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Registered: ‎04-15-2010
My Device: Blackberry Storm 2
My Carrier: Verizon

Why aren't our phones waterproof?

I am very curious about this.  I have a shaver that plugs straight into the wall (not while in water), sends a device from within its waterproof shell out into air and this device vibrates at 13,000 / minute, has a lcd display, and buttons to press, and it is waterproof, and can be used underwater everyday for years.  You can buy these for less than $100.  You can also buy outdoor speakers, and many other devices that hold up in rain / water.



Why can't the makers of a $500+ phone figure out how to do this?  I had a friend who dropped theirs in some water, and it made me wonder about this.  Is this done just to sell more phones, or insurance, or is there some reason they can't just figure out to make our delicate phones hold up under a little dunk in the water - or even rain?

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Re: Why aren't our phones waterproof?

I'm not an engineer, but I am betting there's slightly more going on inside your BlackBerry, electronically, with the processing chip, 2gb memory, radio transmitters and receivers, etc.



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Registered: ‎08-09-2010
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Re: Why aren't our phones waterproof?

I agree!!  Why AREN'T they waterproof?!?  I have a waterproof camera (also with sensitive equipment inside of it) and I absolutely love it!


I have 3 things working against me:

1. I live in Northern Canada where it gets COLD

2. I work at a water/wastewater treatment plant where I am surrounded by a wet environment (and sometimes gross environment)

3. I am not one of those people that "pampers" their BB.  My case is almost worn through from wear and tear


But you know what?  I love my BB!!!!!!!


I'm not a fan of those touch-screens (because I always worry the cold winters will "freeze" the screen).  I'm also not a fan of apps.  It seems the phone industry is going towards a more "fun" phone (games, etc) - but BBs are pretty standard in WORK environments like mine!!  (And with companies banning online sites like facebook, etc., it's just a matter of time before they stop allowing phones with games on site).  The ONE app I use the most is the BB Messenger (for work) - all of my bosses are on there - and it's easy to send a quick message to one, or group chat with all relating to a work issue.


I love that BB still targets working environments, but fact is that there's all kinds of work environments! (Not just offices!).  Garbage collectors, public works utilities, restaurant industries, etc, etc, etc....  I bet a medical professional would love to wash the germs from their phone at the end of the day!


A WATERPROOF phone would help for cleaning the phone, keeping the phone when kayaking/boating/skiing/etc, using the phone when it's raining, and more!  Since I'm on call for work, I need to keep my BB on me at all times during the year... Which means I'm more reluctant to go out and do the things I love to do for fear of having my BB quit because of moisture (it's survival is very important to me and my job!).


Most of the waterproof cameras out there are also shockproof and temperature robust, meaning you can pretty much do whatever you want to it and have it still work.  A BB like this would be ideal!


I would love to see a waterproof phone in the BB line.  Especially for the work environment I'm in.  Anybody else feel the same?  (And if BB's watching and you make one - let me know and I'll be the first to buy!)


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Registered: ‎08-10-2010
My Device: Storm 9530
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Re: Why aren't our phones waterproof?

If your going to be taking your phone out with you every were I would recommend the pelican 1015 or i1015 case.

I got mine for when I am out in the field with the military. Not ment to be kept under water for long periods of time or swimming but would be fine for keeping it in the boat or out in the rain/snow.  Case is clear so you can see when your getting a call or notification.


May not be ideal for all but at least your phone is protected.

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Registered: ‎01-23-2009
My Device: Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, BlackBerry Torch 9800, BlackBerry Z10, Blackberry Z30, BlackBerry Priv
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Re: Why aren't our phones waterproof?

If you want a cheap solution for protecting your phone from water/moisture, I have 3 words for that:

1. ZIP


3. BAG