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A new film of protection for the phone you're bound to get wet.

Summary: It's a little heart-stopping to watch someone purposely dunk a cellphone or tablet in a ...

It's a little heart-stopping to watch someone purposely dunk a cellphone or tablet in a water tank. Seeing it continue to work underwater is astonishing. It does because the components inside have been nano-coated. Such coatings are best applied to a phone's components before assembly. You can have nano coating done afterward through Liquipel, but it will cost you. A cellphone case can seal against most water, but it adds bulk and weight to a sleek device. Nano coatings render the parts themselves impervious to water damage, so the protection comes without added bulk. Liquipel's process will not make the device waterproof, but will make it water-resistant enough to survive short accidental dunkings and ordinary splashes. You ship Liquipel your phone, which is then put into a vacuum chamber and treated with the coating in vapour form. The process takes about 30 minutes. If you can go to its facility in Santa Ana, California, the company will treat your phone while you wait. The cost varies, starting at $90 to give a mobile phone a basic treatment. It goes up to $130 for a tablet with an added protective film covering and an expedited four-hour turnaround. The cost is not outlandish compared with the price of a waterproof case, which typically run $40 to $130. It's almost certainly less expensive than replacing your smartphone.

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
Date:Feb 24, 2013
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