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Video: iPhones survive falls from plane and 450-foot swing ride

By midian182 · 6 replies
Jul 16, 2018
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  1. Iowa resident Sarvinder Naberhau was taking a trip in a vintage biplane when she decided to take some photos with her iPhone. Unfortunately, the wind pulled the handset from her grasp at about 1000 feet in the air.

    Rather than accept that the iPhone was lost forever, Naberhau used the Find my iPhone app on a different device. It didn’t work initially, but did eventually show the location. By repeatedly calling her lost phone, which was in a case, Naberhau was able to locate it face-up in tall grass, still in one piece and working.

    “I thought I don’t think I’m gonna find it I’m just gonna leave, maybe I should at least try ringing it one more time,” said Naberhaus. “I thought I heard ringing, I’m trying to walk as quickly as I can towards the ringing sound,” she told WHOTV.

    “I literally went into shock. I asked 'this is this for real? Is that the same phone?' and I said ‘this is a miracle phone, you can’t drop a phone 1000 feet and have it still work!’”

    Another story of a rugged iPhone comes from Click Orlando. It reports that Cansel Yildirim was riding on the StarFlyer, the world’s tallest swing ride, when she dropped her iPhone 7 Plus from the 450-foot peak. The video below shows the phone’s dizzying journey to the ground.

    After getting off the ride, Yildirim also used Find my iPhone to locate the handset. Despite not being in a case, there was only one scratch on the working device.

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  2. amghwk

    amghwk TS Maniac Posts: 427   +248

    iPhone or those who wanted to publicize iPhone should have waited a bit for the recent working submerged iPhone news to cool down, before doing another obnoxious publicity stunt...(nevermind that it was the case that saved it, if this incident really happened).

    Otherwise, it will be obvious - the publicity stunt.

    So it only had a single scratch, huh?
     
  3. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 594   +434

    All soft landings on dirt. There's been tons of drop tests and other phones like OnePlus and Samsung have held up just as well on drops to things like concrete.
     
  4. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,640   +735

    Yeah big whoop... landed in the grass. Terminal velocity is only so much.
     
  5. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 777   +399

    In a case. In tall grass. Doesn't count.
    I've seen a video on youtube of an iPhone dropped out of a 3-storey window by mistake onto concrete (no case) and it was smashed. Amazing!
     
  6. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,719   +1,135

    What's with all the hate... they survived against all odds and were found, that's amazing whether they were iphones or androids or whatever gadget, geez.
     
  7. Chessman

    Chessman TS Rookie

    This isn’t particularly surprising, screens (and the glass back if it has one) are the only really fragile thing in a modern phone. There aren’t any moving parts. Apparently iPhones are screwed together well enough that things don’t come loose on impact, but I can’t imagine that’s much different across other brands, especially premium ones.
     

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