Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Waterproof Your Smartphone

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Waterproof Your Smartphone

Article excerpt

As you may recall, last year I replaced my waterproof Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone with a shatterproof Motorola Turbo 2 smartphone after my Samsung broke in my pocket when I plopped down in my seat at a Major League Baseball game (see the July 2016 Technology Q&A item "Smartphones: Breaking News!!!" at tinyurl.com/hwjSxr3). I then became even more convinced of the wisdom of purchasing my new "indestructible" phone when it survived my essentially crushing it with a couch (see the March 2017 Technology Q&A item "Motorola Turbo 2 Update" at tinyurl.com/jwyjmsm). Yes, things were going swimmingly until I dropped my Turbo 2 smartphone into the ocean. Being a smart guy, I had inserted my smartphone into a zip-top plastic bag to take fishing in my kayak, a solution that seems to work well as long as you don't actually use your phone. However, my foolproof plan went awry when I took my phone out of the plastic bag to snap a selfie with a hammerhead shark dangling from my fishing pole. Rather than my describing what happened, let's just say this shark was camera-shy. I thought my phone was lost forever, but amazingly it washed up on shore a few hours later-completely ruined nonetheless. (Just as the otherwise invulnerable Superman is vulnerable to kryptonite, my "indestructible" Turbo 2 is vulnerable to water.)

This event has me wishing that Samsung, Motorola, or some other vendor would create an indestructible, waterproof smartphone for klutzes like me. Until then, I'll now be using a waterproof cellphone dry bag to protect my new smartphone from potential water damage. …

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