Just during the week of January 17th, the Liquipel waterproofing technology was shown and proved to help smartphones in being pretty much completely resistant to water from spills or deep dives into the water. The water proof coating coming from the Liquipel technlogy is applied from the outside of the smartphone and although you can’t even see it, it’s always there. It’s quite effective too, though sending your phon eto them and waiting for 3 days to get it back with the new coating doesn’t sound good at all.
Though here is another new water restisting technology which was actually showcased at CES and was covered by us, which works in a very different way than Liquipel’s technology. The company named Hz0, is calling their technology WaterBlock, which this new feature adds a protective layer directly inside the hardware of the smartphone instead of the exterior itself. So, the coating has to be added during the process of manufacturing the phone, which is alot better than sending your phone away after already activating it and buying it.
An Hz0 representative had said to Pocket-lint that they have already been talking to Apple about putting this new technology in the iPhone 5 and alot of other companies may adopt the new technology in the newer generation upcoming smartphones. Though it’s unsure, and it cannot be guaranteed if this will actually happen, as the information is not entirely accurate, but just rumors so far. Apple simply does not usually take advantage of newer technologies without giving it alot of thought. Though it would be very cool if the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 came with it, making the issues of no warranty of water damage currently today a problem that no longer exists down the road.
It is not just the products of Apple that could have this technology either, and other manufacturers like Samsung may also be interested and looking into it aswell. It was also stated by Hz0;
We showed the Samsung Chairman the technology with a Samsung Galaxy S that we had coated with HZO and he couldn’t believe his eyes. Samsung is really excited by the tech.
The new waterproof technology could indeed be quite useful to those who accidentally drop their mobile devices in water, like toilets, glasses of shampaigne, etc. The water damage leads to devices being completely useless, and having to buy a new phone as water damage is currently one of the most unsupported things covered by warranties for smartphones and many other devices, unless you buy an extended warranty. It also sucks having to send your phone in if your phone is covered, and having to use a dinosaur phone just because of one stupid drop of the phone in the toilet. I myself dropped my own Samsung Galaxy in the toilet at work once, and yes it was AFTER I flushed the toilet. I was lucky enough to take it out, dry it as much as possible and leave it to dry for 4 hours and it still booted up. But then one time I had a custom built-PC that had faulty USB ports that zapped USB devices and I did not know this, so I connect my phone to charge it, and it just shut the phone off, and destroyed the charger in the phone, so I could only charge the battery inside the phone with a 9 volt battery, after some tweaking at the dealership. So I had to send the phone in, and use a dinosaur 20 year old flip-phone until it was sent back.
Anyways, I myself am waiting for the iPhone 5 to see if it will have this Water blocking technology, and hopefully a higher capacity SSD of 128GB’s for all my music. Express what you think of this new technology in the comments below. And if you would rather go for the Liquipel technology or the Hz0 technology let me know what your opinion is. I think Hz0 can only be used through already manufactured phones, while Liquipel is a optional thing for any current phones. Better to get a phone already coming with it, but if you JUST got a new phone without Hz0 (which it was just announced anyways), then Liquipel may just be your only option for water blocking your smartphone.