Did you know that waterproof smartphones like the Sony Xperia Z3 exist because Japanese girls love to shower with them?

Did you know that waterproof smartphones like the Sony Xperia Z3 exist because Japanese girls love to shower with them?
Sony's Xperia Z smartphones are famous for their resistence against water and dirt. We probably didn't have to tell you that, but this sort of protection is definitely a big deal — especially when it's packed not into a big, mean Caterpillar phone that's made to military apocalypse survival standards, but rather a slick premium handset that's a joy to feel and behold. We'll always keep a fond memory of how promoters used to drop the original Xperia Z inside aquariums and take it out wet, but unscathed and fully operational!

Interesting enough, water protection has been, almost exclusively, a virtue of Japanese smartphones. Samsung toyed with the feature in the Galaxy S5, but dropped it from its extravagant successor, destining it for the Galaxy S6 Active instead. Motorola kindly obliged to Verizon's request and put out a protected smartphone too, the Droid Turbo. Save for that, and probably a few more non-Xperia smartphones that we're missing, Japan is where water-protected handsets thrive. Over there, Sony, Sharp, and even local heroes Panasonic and Fujitsu have water resistance as a staple of their exotic smartphones' spec sheets. But why is it Japan, of all of Earth's places? The answer will surprise and possibly delight you! Spoiler - it's not the rain!

Apparently, the contemporary waterproof smartphone's existence is rooted in a peculiar user habit of Japan's female population! The younger part of said population, to be more precise. According to Panasonic executive Taro Itakura, 90 to 95% of smartphones sold in Japan are waterproof because young Japanese women prefer to use their smartphones even while they are taking their showers! That's right — your Sony Xperia or Sharp AQUOS smartphone are considered "must products" in Japan, possibly right next to soap, shampoo, and a trusty sponge. Then again, can you really take a proper bath when your attention is preoccupied with the latest notifications and updates? We don't know, but we certainly cannot underestimate Japanese women!
What's up with the rest of the world's women, though? Well, seeing that Sharp, Panasonic, and Fujitsu are yet to break outside the Japanese market, and that people certainly aren't going as crazy for Sony's Xperia smartphones as they are for, say, Samsung and Apple's, we're naturally led to assume that the majority of, say, European and American women, are mostly free of such bathroom habits! However, Sony's Czech headquarters did try to give Czech women an unambiguous hint at the possibility of showering with a smartphone. Sadly, we don't have the data to tell you how well this went down, but at least we've got the photos to prove it happened!

Then again, Panasonic, Sony, and the rest of the Japanese smartphone industry isn't as fixated on women showering as it may seem. Florian Sohn, a Panasonic marketing specialist for Europe, acknowledged that a third of damages to phones come from incidents involving water. Fellow smartphone maker Fujitsu goes even further with its "rugged phone" philosophy! According to corporate SVP Nobuo Ohtani, the smartphone is with us 24 hours a day, accompying us to the bathroom, to the shower, under the rain, or in dusty environments, which makes it a necessity for the phone to be robust.

So, do you own a waterproof phone? Have you had any water-related incidents with your handy, waterproof or not? Do you really shower with your phone? This is the place to tell us all about it in the comments section below. We aren't judging! Hey, the whole Japanese smartphone industry loves you for doing that type of stuff! Who are we to argue against it?


References: the NY Daily News

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35 Comments

1. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Did you know that android phones with snapdragon 810 exist and made to heat because some people like me cook their food over the phone?

5. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

What has this got to do with the topic? Anyway I've tried using my z3c in the shower, it was crap, the warm water made the screen go nuts and triggered presses when I hadn't even pressed, and the screen was completely unresponsive to my actual presses.

33. SonyOwner unregistered

Try hard

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31760; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Show more babe. Show less phone.

6. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Babe is linked to in the article. Because, of course!

7. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I Shower With My Phone, I Like To listen To Music When I Shower. Water Proof Case FTW.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31760; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I like to clean my body when I shower.

21. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Really???? OMG Me To.

36. TyrionLannister unregistered

I would prefer a wireless waterproof speaker for that, as phone speakers suck, especially after they are wet.

38. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I Avoid getting It Wet.

39. TyrionLannister unregistered

They still suck compared to even 20$ speakers.

44. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

My Phone Is Loud Enough In The Shower.

45. TyrionLannister unregistered

So you're among the ones who equates loudness with quality.

46. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Bro Im Just Saying For The Time It Takes To Take A Shower My GS6's Speaker Is Good Enough Other Wise I Listen To Music Using Ear Buds Or My Surround Sound Both Have Great Quality.

12. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Post photos of of it really happening or I don't believe it.

30. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

So that's how you put a phone into safe mode to prevent an STD on the SSD.

17. Artisto

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

I'm a polish boy and I take shower with my Z2 - it plays music, getting wet and I don't need to worry about anything. Not to mention any other times waterproofing was a saviour - spilled water, rain, etc.

19. DaggettBeaver

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 05, 2015

That girl is not Japanese.

26. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

She is from chez and you can see more photos on the link they provided on the article.

20. uchihakurtz

Posts: 429; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Picture or hoax

23. gaming64 unregistered

Uh not only girls but almost everyone loves to take phones to the shower though. It's not even a new fact, phonearena.

25. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

No shower selfies? If I was still a kid I'd be watching all kinds of pron.

28. monoke

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Had no idea Japanese girls were so kinky! Maybe I should move there. :)

29. kajam

Posts: 222; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

No wonder sony can't get their $h||t together and make at least one good flagship they need to stop worrying about some stupid stuff

31. Chuck007

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Also because ppl like to watch porn in the shower.

32. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Bit*hes always gotta talk, even in the showers lol

35. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

Can you really take a proper bath when your attention is preoccupied with the latest notifications and updates? YES of course. Japanese people ACTUALLY BATHE, not just shower. they dip their bodies for some time into their bath tubs. they don't just stand in front of shower heads so they have all the time to use their smartphones.

37. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Thanks for the intel!

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