Waterproof Smartphones Make Accidental Toilet Dunkings A Lot Less Scary

For anyone who’s ever leaned over a toilet or a glass of water and heard the unmistakeable “kerplunk!” of your hard-earned money disappearing into a watery grave, you should be relieved to hear that new waterproof smartphones are on the way.
USA Today reports from the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where the Panasonic Eluga and Eluga Power were on display. Running on Android, the Elugas look to be nice and thin, not some plunky piece of deep-diving plastic.

And while you can’t go swimming or take a nice long bath with the phones, they will survive a quick dip. Panasonic says they’re protected up to about a depth of 1 meter or 30 minutes in water. You won’t even have to pull out the bag of instant rice trick later to try to suck any remaining moisture from your phone. Imagine that!

The Eluga will hit European markets first at around 399 and 339 euros ($536-$603 U.S.), while North Americans and the Chinese markets will have to wait a bit longer.

It might be worth it, just to be free of that “I wasted $100/$300/whatever amount in one moment I’ll never get back” feeling.

Panasonic introduces waterproof smartphones [USA Today]

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  1. Hi_Hello says:

    will is still have the moisture test(s) to void the warranty ?

  2. SporadicBlah says:

    I have a Casio G’Zone which is waterproof. I was told by a Verizon rep that even though it is waterproof the insurance does not cover water damage but it DOES cover against manufacturer defects. Seems like getting water damage WOULD be a manufacturing defect.

    • Straspey says:

      I’m not sure if this covers cell phones -

      But, in the USA, I believe there are certain trade restrictions and regulations which prohibit a manufacturer from advertising a watch or camera as being 100%
      “Waterproof”.

      I believer the term they are allowed to use is “Water resistant” (up to a depth of xxx feet/meters).

      I would be interested to know if your Casio G’Zone is listed as actually being water-PROOF — especially from a company which originally made wristwatches and pocket calculators.

      • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

        I suppose you could do a 100% waterproof if it was water resistant to a depth of 7 miles.

      • SporadicBlah says:

        When I bought mine two years ago it was advertised as water PROOF to 3 meters. The more recent adverts say water RESISTANT to 1 meter for 30 minutes.

    • Stormwalker says:

      Their old phones were waterproof. I think their new phones are “water resistant”. I know this because I had one of their older phones for years (type s) and would literally wade down a river all day with it in my pocket and it would be just fine. I tried doing that same thing with one of their newer phones, and it did not end well. To it’s credit, the phone started working again after a week of drying out.

  3. scoosdad says:

    They’re going about it the wrong way. We just all need those new waterless toilets we keep hearing about.

    My local big chain supermarket, trying to earn some green building award, installed waterless urinals in the men’s room. I think they lasted about three months before they replaced them with the standard water flush type. It’s lunchtime, so let’s just say working a shift at the customer service counter nearby couldn’t have been a pleasant experience during those three months.

    I think someone on the custodial staff at the store thought “waterless” meant “maintenance-free”.

  4. pop top says:

    But what will companies use sintead to deny your warranties if they can’t use the moisture sensor?

  5. Cat says:

    Disassemble your phones, mask them and dip the circuits in conformal coating. I did that to a remote control boat, it’s been dunked many times and never stopped running.

    Or, you know, just don’t take your phone into the crapper.

  6. SPOON - now with Forkin attitude says:

    pretty toilet lights….

  7. blinky says:

    I’ve never figured out how people can lose their phones in toilets (or urinals). Are they doing something very odd? Like juggling their phone? Or bending over real far (ick)? Trying to light a cigarette and talk on the phone?

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      Came here to say this. I can understand how you might fall off your pontoon boat into a river, with your phone in your pocket, but I really can’t understand how this particular situation is a problem. Maybe people could use the bathroom and keep their phones in their pockets, purses, backpacks, etc. and not handle them while they’re trying to pee. Just sayin’.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        If they’re in your pants pocket, or in a jacket pocket, the clothing adjustments as you go to the bathroom can dislodge them.

