Nokia Lumia 800 still works after 3 1/2 months at the bottom of a Swedish lake

The Nokia Lumia 800 was the first Windows Phone-based smartphone made by the Finland mobile phone company. The device, released in November 2011 in parts of Europe, was just the start of Nokia's commitment to Microsoft's mobile OS, which will end with Microsoft acquiring Nokia's Devices and Service division in early 2014.

The Lumia 800 has proven its toughness in the past; at one point a unit was sent 105,000 feet into near-space by a weather balloon, taking pictures of its journey. Now a new post on Nokia's official blog reports that a Lumia 800 has survived after being at the bottom of a lake in Sweden for 3 1/2 months.

The blog post interviews Roger Nilsson, who helped to bring the Lumia 800 back to life. He states that a husband of a work friend of his accidentally knocked the Lumia 800 into Lake Ivösjön in Sweden. Another person found the same phone at the bottom of the lake 3 1/2 months later. The work friend brought the Lumia 800 to Nilsson, which was still covered in algae, shells and "brown stuff" and asked him to try to fix it.

Thinking the device was done for, Nilsson took six hours to clean the Lumia 800 and then put it under a radiator to dry it out for four days without opening the case. He adds, "On the fifth day I put the charger in it thinking either it will blackout my house or the charger would brake, but damn I was surprised when I saw Nokia on the screen and then the Windows Phone logo."

As it turned out, everything on the phone still works, with the one exception being that it "sometimes it wants to lower the volume by itself", according to Nilsson. That's still a pretty impressive ending for a phone that looked like it was going to be "dead in the water."

Thanks to EvilAstroBoy for the tip!

Source: Nokia | Image via Nokia

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I doubt my flimsy Galaxy S III would still work after 3 months in the same conditions

Good job Lumia 800, you're a tough mofo

jasonon said,
it's hard to believe this...
Was thinking the same thing. 3 1/2 months is a long time without any protection.

Back in the old days when we repaired stuff, they would often survive water especially if there was no power. The displays are what usually leaked. They would still work but they would look bad with water stains.

Not surprised. Technology can withstand more and more punishment. If it was salt water, the phone would of been toast.

Cyborg_X said,
Not surprised? Put your iphone in a glass of water.
I get what you're saying, but why would anyone want their phone anywhere near water. When I go to the beach, to the pool, or the water park, all electronic devices stay in a locker or in the car.

JHBrown said,
I get what you're saying, but why would anyone want their phone anywhere near water. When I go to the beach, to the pool, or the water park, all electronic devices stay in a locker or in the car.

I know couple of people who have dropped their iPhones in beer. Don't ask why.

Cyborg_X said,
Not surprised? Put your iphone in a glass of water.

I have dropped a phone in water before. Fully. Was my old MyTouch 3g Android device. After a day drying out and sitting in rice, was fully functional after.

So again, tech can take a lot of abuse these days so I a not surprised one bit. Granted it wasnt for 3 months...but my point still stands.

BajiRav said,

I know couple of people who have dropped their iPhones in beer. Don't ask why.
LOL! I've dropped mine in a toilet twice. I always seem to forget its in my back pocket. When I pull my pants up after..................there goes the iPhone.

I dropped my iPhone 3GS in the river Ganges once. Albeit it was recovered moments later, still, it worked flawlessly once I dried it in the sun and removed sand from wherever possible.

JHBrown said,
LOL! I've dropped mine in a toilet twice. I always seem to forget its in my back pocket. When I pull my pants up after..................there goes the iPhone.

the reason I will never buy a "used" smart phone

JHBrown said,
LOL! I've dropped mine in a toilet twice. I always seem to forget its in my back pocket. When I pull my pants up after..................there goes the iPhone.

It's telling you something.

Lachlan said,

the reason I will never buy a "used" smart phone

Smart man. I've always wondered what the previous owner did with device and it's why I also never buy used phones. From ear wax to picking boogers. You never know.

JHBrown said,
Smart man. I've always wondered what the previous owner did with device and it's why I also never buy used phones. From ear wax to picking boogers. You never know.

Not unless it is a factory refurb. Also no telling what the previous owners did ROM/modding wise. I always want to start stock.

JHBrown said,
LOL! I've dropped mine in a toilet twice. I always seem to forget its in my back pocket. When I pull my pants up after..................there goes the iPhone.

My phone is always in my hand when I'm in the lol. That's when check the news and reply to emails and stuff.

JHBrown said,
I get what you're saying, but why would anyone want their phone anywhere near water. When I go to the beach, to the pool, or the water park, all electronic devices stay in a locker or in the car.

You would be surprised to learn that a large percentage of cell phone failure is due to water damage, and specifically from users that drop their phone in the toilet. Using a locker at the beach doesn't help.

When it comes to phone durability, Nokia doesn't promise they are water proof or damage proof; however, they are durable freaking devices. This is also in contrast to the fragility of iPhones and Samsung devices.

A common joke is that finding an iPhone user without a cracked screen is like finding a unicorn.

There are several businesses that survive on repairing iPhone/Motorola/Samsung phones.

Just for fun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3c8il_Q6SU

onionjuice said,

Source: Nokia
Haven't seen Nokia lie before.


Hey Troll,
This has been a news (in other news sites) well before nokia posted about it. Idiot, trolling EVERY news article on NeoWin.

Crimson Rain said,

Hey Troll,
This has been a news (in other news sites) well before nokia posted about it. Idiot, trolling EVERY news article on NeoWin.

Dear Mr.Mod,
Its news here clearly.

Thanks for policing Neowin for us.