Weekly Contest: Busted Berrys

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Busted BlackBerrySt. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us, which means your BlackBerry might be getting into some rowdy situations over the booziest holiday of the year. After getting my mitts on the latest addition to the OtterBox lineup, I got to think thinking about all the rough situations that BlackBerrys must go through (and no, not just the ones made up by overenthusiastic accessory reviewers). It’s tough to pry a BlackBerry from your average user’s steely thumbs, so that means they really do go everywhere. Maybe it’s high time we hear some war stories about the toughest situations your BlackBerry’s been through… nevermind if the thing survived the ordeal, be it defenestration, long falls, killer temperatures, or fun times with oncoming highway traffic. Just post your best tale of BlackBerry battery and get your pick of super-tough cases from OtterBox.

We got a lot of interest in what’s going on with the iPhone last week, some saying that the iPhone’s just about ready to take the enterprise market by storm, but most have at least a few concerns about its viability. It pretty much goes without saying, though, that Tracy Whitt had the most extensive list of reasons to not even bother with the iPhone right now. Most notably was getting rid of the “one size fits all” model that Apple has adopted. Not every company is built the same, and simply making new iPhones with bigger storage capacities isn’t enough to get CIOs to bite. Although we’ve got no worries about Tracy sticking with BlackBerry, we’re setting him up with a copy of FlipSide just so he can tell the iPhone fanboys “Yeah, mine does that too.” Thanks everyone for the entries, and hope to see you again this week!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/olivermoffat/2084411704/ Oliver Moffat

    My Curve was less than 24 hours out of the box, when it got hit with dollop of garlic bean dip. The juices went right in through the track ball hole and it started making really cool sounds and freaking out. The dip got all up in under the keyboard and on the screen.

    So I took it apart and cleaned it out. Pick here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/olivermoffat/2084411704/

    I have shaky, clumsy fingers, so I wasn’t able to get it back together again very well. Now the face plate isn’t flush against the body, and so you really have to click that trackball hard if you want some action.

    I carried a 957 for years and never had a problem like this. I was surprised by how cheap the Curve felt when I popped it open.

    BTW, I have a co-worker who smashed the glass on a JesusPhone when it dropped on the floor. I will post pictures if there are any other sickos out there like me who get off on pretty pictures of busted phones.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/olivermoffat/2084411704/ Oliver Moffat

    My Curve was less than 24 hours out of the box, when it got hit with dollop of garlic bean dip. The juices went right in through the track ball hole and it started making really cool sounds and freaking out. The dip got all up in under the keyboard and on the screen.

    So I took it apart and cleaned it out. Pick here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/olivermoffat/2084411704/

    I have shaky, clumsy fingers, so I wasn’t able to get it back together again very well. Now the face plate isn’t flush against the body, and so you really have to click that trackball hard if you want some action.

    I carried a 957 for years and never had a problem like this. I was surprised by how cheap the Curve felt when I popped it open.

    BTW, I have a co-worker who smashed the glass on a JesusPhone when it dropped on the floor. I will post pictures if there are any other sickos out there like me who get off on pretty pictures of busted phones.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/olivermoffat/2084411704/ Oliver Moffat

    My Curve was less than 24 hours out of the box, when it got hit with dollop of garlic bean dip. The juices went right in through the track ball hole and it started making really cool sounds and freaking out. The dip got all up in under the keyboard and on the screen.

    So I took it apart and cleaned it out. Pick here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/olivermoffat/2084411704/

    I have shaky, clumsy fingers, so I wasn’t able to get it back together again very well. Now the face plate isn’t flush against the body, and so you really have to click that trackball hard if you want some action.

    I carried a 957 for years and never had a problem like this. I was surprised by how cheap the Curve felt when I popped it open.

    BTW, I have a co-worker who smashed the glass on a JesusPhone when it dropped on the floor. I will post pictures if there are any other sickos out there like me who get off on pretty pictures of busted phones.

  • Alex Logvin

    Here is your winner right here…

    http://members.cox.net/alexlogvin/badbb.JPG

    Last year one of our BlackBerry users lost his BlackBerry in a canal. His job is to help maintain the canal system in our city.. a month later he was doing a canal dryup, and was in the same area he had dropped it… and found the device. He pulled it out and snapped us a picture, and sent it on over. He asked if we wanted it back for parts…

    “NO”.

    I never found out what goop it was on there.. fish eggs is the popular theory.

  • Alex Logvin

    Here is your winner right here…

    http://members.cox.net/alexlogvin/badbb.JPG

    Last year one of our BlackBerry users lost his BlackBerry in a canal. His job is to help maintain the canal system in our city.. a month later he was doing a canal dryup, and was in the same area he had dropped it… and found the device. He pulled it out and snapped us a picture, and sent it on over. He asked if we wanted it back for parts…

    “NO”.

    I never found out what goop it was on there.. fish eggs is the popular theory.

  • Ken Asbury

    My brother in law who does IT work in the Baltimore area told me that one day coming back to work from lunch, he was running across the street & his BlackBerry fell off his beltclip but he didn’t notice it until he was on the other side of the street. He then realized that he didn’t have enough time to get it due to the 18 wheel big rig that was coming down the street. The BlackBerry was ran over by the big rig & he thought for sure that the BlackBerry was destroyed. Low & behold it only had a scratch on the screen. That’s it. It still works.

