Redditor’s Samsung Galaxy S3 explodes in the middle of the night


We don’t think much of our smartphones when we put them in the charger at night and head to bed. While sometimes they may just go dead on us from some sort of malfunction, it’s rare indeed for our phones to attempt to destroy themselves, and us. For one unlucky Redditor, his smartphone ended up going up in smoke – literally.

Sometimes we forget smartphones are full of a lot of dangerous things that we coincidentally put right near our faces. Even when you get past the paranoia over radiation and brain cancer, cell phones are full of dangerous materials – not to mention a battery that can potentially overheat and explode. In the case of one visitor to the popular website Reddit, this is exactly what happened. While it was charging, his Samsung Galaxy S3’s battery malfunctioned, causing it to explode and catch fire. The battery filled his room with smoke, ruined his bedsheets and destroyed his S3. While the photo itself tells much of the story, the Redditor also noted that his phone, battery, and charging cable were all from Samsung, and that his phone was not rooted. This means only something malfunctioning with the phone or charging adapter could have lead to this catastrophe.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the self-destruct feature make its way to our gadgets. Back in 2010, a man claimed his Motorola Droid 2 exploded near his ear, causing him injury. A similar battery explosion also occurred with someone’s Nexus S in the past, but the act itself (and similar phone-related hazards) is still rare. This has not stopped conspiracy theories about everything from explosions to electrocutions making their way onto forums, chain e-mails, and everywhere in between.

If you’re interested in seeing all the phone-fatal photos then feel free to go look at the whole album here. While a self-destructing phone may be something you’d be excited to see in the next James Bond flick, it’s not something we want to see in real life. Samsung is in the process of getting us a statement, and is aware of this incident. Hopefully it all turns out well for this unlucky smartphone owner.


To be blunt, the Vuzix Blade smartglasses just don’t cut it

We tried out the Vuzix Blade to find out if it’s worth shelling out $1,000 for smartglasses. Are these augmented reality, Android-powered glasses really ready for primetime or just an expensive gimmick that no one really needs?
Movies & TV

Stay inside this winter with the best shows on Hulu, including 'Legion'

It's often overwhelming to navigate Hulu's robust library of TV shows. To help, we put together a list of the best shows on Hulu, whether you're into frenetic cartoons, intelligent dramas, or anything in between.

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Home Theater

10 apocalyptic TV shows that make the end of civilization binge-worthy

There are plenty of ways civilization can get wiped out, and it can make for some great TV. Each of these series showcases a terrifying event that changes civilization as we know it. These are the best post-apocalyptic shows on TV.

Love Playmoji pack adds animated Valentine’s stickers to your Pixel photos

Valentine's Day is here, and to celebrate, Google has added the "Love Playmoji" pack to the Playground feature on its Google Pixel camera. The new feature will add cute AR-driven extras to your Pixel photos.
Product Review

Nokia’s 3.1 Plus is an affordable phone that’s crippled by its camera

The Nokia 3.1 Plus is HMD Global’s first smartphone to be sold by a U.S. carrier in-store. It’s only available on Cricket Wireless right now, which underlines its focus on affordability. Should you buy a phone this affordable?

OnePlus 6T vs. Honor View 20: We compare the cameras in these ‘flagship killers’

For less than $600, you can buy either the OnePlus 6T or the Honor View 20, two extremely capable smartphones with plenty of exciting features. But which one has the best camera? We found out on a recent trip to France.

Galaxy Watch Active isn't official yet, but you can see it in Samsung's own app

Samsung may be about to resurrect its Sport line of smartwatches under a new name: The Galaxy Watch Sport Active. Leaks and rumors are building our picture of the device at the moment.

Stop buying old tablets, says Samsung, buy the new Galaxy Tab S5e instead

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Tab S5e -- the E is for Essential -- a reasonably priced tablet that includes many of the features we like from the Tab A 10.5, and the Tab S4. Here's what you need to know.

Bag yourself a bargain with the best budget tablets under $200

The battle for your budget tablet affections is really ramping up. Which tablet, costing less than $200, should be commanding your attention? We take a look at some different options for the budget-conscious.

Focals succeed where Google Glass fumbled (but do we really need smartglasses?)

It’s been seven years since Google took the wraps off Google Glass. Now, we’re finally getting a modern-day equivalent we want to wear. North’s Focals combine subtle style with an intuitive interface to craft smartglasses you’ll…
Home Theater

Hi-res streaming audio service Qobuz arrives in U.S., threatens Tidal’s monopoly

For several years, Tidal enjoyed a monopoly on hi-res music streaming in the U.S. Now, French company Qobuz is here to offer some competition with a variety of monthly plans starting at $10 a month.

The best Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus cases to keep your titanic phone safe

The new Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a gorgeous device, with one of the best dual-lens cameras we've ever seen. Keep your titanic device safe and scratch-free with the best Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus cases.

How to perform a reverse image search in Android or iOS

You can quickly use Google to search, and reverse search, images on a PC or laptop, but did you know it's almost as easy to do in Android and iOS? We explain how to do it here, whether you want to use Chrome or a third-party app.