How do people break their devices?

I was rushing to leave home yesterday morning and dropped my phone. I had a sparkly fashion case on it, which cracked on impact, but allowed my device to escape the unfortunate event unscathed. Phew! Although I was relieved, I couldn’t help but wonder how often this happens to other people.  After a bit of research, I noticed that according to several sources on the internet, this is a very common occurrence among smartphone users. Some would even call it an epidemic.

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A survey conducted by found that 50% of people, on a global scale, have experienced a broken smartphone screen. 



My most common M.O. for breaking a phone usually involves it slipping out of my hand and landing on a hard surface. This has happened to me more times than I care to admit, so I thought it would be interesting to find out how other people in the same boat break their devices.



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My next line of questioning revolved around what people who never drop their phones do differently. Luckily, had the same question and conducted a survey which yielded these 6 tricks about how to avoid breaking your device:

  • Protect it with a good case
  • Stow it away (In your purse, briefcase…)
  • Avoid water (at all costs!)
  • Never walk and text
  • Keep it out of your toddler’s hands


This is great advice, overall, but somewhat limiting, except for the one about getting a good case. A smartphone represents an important investment. It is not only likely to be upwards of $500, but such devices have seen an evolution over the years, going from a simple telephone to important communication and work tools. With this in mind, why not take preventative measures to ensure their intended or even prolonged lifetime?

Here are some Cesium tips and tricks, as well as some suggested products:

Tips & Tricks…


or the type of activity you’ll be taking your phone on!

The average consumer might need a different kind of case if they are surfing the internet from their couch than if they are off hiking a mountain. UAG‘s cases cater to the thrill-seeker in you, with their rugged, lightweight, drop-tested protection. How can you go wrong with military tested protection?

A rugged option is always nice to have, even if you’re not a daredevil, so a happy medium between protection and fashion is also welcomed. Otterbox’s Symmetry series might be the right fit for you if you won’t give up a good looking case for ultimate protection.


It might fall, but it won’t be a fail.

Screen protectors are an easy, affordable way to prevent cracked and scratched screens. With options like the ones blu element and Puregear offer, there is no reason to have a cracked screen anymore. This will help you avoid new device and repair expenses, which represents major cost savings. Another great option is the one offered by Crystal Tech Nano 2.0, It’s a liquid screen protector which is not only easy to apply to your phone but will protect it from water and scratches for up to 1 year. It is a 1 size fits all product and it’ll enhance your touchscreen rather than hinder it.


Think of different ways to avoid unfortunate drops altogether.

Other creative solutions exist out there. For instance, there is the Phone Loop. This simple, but effective and innovative product, is very easy to install. Selfie Sticks are also perfect for this time of the year when summer days are ahead and outdoor events start to crowd your calendar. Why not try a Puregear Universal Bluetooth Selfie Stick? The name says it all… it is a wire and hassle-free solution that fits and protects any phone and will help you capture your best memories!


1. Otterbox Symmetry & other products

2. UAG Pathfinder & other products

3. blu element Tempered Glass screen protector iPhone 6/6S Plus | MSRP: $29.99

4. CrystalTech Nano Liquid Screen Protector | MSRP: $19.99

In the end, accidents happen, but there are many different ways to avoid maximum damage. All of the solutions listed above are available at  Why not protect your phone at Cesium, the leading cell phone accessory distributor in Canada!

Leave a comment below to let us know your broken smartphone stories or interesting tricks!


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