"Exploding" Droid 2 Didn't, Was Dropped Says Moto

Ryan Whitwam

You may remember the flurry of interest in the apparent exploding Motorola Droid 2 last week. A user claimed that while talking on his Droid 2, the device's glass screen blew outward, cutting his ear. After some investigation, Motorola has told PC Magazine that this phone does not appear to have exploded at all . Rather, it was dropped. They surmise that the user did not notice the glass around the earpiece had been make sharp by the aforementioned dropping.

It's hard to say why this story had such legs. It might just be that we're all secretly wondering if our phones are out to get us. No one is saying the consumer was intentionally trying to mislead anyone. Perhaps he just jumped to conclusions. Moto's investigation pointed out that the only components in the phone that could explode, would render the device unusable, but this phone still works. It is not unheard of that a battery could be damaged and go up in flames, but there is nothing volatile near the earpiece.

This incident has been embarrassing for Motorola. Even though it now looks to be a non-issue, some customers might have already filed the Droid 2 in the "do not buy unless I desire a head wound" category. What do you think happened here?

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