The Apple/Samsung rivalry rages on: last week’s Galaxy S4 explosion that burned down an apartment made it appear as though Samsung was on the cutting-edge of “catastrophic phone injuries.” But Apple, ever the innovators, have followed up with an exploding iPhone 5 screen that hospitalized a Dalian woman with an eye injury. Expect Samsung to file suit soon.
The woman surnamed Li from Dalian said she felt that her iPhone was hot after talking on it for 40 minutes in the morning of Aug 5. The phone was then unresponsive when she attempted to end the call and after repeatedly tapping on the screen, it exploded at the top right hand corner, cracking the screen and sending particles of the device into her eyes.
Li was rushed to a local hospital and a doctor informed her that there was a scratch mark on her eyeball, suggesting that a small object caused the scratch.
Li said that she bought the phone last September and had dropped it on one occasion, leaving the phone with a small crack on its upper right corner.
It’s certainly frustrating to purchase an expensive new phone simply because of one small crack, so this author recommends cheap, sturdy goggles.