Butter finger blues: The states where people most likely will break their iPhones and iPads


There’s a survey for just about everything these days, and this one certainly grabbed our attention. Warranty provider SquareTrade has ranked the states where people are most likely to drop, damage or break their iPads or iPhones.

Now, we’ve dropped our fair share of gadgets over the years (I cracked my first iPhone on election eight in 2008, while columnist Monica Guzman’s phone once flew off the roof of her moving car. GeekWire’s Todd Bishop walks the danger line since he refuses to put a protective case on his phone, but has managed to escape disaster. Previously:  5 reasons I think you’re nuts if you own a naked iPhone.

Mishaps are bound to happen when you constantly lug around a glass-encased gadget. But there are some places where accidents tend to occur with more frequency.

Those butter fingers in Mississippi lead the charts, ranking in the top five in both iPad and iPhone damage, with an accident rate of greater than 30 percent. South Carolinians also are prone to breaking their tablets and smartphones.

Maybe it’s the hot temperatures in those locales that cause the devices to slip out of residents’ hands.

“At SquareTrade, we’ve found most devices fail due to drops and spills. iPhones and iPads are fragile devices and sometimes all it takes is small drop to shatter the screen,” said SquareTrade’s Ty Shay, whose company conducted the survey based on intermal claim data.

The top five states for iPhone accidents are: Mississippi; New Mexico; Rhode Island; North Dakota; and South Carolina. For iPads, the top five clumsiest states are: South Carolina; Mississippi; Nebraska; Washington, DC; and  Alaska.

Washington state ranked in the middle of the pack with an incident rate of more than 15 percent for both iPads and iPhones.

  • guest

    So what is up with Mississippi?

    • http://techmansworld.blogspot.com/ncr Michael Hazell

      I dunno.

  • guest

    A state with not many iPhones will have an inflated rate. I can’t imagine that there are gajillions of iPhone users in Mississippi.

  • http://techmansworld.blogspot.com/ncr Michael Hazell

    I live in SC, and I would say that we do have some clumsy people. I have dropped my phone before, but my phone is a basic phone and it only costs $60 to buy the same model over again.

    The first mistake smart phone users can make is to buy the iPhone, just because it has a glass screen and other parts of it are glass. If people do buy the iPhone, then yes, buying a case for it is almost always a must.

  • http://twitter.com/nephari Ellie

    Is there a link for the study? It’d be interesting to see how they’re coming up with these numbers (eg– is it the actual number of people breaking iPhones or just the number of people applying to warranty reimbursement, and how exactly are they projecting the breakage rate over the next two years?)

  • Guest

    If South Carolina is #1 for iPads, why does the graphic show MS as #1, and NH on the list but not SC? It shows SC in the 15-19% range…

  • somedood

    Looks there is a correlation between the clumsiest states and obesity. Is that all their research was?