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Waterproof Jolla 2

asked 2014-06-13 20:41:27 +0300

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updated 2014-09-16 08:29:18 +0300

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I dropped my Jolla into a puddle and it survived. I do not know was this happy ending due to the correct help (removed the battery and other parts immediately and put the phone into a bowl of rice for 24 hours) or pure luck, but I got an idea: why not make the next Jolla water-resistant? Jolla is the finnish word for a small boat, and boats should stand water. Maybe even underwater pictures?

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That would be a nice feature, no doubts, but it would also be hard to do while maintaining current TOH compatibility. Not impossible, but requires more expensive constructions under the OH because most of the splash-/waterproof phones have their seals on the back cover which is not "lockable" in Jolla, thus not giving a waterproof-grade seal. Splashproof Jolla 2 with backwards-compatible TOH should still be possible without anything special, but i dont think it could be made waterproof easily without sacrificing the replaceable battery.

Ofc lockable TOH would be nice to have even in the name of sturdiness, but in my opinion should be designed to be backwards-compatible with the first Jolla.

AXIOS ( 2014-06-14 04:54:29 +0300 )edit

There have been water resistant phones from some manufacturers, I think, but has any of them been a commercial success? There must be a reason why not.

ln ( 2014-08-22 23:39:36 +0300 )edit

Retaining TOH size and shape (as opposed to NFC chip compatibility) would be sheer lunacy. The first Jolla phone is a bit of a bodge packaging wise. TOH is an novel concept, but 10 months after launch, nothing interesting aside from a few hobby builds has materialised. I'm pretty sure anyone for whom TOHs were or are a primary reason for buying or using a Jolla would be tiny fractions of a %. Those whose purchasing decision for the second Jolla phone would be influenced by TOH compatibility you could probably count on the fingers of one hand.

The second Jolla phone needs to have much better packaging, thinner bezels and higher specs, and the camera unit will no doubt be different and hopefully much better ... for these reasons alone, retaining compatibility would be downright stupid. If Jolla want THEIR phones (as opposed to just ROMs) to be a success, they need to be a huge improvement on the first effort,keeping the old TOHs would hinder this immensely.

midnightoil ( 2014-08-23 19:55:24 +0300 )edit

Re: commercially successful. SG S5 (all variations) are IP67 rated. Sony Xperia Z series phones (Z1, Z1c, Z2, Z3) are all dust and water resistant to varying levels. Almost all high end Japanese smartphones are dust and water resistant, some of them 'proof' instead of resistant, and have been for ~3 years.

midnightoil ( 2014-08-23 20:02:27 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-06-18 18:31:15 +0300

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By the way, if somebody needs to dry their Jolla in rice, I recommend protecting the camera lens with paper and tape. The rice has apparently scraped the lens, now all my pictures are fuzzy. :( But otherwise no sign of damage! :)

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u sure it scraped the lens and not the bluish coating on it? there have been reports of blurry fuzzy images that have been fixed by scraping off the bluish coating.

droll ( 2014-08-23 09:25:30 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-08-22 22:58:30 +0300

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updated 2014-08-22 22:58:51 +0300

Instead, why not make a cover for the phone like 2 half sides clicked together?

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answered 2014-08-23 08:53:00 +0300

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A quick alternative would be to port sailfishOS to a rugged android phone such as the Cat B15Q.

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