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 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?