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What exactly happens when your phone gets wet?

20 Aug 2015
Peter - amaysim blogger

Peter

amaysim's Head of IT Operations

If you own a smartphone there’s a good chance you’ve had at least one heart-stopping moment when your phone’s made a dive for a puddle or been on the receiving end of an unexpected splash.

How does the water enter your phone?

Every mobile has openings and ports that water (as well as dust and sand) can sneak their way into if you’re not careful. This includes the headphone jack, speakers, microphone andcharging port. Some handsets, like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and S6, have covers for charging docks but this doesn’t make them waterproof. If you’re walking through the rain or in a splash zone try to keep these openings and ports covered.

Where does the water go?

Once it’s infiltrated your phone, water usually causes the most damage when it reaches the internal circuitry. So it’s a good idea to turn your phone off and take out the removable battery (only if it’s removable...duh) and SIM card to cut the power off before water can make its way into your phone’s circuitry. At this stage it’s very important not to shake your phone or use a hair dryer in an attempt to get the water out – it may cause more damage to by overheating it or pushing the water further inside.

Leaving your soaked phone in the sun though isn’t the best solution either. Water can cause rust on the inside of your phone. The phone-in-rice trick won’t always fix this, and the damage won’t become visible overnight. It’s kind of like all those times you left your bike out in the rain when you were a kid – it took a while for rust to form, but when it did it wasn’t pretty. Your best bet is to get your phone repaired at a certified service centre – it might sound like your typical IT answer but it could save you a packet, especially if your own DIY attempts go wrong.

How to tell if your phone’s officially water-damaged

Most smartphones have a liquid contact indicator – that’s just a small sticker that changes colour when it comes in contact with water, and you can usually find it next to the SIM slot (iPhone) or underneath the battery (Samsung). A quick look should tell you whether your phone has been water-damaged if the colour of the sticker’s changed. If this has happened get in touch with a certified technician for your brand of phone - they probably see water-damaged phones every day and chances are they’ve picked up some handy tips and tricks along the way that won’t break the bank.

Luckily, if you don’t have a phone under contract it isnt going to be as costly. That's why signing up to an amaysim no-lock in contract plan is so easy!

Do you have any tips for what to do when your phone gets wet? Any other phone-related problems you’d like me to explain? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll have a look.

Cheers,
Peter – amaysim’s IT guy

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Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.


Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.

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