EVO 3D

A gas station clerk from Orange County, Fla. has survived an attempted robbery after his HTC EVO 3D stopped an assailant's bullet. CNN reports that after being unable to access the store's safe, the suspect fired a single shot as he was leaving the scene. It was only after emergency services arrived that the victim's lucky escape became apparent — the bullet had hit the man in the chest, but impacted the phone in his shirt pocket. Photos of the device show that the bullet shattered the screen before becoming lodged in the battery. CNN reported that the gunman remained at large on Monday evening.

Bizarrely it's not the first report of an HTC phone taking a bullet for its owner. Back in 2011 an HTC Droid Incredible was involved in a similar incident, saving an Atlanta valet driver's life by stopping a bullet aimed at his chest.

Source: CNN; Pictures: WFTV

 
There are 99 comments

Budius says:

if it was a Samsung... dead!

ps. first!

still1 says:

lol

benthe1 says:

Lol. Hahaha! Rofl! LMFAO!

XavierMatt says:

Lmao trueeeee

Editor in chief of Futureproff.com

? A Samsung or Apple phone would have done the same.

Posted from the awesome new Nexus 7

gtg465x says:

The Evo 3D had a metal unibody, as many of HTC's phones do. The bullet probably would have gone through a Samsung phone because their bodies are plastic, not metal. I'm sure a Samsung phone still would have slowed the bullet down a lot, but it might not have been enough to save him, or it might have, who knows. I'd rather be shot through an HTC than through a Samsung, that's for sure.

Kegman says:

that thin piece of metal would not stop a bullet. The key word is "battery."

TeknoBug says:

lol awesome

ab304945 says:

Considering it was the battery that stopped it. Not the actual phone.

Posted via Android Central App

gtg465x says:

But the metal unibody was behind the battery holding it together. Plus the battery was non-removable. If it was a Samsung phone, the battery would have popped right out instead of stopping the bullet.

DWR_31 says:

Evo 3D has a plastic back cover and a removable battery.

But it is a unibody design.

Posted from my Beta Tester AC app!

Saneless says:

We all thought this, but you won

antw081 says:

Classic!

badams1 says:

Well, time for a new phone....and a lottery ticket.

benthe1 says:

Lottery ticket? He definitely won't win now, his luck has been used up son! At least HTC has One lifetime loyal customer now! -_-

LewLew23 says:

Apparently HTC should start making shirts now lol

Well, they need to make something new, because the phone thing isn't really working out for them.

benthe1 says:

Why shirts? :-|

mwara244 says:

HTC Hastily Thwarts Criminals

HTC ad campaign in 3 2.......

Actually maybe this was a T Mo commercial with Bill Hader

Bigsike says:

I saw a news report on this, and of course the reporter help up an Iphone explaining that it was a his cellphone that stopped the bullet. Almost any news report automatically assumes it was an Iphone. SMH

...if it had been an iKRAP, the poor man and anyone standing behind him would have been dead...

Sniper1087 says:

seriously? there is nothing wrong apple iPhone devices, it might not be your taste, but comments like this make you look dumb, there is no reason for anybody to give such a hard time to any manufacture just because they are successful. I understand you want to say your investment is what matters, but as long as you are happy with your device that is all that matters, as for me i have an iphone, xperia Z1, lumia 1020 and soon a nexus 5 and a 1520.

and how do u carry these many phones around
i have two and i have a tough time managing them

benthe1 says:

There are plenty of things wrong with iPhones! By the way, the bulletWould have gone through an iPhone because iPhones don't have a middle plate like HTC and Samsung do. This center plate is a metal alloy that keeps the phone and all it's parts intact. iPhones rely on the small metal frame which is on the outer rim of the phone. The bullet would have penetrated his body!

JoeyStyles says:

HTC should use this for a marketing campaign this will increase there profit margin lmao

Posted via Android Central App

outlooker says:

Imagine if it was a Nokia 3320.

BldyIdt says:

I'm pretty sure the bullet would have ricochetted on it and kill the assailant.

MC_A_DOT says:

LOL! +2013

TenshiNo says:

+1 nice, guys.

JoeyStyles says:

HTC should use this for a marketing campaign this will increase there profit margin lmao

Posted via Android Central App

triangle8 says:

HTC Stops Bullets

Johnny Z says:

Getting shot at? There's a phone for that.

