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2012-07-10 12:26:21 PM
well, if they find out you got it wet, the warranty is voided (and your POS phone won't work).. so I could see microwaving it as an option.
 
2012-07-10 12:30:26 PM
Bowl of rice.
 
2012-07-10 12:32:10 PM
What' how was I supposed to know that microwaving my phone was a bad thing?

/should have tried the deep fryer instead
 
2012-07-10 12:32:24 PM
That's good because I just got an s3 today.. :)
 
2012-07-10 12:33:54 PM
What a jackass. Stuff like this waters down reports from people with actual problems.

You dropped the phone in your toilet because you thought it would be hilarious to text your poop to your friend? Do what the rest of us do and throw it in some rice and pray. If that doesn't work you suck it up and go buy a new phone. It's called an idiot tax.
 
2012-07-10 12:33:56 PM

Grapple: well, if they find out you got it wet, the warranty is voided (and your POS phone won't work).. so I could see microwaving it as an option.


Only if you want no hope in hell of it ever working again


/Take out the battery, put phone in a container of rice
 
2012-07-10 12:34:05 PM

Grapple: well, if they find out you got it wet, the warranty is voided (and your POS phone won't work).. so I could see microwaving it as an option.


Except for the microwaves destroying all the electronics, certainly.

Most phones are remarkably water-resistant, as long as they're allowed to dry out for a bit with the battery removed. My friend dropped hers in the ocean and it was fine after a few days on the table air-drying.

I can be tough on electronics, so I bought a ruggedized, waterproof phone (Samsung B-2710). Definitely worth the $150 at the time.
 
2012-07-10 12:38:09 PM
That water damage mark is BS. Back when I had a BB Pearl I was caught out in a rainstorm one night. The internals were fine but enough moisture was able to seep into the battery compartment to show that I had water damage.

As for recovering a phone from water damage, I've saved my phone from a dip in the lake by going to my car, turning on the heater and placing the phone on the dashboard air vents to let it dry out for it a bit.
 
2012-07-10 12:43:10 PM
Bag of rice is probably the best option.

If you're feeling adventurous you could try dipping it in isopropyl alcohol; other electronics can also be "dried" this way.
 
2012-07-10 12:47:50 PM
Good, I'm thinking of getting an S3 soon. The EVO 4G LTE is nice and I like the stock Android and quick updates of the Galaxy Nexus, but I think the 2GB of RAM might be what gives the S3 the longest life after official updates stop. Sort of how the Optimus One has outlasted most other 600MHZ ARMv6 phones by having 512MB of RAM rather than 256MB.
 
2012-07-10 12:51:43 PM
Been there done that...

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2012-07-10 12:52:42 PM

Tenatra: That water damage mark is BS. Back when I had a BB Pearl I was caught out in a rainstorm one night. The internals were fine but enough moisture was able to seep into the battery compartment to show that I had water damage.

As for recovering a phone from water damage, I've saved my phone from a dip in the lake by going to my car, turning on the heater and placing the phone on the dashboard air vents to let it dry out for it a bit.


Just because the phone worked doesn't mean it wasn't damaged by the water/moisture.
 
2012-07-10 12:54:23 PM

Tenatra: That water damage mark is BS. Back when I had a BB Pearl I was caught out in a rainstorm one night. The internals were fine but enough moisture was able to seep into the battery compartment to show that I had water damage.

As for recovering a phone from water damage, I've saved my phone from a dip in the lake by going to my car, turning on the heater and placing the phone on the dashboard air vents to let it dry out for it a bit.


I was able to recover my Blackberry (don't laugh, work forces me to have one) after a run through the wash with the "bag of rice" trick.
 
2012-07-10 01:01:18 PM
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/love my GSIII
 
2012-07-10 01:05:50 PM

Tenatra: That water damage mark is BS. Back when I had a BB Pearl I was caught out in a rainstorm one night. The internals were fine but enough moisture was able to seep into the battery compartment to show that I had water damage.

As for recovering a phone from water damage, I've saved my phone from a dip in the lake by going to my car, turning on the heater and placing the phone on the dashboard air vents to let it dry out for it a bit.


