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Can mobile devices really be waterproof?

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How to Waterproof Your Phone
You can send your supported existing mobile device to Liquipel to have it nanocoated, but soon, such coatings may become standard feature on all mobile devices.
You can send your supported existing mobile device to Liquipel to have it nanocoated, but soon, such coatings may become standard feature on all mobile devices.
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Still think this nanocoating technology sounds totally awesome? Well, it is! Sure, it's not quite as safe as a bulky plastic case, but it's invisible, and could save your phone from a dangerous drop into the sink or a rain puddle. Ready to give your phone the protective treatment? Here comes some bad news: Only a select number of phones are currently treatable.

Liquipel is the only company that actually allows you to send your phone in to be coated -- HZO and P2i are working with electronics companies to make their coating a standard component of shipped models. As of mid-2012, Liquipel supports iPhones, iPads, and the iPhone shuffle, a few phones from HTC, a few phones from Samsung, and a few phones from Motorola. Unfortunately, if you don't have one of those phones, you can't order the mail-in coating service.

P2i has worked with Motorola to offer water protection in its Droid Razr and Xoom 2 tablet. There's nothing holding these companies back from expanding their technology to other devices, aside from the complicated business of striking up deals with the likes of Samsung and HTC, who produce millions of Android phones every year. 2012 is just the beginning.


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