Mobile phone saves its owner's life

Mobile phone saves its owner's life
We know that the Apple Watch has saved lives thanks to two of its features, the heart rate monitor and the electrocardiogram (ECG) on the series 4 model. Now, there is word from Reuters that a smartphone has saved a life; this time. It wasn't a particular feature of the handset that saved a 43-year old man from certain death, but the phone itself took the brunt of an arrow that was shot directly toward the victim.

UPDATE: We originally identified the heroic phone as being an iPhone. However, the original source has updated its story to indicate that it was an unnamed handset that came to the rescue. We have updated our story accordingly and apologize for the mislabeling of the phone.

The incident took place yesterday in New South Wales in Australia when the man was threatened by someone he knew who was wielding a bow and arrow. The man lifted up his phone to capture a photo of the confrontation when the assailant pulled back on the bow and let go. Miraculously, the arrow ended up penetrating the victim's device, going out the other side. The tip of the arrow caused a small cut on the man's face.

In the past, we have seen other handsets make a heroic gesture by getting in the way of a bullet, such as the HTC DROID Incredible that saved its owner from suffering what might have been a fatal bullet wound back in 2011. And an iPhone saved the life of a 24-year old college student back in 2015. But today's story might be the first time that we have seen a smartphone save its owner's life by getting in the way of an arrow.

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28 Comments

3. HildyJ

Posts: 332; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

The only problem is that the police report never mentioned the phone's brand and the photo doesn't look like any iPhone I'm familiar with. Feel free to correct me or identify the phone yourself. https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--a52G0tta--/c_scale,dpr_2.0,f_auto,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/gn1hgpmq65gjlvqxchs7.jpg

4. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Agree, doesn't look like an iPhone to me, here's another look at it:https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/bow-and-arrow-through-phone2.jpg And so far any other news site I've read reporting about this was talking about either just a mobile phone or Android, so shame on Reuters.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 3819; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It isn't an iPhone, clear as anything but why would facts start being a critical component of a PA article at this point?

6. rouyal

Posts: 1566; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Yeah, no home button, no silent switch, and power and volume rockers on the same side. I want to say... original Pixel? Or maybe some other HTC phone.

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6452; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

The whole pic looks wonky to me. Looks like a USB C port on top, and the screen protector has a cutout at the bottom for what looks like either a Samsung home button or speaker?? What exactly are we looking at here?!

17. MrMalignance

Posts: 96; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

The phone is upside down, I believe. It appears the case is some kind of semi transparent smoky grey color. On the left side (the phone's right,rotated) it appears to have the "clear" section where it's thinner for buttons. I would agree that it's either HTC or Samsung. There are no face buttons and the screen protector has 3 small cut outs. Long speaker grill and 2 small oval looking holes for front facing camera and maybe a sensor?

11. blingblingthing

Posts: 842; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Charger port looks like a type b micro USB also.

7. Vancetastic

Posts: 746; Member since: May 17, 2017

How embarrassing...

18. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

100% not iPhone, that phone case didn't have holes for down-firing speaker .

19. pogba

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

i love this site's comment section. You find more truth here than in the actual articles.

20. XyAzario

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 15, 2019

Thanks for showing the light

22. Vancetastic

Posts: 746; Member since: May 17, 2017

Is this ever going to be corrected?

25. OneLove123

Posts: 792; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Ahaha, they always want it to be an iphone.

26. lyndon420

Posts: 6452; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Apple needs a lot of help lately, so....yeah lol.

29. Wazupmrg

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

We originally identified the heroic phone as being an iPhone. However, the original source has updated its story to indicate that it was an unnamed handset that came to the rescue. Of course they'd jump the gun and say it was an apple device without really checking. What else would you expect from this blog. Lol

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