Dec 3rd, 2010

We just caught wind of an interesting story over at Droid-Life: a Dallas man – according to Fox – was using a Motorola DROID 2 when it suddenly exploded while it was up to his head, causing him to get 4 stitches. One “sciency” commenter over there believes it’s fake because the damage doesn’t indicate an outward “blast”. The man also doesn’t have health insurance. Their theory is that the hole came from something completely unrelated, so he’d try to blame Motorola and the phone so they could cover his medical costs. (He could also be trying to get a new phone in the process.)


What do you guys think? I’ve never heard of a phone just “exploding” (except for the iPhone, but I have my reservations on that, too), and the damage area just doesn’t make sense. The processor, GPU, and battery are nowhere near the apparent point of “explosion”, and even if they were, I’m certain a “blast” would do more damage to the backside of the phone than the face of it. If any blast did occur, the CPU or GPU would be the most plausible culprits: why is the phone still working? And what are the chances that it would happen as he was talking on the phone? If this story is true, then I feel sorry for him, but I’m just going to take it with a grain of salt for now. We’ll see if Motorola comes out and says anything regarding this. Your thoughts? [Fox for the full video and report]

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