Droid 2: A Health Hazard? Motorola Doesn’t Think So!

by Gaurav Kheterpal on December 13, 2010

The Motorola Droid 2 ranks amongst the best-selling Android phones of 2010. However, it has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. Aron Embry of Cedar Hills, Texas, claimed last week that his brand new Droid 2 cell phone exploded while he was on the phone Thursday morning.

Since then, the saga of Droid 2 – Aron Embry has been the talk of the town in the telecom world. While Embry doesn’t have health insurance and is planning to take Motorola to court, the smartphone giant hasn’t responded publicly to the allegations about the device exploding. A Motorola employee says that the phone did not explode and was probably “dropped”.

I do not represent either party in this case and I do not know whether the phone exploded or it was simply dropped. However, irrespective of the cause & consequences of this incident, I continue to be concerned with the growing health hazards of smartphones.

Embry alleges that the phone exploded in his ear when he was on it, and that the incident resulted in a trip to the emergency room and four stitches in his left ear. Interestingly, the Droid 2 device was still in working condition despite the explosion. Motorola subsequently asked Aron Embry to send the Droid 2 back to the company for a “thorough analysis”.  And now an official with the company says that the device did not explode, it was dropped prior to use. The fall from grace cracked the screen and Embry’s ear was cut when he placed the cracked screen to his ear.

Many industry experts have lent their support to Motorola in this case and there are good reasons to do so – first, the device continued to work despite the claimed explosion and secondly, the broken glass doesn’t appear to be a result of an explosion. The company further claims that this is an isolated issue and not a device issue related to the Droid 2.

While it’s not uncommon to hear about laptop and phone batteries being rendered non-functional due to overheating, smartphone explosion incidents are a rare occurrence. In August, an Indian man was allegedly killed when the Nokia cell phone he was using exploded in his face. There’ve also been reports of cell phones exploding due to lightning strikes. It’s well known that using smartphones at gas stations is a risky proposition.

Smartphones simply don’t blow up like that. But perhaps, the “law of averages” finally caught up with Embry. Either way, even if smartphones don’t explode, there are plenty of other smartphone health hazards (Wi-Fi radiations, Texting While Driving) to worry about. What do you think?

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