As smartphones inch closer and closer to the edge of what today’s technology will allow, it will be little improvements that sway new customers towards which new phone to buy. What if one of those new features was water-resistance? Would that convince you to buy one phone over another?
What is Liquipel
Liquipel is a company that is hoping so and is aiming to become the industry standard for those that spend a good deal of time around water, are accident prone, or just want to take an extra step or two in protecting their investment. Per their website, Liquipel “is a nano coating that surrounds all the tiny electrical parts in and around your device.”
Though the Version 1.0 of their water protection process was a joke for its inability to protect against even the slightest water exposure, it seems that their Version 2.0, Liquipel Treatment, and their newest product, LiquipelSKINS, have at least made the Liquipel name worth considering for a particular group of users.
Treatment is available for some major brand smartphones, tablets, earphones and MP3 players. The cost of just the treatment starts at $30, plus shipping costs. Do note that shipping is only for the US, Canada and Mexico. If you decide to purchase the Liquipel Treatment protection, you will need to ship your phone away to them at your cost for the coating to be applied. You will be minus your phone for 1-2 days plus the turnaround shipping time. If you want the maximum protection offered by Liquipel, you can add a LiquipelSKIN to your order for another $30 – $45. SKINS are add-ons that are offered as either a clear screen cover, a coloured screen cover, or a coloured case combined with a screen cover. They accept credit card payments of VISA, MasterCard, AmEx and Discovery.
What Others Say About Liquipel
Liquipel claims that the SKINS “shock dissipating layers have proven technology that increases protection against regular daily impact and accidental drops.”
Reviews for the most recent release of Treatment are mixed. Some reviewers took Liquipel’s challenge and submerged their phones in water. The phone often died, though there were certainly exceptions that saw the phone survive what would have normally certainly killed it. In other tests where water was splashed on the device, most often there were no negative results. At the very least, Treatment seems to be a good insurance policy against spills and that sort of thing.
Alternatives to Liquipel, such as P2i and HzO, seem to suffer the same fate. Even newer model phones like the Motorola Droid Razr, Sony Xperia Z, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3 and Samsung S5 which are all water resistant straight out of the box, are all striving to be fully waterproof. Check out our list of Waterproof Smartphones if you’re in the market for a dedicated device.
Liquipel can handle dips, splashes and very brief and tiny spells of dunking but nothing very serious. Water and electricity do not mix, the technology to allow them to mix is a new one, and it will take some time to work out the kinks which in my opinion only Xperia Z2 has managed to pull off till now. We are still a long way away from the day that we all wear our phones into the swimming pool for a nice long swim.
Article originally published by Mason Wheeles on 13 Aug ‘2014.