Mobile Users Beginning to Demand Waterproof Smartphones and Tablets

Is there anything more heart-wrenching than the sound of your beloved smartphone as it makes a splash in the sink, toilet, your cup of soup, bathtub, or puddle along the curb as you wait for the bus? There is no shortage of ways in which our cherished smartphones and tablets can be wrecked or ruined …   Read More

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Is there anything more heart-wrenching than the sound of your beloved smartphone as it makes a splash in the sink, toilet, your cup of soup, bathtub, or puddle along the curb as you wait for the bus?

There is no shortage of ways in which our cherished smartphones and tablets can be wrecked or ruined by water damage.

As a result, a growing number of mobile users are demanding and expecting their future devices to be water-repellent. At least that’s the buzz out of the Mobile World Congress this week.

International research commissioned by P2i, a global leader in liquid repellent nano-coating technology, reveals demand for mobile devices to be water-repellent as standard.

30 percent of survey respondents have reported a water spill on their mobile phone, followed by coffee (13 percent) and tea (8 percent) in second and third places.

“Mobile phones are not just susceptible to accidental spillages in pubs or cafes,” says Dr. Stephen Coulson, CTO of P2i. “Reflecting the increasing role that they play in our lives, this survey also found that on average phones are taken out in the rain (64 percent); in the snow (59 percent) and even into the shower (8 percent) and sauna (3 percent) – all posing a risk of the phone being exposed to moisture which can cause long term damage.”

“There is a very real demand for these devices to be able to keep up with thriving lifestyles,” he adds. “Phones are no longer left on the desk in the office but now accompany us everywhere we go.”

Have you ever experienced the heartbreak of a water-damaged mobile device?

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4 comments

  1. Patti

    I saw an interview with a couple of young lab geniuses on one of the morning news broadcasts, within the last couple of weeks. They have developed a waterproof coating that can be used on anything. even the internal electronic components. They actually submerged a powered up iphone in a large tub of water and left it there for during part of the interview. It was still on and working fine when they removed it. Those young men stand to make a fortune!

  2. Laurence

    Ok, so a company that develops 'liquid repellent nano-coating technology' did some research that shows their product is in demand. Seems very independent and trustworthy.

    Did they also ask the people if they will be willing to pay a hell of a lot extra to get this done?

  3. Giff Gfroerer, i2SMS

    Most of us by now have experienced water damage to a cell phone over the past 10 years. So, yes, waterproof is top on our radar.

    Now I hear Panasonic is beating everyone to the punch. Check out their new device the ELUGA. Super thin 4.3 inch screen, waterproof up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water, NFC, Swipe & Share, and a power saving "eco" mode. Sounds pretty dern impressive to me!

  4. Wade

    Well the first company to come out with a water proof smart phone will have me as their first customer.

    Have seen my poor iPhone covered in a spill which ended it's life prematurely, thank you however for the new bluetooth back ups that happen as soon as I go near enough to my computer.

    IBusiness Consulting Thailand

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