So basically you got the phone wet, voided the warranty and are calling BS because it didn't break your phone?
You are no better than the guy who put the phone in the Microwave IMHO.
 
2012-07-10 01:05:51 PM
oops wrong article..lol
 
2012-07-10 01:15:57 PM

Toy_Cop: oops wrong article..lol


Yet... in a weird way, somewhat fitting.
 
2012-07-10 01:36:29 PM
I've dipped wet phones in isopropyl alcohol before to displace the water, then sealed it in a bag with some of those moisture absorbing things. Worked well.
 
2012-07-10 02:12:46 PM

Coloman: So basically you got the phone wet, voided the warranty and are calling BS because it didn't break your phone?
You are no better than the guy who put the phone in the Microwave IMHO.


Nah I'm just saying the water detection system is BS because it doesn't take much to permanently void your warranty. It was bound to happen to me since I was out in the heat a lot and the early blackberries were crap. I had to pull my battery a lot to reset the phone from freezes right from the start of owning that pos, the detector was right next to where the battery was pulled from. Sweat + water detection mark = void also. Maybe the placement has gotten better in recent years.

Bought the phone through Cingular shortly before they merged into AT&T. Woohoo $500 safety deposit because I had no credit at the time. Fulfilled my 2 year contract with that phone, every payment on time. Never got my deposit back and when I called AT&T, they said I didn't exist in their system. Who the hell was sending me these bills from AT&T and why did I have an account of their website then?! Now I just use a cheap prepaid brick, saves me a lot of money and the stress of dealing with such companies. If I ever need to replace this phone, it would cost me around the same as getting insurance for a month on a smart phone.
 
2012-07-10 02:17:42 PM

bsharitt: Good, I'm thinking of getting an S3 soon. The EVO 4G LTE is nice and I like the stock Android and quick updates of the Galaxy Nexus, but I think the 2GB of RAM might be what gives the S3 the longest life after official updates stop. Sort of how the Optimus One has outlasted most other 600MHZ ARMv6 phones by having 512MB of RAM rather than 256MB.


I have the EVO LTE. Holy crap, wow. It goes over two days with use on a single charge. Not sure how that compares to the S3, which does have a larger battery, but it works for me.
 
2012-07-10 02:33:10 PM

Leishu: bsharitt: Good, I'm thinking of getting an S3 soon. The EVO 4G LTE is nice and I like the stock Android and quick updates of the Galaxy Nexus, but I think the 2GB of RAM might be what gives the S3 the longest life after official updates stop. Sort of how the Optimus One has outlasted most other 600MHZ ARMv6 phones by having 512MB of RAM rather than 256MB.

I have the EVO LTE. Holy crap, wow. It goes over two days with use on a single charge. Not sure how that compares to the S3, which does have a larger battery, but it works for me.



That's good to hear... I'm going to be in the market for a new phone in a few weeks and battery life is my biggest complaint with my current phone - the EVO 4G.I hear the S3 has decent battery life too and the S3 and EVO LTE are on my short list...

I am a heavy user, but even so battery life for the EVO 4G is pretty short. I carry two extra batteries in my pocket at all times, and have a charger in my car, and I still
have cut it pretty close a few times. I'll still probably carry around an extra battery, but I'd like to only need to carry ONE as opposed to two and possibly consider carrying a charger with me too.
 
2012-07-10 02:36:36 PM

Leishu: bsharitt: Good, I'm thinking of getting an S3 soon. The EVO 4G LTE is nice and I like the stock Android and quick updates of the Galaxy Nexus, but I think the 2GB of RAM might be what gives the S3 the longest life after official updates stop. Sort of how the Optimus One has outlasted most other 600MHZ ARMv6 phones by having 512MB of RAM rather than 256MB.

I have the EVO LTE. Holy crap, wow. It goes over two days with use on a single charge. Not sure how that compares to the S3, which does have a larger battery, but it works for me.


I can't upgrade until December, but I saw the EVO LTE the other day while upgrading dad. Holy hell that thing is huge. But I like. Wonder what will be available come December tho.
 
2012-07-10 03:39:44 PM
save the Silica "do not eat packs" that come with your electronics and shoes and various crap that you accumulate in life, they work better than the bag o rice
 
2012-07-10 05:14:30 PM
I need the original article about the melted phone before the cause was found. It's important that I post it in every apple/android flame war thread from now on.

