There is nothing quite like that sinking feeling you get when you realize your smartphone has just fallen into the pool, taken a dive into a sink filled with water, accidentally went into the tub or landed in the toilet. Although CNET’s advice to put your smartphone in rice for 72 hours might work for a quick tumble into water, longer immersions mean that your beloved smartphone is now pretty much an expensive paperweight.
When you think about it, it’s kind of a mystery why more smartphones are not waterproof. These amazing phones contain all sorts of incredible bells and whistles, but one brief dunking will probably render it useless.
Waterproof Options Are Out There
Although there aren’t many options available, waterproofing technology does exist. For example, the Sony Xperia Z3 is advertised as being ready to go wherever you go “whether that’s a run in the rain or a dive in the lake,” and it can be in 1.5 meters of water up to 30 minutes. Other brands also claim to handle getting wet, so why isn’t this the case for all smartphones?
It Slows Down Manufacturing
One reason that waterproof cell phones are not more common is that they involve a slow and cumbersome manufacturing process, notes The Week. Although smartphone companies might already have nanocoating technology available, this coating can bog down the way electricity goes though the phone, which means the devices must be made in a more labor-intensive manner.
It Is Clunkier
Another reason waterproof smartphones are not common is that it can make the phone heavier and a bit clunky to handle. As Phone Dog claims, many people want phones that are easy to carry and are light and thin. Since waterproofing typically causes a phone to be thicker, it could be that aesthetics is holding this technology back.
The Demand Isn’t There
While people who have lost a smartphone in a watery grave might want to purchase a new waterproof one, there isn’t a high demand for this type of phone. Additionally, for those who want a waterproof phone, there are accessory companies that sell waterproof cases that are much less expensive. For example,a FRIEQ Universal Waterproof Cell Phone Carrying Case retails for just $9.99, which fits a huge number of smartphones including the new iPhone 6. There also are sprays that will cover your smartphone with a water-resistant coating such as Liquipel or WaterFi. This could buy you some time if your phone falls into the pool or sink, reports Mobile Phone Advise.
It Doesn’t Make Money
Another reason waterproofing isn’t popular among manufacturers is that it doesn’t help their profit margin. Because people who rely on their phones will buy a new one if it is damaged or broken, oftentimes for a pretty significant chunk of change, it is not beneficial for companies to make the phones waterproof. This means that until people refuse to buy replacement devices, cell phone companies will not provide stronger, waterproof devices.