  • Ken Asbury

    My brother in law who does IT work in the Baltimore area told me that one day coming back to work from lunch, he was running across the street & his BlackBerry fell off his beltclip but he didn’t notice it until he was on the other side of the street. He then realized that he didn’t have enough time to get it due to the 18 wheel big rig that was coming down the street. The BlackBerry was ran over by the big rig & he thought for sure that the BlackBerry was destroyed. Low & behold it only had a scratch on the screen. That’s it. It still works.

  • http://www.videos4blackberry.info/ Bla1ze

    Well..I honestly cannot compete with any of the previous posters but I will share my experience anyways..me and my wife were at the grocery store one day picking up a few items..came out to the car..me being the gentleman I am lol..opted to put the groceries away and told my wife to jut hop in the car..so with that being said I had my bb in my hand as all bb addicts do..started to take the bags out of the cart and placed my bb on the roof of the car..well after the groceries had been placed in the trunk I hopped in the car without grabbing it from the roof of the car..so..when we pulled out of the parking lot my bb being on the roof slid to the back of the car..I heard a small clunk and then then realized “holy f@#K my bb”..being naked my bb had slid to the back end of the car and the only thing that saved my poor curvaciouis was the cheap “spoilers” they place on the back of toyota echos..so while not as EXTREME as the other, let this serve as a reminder..if/when u place your beloved berry down..be sure to pick it back up..or you may be shedding some tears lol.

  • http://www.videos4blackberry.info/ Bla1ze

    Well..I honestly cannot compete with any of the previous posters but I will share my experience anyways..me and my wife were at the grocery store one day picking up a few items..came out to the car..me being the gentleman I am lol..opted to put the groceries away and told my wife to jut hop in the car..so with that being said I had my bb in my hand as all bb addicts do..started to take the bags out of the cart and placed my bb on the roof of the car..well after the groceries had been placed in the trunk I hopped in the car without grabbing it from the roof of the car..so..when we pulled out of the parking lot my bb being on the roof slid to the back of the car..I heard a small clunk and then then realized “holy f@#K my bb”..being naked my bb had slid to the back end of the car and the only thing that saved my poor curvaciouis was the cheap “spoilers” they place on the back of toyota echos..so while not as EXTREME as the other, let this serve as a reminder..if/when u place your beloved berry down..be sure to pick it back up..or you may be shedding some tears lol.

  • http://www.videos4blackberry.info Bla1ze

    Well..I honestly cannot compete with any of the previous posters but I will share my experience anyways..me and my wife were at the grocery store one day picking up a few items..came out to the car..me being the gentleman I am lol..opted to put the groceries away and told my wife to jut hop in the car..so with that being said I had my bb in my hand as all bb addicts do..started to take the bags out of the cart and placed my bb on the roof of the car..well after the groceries had been placed in the trunk I hopped in the car without grabbing it from the roof of the car..so..when we pulled out of the parking lot my bb being on the roof slid to the back of the car..I heard a small clunk and then then realized “holy f@#K my bb”..being naked my bb had slid to the back end of the car and the only thing that saved my poor curvaciouis was the cheap “spoilers” they place on the back of toyota echos..so while not as EXTREME as the other, let this serve as a reminder..if/when u place your beloved berry down..be sure to pick it back up..or you may be shedding some tears lol.

  • Seth

    I was skateboarding in an emptied out swimming pool with phone in pocket (as always for safety in case I fall and can’t get out) and loose my footing a good 15 feet above ground (13 foot deep pool + 2 in above the edge) and land fairly close to the flat bottom, right on the blackberry. I ended up with a blackberry shaped bruise and a cracked case, luckily nothing more.

  • Seth

    I was skateboarding in an emptied out swimming pool with phone in pocket (as always for safety in case I fall and can’t get out) and loose my footing a good 15 feet above ground (13 foot deep pool + 2 in above the edge) and land fairly close to the flat bottom, right on the blackberry. I ended up with a blackberry shaped bruise and a cracked case, luckily nothing more.

  • http://cellularfantasy.com/ Dale

    A coworker and I were boarding an airplane together a few months back. As he stepped from the little tunnel-thingy onto the aircraft he tried to put his 8703 in his pants pocket.

    Well, he missed and the thing bounced once, twice and then fell in between the 4 inch gap and dropped to the tarmac 15 or so feet down. Of course it popped into a few pieces. Everybody around us was amazed at the bad luck. It looked like the old “Price is Right” game called PLINKO.

    The flight attendants had a baggage handler get the pieces and after a good wipedown he popped it back together and the darn thing started right up- No Problem. I wish I had a pallet of them on me, because we could have sold half of them right there on the flight. A few of the people around us saw or heard what had happened and he had to get it out three or four times just to turn it on and show it off. I think he’ll keep that device forever.

  • http://cellularfantasy.com Dale

    A coworker and I were boarding an airplane together a few months back. As he stepped from the little tunnel-thingy onto the aircraft he tried to put his 8703 in his pants pocket.

    Well, he missed and the thing bounced once, twice and then fell in between the 4 inch gap and dropped to the tarmac 15 or so feet down. Of course it popped into a few pieces. Everybody around us was amazed at the bad luck. It looked like the old “Price is Right” game called PLINKO.

    The flight attendants had a baggage handler get the pieces and after a good wipedown he popped it back together and the darn thing started right up- No Problem. I wish I had a pallet of them on me, because we could have sold half of them right there on the flight. A few of the people around us saw or heard what had happened and he had to get it out three or four times just to turn it on and show it off. I think he’ll keep that device forever.