/kidding of course. No really, I am. Seriously you can stop your inflammatory reply now.
 
2012-07-10 05:44:12 PM

mongbiohazard: Leishu: bsharitt: Good, I'm thinking of getting an S3 soon. The EVO 4G LTE is nice and I like the stock Android and quick updates of the Galaxy Nexus, but I think the 2GB of RAM might be what gives the S3 the longest life after official updates stop. Sort of how the Optimus One has outlasted most other 600MHZ ARMv6 phones by having 512MB of RAM rather than 256MB.

I have the EVO LTE. Holy crap, wow. It goes over two days with use on a single charge. Not sure how that compares to the S3, which does have a larger battery, but it works for me.


That's good to hear... I'm going to be in the market for a new phone in a few weeks and battery life is my biggest complaint with my current phone - the EVO 4G.I hear the S3 has decent battery life too and the S3 and EVO LTE are on my short list...

I am a heavy user, but even so battery life for the EVO 4G is pretty short. I carry two extra batteries in my pocket at all times, and have a charger in my car, and I still
have cut it pretty close a few times. I'll still probably carry around an extra battery, but I'd like to only need to carry ONE as opposed to two and possibly consider carrying a charger with me too.


You seriously carry around cell phone batteries? I find that kinda ridiculous.....
 
2012-07-10 06:29:24 PM

Toy_Cop: mongbiohazard: Leishu: bsharitt: Good, I'm thinking of getting an S3 soon. The EVO 4G LTE is nice and I like the stock Android and quick updates of the Galaxy Nexus, but I think the 2GB of RAM might be what gives the S3 the longest life after official updates stop. Sort of how the Optimus One has outlasted most other 600MHZ ARMv6 phones by having 512MB of RAM rather than 256MB.

I have the EVO LTE. Holy crap, wow. It goes over two days with use on a single charge. Not sure how that compares to the S3, which does have a larger battery, but it works for me.


That's good to hear... I'm going to be in the market for a new phone in a few weeks and battery life is my biggest complaint with my current phone - the EVO 4G.I hear the S3 has decent battery life too and the S3 and EVO LTE are on my short list...

I am a heavy user, but even so battery life for the EVO 4G is pretty short. I carry two extra batteries in my pocket at all times, and have a charger in my car, and I still
have cut it pretty close a few times. I'll still probably carry around an extra battery, but I'd like to only need to carry ONE as opposed to two and possibly consider carrying a charger with me too.

You seriously carry around cell phone batteries? I find that kinda ridiculous.....


I have a standard battery and an extended battery for my phone, but I don't normally carry the opposite of the one on the phone. If I know I might be away from a charger for an extended period of time, I will put on my extended battery the night before and charge it overnight. For daily use, I use the standard battery. Since I keep my phone in it's dock in my car and when I'm at my desk, it's not too much of a big deal for normal day to day use.
 
2012-07-10 07:22:11 PM

Toy_Cop: You seriously carry around cell phone batteries? I find that kinda ridiculous.....



Yup. Two of them. They're not that big, and they're flat, so I just carry them in a pocket. I am a HEAVY user. I use my phone a lot at work - as a modem for my tablet - when in buildings in DC, so I can drain the battery pretty fast. Like REALLY fast... and the EVO 4G isn't loved for it's battery life.
 
2012-07-10 07:32:00 PM

mongbiohazard: Toy_Cop: You seriously carry around cell phone batteries? I find that kinda ridiculous.....


Yup. Two of them. They're not that big, and they're flat, so I just carry them in a pocket. I am a HEAVY user. I use my phone a lot at work - as a modem for my tablet - when in buildings in DC, so I can drain the battery pretty fast. Like REALLY fast... and the EVO 4G isn't loved for it's battery life.


The only trick is to keep them isolated. Not your change pocket, not where you keep your keys, etc. Rapid discharge of a battery in your pocket is... not a pleasant experience.
 
2012-07-11 04:25:14 AM
I believe I have found his Facebook page. He is 14 and looks like a dillhole.

/I have an urge to look up people like this.
 
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