Competing smartphone platforms might be catching up to iOS when it comes to apps and UI styling — but can your Google phone do this? An iPhone 4 belonging to Omar Huartas allegedly blew up while his wife was holding it. According to Huertas’ video recount of the incident, the Apple smartphone became extremely hot while his wife held the device. The battery apparently swelled, dislodging the rear battery cover and catching fire. Huertas’ wife dropped the device on a table where it left visible burn marks. At some point during the fray, it also allegedly burned Huertas’ hand and expelled enough smoke that it set off his fire alarm. In a tweet to @ceoSteveJobs, a parody account on Twitter that Mr. Huertas may have thought to be real, Huertas writes, “my name omar huertas your iphone 4 blew up in my wife hand battery i spoke with apple i need something done loss data kids pic.” Huertas says he went to the Apple store to get a replacement phone, and it is unclear whether or not the affected handset is still in his possession. Hit the break for a bizarre video reenactment of the alleged incident. More →
Last week, reports emerged of a Texas man whose Motorola DROID 2 injured him when it allegedly exploded next to his ear during a call. Today, PCMag reports that a source within Motorola told the publication that the man’s claims are likely false. While PCMag’s source is not involved with the investigation and has not inspected the device personally, he claims that the DROID 2 in question “was a phone that got dropped. [T]he guy didn’t notice the glass had cracked […] so when he put it to his ear, he cut himself.” This explanation doesn’t account for the loud pop the man heard when he put the phone to his ear, but images of the device certainly don’t give any indication that an explosion occurred. PCMag’s source goes on to say, “[T]he only things that could explode in a phone would have resulted in a phone that did not work, yet this phone worked. And there was no explosive damage to the device (things inside blown outward, etc).” Motorola has not publicly addressed the incident since stating last Friday that it would launch an investigation into the matter. More →
According to a report from a local Dallas-Forth Worth Fox affiliate, a man was injured Thursday morning when his Motorola DROID 2 allegedly exploded next to his head. Aron Embry was reportedly trying to make a call when he heard a popping sound come from his phone. He felt no pain initially, but immediately felt blood dripping on his neck. Upon further investigation, Embry realized that the display on his DROID 2 “had appeared to burst outward.” He then drove to his wife’s job to have her take pictures before before calling 911. Embry was in the emergency room for several hours, where he received four stitches in his left ear. He did not suffer any hearing loss as a result of the alleged incident, and he said his DROID 2 smartphone still works despite the damage.
Dallas-area cell phone repair man Daniel Harrison said, based on footage of the phone after the accident, the damage “looks like it was actually user caused.” Harrison gave no evidence to support his claim.
Motorola said it would be contacting Embry to investigate the matter. Considering he drove to his wife’s job to have her take pictures of the injury before seeking medical attention, Motorola can likely look forward to hearing from Embry’s lawyers as well.
Hit the jump for a video of the Fox report.