPhones are compatible with Harleys!

hardly (2)

slshwtw (1903272) | about 3 years ago | (#36811654)

1. The glass was completely shattered, the only reason they say it "survived" was that it could still receive a phone call, and he could only make a call by using the bluetooth connection in his truck (also the GPS worked which is how they found the phone).
2. The phone had a protective case (not pictured in the article), so you can't solely credit the device itself.
3. As he found the phone on top of a building within half a mile of his landing point, he was apparently skydiving in a populated area. He's lucky the article title isn't "Innocent bystander doesn't survive iPhone 4 fall from skydiver's pocket".

Hawk vision... (1)

ccguy (1116865) | about 3 years ago | (#36811658)

He found the gadget [...] on top of a building about a half-mile away from where he landed with his parachute.

This, from TFA seems much more newsworthy.

By the way, the tag 'yeahright' is missing.

Re:Hawk vision... (1)

slshwtw (1903272) | about 3 years ago | (#36811714)

They found it using the phone's GPS, not by using superhero powers. RTFA again please.

Re:Hawk vision... (1)

ccguy (1116865) | about 3 years ago | (#36811780)

Well, if you can see a slashdot ready RTFA *twice* (even if one he didn't pay attention) you're definitely going to make the news yourself soon :-)

Terminal velocity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36811664)

Drop it from 100 km I don't think it matters after a while. Is there an app for aerodynamic heating protection?

Solid state devices (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36811702)

wow, once i dropped my gameboy.

This is a real article, for sure, it's not like slashdot is falling for some dumb shit viral marketing about how tough iPhones are.

I bet . . . (1)

CruelKnave (1324841) | about 3 years ago | (#36811710)

it was while he was sitting in the plane.

Happens fairly often (1)

Leebert (1694) | about 3 years ago | (#36811728)

This sort of thing happens fairly often, actually.

There's a video on Youtube of a helmet cam getting knocked off at the door:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKN-pNQW-Pk [youtube.com]

The guy picking it up was priceless funny to me.

7 digit id guy getting tired (1)

mescobal (1516701) | about 3 years ago | (#36811738)

I have a 7 digit ID and I'm getting tired of these things. Poor 6 digit guys! Are we really getting short of worthy news?

Any solid device. (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 3 years ago | (#36811740)

the iPhone is fairly solid state, Not to many buttons the only real moving part is the vibrate.All the parts are packaged quite tightly. So yes it can survive a fall from a skydivers pocket. The droids may too... However many of them are using molded and glued/snapped in plastic cases, which could break a lot easier spreading parts around. The iPhone is mostly steel and glass so for most cases the glass will break but the parts should still work...

as an iPhone owner it is a no big deal. There are higher end droids that can survive the fall too.

Oh the joy. (1)

Ross R. Smith (2225686) | about 3 years ago | (#36811786)

I'd be happier if it could survive a ~5ft fall without cracking - I don't think many people plan on skydiving with a phone.

I also don't see how it 'survived' - it exists, yes, but I doubt it will function to an appropriate level of being able to phone/do anything useful whatsoever.

Re:Oh the joy. (1)

erroneus (253617) | about 3 years ago | (#36811996)

Yes, those "dropped calls" are pretty annoying right?

bullshit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36811790)

I am calling bullshit on this one, CNN selling out to apple as usual

Its a freak accident nothing more. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36811866)

People have survived falls from skydives when their chutes or backup chutes didnt open. That doesnt mean every person that jumps out of a plane can live from a free fall with no parachute.

I obviously don't drop it from high enough (1)

accessbob (962147) | about 3 years ago | (#36811888)

A mere 3 feet off the floor does it for me.

He's a selfish asshole (2)

Rude Turnip (49495) | about 3 years ago | (#36811918)

You pack things like your telephone in the lockers before you go up. As far as I'm concerned, he should be hit with the same penalties as a drunk driver for endangering lives.

But can it generate bitcoins? (1)

Anomalyst (742352) | about 3 years ago | (#36811946)

To complete the slashvertisement paradigm.

what if skydivers dropped items that killed people (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36811960)

So how would this article have ended if that phone drifted into a populated area and hit someone in the head?

I think it's criminally irresponsible not to have that phone tethered to him when skydiving.

Re:what if skydivers dropped items that killed peo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36812240)

Time to break out the ballistics gel!

Is this the correct time to say it? (1)

erroneus (253617) | about 3 years ago | (#36811976)

"You're holding it wrong!"

First of all. (1)

trum4n (982031) | about 3 years ago | (#36812112)

No it didn't. It was useless. Also, OLD NEWS IS OLD.

Phone looks dead to me (2)

cvtan (752695) | about 3 years ago | (#36812114)

Maybe in Appleland this counts as "surviving a fall", but in the Panasonic Toughbook neighborhood this phone is deceased or at least pining for the fjords. Maybe some people would like to carry around a pile of broken glass in their pocket; I'll pass.

My old motorola (1)

jjeffries (17675) | about 3 years ago | (#36812122)

My ancient motorola flip-phone has survived several bicycle crashes, being thrown through an interior wall, plenty of rain and sweat, and I once lost it in a mall parking lot in the winter where it got buried in snow for a week, then later found by someone and turned in to the local cops, where it and I were eventually reunited. Still works great.

Who cares? (1)

zbharucha (1331473) | about 3 years ago | (#36812162)

It's not like every iPhone 4 is going to survive a fall from 13500 feet. Posts like this should be banned on /.

Dropped my budget Xperia X8... (1)

brim4brim (2343300) | about 3 years ago | (#36812224)

Down a staircase from top to bottom in a pub that went to the toilets. It was a tiled staircase. The back cover came off, popped it back on and not a scratch on the phone. I also dropped it one night in a pub and sent it a web text the next day saying if found return to my address and later that day someone popped by with it apologizing saying they don't know how they ended up with it.

It's opposite day. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36812246)

The phone "survived", if by "survived", you mean "broke". Just like Macs are "cheap" and "powerful" and "a good value", and Linux is "easy to use", and Windows Me was "stable enough for release".

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