My iPhone After Semi Ran Over It!

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    Yes, it still works!

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    1. Mike Beauchamp 88 months ago | reply

      Its funny the luck I have had with my screen. When I'm demonstrating it for people, I can't put a scratch on it. I've tried with my car keys, my pocket knife, rocks, etc... When I'm showing it off, it won't scratch. But over time, its accumulated several and I'm not sure when, where, or why.

      I just spoke with a guy from Apple - apparently they aren't as interested in using it for promo as I thought. The PR rep himself was fascinated, but he called me back and said his direct manager doesn't really care.

      Odd response, I thought. I felt like this was the absolute best real-world crash test out there. It doesn't get much better than this.

    2. joecab 88 months ago | reply

      Yeah I'm surprised too since your story's been getting plenty of traffic today. Fooey on them.

      (P.S. Now if you were talking about iPods of a year r two ago ... oh yeah scratchy. They were still using plastic screens back then.)

    3. fotonchop 88 months ago | reply

      @vasicp you should do a tag search in Flickr for "Roadtrain" to see how much bigger trucks get than a semi- trailer. I don't think even an iPhone would survive 30 wheels ... and that's just on one side of a truck.

      Sorry about your iPhone Mike.

    4. synstelien 88 months ago | reply

      Nice pics...

      I've smashed mine as well. The screen shattered like safety glass but it still works.

      These are awesome machines.

      Pics found at:

    5. EriQ. 88 months ago | reply

      Damn! It got pretty messed up. Glad to hear it still works.

    6. MacSmiley 88 months ago | reply

      Yeah, took me awhile to get used to the term semi when I moved from Long Island to South Dakota. The traffic report always said it was a jack-knifed tractor-trailer that was jamming up traffic, not a jack-knifed semi.
      Where the iPhone is concerned, I'm sure it doesn't care what you call it one way or the other. It just feels like it got hit by a Mack Truck!

    7. Abdulrahman Kublan 88 months ago | reply

      Ouch! bad luck! but great to hear it still working!

    8. lateplate [deleted] 88 months ago | reply

      I had a similar experience with my iPhone - maybe not as severe as getting run over by a semi, but still pretty severe. I lost my iPhone in deep snow for over a week, and when I found it (frozen), it later still mostly worked! I thank both Apple and the hacking community for saving it for me.

    9. NikLinna 88 months ago | reply

      Forget the phone, YOU might have been run over by a semi. Please don't run out onto a high-speed freeway again. Very dangerous--Darwin award dangerous.

    10. fletch(er) 88 months ago | reply

      That PR person at Apple is a genius. They couldn't put this in a commercial and have anyone believe it. But everyone would believe one lone testimonial. Way more buzz...

    11. mistersquid 88 months ago | reply

      The problem with the iPhone (I own one) is that it is slick. I purchased a rubberized cover for it and it feels much better to the touch, though it is bulked up some.

      On another note, it makes sense PR is uninterested in your phone. First, to associate the product with 1) dangerous traffic conditions, and 2) device damage is not very usable from a branding point of view.

      If your iPhone had come through without a single scratch, that might be a different story (dangerous traffic conditions is still an issue).

    12. alternatekev 88 months ago | reply

      I'd love to throw my Treo 750 under a semi. Maybe then my employer would buy me an iPhone.

    13. Jim Lafferty 88 months ago | reply

      Oh, snap. No he di-iiiiin't!

    14. safundi 88 months ago | reply


    15. AliCia_Rod 87 months ago | reply

      WOW wow went through some pain....i put myself in your shoes and i died...and i was crying for having a crack on my iphone

    16. iPhoneChris 87 months ago | reply

      Amazing! I reprinted your story on my blog. Is it possible you could take a photo of the front?

    17. juanfer (jffonseca10) 86 months ago | reply

      man!! how could you dare!!

    18. Justin Harmon 86 months ago | reply

      Goodness! <:( Poor iPhone. I can't believe it still works...

    19. aHUIBAN 86 months ago | reply

      How awesome is that...!

    20. Ender Özgür 85 months ago | reply

      oohh wicked ...

      You are invited to post this photo at
      What makes you feel argh ?

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