Watch out for the iPhone ‘danger zones’


I’ve been a proud iPhone owner over the past six years, ever since the original iPhone debuted in June of 2007. I happen to pride myself with keeping my devices in pristine condition so I go the extra mile to handle my iPhone with care.

For instance, I typically lay it flat on the table on top of a napkin. And only a rare few people get to ever touch my device to play with it. And yeah, I do remove everything from my pocket before slipping an iPhone inside. It’s suffice to say I’m overzealous about handling my baby.

But six years is six years and something had to give. A month ago, it just¬†treacherously¬†slipped out of my hand and fell on the concrete floor, its front glass smashing in an instant. Some of you could tell a similar story, I’m sure. But where are such accidents most likely to occur? Third-party warranty company SquareTrade has issued a report outlining so-called iPhone ‘danger zones’…

These are the areas inside your home and around it where you’re most likely to damage your device. If you were wondering, more than half of all accidents happen in or around your home.

According to the study findings, based on customer data (via BGR), one out of each five affected users, or 21 percent, damaged their iPhone in the kitchen.

The living room is the #2 danger zone for an additional 18 percent of respondents, followed by the bathroom (16 percent), driveway (ten percent) and bedroom (eight percent).

Hint: don’t check your email and browse the web while taking a bath. Heck, leave the device safely tucked inside your pocket when taking a piss because nine percent have managed to drop their iPhone in a toilet.

SquareTrade released a nice infographic outlining key findings.

SquareTrade iPhone danger zones

And this is my own smashed iPhone 4S.

Smashed iPhone 4S white
That’s my iPhone 4S after landing unexpectedly flat on the concrete floor.

Note to everyone: if you forked at least $199 (+ tax) for a brand spanking new iPhone, it pays to purchase an AppleCare+ warranty which covers accidental incidents like this.

Unless, of course, you live in Italy and elsewhere in the European Union where Apple’s warranty policy is under fire from local regulators.

So, have you ever damaged your device and how?