Waterproof mobiles.

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Waterproof mobiles.

Post by climbpaddle » Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:00 am

I need a new mobile after my last one died. Does anyone have recommendations for a waterproof one? (I don't use a web phone and I've never gotten along with cases, I generally need to be able to use it on/around water too!)

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Post by jam bo » Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:28 am

My lifeproof case for my iphone works brilliantly.

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Post by kevc » Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:36 am

A second for the Lifeprrof range, not cheap but then neither is a new smartphone!! works out to around a tenth of the price.
Waterprrof to 2 mtrs, all I need

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Post by Erewash » Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:43 am

I use an ancient builder's phone which I got for £25 off ebay for exactly the same reasons - I just stuff it into my buoyancy aid without having to bother with cases or bags, and it holds battery life long enough for multi-day trips. It's a Samsung B2100, not the most customer-friendly but IP57 certified (dust and water proof up to 1m for 30 mins)

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Post by SimonMW » Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:43 am

The title of this video is misleading. It isn't about a kayaker.

https://vimeo.com/79388607

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Post by nickcrowhurst » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:37 am

I use a JCB Tradesman:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/JCB-Toughphon ... 3a879485e7
Here's an auction: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/JCB-Tradesman ... 3f2c3a14c2
Another auction: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/JCB-Tradesman ... 23325bb84d

Mine sits in my BA pocket and is regularly submerged in salt and fresh water. It's very robust, as it's designed for use on building sites, etc.
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Post by ChrisE » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:40 am

there is a new sony one that's waterproof if you're after a decent smartphone.

No idea how well it works, or whether they'll actually bother updating this one though...

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Post by SimonMW » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:42 am

there is a new sony one that's waterproof if you're after a decent smartphone.
Yep, see the video I posted above.

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Post by dhkayaking » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:15 am

Anyone ID the river in the video? :)

Re the Sony phone I have the Xperia z. great phone amazing camera. But you have to make sure the ports are sealed correctly after charging etc or it is not waterproof. Destroyed my first one this way. Now I keep it in a drybag so its pointless really being waterproof.
It also doesn't float so taking it out to take pics on the water is dodgy.

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Post by SimonMW » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:25 am

Anyone ID the river in the video? :)
Wellebrucke on the Oetz (Sickline course) I think.

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Post by Yew » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:30 am

vintage wrote:Anyone ID the river in the video? :)

Re the Sony phone I have the Xperia z. great phone amazing camera. But you have to make sure the ports are sealed correctly after charging etc or it is not waterproof. Destroyed my first one this way. Now I keep it in a drybag so its pointless really being waterproof.
It also doesn't float so taking it out to take pics on the water is dodgy.
I have one too, I wouldnt stuff it in my BA, just in case, however its nice to know it will be fine if I had a dry bag that leaked.


you get get a magnetic charger off the internet, so you dont have to open the ports as much

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Post by Andrew R » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:32 am

I have been using a Samsung Xcover 2 which is not as robust as the JCB but is a pretty good phone and a convenient size for BA pocket. Mine has taken a few drops and no problem with water ingress in the Sea or rivers (providing the ports are closed properly).

There's also a lanyard attachment point to help keep it safe on the water.

Only thing I disliked about it was Samsung's "improvement" on Android, Touchwiz, but that's just personal preference.

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Post by dhkayaking » Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:02 pm

SimonMW wrote:
Anyone ID the river in the video? :)
Wellebrucke on the Oetz (Sickline course) I think.
Yep and super high level.

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Post by SimonMW » Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:09 pm

Yep and super high level.
It is a shame that it was edited by a blind chimpanzee however. Quite how they could take such rapids and an environment and make it look so bland is beyond me. Each time something interesting is about to happen they cut away. And then they use shots where the kayaker is half on screen half off it. I guess they call that "filming style" these days. I call it "all the gear no idea".

Apologies, rant over.

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Post by Neilo » Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:21 pm

Hi,

having had a number of phones and various cases, all of which have either met a watery grave or not survived the odd 'drop', I have one of these: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-C3350-S ... B006DV8G3S.

If it is just a phone that you are after, I can't praise this highly enough. It's been bashed and bruised and been swimming (with me) without any case and still going strong. It's no 'smart' phone but with a lanyard fitting, it does the business.

There is only one port and that needs to be checked that the cover is in and the inbuilt torch has been very useful. Bargain too ! The camera is not brilliant, but it's a phone ! ?

(I previously had the B2100, which was also bombproof, but the text size was too small for me to see without glasses)

:-)

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Post by Yellow boat » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:02 pm

I have the Samsung B2710 very robust lives in my BA pocket or just floating around in the boat somewhere. I have also run it over and it's still going strong. It's not smart but it's a phone and I can pick up my emails as well.

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Post by Green.media » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:29 pm

my sister has recently bought a "waterproof" drop proof life proof sony smart phone running android and im fairly convinced by it!

will try and get some more information about it for you

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Post by cathalferris » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:52 pm

Galaxy S4 Active (i9295)
http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/mobi ... 9295ZAABTU

I got this after condensation killed my S3, inside a coat pocket on a damp Irish day :/ As long as the flap on the bottom covering the usb port is properly closed and the rear cover is solid, it's nicely waterproof to 1m for 30 min. Regularly taken biking and paddling, with a silicone case and a matte screen protector, and it's fantastic.

I'll never buy a new Sony product ever again since I've seen how that company treats customers (rootkit scandal, setting the legal dogs on Geohot after the PS3 keys were calculated, etc, etc) so I will always recommend against buying anything Sony. Apart from that I've seen the Sony phones misbehave more than the Samsung equivalents, as well as being harder to root properly.

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