While on vacation in Myrtle Beach, I was using my Droid at the beach to send videos of my 3 year old son to the Internet for my husband to see (qik is an awesome application).
Day 2, I’m getting my Droid set up to take videos, while walking along the beach. My 3 year old son took off so my attention diverted to him for only a second… I dropped my Droid, screen down in to probably 1/8 of an inch of water as the surf pulled back. Sh** – was my only thought. I picked it up, turned it off and pulled the battery. The phone water sensor was beet red, but the battery sensor was not tripped and sand was everywhere. Once up on the beach blanket, I took the phone out and let it sit in the hot sun.
After about half an hour, I took it back to where we were staying and put it in a plastic cup full of minute rice. I left it in the rice until the next day. I used one of the plastic tooth cleaner things with a small brush on one end and a pick on the other side and was able to get all the sand (and rice) out of the places it shouldn’t have been. When I finally had the courage to turn my phone on, everything seemed to work. I was elated… until the touch screen started freaking out. The haunted phone muted my husband, sent one unintelligible text message and crank called one of my friends before I decided I was going to have to just bite the bullet and buy another phone.
Found the local Verizon store and was able to replace my Droid for $225 (used someone else’s upgrade from the family plan). :P
I didn’t reinstall ALL the apps I had before; I went from 95 apps to 9. But I can honestly say I have been happily using my new Droid ever since. Trying to convince myself that two batteries and two sets of cables were at least some consolation to the two-twenty-five I just shelled out.
Yesterday, almost 2 weeks after the “ocean incident” I tried the phone again. It now works!!! I activated it last night and have been using all the features ever since… I’ve also been deleting applications I realized I will not ever use.
I’ve debated rinsing the phone with alcohol to try to make sure the salt won’t damage the phone in the future, but I really don’t want to push my luck. So after a few more days (probably a week or so just to be safe) of testing, I will be returning the new Droid I bought and save my money for when my phone really does die. I’m sure it won’t last as long as a non- swimming Droid, but honestly I always upgrade to a new phone before my old one dies anyway.
Droid does…. swim. : )