1. Rain drain demise
An iPhone 5 met its match when it was dropped outside and quickly slipped down a rain drain in the street.
2. Stranger danger
It's not uncommon to ask a passerby to take a photo of you with your sweetie or friends. However, unsuspecting people beware, because an iPhone 4 went missing when a stranger ran away with the device!
3. Baby slobber
In an ideal world, parents have teething rings and pacifiers at the ready. However, that's not always the case. All it takes is a few seconds of distraction before damage is done. Let's face it... sometimes, spit happens.
4. White water rafting
An adventurous Samsung Galaxy S III met its match with the rocks of some white water rapids and is now waterlogged and drowned at the bottom of a river.
5. Attack dog
Maybe Fido mistook a Samsung Galaxy S4 as a chew toy? Or maybe the owner was paying more attention to the phone than his or her furry friend? Whatever the reason, the dog came away victorious in this battle of animal vs. technology.
6. The multi-tasker
One Focus Flash phone owner, whose hands were full, bit the phone to hold it by mouth and accidentally cracked the screen in the process.
7. Party animal
What happens in Vegas sometimes stays there. One iPhone 5 was tossed in the pool at a pool party with its owner.
8. Silent death
The most important rule in a library is to be quiet, but the silent function wasn't helpful when a bookworm couldn't locate the phone he had set down in the stacks.
9. Butter fingers
Just taking a photo of the view, one Samsung Galaxy Note II was dropped off a 7th floor balcony. Watch out beloooooooooooooooow!
Finally, one Samsung Galaxy S III was left on top of a car while the owner put her baby in a car seat, and she forgot the phone was there. When she backed out of her driveway, the phone got smashed. At least the baby was safe!What nightmarish or unusual way have you lost your smartphone? Share your horror stories in the discussion thread below.
Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.