Australia’s top phone fails

Australians are remarkably good at being dumb with their phones, but what's our most common mishap?

We've all been there. Maybe it was a smashed screen or an accidental dip in the bath or pool. Whatever the situation, it's comforting to know that you're not alone with your phone fails.

Our research shows that 40% of Australians have experienced some kind of embarrassing mobile phone mishap in the last five years. Our beloved devices can sometimes be a hazard to our health – and our self-esteem.

The number one fail Australians are guilty of is dropping their phone on their face while scrolling in bed. Assuming these clumsy Aussies have done so just once in the last five years, that adds up to 2,199 people dropping a phone on their face every evening. If dropping your phone on your face is a common occurrence, perhaps it's a sign that it's time to put that bad habit to rest.

Pocket dialing comes in at number two, with 14% of Australians accidentally calling someone they shouldn't have.

Dropping your phone into the loo rounds out the top three, with 8% of Aussies admitting that their mobile has gone for a dip in the dunny. Water and mobile phones just don't mix, so if your phone does find itself going for a swim, don’t just cross your fingers and hope for a miracle, take action to see if you can salvage it.

Other phone fails include: missing the bus because you were too distracted by your phone, accidentally going for a swim with your phone, and losing your phone on public transport.

Top Aussie phone fails
Dropped it on my face because I was scrolling in bed 21%
Pocket dialed someone I shouldn't have 14%
Dropped my phone in the toilet 8%
Missed my train/bus because I was distracted 6%
Went swimming with it/dropped it in water 5%
Lost it on public transport, in an Uber or in a taxi 4%
Damaged it while taking a selfie 3%
Almost got hit by a vehicle because I was looking at my phone 2%
Accidently put it in the washing machine 2%
Been fined because I was driving and on my phone 2%
Forgotten it in a hotel room 1%


While you wait for your phone to dry out in a bucket of rice, here are some of the finder crew's phone fail stories to help you feel a little bit better about yourself:

If that doesn't work and you do find yourself in the market for a new phone, it might be time to invest in one that can cope with your bad phone habits, or possibly a case to keep your precious phone intact.

Outside of Telstra's Tough Max 2, there aren't that many phones that specifically sell themselves as "tough" in the Australian market, . Here's how its pricing compares to the water-resistant Samsung Galaxy S8 and Apple iPhone 8:

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