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Nexus One Waterproof? This Is Why My Phone Is So Much Better Than Yours!

Yes.  I am serious.  It is better.  I will prove it with this story.

My story here begins with a tragedy and ends with a thrilling moment of triumph and luck!  It all begins with a good idea to spend time with my family…

It was Wednesday afternoon, June 16th, and I came home early from work to surprise my wife and baby boy to take them to the pool and spend the day with them.  I scooped them up in a bustling hurry and with all smiles got down to the pool quickly.  I grabbed the SPF 10,000 and lathered Gus completely from head to toe, put on his little hat and got right into the pool.  Win!

After about 30 or 45 minutes, the heat was unbearable and Guster was getting tired and anxious to get out of the sun.  We dried off and headed to the car and started loading our stuff.  To my surprise, there was this dead weight in my pocket and I had no idea what was about to happen next.  I reached into my pocket and as soon as my fingers touched the exterior of the item I knew immediately.

I had forgotten I put my lovely Nexus One in my pocket.  #omgfailhowcouldIdothiswhatwasithinkingandwhatamigoingtodo_fail

Of course, my face lost it”s color, my wife mumbled something I couldn”t make out and everything was is sllllooooowwwwww- mmmmmooooooo.  I went into panic mode even though the phone was completely water logged.  Like the next 2 minutes were going to drastically change the outcome.

I burst into the apartment, grabbed my tools and began surgery on my Nexus One.  She was my most loyal friend and I had to give it my best shot.  After all, this wasn”t the first time this has ever happened to me and at this point my Cell Phone CPR success rate was at 100%.  I have never lost a phone.  My only goal was to take it apart and dry it completely and hope for the best.

Fast forward to the next day.  I get home from work having had a very anxious day thinking about where I was going to budget enough money to get a phone that could ever compare to this one. I was anticipating the worst.

Well…I put the phone together and plugged it in and to my surprise the charging light came on.  Win!  This means something is OK….right?  10 minutes later I try to turn the phone on and another WIN!  The screen is clear and the loading process begins without a hitch.  Then it turns off.  Then it turns on and the loading process begins again….    Then off.     Hmmmm….   I now have come to the conclusion that the battery is no longer good.  Or maybe not….  Here is a short video clip to summarize.

Less than 24 hours later and thanks to Amazon Prime, I have a new battery by the next day and charging commences.  In a rush from work I get home and the green light is alerting me that the battery is fully charged.  I turn on the phone and presto!  It turns on like nothing ever happened.  Of course, a few things are not 100% (ie.  speaker phone) but everything else is turning out OK.  (Had to re-install a few things)


So, here is my testimonial that the Nexus One is better than your phone.  Yes…I said it.   You still think your iPhone 3, 3GS,4 is better?  Throw that thing in a pool for 30 minutes, dive in and retrieve it and make it work without replacing anything but the battery.  Yeah….didn”t think so.

Here are some pics of me and my family during the incident.  As you can see, I was concentrating on much more important things.  Love my baby Guster!  Yes, my Nexus One is in my pocket in every picture….

Haha!  Thanks and see you next time!  🙂

About the Author

I am a husband to a beautiful wife named Whitney and Dad to a wonderful baby boy. Yay! :) Damien Augustus Shaffer has come into this world on March 15th 2010. In my professional life, I have accumulated over 4 years utilizing a wide range of technologies to develop software solutions for my current employer. Most of this time was spent learning methodical approaches within different environments to broaden my programming knowledge and project planning abilities. These environments include both open source and Windows based development, mainly Web. I also dabble in Social Media and it applications in today's culture and marketplace. I consider it a hobby but some may say its an obsession. ;) I enjoy it immensely.


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  2. Waacow Says :

    March 18, 2011 at 7:06 am

    LOL. The exact same thing happen to me when i got too excited to take my daughter into the pool for her swimming class. I’ve my phone in the rice for 2 days and also with Silica Gel and when I finally boot up the phone got exactly the same behavior as your phone was, start, shutdown and repeat over and over. I also ordered a new battery from Amazon and just got it today and my phone is working as before and so far everything is all working including speaker.

    BTW, thanks for sharing the story at least gave me a lot of hope prior to ordering the battery.

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