The World’s First Bath-Friendly Smartphone

8th January 2013

A month ago today I wrote about how to go about protecting your phone from an early watery grave when exposed to water.  Well it seems everything I suggested in that post is about to be rendered obsolete in the smartphone market.

This is because Japanese electronics firm Sony, infamous for releasing numerous completely useless phones under it’s Sony Ericsson venture up until 2011, is about to release the first smartphone that can be used in the bath or shower.

The new device, which runs on an Android operating system, was unveiled by the firm at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.  Sony claims that the Xperia Z, as they have called it, can be submerged in up to 1 Metre (3.3 foot) of water, for up to 30 minutes.

Whilst waterproof phones has been mainstream in Japan for years, this is the first smartphone with the technology to see a major worldwide release – and Sony reckons it has a huge market – given that apparently 1 in 10 people have at some point dropped their phone down the toilet, something this phone is immune to.

Boasting 4G-connectivity and a 5-inch HD screen, Sony Mobile executive Steve Walker claims that this is the phone to “sit in the bath and watch an HD movie” on and that if you get it dirty, you can simply “wash it under a tap”.

So in conclusion, if you really want to save your phone from a watery grave, ignore everything I said a month ago, simply buy one of these new waterproof phones – or if you can wait a while I’m sure we’ll see similar models coming out from Samsung, Apple, HTC and BlackBerry at some point in the future as the technology goes mainstream and becomes a standard smartphone feature.

 

Robin James

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