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Waterproof phones and tablets are a good thing, but please, don’t take them in the shower!

By Joe Levi June 7, 2013, 7:20 am
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Waterproof phones? Seriously? Why would we ever need waterproof phones and tablets?

Have you ever had your phone just stop working? If so, you’re not alone. The next step is usually a trip to one of your carrier’s stores or kiosks to see what your options are. The first thing they’ll do is check the “moisture indicator”, and no matter how careful you’ve been, or even if you swear that it’s never been in the same room with anything wet, you’re out of luck, they’ll usually come to the conclusion that you’ve subjected your phone to water and any warranties that you thought you had are null and void.


Luckily, some manufacturers are taking the bold step of making their devices — smartphones and tablets alike — waterproof.

If you ask Pocketnow reader @zschmeez, a waterproof tablet would be ideal for playing Angry Birds in the hot tub. Pocketnow’s Jaime Rivera’s mind went straight to the shower — but that’s where manufactures want your mind to go! Just look at Sony’s advertisements for one of their waterproof phones!

I’m not sure I’m ready to say waterproof phones are made for showering with or playing games in the hot tub, but there are some real-world scenarios where waterproof phones would be very handy!


I live in a desert. Most of you probably just pictured cacti, road runners, and a scorched wasteland of sand dunes and rocks. The truth of the matter isn’t that it never rains in the desert, rather, when it rains, it pours! No, that doesn’t convey what actually happens. When it rains, it dumps buckets! Downpours usually last anywhere from several minutes to several hours, but the rain that falls is quite impressive. If you’re unlucky enough to be caught in a deluge without an umbrella, your phone’s “water damage indicator” will probably turn all kinds of colors.

Waterproof phones would help people who live in deserts and are subjected to sudden downpours, as well as normal people who experience normal rain patterns, too.


Even if you don’t experience a lot of rain, you might be somewhere that suffers from high-humidity. Prolonged exposure to humid air will eventually set off the moisture indicator inside your phone or tablet.

Do you like to listen to music while you’re in the shower, but leave your phone carefully outside the splash zone? The humidity in your bathroom will trigger the indicator, too!

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Accidental Splashes & Spills

Speaking of splashes, a quick splash or spill probably won’t ruin your phone, but it could trigger that indicator, voiding your warranty. However, in extreme cases, even a casual spill could kill your device.

Basic waterproofing could go a long way to save your personal electronics — and possibly your sanity.

All in all, waterproof phones and tablets are a good thing, but please, don’t take them in the shower.

Image Credit: Flashdance


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