Smart phones prefer cool, dry places. Yet very often, they find themselves in a hostile environment where danger lurks everywhere. More cumbersome than the pocket-fitting cell phones of the past, mobile devices are often exposed to the elements. When a task requires two hands, the mobile devices are often carelessly put aside in locations where accidents do happen. Many are buried at sea by distracted fisherman. Still others fall victim to clumsy owners who spilled the water goblet on it. Many learn that its not a good idea to operate a mobile device while exposed to inclement weather. Essentially, liquid environments are Kryptonite to smart phones.
Fortunately, the industry is responding to the sound of splashing smart phones echoing through cyberspace. In an effort to save smart phone users from themselves, manufacturers are designing rugged smart phones with water-proof capabilities that will save on the cost of replacement phones. Some of the fortified devices were introduced at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The water proof models demonstrated that a water resistant smart phone does not have to have to be ugly in order to be waterproof. Sony displayed a stylish-looking device dubbed Xperia Tablet Z. The device’s sleek designed belied the added benefit of knowing that an accidental dunking will not impair performance. Other Sony models are currently enjoying the water-resistant features such as Acro S and Advance.
China’s Huawei also introduced it’s Ascend D2 phone at the MWC to receptive reviews. Motorola also showcased its water-resistant which include RAZR, M,RAZR HD and the Maxx HD. Kyocera entered the arid fray of water-resistant phones last year with it’s Hydro Smart Phone.