I was at my summer cottage last saturday with my dad and brothers. I grabed two water bins for getting water from the lake to sauna. And right when I reach the water with those bins reserving my both hands, iPhone slips from my chest pocket to the lake. I panic, throw those bins to shore and dive in. Water is so dirty that I can't see anything and the bottom is softly muddy without hard surface, so I feel kinda hopeless as I search. I take my jacket off and continue. Seconds go. Minutes elapse. Finally, after about 4 minutes, I find it! Screen is on and looks happy and fine. I know it's not fine and run back to house and set up fire to a fireplace. Screen starts getting white and I can see water spreading under the glass. Eventually, blackout. No pulse. Dead.
I send a text message to my fiancÚ about the incident from my brothers Nokia. Later while we are eating, she calls me back. She almost weeps while saying how sorry she is for my loss. I'm thinking that after waiting the piece for the whole 2007, finally getting it here in Finland, all the hacking and cracking struggles and keeping it always safe from dropping on the floor, this is so bad luck. She makes more noise about the case that I make and my dad and brothers see the situation a bit funny. After the phone call my other brother says: "Sounds like a child has drowned..". Not a child but a very special thing, that you cannot just rebuy and get back to the previous stage. No, with iPhone I have had real moments of joy and excitement. I've admired the software design and seen all kinds of new innovations throw Installer. Now all is gone and it's a big step back to my old Nokia.
Next day I return to home. I'm still trying to wake iPhone, but it seems pointless. Then, I connect the phone to my Mac. Screen flashes and white Apple logo appears. But right after that screen goes black again, and then Apple logo again, it loops the turning on sequence for a while. At first iTunes does not recognize anything, then iPhone stops looping and iTunes recognize iPhone in recovery mode. I download the new iNdepence and try to kick iPhone out of recovery mode. Nothing happends, screen stays black. I give it a few minutes and search eBay for used iPhones. After about 3 minutes, iPhone reveals the lock screen. I gently slide to open.. It's a miracle! Screen has a tiny cracky looking mark under the glass at upper left, but overall it works. Soon I realize that Home-button does not work. It also gives me again and again this report of an "accessory that is not designed to work natively with iPhone". After few hours, the report goes away. After more hours, the screen crack has disappeared. However, Home-button hasn't started working after a day. That may be the overall cost of this whole thing. I managed to find a plaster for that: I installed a Dock.app from Installer.
Next day, today, I sent a text message to my brothers and dad: "My child is alive and kicking!".