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#1 Hum

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 15:12

(CNN) -- Call it a tech-induced hydrophobia.

Consumer electronics and water don't mix, and for many, there are few things more nerve-racking than a smartphone or tablet that's been accidentally doused.

A rainy day or a trip to the beach means gingerly baby-sitting our devices. And kitchens and bathrooms are fraught with danger zones: sinks, bathtubs and worse.

"I can't tell you how many people I know who've accidentally dropped their phone in the toilet, or their kid spilled their juice box all over it," CNET senior writer Maggie Reardon told CNN.

A soaked phone or tablet has traditionally meant shelling out for a costly replacement. But new technology has moved beyond waterproof cases and "rugged" cell phones designed to withstand rough conditions. Devices highlighted at this year's Mobile World Congress and Consumer Electronics Show suggest the future is bright for phones and tablets that are both stylish and waterproof -- or at least water-resistant.

Sony's Xperia Tablet Z was a hot item at last week's Mobile World Congress because of its sleek design and functionality, with the ability to withstand getting wet a cool add-on.

"If you're having a bath and you really want to enjoy that great movie ... and (the tablet) accidentally falls into the bath, it's OK," said Xperia Z product manager Sharath Muddaiah. That level of waterproofing is already incorporated in a few Sony smartphones such as the Acro S and Advance, and most recently with the Xperia Z.

The Xperia Z's makers said it can withstand sprays of water -- such as sprinkler play on a lawn or a water fight. They even claim it can be dunked in up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.

There's no specific or special coating on the device, Muddaiah said. Rather, the device is made water-resistant in all of its parts without the stereotypically bulky design for which so-called rugged phones have been known.

"We see today that a lot of consumers would like to use their device in the rain -- say you're trying to using Google Maps and navigating," Muddaiah said. Or "you're out at the pub and someone accidentally spills their drink. If that's the case, you can just rinse the device under a tap of water."

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#2 Yusuf M.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 15:29

The Xperia Z looks like a tough phone. It's not only water resistant, but dust resistant too. And it's durable. Smartphones would be much better with features like that.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 15:36

Should practically be a necessity on portable devices like this.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 20:11

Can't come soon enough if yo ask me, I've lost a couple of phones to the toilet, and a pint of Vodka & Coke :/

I take my tablet with me when I have a bath. lol

I had no protection for it at first, then I got some ziplock bags from ebay, but the clarity on those were poor, and I still had to hold it with one hand.

So I bought one of these http://<< spam >>/b5whw33

It's seems pretty safe (if you are careful), but I would feel better if It had the extra coating. Even the steam from the bath could be causing damage.

So yeah, it's great to see this taking off :)

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 20:33

This is nothing new at all. Sony had the Xperia Go smartphone out for sometime now that's water-resistant, Then you got the Xperia Tablet S models which been out for sometime now.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 22:33

i still use an Xperia Active ... Sony's first Android waterproof phone, back when it was still made by Sony Ericsson!

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:44

Too bad all phones aren't made like this.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:49

If they are too good then they last long and then companies will loose all the money so they gotta find a fine balance.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:52

^ An old lesson learned from lightbulbs. ;)

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 06:14

i want waterproof USB connectors

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 07:16

This is nothing new at all. Sony had the Xperia Go smartphone out for sometime now that's water-resistant, Then you got the Xperia Tablet S models which been out for sometime now.


All their 2012 models either where waterproof or had waterproof versions. for 2013 they seem to be ditching the earlier non waterproof models compeltely and only releasing waterproof ones. But then, Sony has started eating into a lot of Samsung marketshare simply by offering quality of hardware, quality of software far beyond the slap it together and slap on a working android version on it they do. and of course waterproofing. for samsung, to get waterproof, you need to get one of their lower end slower and fairly ugly in comparison waterproof phones.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:43

That "spam" link was this... http://www.amazon.co...58278747&sr=8-1 :rolleyes: