Have you ever had a smartphone damaged by water?

Have you ever had a smartphone damaged by water?
Nowadays, water-resistance or at least some type of splash-resistance seem to be a must on flagship (and midrange) smartphones. A feature that used to be reserved to the rugged CAT handsets, Galaxy Actives, or phones covered by super-ugly cases is now pretty much mainstream. And sure, it definitely gives us a peace of mind when we have our handset near the kitchen sink, but we certainly still don't feel brave enough to go ahead and jump in a pool with our phones in hand (despite the fact that Samsung and Sony commercials keep enticing us to do so).

But anyway, we thought it would be a fun trip down memory lane to try and remember how many handsets we've had drown on us before — because there's nothing better to cheer you up than to recall how you lost hundreds of dollars thanks to a well-placed drop of water, right?

We thought we'd ask you — how many smartphones have you managed to wetten to death in the past? If you've got a cringy story, go ahead and drop it in the comments!

Have you ever had a smartphone damaged by water?

Sad to say - more than once. But less than 10 times, I promise!
9.26%
Yes, it happened that one time. Rice in a bag did not help.
24.68%
Had a scare once, but managed to dry it off and rescue it.
17.45%
Nope, never.
48.62%

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20 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2155; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Nope. I do my best to be very careful.

8. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

My Z3 was damaged by water in a sink and Sony refused to replace it saying its not covered . f**k you Sony.

9. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

That's ufcked up. They wouldn't even let you send it in for them to look at?

10. Xperia14

Posts: 1196; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I water damaged both my original Z and Z2 and Sony replaced both under warranty.

12. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

They apparently changed their coverage policy after Z and Z2.

11. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

By the way, now all brand won't covering water damaged now. Especially Samsung and Apple.

20. techy.

Posts: 2; Member since: May 27, 2016

Same story with my m4 aqua...

2. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Unless you drop it in salt water.

19. phonearenarocks

Posts: 604; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I had my S6 Edge in my pocket and got drenched in rain many times. There was even an occasion when I played at the beach after having given it to my cousin who wasn't playing but I didn't know that he kept back in my pocket after sometime and I played for an hour there. It has got soaked all this time. It still works like a charm But alas after the second incident, battery backup has got considerably reduced

3. dbmcelroy

Posts: 44; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Slip from the hand to the concrete is more of a danger in my experience.

4. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

My 6S+ has been submerged in salt water for roughly 3 minutes. Boating accident early spring. Typing from it now

5. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I've only had to file an ins claim for losing my Motorola V60 in the bus in Cali in 2003. Ever since then I'm sure to be very careful with my phones while living on the edge a little. Took pics with my Note 4 in the gulf at Clearwater & St. Pete Beach, took pics dangling from the cable ride at Busch Gardens & took pics while on the boat ride at Universal. It's all alt how you take care of your phone.

6. splus

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

I got caught in a downpour with my phone in the back pants pocket. After drying it in a bag of rice for 2 days, it booted, but wifi and bluetooth didn't work. So it was basically useless... I never cared about it before but now I do. The next phone I buy will be waterproof.

7. sting149

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

phones 10 years before are so vulnerable to water. It happened to me at a restaurant that a glass of water spilled on the table and got my phone wet and from there my phone wouldn't turn on.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30685; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope, I'm smart enough not to use them in, or around water. I don't give a rat's ass, if it's IP168, mine isn't going in the water.

14. Jacksie66 unregistered

I'm a phone repair technician and I can tell you first hand that rice doesn't work. It's a myth that usually does more damage then good.

15. domfonusr

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I have always been very careful with my smartphones. My Nokia 6620 got a crack in the screen after I let my brother borrow it, and that was the last smartphone I let him borrow, but other than that all my smartphones ended their time with me intact and in perfect working condition. However, after I got my Moto E 2nd gen, which is splash resistant, I had a close call when one of my friends' kids spilled root beer all over me and the phone while it was in my belt holster. Thankfully, being splash resistant saved its life, and I just dried it off and it has never had a problem since.

16. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I look forward to the day that the idea of a non waterproof phone is as laughable as a non waterproof watch. Bring on the 100M designations!

17. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I've lost two phones. One from wanton soup spilling on my way home and the other from when it fell off my lap and shattered the screen when I got out of my car to check the mail. However, (knocks on wood) the last phone I killed was 2011. Now my fiance dropped her Moto Droid Turbo 2 in PR last year and it fried.

18. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

If I spilled juice or something over it, I would just change phones even if it's waterproof and washable and still work 100% fine. My OCD would flare up knowing that the water seals were sticky had water exposure. So waterproofing means zero to me except for crappier speakers.

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