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4/13/2015
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Comic: Apple Watch Saves Your iPhone

Apple Watch is nice, but even it can't protect you from yourself.

I wonder if you can order a bag of rice using your watch -- because if you can't, that's going to be one wet phone.

Brian Moore is a cartoonist and illustrator. His first brush with the world of IT was a very part-time gig applying software patches on a TRS-80 Model III. The patches were about four lines long and arrived in the mail, typed on letterhead. He has since moved on to computers ... View Full Bio
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StaceyE
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4/30/2015 | 9:12:26 PM
Re: Wet Phone
A lot of people don't even give it a chance to dry out...they just rucsh right out and buy a new one...
StaceyE
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4/30/2015 | 4:04:23 PM
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@David

I also know a few people that swear by the rice trick. I have never had the misfortune of putting my phone in the laundry or dropping it in the toilet though. However, 20 years ago, I was thrown in a lake while my pager was attached to my hip. By the time I got out of the water it had shut off, but the screen was all cloudy and wouldn't turn back on. Like you I left it in a drawer and forgot about it. Months later, I ran across it and it powered right up.
StaceyE
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4/30/2015 | 4:01:17 PM
Re: Wet Phone
@ David

That would be an interesting study!!!
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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4/14/2015 | 3:20:58 PM
Re: Wet Phone
I wonder if anyone has done a study to see if different laundry detergents have different effects on phones. :)
Stratustician
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4/14/2015 | 2:40:47 PM
Re: Wet Phone
Exactly.  While i often think of the rice trick, you can use silica gel, anything really that will draw out moisture.  The trick is if it managed to shut down in time, thats the real key.  A wet device that is powered off will have a much better chance at resuscitation than if it is left on.
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4/14/2015 | 7:22:42 AM
Re: Wet Phone
As far as I know it just accelerates the process a little. Similarly just leaving it out for a while in a warmish area will do the job. It's more to do with whether you (or the phone doing so automatically) can shut it down in time to avoid damage while it's powered on. You can get most things wet when they're off without too much problem. 
David Wagner
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4/13/2015 | 10:14:16 PM
Re: Wet Phone
@jastroff- I've heard people swear by it. But the experts all agree it doesn't. I'm guessing the phones that survive the bag of rice would have dried out on their own anyway. I once had a digital watch/heart monitor for jogging get submerged in water. I didn't put it in rice, but for someone reason I also didn't throw it away. 6 months later I found it in a drawer and worked just like normal. It dried out on its own and wasn't dead.
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4/13/2015 | 5:58:05 PM
Wet Phone
Does that bag of rice thing really work for a wet phone?

Anyway, very funny stuff. One would think he has better things to do than his own laundry, but ok.
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