Earlier this week, I was carrying my phone and my tablet (a Nexus 7) into the kitchen when I stumbled. I managed to catch the phone, but the tablet fell about two feet to the tiles on the kitchen floor.
It wasn’t the first time I’d dropped it–like any device, the tablet had had a healthy share of bumps and spills. And because I expected that, I always kept it in a case. But this week the tablet landed directly on its face, shattering the glass. And somehow, it wasn’t just the glass that broke, but also the touch capabilities. In other words, the tablet is completely dead. And it was just barely over a year old.
By itself, that story is a bummer. But it’s even worse considering just how many things I’ve broken since I started law school.
During January or February of 2010 (my first year of law school), I slipped on the ice and fell while running to catch a bus. I landed on the bag that held my computer (a Dell Inspiron I had had for years), breaking the hinges on the laptops display. The damage slowly spread until the entire display started falling out of the display, forcing me to replace it.
I bought another Dell, which only lasted until August, when I destroyed it on Catherine’s birthday. I was making a peach cobbler and watching Netflix, when I accidentally tipped over my mixing bowl, spilling all the batter directly onto my keyboard. The poor laptop died instantly.
The next summer, I dropped the replacement laptop on the asphalt when I hopped out of a car without thinking about the fact that my laptop was on my lap. For a while it seemed like my computer had survived, but it turned out that I had knocked loose the connection for my power cord. Charging became progressively more unreliable until failing completely a few months later.
And it’s not just laptops, of course. The same summer that I broke my third laptop, I put my smart phone in my pocket at my sister’s wedding. Unfortunately, I had also put a chocolate in there earlier (who cares why). Of course, the chocolate melted all over everything, and that was the end of my phone a mere month after I bough it.
The phone I replaced it with broke on its own (manufacturer defect), and I left its replacement on a train, which isn’t the same as breaking it, but which has the same effect.
I broke the replacement for that phone in about the same way I broke my tablet this week, except I dropped it in the grocery store parking lot rather than the kitchen.
So that’s a complete list of all the phones and computers I’ve lost or broken in the past three years and change. Really, it’s a bit depressing. I’m not sure that there’s a moral to the story, but the lesson is that I’m the kind of person who really should by the accidental damage protection.