This seems to be a case of me-too journalism, as a week after an iPhone 4 almost exploded on a plane in Australia a Galaxy S II LTE singed a man’s leg while in his pocket. Now, in fact, this was a Galaxy S II Skyrocket (AT&T) version but the victim of this mobile mishap was using a Rogers SIM card.
An XDA-Developers member by the name of Silly22 posted pictures of his friend’s now-ruined device, stating that the man was walking down the street when he felt an odd sensation in his pocket. The phone, as he removed it, was burning up, likely caused by a defective battery.
You can see from the photos the battery connector is very much the culprit: one of our main concerns of the Galaxy S II LTE was how hot it got during regular use. Add in a bad battery and you have a recipe for disaster.
While you can’t call two incidents among millions of phone owners an epidemic, it is slightly concerning that we cannot implicitly trust the quality control of our expensive mobile devices not to explode without provocation. Hopefully Samsung looks into this incident, and kindly replaces the damaged phone.
Update – Samsung sent us a note with the following statement: “Samsung takes all allegations involving product safety seriously. We invite the consumer to contact Samsung directly so that we can examine the phone to determine the cause of this incident.”