iPhones Less Likely To Be Damaged, More Likely To Be Stolen Than Other Smartphones


According to a new report, iPhone users are 46% less likely than other smartphone owners to need a replacement device due to accidental damage — but 65% more likely to have their device stolen or lost.

The insight comes from third-party insurance company ProtectCell, who based their findings on 2 million policies with various mobile device owners.

Other notable findings in the report note that when limiting repairs to screen damage or breakage, iPhone users are 11% less likely to require repairs compared to other smartphone owners — suggesting that either iPhones are sturdier devices than many of the other rival smartphones, or simply that their owners tend to be more careful with them.

ProtectCell also suggests that tablet users are, by and large, more careful than smartphone users — being 55% less likely to file for a replacement due to broken screens or other damage.


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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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