Posted via my Nexus 6 running 4.5 Lima Bean

MonkeyNews says:

Heavy Trajectory Crumpler

Posted via Android Central App using the brilliant HTC One. Also I like bananas.

IAmSixNine says:

Dear Asurion - Does your insurance plan cover shootings?
I have a police report to back this up. ha ha ha

Glad the guy is ok and i hope they catch the guy who shot the phone. er i mean shot at the guy with the phone.

HTC if your reading this please send this man a new HTC One. Im sure he might be a customer for life now.

See Jerry.. keeping your phone in your shirt pocket could be saving your life!

cowboys2000 says:

He still had an EVO 3D?

Send that man a new phone somebody!!!

Great story though!

whaddupdoe says:

From numerous bathroom photos on my IG, some people apparently have the OG Evo lol.

Can confirm i still have a OG EVO. I really need a new phone lol.

TeknoBug says:

Bathroom photos?

Do I even want to know?

dhawk1202 says:

Was thinking the same thing! Robber did him a favor! Knowing he's okay of course :)

Posted via Android Central App

icebike says:

"He still had an EVO 3D?"

When asked why he had such an old phone he replied: "Meh, I can live with it".
Film at 11.

Ha!

|❌_❌|

DavidJ726 says:

Glad the guy is ok! I wonder what caliber of bullet? a .22 or .32 perhaps? or a .38? Doesn't look like anything much larger. a 9mm probably would of shattered the phone.

semahjiscool says:

I think if it was 9 we would not be seeing this story on AC right now lol

Posted via Android Central App

JR A says:

That was the very 1st thing I thought of too (maybe because I'm a "gun guy").

I would guess a .22lr or maybe even a .25acp. Only other common round I can think of that wouldn't penetrate a phone would be a .380acp and fired from a 2-3" barrel. Considering it was a robbery, the shooter was most likely within 30 feet.

TenshiNo says:

From the small size of the hole in the glass (and the fact that the battery stopped it) I'm guessing .22. I would think even a .380 would be likely to go through the phone inside of 20 feet.

icebike says:

The hole in the class is at least 9mm, so I'm guessing it was bigger than .22 which is only 5.5mm.

gtg465x says:

That's what I was thinking. Everyone's saying it looks small so it couldn't be a 9. How big do you guys think a 9 is? 9mm is little.

crxssi says:

You can't go by the apparent hole size in the phone without taking the materials and other factors into consideration. As the energy is absorbed and spreads, it can make a considerably larger hole than the ammo diameter.

crxssi says:

My guess is a 22 or similar small ammo. I am fairly sure a 9 or 380 would go through the phone. Although the phone is pretty good at energy absorption and dissipation- the glass, screen, body, and battery. That guy is very lucky.

XavierMatt says:

Good story. Lucky guy. - HTC making phones that saves lives. Innovation.

Editor in chief of Futureproff.com

ajpri says:

I have a feeling he might be used in advertising...
And I think he might want an upgrade. Just upgrade his phone already!

Posted via Android Central App on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (Android 4.2.2)

...so was this an HTC EVO 3D for SPRINT, or the HTC EVO V 4G ( they are the EXACT, same phone ) for VIRGIN MOBILE?...Gotta know if the parent company or its subsidiary stopped the bullet!

benthe1 says:

Did you see the f*cking picture? It says "Sprint" right on the phone. Some people....

Buy a PHABLET, wear it proudly as a true bullet-proof vest!

mathiasjk says:

Your move Apple!

Posted via Android Central App

Johnny Z says:

Add $5 worth of material, charge $100 more.

Posted via my Nexus 6 running 4.5 Lima Bean

Very glad the guy is safe, I would have assumed it was a Droid with Kevlar

Posted via Android Central App

AsusStealth says:

This guy better be getting a free replacement phone from HTC

Posted via Android Central App

snakes2003g says:

Android saves life's folks. Does ios?

Posted via Android Central App

semahjiscool says:

I had a evo 3d... and that was one thick phone lol I'm not surprised but phones today would get blown apart lol

Posted via Android Central App

On2Vegas says:

What does HTC stand for? Hidden Tactical Countermeasure
No??? Well, I tried.

