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How to Prevent Your iPhone From Dying a Watery Death

I have four boys, two under the age of 8. Through the years, our family has accumulated many iPods, iTouches and iPhones, and sometimes the older iTouches become the property of the younger boys. This never lasts for very long, however, as the younger boys consistently find a way to destroy the iTouches by introducing them to the mortal enemy of the iTouch: water.

My 7-year-old killed his iTouch by dropping it in the toilet. My 5-year-old ended the life of his hand-me-down iTouch when he decided to "clean" it by scrubbing it with a soaking wet towel.

Having witnessed the sad demise of these iTouches, I am acutely aware of the risk of taking my own iPhone to the beach or to the pool this summer, as I do not want to accidentally douse it and kill it off. According to a post today on iPhone J.D., some new products have come out that can protect your iPhone from water, even if it is submerged for hours. Jeff Richardson, the author of iPhone J.D., writes that he tried out two such products at a wireless convention this month and both worked very well.

The first product Richardson tried out was the driSuit ($60), which is designed for the iPhone 4 and 4s. Quite simply, he says, "you place your iPhone inside the case, close two locks to seal it, and then the iPhone is waterproof." Here is a video of the driSuit in action, from the company's website:

Richardson also tried out the DryCASE ($39.99), which is actually a bag that can hold a variety of devices, including the iPhone and the iPad. According to Richardson,

To use the DryCASE you place your iPhone or other item inside of it, plug in the included headphone jack, seal the top, and then use the included one-way pump to remove the air.  This creates a vacuum. You can then plug a pair of headphones into the port on the outside of the bag (or use waterproof headphones sold by the company). You can use the iPhone touchscreen or camera through the bag, and the company has tested it to depths of 100 feet. 

The iPhone on display in a DryCASE at the wireless convention Richardson attended had been submerged in an aquarium for 2 hours and 41 minutes when he checked it out (approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes longer than my son's iTouch was submerged in the toilet), and was still working perfectly.

So as you lawyers head to the beach and pool this summer, consider whether you should invest in one of these cases to protect your iPhone from drowning while you are there.

Posted by Bruce Carton on May 24, 2012 at 04:13 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)

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