        What I do as a girl is take my purse in there (which has my phone in it) and if I’m, erm, going to be in there for a while, then I take it out AFTER I’m seated and check my messages or whatever. No phone calls on the toilet!

        I’m much more likely to play Solitaire on my iPod though. My dumbphone only has stupid games and I hate to waste the battery.

      • flychinook says:

        Children, mostly.

        Toddlers have the incredible ability to find a small electronic device in any room, and put it directly into the toilet. I don’t know why. I don’t know how. It’s just what they do.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      I had wondered this myself for a very long time.
      Until my still-new phone (Droid Bionic) fell out of my back pocket and into the toilet mid trou-drop.
      It’s bigger than my last phone, and its case isn’t as grippy as my last phone’s case so he likes to travel far more than I care to admit.
      However, his silicone case saved him this time.

  8. NE-Phil says:

    Another Casio G’Zone Command smartphone user – I kayak with it sitting in a nylon pouch on my deck bag and use it to make/take calls and taking pictures. It get’s thoroughly wet each time and have not had any issues with it or the Casio Boulder I used previously.
    It’s considered water, dust and shock resistant. Takes all the abuse I give it.

  9. TheUncleBob says:

    I love people who tell me about how they dropped their phone into a toilet and it still works. So… it’s been in a toilet and you rub it against your face and near your mouth to make phone calls? Yum.

  10. Matt79 says:

    Accidental toilet dunkings are scary no matter what you are talking about.

    “There…now something of yours has been in the toilet.”

  11. APCO25guy says:

    my old Nextel i580 survived total immersion twice, once when working a rescue during the flood of 2008 where I found a woman trapped on top of my car. My i580 was in water neck deep, it kept working. My $2800 supposedly waterproof Motorola XTS2500i dispatch radio, however, didn’t make it. Good thing I didn’t have to pay for it. I used the 580 to call in to radio when my portable failed. it’s too bad Sprint is killing the Nexel network this year. Some of us don’t need fancy smartphones that get in the way when we are trying to save someone’s life, we just need something simple that can survive a terrorist attack and fucking work. The i580 could probably hold that title.

  12. medfordite says:

    I accidentally dropped my Palm Pixi+ in the toilet and watched it sink in horror before it registered that I dropped my phone in there. I fished it out and promptly drowned it more under running anti-bacterial soap and water. (Let’s just say the phone was not alone). (Hey! I have a STRONG stomach!).

    I pulled the battery out and to my surprise, the battery was dry and underneath it was dry. Also, to my surprise, the phone’s keypad and touchscreen repelled the water and there was NO sign of damage. Even the moisture sensors were still white with red stripes. I let the phone dry anyway for an hour or so, and was convinced that things were fine. Powered the phone on and it worked. To my dismay about 6 months later, the phone radio died (Data radio), and one speaker quit working. But….it did make it through the initial dunking.

    I now sit with a warranty replaced phone which is sure to be placed VERY VERY far away from water sources just in case.

  13. AngryK9 says:

    With the premium price increase to go with it, of course.

  14. jamar0303 says:

    Seriously? I’ve had a waterproof Sharp phone for a few months now. Waterproof smartphones are only new to the rest of the world; Japan’s had them for a while now.

  15. CreditSense-CreditRecovery says:

    I want a water proof iPhone. Then I can give it to my friend for her birthday because about 20 minutes ago she dropped her’s in her bathtub. Excellent timing Panasonic! Clearly we haven’t evolved enough as a species to not drop our electronics in water.
    Personally I prefer to just randomly throw my phone on the ground on accident. No water needed.

  16. Difdi says:

    How much do you want to bet they’ll STILL come equipped with a moisture sensor inside the headphone jack?

  17. HoJu says:

    Listen, if it didn’t take so long to pee this wouldn’t be a problem. Thats 20 seconds that could better be spent updating my Facebook status! If we all surgically double the diameter of our urethras that should cut down peeing time to 5 seconds, which I would then consider acceptable.

    Someone get right on that.