Habiib says:

That is actually pretty good IMO...HAHAHA

Posted via Android Central App

DavidJ726 says:

+1 :-)

TenshiNo says:

+1

DaVince says:

+1 LOL :D
That would actually work in their latest commercial with RDJ.

I guess every other phone except Samsung would've saved that mans life ;)

annedev says:

lol! some people are very lucky :P

TeknoBug says:

This reminds me of when one of the US presidents back in the 1800's (forget which one), had a small black book in his coat pocket and it stopped the bullet in an assassination attempt, anyone remember who I'm talking about?

Not sure if its the one you're remembering, but in 1912 someone attempted to assassinate Theodore Roosevelt, but his 50 page speech and his glasses case in his pocket almost completely stopped the bullet.

Posted from the awesome new Nexus 7

EJT says:

Got to be a pretty pathetic round fired from a very short barrel if a phone stopped it. Probably 25ACP or some other anemic round, fired from a sub 3" barrel. Low muzzle velocity, low grain weight, etc. Any serious round will punch through a phone like a hot knife through butter.

Yeah, he probably bought the subsonic rounds too. The is a store in the bad part ofmy town and this owner bought himself a made in China 45acp and a box of FMJ ammo. Some people are not to smart.

Posted via Android Central App

angryGTS says:

"The gunman is described as a black male wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and pants, sunglasses, a bright yellow traffic vest and white gloves." The bright yellow traffic vest is enough to say the shooter is a complete moron, crack, or meth head, just saying.

icebike says:

Or school crossing guard. Unfortunately, these days your description and mine aren't mutually exclusive categories.

angryGTS says:

Eh, my comment was mostly because what kind of moron would try to rob someone wearing a bright ass orange vest threw in the rest for shits and giggles.

dhawk1202 says:

HTC.... Hasn't touched carotid (artery) . I crack myself up!

Posted via Android Central App

Should, phone was a brick

Posted via Android Central App

DirkBelig says:

And those of us who carry their phones in their pants or jacket pockets are going to die as usual when shot. Drat.

dchawk81 says:

What a waste of a phone.

Now htc can brag about something that plastic samsungs cannot lol

Posted via Android Central App

tigerchilly says:

Live another day...
Buy a HTC

Posted via Android Central App

tigerchilly says:

Live another day...
Buy a HTC

Posted via Android Central App

TenshiNo says:

I have an Evo 3D (not my daily driver anymore) and I can assure you that it's made of plastic.

jedah says:

Bullet could've struck any other part of his body, and it struck some small spot on his body where the phone miraculously stopped it. That is one lucky SOB.

sk8trix says:

Im gonna make a bullet proof vest out of old htc phones....

Posted via Android Central App

Aidanski says:

Does no one find it amusing that the HTC Evo 3D is known as the "Shooter"?

NegativeBeef says:

Is it really? lol

TenshiNo says:

That's awesome. I wasn't even thinking about that, but you're correct. The Sprint version's code name was "shooter" and the Virgin Mobile version was "shooteru".

+9000

Actually the GSM version is for the shooteru, the shooter is the CDMA (Sprint & VM) name.

NegativeBeef says:

Now that does it! I'm putting my phone in my shirt pocket from now on.

phajej007 says:

I guess HTCs are good for something after all!!!

Posted via Android Central App

phajej007 says:

I guess HTCs are good for something after all!!!

Posted via Android Central App

Masheen says:

My Droid Maxx has a Kevlar back. I feel extra safe walking around the hood with that.

Guess my 3VO is good for something.

3VO via Android Central App

MarkSeven says:

And they said 3D was just a gimmick!

SN: I bet you the battery was already dead!

HA! I kill me! :-P

atg284 says:

Yaaaay love my 3VO!!! Didn't know it is bullet proof :D

For the free pub be nice if HTC finally released what was promised to us EVO 3D suckers that we'd get an update to an official Sense 4 with working 4G you liars!!!

chuy85 says:

I'm glad I still have my Evo 3D as my daily user. It could be a life saver lol

sirbagin says:

That explains the size and potential use for HTC One Max. Does is comes with a straps so you can wear it on your chest?

Posted via Android Central App