On Thursday (3 days ago) I got into a kayak that immediately flipped me over. I realized too late that I had my Droid in my pocket. I immediately removed the battery so power was cut; immediately beforehand, it was showing me the Motorola welcome logo. The battery water damage indicator is red, as is the one you can see on the right around the reset button when you remove the battery cover. The one on the left isn't triggered and is still white with red X's - strange, as the area around the SD card was definitely soaked.
Fast forward 3 days. After rice, sicilia, etc. I decided to turn my phone on today. It worked perfectly with several notable exceptions: the screen backlighting was extremely patchy. I'm assuming water seeped into the screen before I pulled the battery and shorted some of the components out. Also, the part that scares me the most is that there are diagonal break lines running across the screen backlighting. When you start at the Droid head on nothing looks wrong, but from an angle there are huge discrepencies in the lighting making it look like it's going to get worse with time. Can someone with experience in these things confirm that a patchy backlight doesn't progressively get worse with further use?
One last question. The top third of the back of the phone, around the camera lens, got relatively warm much more quickly than the rest of the phone. Could that be because of a water caused short? Or does this always happen when the phone quickly downloads large amounts of data?
The reason I'm asking all this is because I have to use my Droid for the next year and a half, and I don't have insurance The phone works perfectly now despite the patchy backlight, but I'm worried that these problems will get worse causing me to suffer through a year and a half of unworkability. I love my Droid!